About this project
Torsobear: Back on the Blocks is the third and final volume of a cartoon noir comic book about toy-on-toy crime in a fantastic city of playthings, created by Brett Uren with many fantastic contributing writers and artists.
Upon completion of Volume 3, we will be published in the US/UK and online by Source Point Press, known for releasing Holliston, Up the River, Monstrous & The Rot.
This story is for anybody who loves cute toys and cartoons from the early 20th century to now. To handle them, you got to have stuffing of steel!
FINAL WEEK GIVEAWAY - Ruxby Plushies and Saturday Morning Wars preview comic download!!
Two lucky backers this week will be picked to win the last two Ruxby Bear plush toys, just back or increase an existing pledge to be entered!
Plus, thanks to us passing 80% everyone can download a FREE preview of Kieran Squires' and Gustavo Jimenez' 'Saturday Morning Wars'! Download it here - https://www.dropbox.com/s/parmqyx3sb5ziqo/SMW%20preview.pdf?dl=0
NEW WEEK 3 reward - TORSOBEAR COLOURING BOOK!!
Copycat is determined to take all the colour out of Toyworld - can you help Ruxby put it all back? Pledge at this level and a 12 page A4 colouring book with a pack of crayons will arrive with your book. Add £5 to any pledge level and message me to add this item!
REFER 5 OF YOUR FRIENDS - IF THEY PLEDGE AT 'BOOK' OR ABOVE & MESSAGE US QUOTING YOUR NAME, YOUR BOOK IS FREE!*
INSIDE COVER SKETCHES IN ALL BOOKS. COMICS RETAILERS, SCROLL DOWN FOR BULK ORDER INFO (quote store name in a message to see if a contributor is near you for a signing!)
‘The toys want to tear it down, one bear fights to defend it, and for one cat playtime in the city is over.
Return to sweet Toyburg one more time, where the puzzle-piece streets thunder with voices raised against Mayor Huggington. In a police force of hired ex-villains, Ruxby Bear is one of the few real cops who pledge to protect and serve all toys.
Along with his old wooden friend Hazbrow, and wife Mytell, they must stand strong against the tyranny of powerful toys. Can they stop their fellow citizens from wrecking the districts, and the evil Copycat in his quest for chaos?
Fuzzy families, police and criminals all have their perspective on the rising chaos gripping Toyworld, and how they face the dangers will define them.
Ruxby gets real, because it’s time to clean up those blocks.’
We need the funding to pay our diverse creative team for their input, and the first printing of this third book itself for shipping to backers and sale at conventions. We will also make it available digitally.
Torsobear has come a long way from the original short in the Outré anthology, to a series positively received by readers and press. A collaborative project that emerged from a small idea, it has grown into a whole world with a rich history and social structure.
More amazing rewards will be on offer to pledges of all levels, including toys, a character in the book and story outcomes will be created by you!!
My previous books, Kuzimu and The Vale can be obtained on some reward levels (mature readers only for these titles), as can sketch cards, t-shirts and original artwork from the artists! For fans of fun and crime, this is something totally unique, bursting with energy and passion!
ART PRIZES FOR BACKERS!
Saoirse Towler, Yen Quach & GIles Crawford's original pages are up for grabs at milestones too, and all backers on a given day are automatically entered into a sketch contest.
All pledges at 'BOOK' and above in the first week will get a special extra reward of a sketch from the myself on the inside front cover of the book, in addition to any other rewards for their pledge level. You will also be entered into a daily draw to win art from myself or one of the team.
You can also choose some of the story!!
Kieran Squires' 'The Saturday Morning Wars' has a few key scenes that will play out differently based on your votes. Above is a match up between massive toys My Pet Monster and Roids - let us know who should win at our Facebook page to make Toyburg history!! https://www.facebook.com/Torsobear/?fref=nf
Stories Included are:
The Saturday Morning Wars – Kieran Squires, Gustavo Jimenez
The Dearly Deflated – Brett Uren, Faye Harmon
Red Flag, Black Flag, False Flag – Janos Honkonen, Saoirse Louise Towler
The Old Ways – Mike Orvis, Cassie Gregory
Just a Walk Down the Blocks – Brett Uren, Faye Harmon
One Giant Robot for Toykind – Frank Martin, Yen Quach
And the World Smiles With You – Brett Uren
Snaplok and the Beautiful Machine – Cy Dethan, Carlos Zamudio, Nic Wilkinson
Through the Eye of the Needle – Brett Uren
The Rise of Stretcho Savage - Glenn Møane, Stephen Sharar
The Last Ballad of Carly – Edward Norden, Charlie Hogg
Childish Things – Brett Uren, Stuart Uren
REFER A FRIEND OR SHARE FOR EVEN MORE REWARDS!
If you're a backer and refer a friend to back us (they need to tell me in a message), then you get the above art print of Edwin by Yen Quach (from Frank Martin's One Giant Step for Toykind) or Copycat. Even non-backers get on the thank you page in our book if a new backer tells us where they saw your post.
Play 'Build-a-Bear' with us in the campaign updates and help to create a character that will feature in the book. From week two, pick a new body part every two days!
Reviews for Torsobear -
‘It reads like Raymond Chandler meets Teddy Ruxpin with a generous dose of Robert Crumb and we’d love to see a full series.’ – Pipedream Comics
‘The art style and color choices made it feel like a more disturbing and adult Hanna Barbera piece, and the blend of issues such as racism, crises of faith, and horrific crimes with a world of toys resonated.’ – Fanboy Comics
‘There are few comics out there as innocently decadent as this one. In fact, I can’t think of the last time I read a story akin to Torsobear. It is more than just a well-executed piece of parody pulp – it’s a marvellously constructed yet endearingly simple tale of subversion, and demonstrates just how strong a story can be when combining the innocent with the deadly.’ - A Place To Hang Your Cape
With your help and support, perhaps we can add even more to the Torsobear experience. Here are some possibilities should we exceed the original goal:
*Terms & conditions - Your referring friends must message me after backing us, or attach text to their pledge with your name for the offer to count. After that I will contact you to confirm your free book, and you can reduce the amount of your pledge to £0.00, or I can refund the amount of your pledge to you after funding. Only one free print book available to you with this offer. A person cannot refer or be referred multiple times. Please allow the normal time for production and delivery of the book.
Risks and challenges
Myself and many of the team have a track record of contributing to and/or running successful Kickstarters. In fact, we've already completed and delivered two Torsobear books using this very model.
With such a diverse team and complex project we've already had to put in a lot of the work that can be done upfront. This is in order to make sure the whole thing is able to be completed for delivery up around a couple of months after funding has been received.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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