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Not only am I crazy enough to self-publish Foster, now I'm trying to expand the Universe with an Anthology in time for SDCC 2012!

What the heck is a Foster?

It's self-published bi-monthly series that I began publishing in January of 2012. As of this moment, I am preparing to send issue #3 to the printer. Check out my website brianbooch.com where you can learn about me, the book and even order a PDF or hard copy of the first two issues!

The Concept

FOSTER, a haunted war veteran trying to forget the world at the bottom of a bottle, becomes the guardian of a 6 YEAR-OLD BOY who is the offspring of a woman and a PRIMAL RACE OF SUPERNATURAL CREATURES that lurk on the fringes of society and need him to repopulate. In a world where technology is stuck in the analog ’70s and danger lurks around every corner, three rival factions want the half-breed child. Now Foster must navigate the shadow world, twisted scientists and his own past in order to keep the boy safe while winning his trust, nurturing his humanity, and trying to prevent him from giving in to the monster within.

The Anthology

It will contain five short stories (8-10 pages each) that take place in the Foster Universe. The stories will span across different time periods and across the world, but all relate to the main series in some way. So in addition to adding depth to the world, it will also illuminate some of the characters origins/motivations.

When Is It Going To Come Out?

San Diego Comic Con 2012! It may sound crazy, but I REALLY want to get this book done in time for SDCC. This is a SD Convention Special that will be limited to 500 and Individually Numbered. Of course, if a THOUSAND PEOPLE pledge, I will have to print more than 500. 

So Why Am I Doing This?

For two very selfish reasons... because I love this world and I want to see more of it AND because doing an anthology gives me the opportunity to collaborate with some talented (and some unsung) comic pros that I really want to work with.

Who Are The Collaborators?

I'm still filling out the roster of talent, but so far I have the following commitments...

Noel Tuazon - the artist of the regular series

Mike Johnson - One of my New 52 pals and co-writer of Supergirl

Steve Buccellato - a mighty fine illustrating comic professional (and my brother)

Kyle Higgins - Another New52 pal, and writer of Nightwing

Jason Copland - Indie artist and convention circuit pal

What Are People Saying About Foster?

“Damn good horror with a humanist streak a mile wide. FOSTER has quickly established Brian Buccellato as one of the premiere genre writers in comics today.”

- Joshua Hale Fialkov (Eisner and Harvey Award Nominated writer, ECHOES, LAST OF THE GREATS, and I,VAMPIRE)

Foster is an unapologetically grim and stylish tale of grasping for hope when you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel that is your life, never knowing if there will be anyone there to catch you. It’s a tale of pain and addiction that offers the slightest glimmer of optimism that could end in tragedy as easily as it could triumph. A true thrill ride.     

-Joey Esposito (IGN comics editor, author, FOOTPRINTS)

"Uncompromising and horrifying and brilliant and poignant, Brian Buccellato and Noel Tuazon’s FOSTER is a comic book bomb to the brain."

- Sterling Gates (writer, WAR OF THE SUPERMEN, HAWK & DOVE, and CAPTAIN VICTORY)

"I was sucked in from the first page. The story is grounded in reality with twists that pop out of the shadows in your nightmares. You’ll be immediately hooked and eager for the next issue."

- Tony Guerrero COMICVINE.COM

“Tough, Rough and Ready for Primetime!”

- Richard Starkings (writer/creator of ELEPHANTMEN)

“Brian Buccellato is voice worth listening to in the comic market. As swiftly and adeptly AS Buccellato weaves mainstream superhero tales in the FLASH from DC, he quickly shifts gears to dark and more sinister places. FOSTER is one of those places, a genuine blend of 70’s cinema and grind, mixed with heavy dose of adventure at a frantic pace. While FOSTER cannot be easily classified in terms of pop comic genres, the grey storyline will stay with the reader well past its first viewing.”

- Jimmy S. Jay, Retailer & Convention Promoter

"It has lit a spark in me that I’ve only felt when reading the likes of Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth and Scott Snyder’s American Vampire. It’s in one hand a wickedly entertaining genre piece and in the other a deeply personal story of a man fighting demons of both the external and internal kind. Mash this together with an oddly touching “father/son” tale and you have a meal that I will gladly devour every month."

- Bobby Shortle, talkingcomicbooks.com

"Foster is a welcome breath of smoggy air for lungs not suitably adapted to fresh oxygen.  The mystery and intrigue that end the first issue necessitate the reading of the next chapter.  It’s the emotional depth and sincere storytelling, however, that will make Foster difficult to ignore as it attempts to scratch and claw its way into the market."

Sean Gerber, Modern Myth Media

"Deftly written and original- Buccellato's cadence grabs you by the collar and tosses you into a low-tech future world that's riotous and real, as it explores the poignant relationship between a lost kid and his reluctant caretaker."

--Shelly Bond, VERTIGO editor

Click the link below to see some reviews for Issues #1 and #2...

Why Do I Need Your Money?

This might be one of the most important questions. The simple answer is that I can't pull this off without help. I have been self-financing and self-publishing Foster, basically using my earnings from working on Flash and Hellblazer, to support this endeavor.

Where is The Money Going?

To the collaborators and towards production/printing. Everyone will be working for WAY BELOW their worth (even me -- I haven't factored any writing costs for myself)... but I would like to be able to give everyone SOMETHING for their efforts. 

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