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Bust is a dark comic series starring Jack, a card dealer from Las Vegas, forced to fight for survival in a diseased world gone insane.
Bust is a dark comic series starring Jack, a card dealer from Las Vegas, forced to fight for survival in a diseased world gone insane.
Bust is a dark comic series starring Jack, a card dealer from Las Vegas, forced to fight for survival in a diseased world gone insane.
112 backers pledged £1,651 to help bring this project to life.

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You can read the first 14 pages of Issue #1 for free on the Bust blog.

***STRETCH GOAL ADDITIONS***
Because Bust has been funded well ahead of schedule, we have added some stretch goals to the campaign. Help us hit them to make our rewards better, and to make funding for issue #2 more manageable.

£1,350 - Colour cover ***UNLOCKED!***
For this extra sum, we can ensure that every of Bust issue #1 can be delivered with a full colour cover, instead of the black and white version we have now.

£1,600 - Second print run
For this extra sum we can commission a second print run of Bust issue #1 that we will then sell on Etsy to help raise funds for the production of Bust issue #2. This means that when our Kickstarter for the second issue rolls around we won't have to set our goal so high.

£1,900 - New front cover by game artist Paul Canavan + posters
For this extra sum we will commission new, digitally painted front cover for Bust issue #1. Paul is a local artist here in Edinburgh who has been featured on Kotaku for his outstanding artwork. Here's a superb fan piece he painted in honour of Hello Games PS4 title No Man's Sky. We hope you agree it's brilliant. He has also pledged a print run of cover posters if we hit this goal.

£2,100 - Official Bust launch party in Edinburgh
Lastly: if we hit this sum we will hold a Bust launch party here in Edinburgh where backers can pick up their signed copy and rewards in person, have some drinks and food, and just have a fun evening. It'll also give Chris and I a chance to finally meet in person.

***FIRST £50 & £20 CUSTOM SKETCHES REVEALED***

Chris has started releasing his custom sketch rewards for our £50 and £20 backers, which lets them request an image of absolutely anything they want. Here are the first two:

Sonic as Bust's hero Jack

A shady character by a possible crime scene...

 And a dragon doing something naughty with the moon... oh dear...

PREMISE

Bust Issue #1 is a violent 32-page webcomic that depicts the downfall of society at the hands of a terrible plague. It stars Jack, a legendary card dealer and con man out of Las Vegas, who is forced to defend his family and fight for survival in this brutal new world. It will also receive a physical print run if we meet our target.

The plague hits America
The plague hits America

After failing to flee America, and the roaming mutated freaks and gangs that roam its streets, Jack and his family find themselves in the last safe city in the country, a walled off metropolis governed by business magnate Eddie Scott. 

Things look good for a while, but Jack eventually crosses Eddie and finds himself thrown into a string of gladiatorial battles against the wasteland's worst monstrosities in order to fight for his freedom.

Will he survive and see his family again? If he does, what comes next? Will Jack turn to blood and slaughter to claim his revenge against Eddie and his flock, or can he make peace and find some sense of sanity in a world gone mad?

You can find out by backing Bust, and this is just Issue #1 of we hope will become an ongoing web and printed comic series.

Jack gets his hands bloody. VERY bloody in Bust
Jack gets his hands bloody. VERY bloody in Bust


WHY KICKSTARTER?

Bust Issue #1 is being written by former game critic at VG247 Dave Cook, and talented artist Chris O'Toole. You'll find a portfolio of Chris's superb work here.

Chris is a work for hire artist and we've been working on Bust Issue #1 and the broader plot arc for about a year now. It's been funded by Dave until now, but because we want to start producing print runs and to get pages out faster, we decided to turn to Kickstarter.

Not only will your generous pledges help us get about 3-4 new pages on the Bust blog for free each month, we will have funds to create print runs that we will sign and send to you as a keepsake of the project. We're also doing posters, custom sketches and working some of you high-tier backers into the comic too. Think about that, you'll be immortalise on the page. Not to shabby we hope you'll agree.

Dissenters are quickly shot to ribbons in this mad new world
Dissenters are quickly shot to ribbons in this mad new world

Comic production in general is not cheap, but we're offering more than your classic three panel webcomic. This is an ongoing narrative with many characters, shocking twists and a deep world. Plus, ours will become a physical thing you can hold one day if we hit our targets.  

By backing Bust Issue #1 you can be sure of regular updates from Dave and Chris, insight into the creation process and at times, a say in where we go from issue one. For example, we will be polling you on the title of issue two and beyond.

All that's left is to say thanks for checking out our page. You have our sincerest gratitude. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to give Dave a shout on Twitter at @davescook. He doesn't bite, we promise. Not like this guy anyway:

Will Jack live to see his family again? Only you can help us tell that tale
Will Jack live to see his family again? Only you can help us tell that tale

Risks and challenges

What qualifies us to make this comic?

Dave has worked as a game critic and published writer for over seven years. He has a published novel called Drifting available on Amazon and iTunes and is writing another book called Seventh Circle as you read this. Chris has been a work-for-hire artist with a diverse body of projects under his belt for many years. We read comics, and we've done this kind of work before.

What problems might we hit along the way?

We haven't seen a single Kickstarter project pass the finish line without a hitch. It's the nature of the creative industries. Things change, third-parties don't meet deadlines and so on. But what - specifically might set us back?

Well, after the project is funded and because some pages require more detail than others - particularly crowd scenes and landscape city shots, we may have to do three pages in a month instead of two, but we will keep you posted every step of the way. Either way, these pages will go live as they are made, and can be read for free on the Bust blog so you can see the progress we're making.

The only other challenges are the time it takes to get copies back from the printers, but we have a good working relationship with an England-based printing house and we have been given a two week lead time on all orders. We then have to sign everything and mail it to you, which will also take time.

Regardless of timing, we will keep you informed throughout the process and show our work and methodology as we go. We love social media, we talk about our projects all the time, so by the end of this you'll probably be begging us to shut up.

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