About this project
Bust 3: A Sackcloth Smile follows a group of misfits road tripping across a post-apocalyptic American wasteland to deliver a young girl to safety - she hides a secret that can help save the world from a terrible cataclysm, but with psychos, raiders and beasts around every turn, the mission isn't exactly going to be easy!
This is the third entry to Dave Cook and Chris O'Toole's critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic road trip series. This lovingly crafted 44 page epic blends the nihilistic carnage of the Mad Max movies, the grim wastelands of Bethesda's Fallout franchise and the bare knuckle brutality of Fight Club.
The series stars Jack, a former card dealer from Las Vegas who is forced into a life of violence and insanity to protect and provide for his family.
In Bust #3 we're now over ten years into Jack's story, and things aren't getting any easier for the old card shark. The world is beyond repair, and the mutant plague that once ravaged humans has now evolved to turn animals into terrifying monsters. Our heroes are alone, lost and being stalked like prey.
The plot of this issue focuses on Dawn, a gifted young girl who holds the secret to saving what is left of humankind by halting a terrible cataclysm. Jack and his posse of survivors must deliver Dawn to the mysterious Station Bravo, where they believe she will be safe. It is a few States away, leading to an epic road trip across the ravaged, decayed husk of the old world.
However, Jack's being hunted cross the Free South by a savage gang of lunatics known as The Smilers and to top it off he's losing his grip on reality. He sees people from his past, he can't tell friend from foe and his lust for violence is growing. Can he keep his shit together long enough to outrun the Smiler's crazed leader 'Sackcloth' and deliver Dawn from evil?
You can only find out if the odds are in Jack's favour by backing our third issue right here on Kickstarter. It's a 44-page epic with more character development than ever before, higher stakes as our world descends into deeper madness, and explosive, world-changing twists.
Bust is the brainchild of Dave Cook (AKA Card Shark Comics), a comic writer from Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also the creator and writer of Dark Souls tribute series Vessels #1 - which was funded on Kickstarter in February 2016, and short series Feather, which launches in new anthology Comichaus this summer.
Chris O'Toole is the artistic force behind Bust's gritty apocalyptic madness, inspired by 2000AD and the works of Dredd's John Wagner. He also shades and letters each issue of Bust and creates our customer backer sketches.
Glasgow-based artist Craig has created each Bust cover so far, and his dark, realistic style regularly turns head at comic conventions from across the room, and has received heaps of praises since the series launched in July 2015. We're lucky and honoured to have him back for round three.
Over the past year, our series has received mad-love from the comic press and we're really making a name for ourselves at conventions here in the UK. Don't take our word for it, check out these great reviews:
"If it can get this good this quickly, then whatever comes next will be something to look forward to" - 9/10 (Bust 2 review, Starburst Magazine)
"It offers a very unique take on a well worn genre and terrific execution of timeless themes." - 4/5 (Bust 2 review, Examiner.com)
"It is heart felt, brutal and quite dystopian, speculative and full of twisted poetry. This is a tale of redemption, rebellion, karma and purpose. But most of all, metamorphosis." (Bust 1 review, Big Glasgow Comic Page)
We're delighted to have made it this far with our series, and we couldn't have done it without our incredible backers across Bust 1 and 2. We're hoping we can get funded a third time and keep our story rolling.
Thanks for checking out our story of post-apocalyptic madness, we're eternally grateful to our backers.
-Dave, Chris and Craig x
Risks and challenges
There are always risks attached to Kickstarters, but this will be our fourth campaign, following the runaway successes of Bust #1 Bust 2: Wasteland Ronin and our other series Vessels #1.
We have a great understanding of how to price our reward tiers fairly, communicate with our backers regularly so they can see our progress, and we part fund comic pages before the Kickstarter launches to ensure we're off to a practical start.
Our comics are a regular fixture on the Scottish convention circuit, and we're now selling our issues via Forbidden Planet, Deadhead Comics and the ComiXology app.
Rest assured, Bust's star is rising and we're now well-experienced at running crowd funding campaigns all the way to completion.
With your help we can make this issue happen, and we don't believe in overcharging just to bump up numbers. At over 40 pages, Bust #3 will be our biggest issue yet - it'll be £4 at conventions and £4 on Kickstarter. No price hikes, no guff. Our convention fans can vouch for us there.
But in the end, transparency is king. If you have any questions at all, please message me over Kickstarter, tweet me at @davescook or drop me a message on the Card Shark Comics Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cardsharkcomics). Im happy to answer any queries you have.
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