Killtopia is an award-winning cyberpunk comic series set in a mega-city in future Japan. The city's Sector K district is infested with killer mechs. Heavily-armed soldiers of fortune called Wreckers are paid to hunt them for money, fame and glory.
Our story starts as a rookie Wrecker called Shinji encounters the world's first sentient mech called Crash. They are then both hunted like fugitives across the neon-soaked metropolis by Wreckers, android killers and Yakuza gangs in a violent battle royale to end them all!
The series has been created from a love of old-school manga and anime, dystopian fiction and the work of Japan's finest videogame developers - all qualified and culture-checked by family members and friends living in Japan.
Will you like Killtopia?
If you like any of these things then hell yeah, you're going to love it:
- Stories that feature: robots, kickass action, badass bounty hunters, mindblowing future tech, and vivid dystopian futures
- Old school manga films like: Akira, Ghost in the Shell, The Guyver Movies like Blade Runner, Battle Royale, Pacific Rim, Edge of Tomorrow, The Running Man.
- Videogames like: Horizon: Zero Dawn, Borderlands, Bayonetta, No More Heroes, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Cool, you're still here! Here's the longer Killtopia #2 story synopsis:
Japan's about to get WRECKED! The bounty on Crash's head has gone public, and Killtopia's deadliest Mech hunters are ready to collect. Leading the charge is King Kaiju; a mechanised corporate mascot of death, who belongs to the evil Kaiju Cola Mega-Corporation.
There's just one problem: the world's greatest Wrecker - Stiletto - has gotten to Crash first. Their explosive showdown sends Stiletto's peak celebrity status into a flaming tailspin that threatens to change Japan forever.
Meanwhile: Rookie Wrecker Shinji and his sister Omi have been blackmailed by crazy Yakuza crime lord Saitoh. He 's given them 24- hours to find Crash and deliver him to his gang, or he'll kill them both. Together with underground hacker group Koshiro-23, our heroes plan a dangerous heist to save Crash from Stiletto's clutches.
The explosive battle for Crash has begun. Who will get to him first, and what do they plan to do with him? Whatever happens, it's going to tear Japan a new asshole.
The first issue in our series launched to mass critical acclaim. It got insane reviews, and we even won a Creative Edinburgh Award for our work on the book. We also scored a publishing and distribution deal with Glasgow's BHP Comics after Killtopia #1 smashed £16,000 on Kickstarter last year.
Here's a selection of review quotes from last year:
- Starburst Magazine (10/10 Review): "Killtopia is a meticulously-crafted fusion of glamour and gloom, perfectly portraying a future as energetically effervescent as it is unforgiving brutal, and more than worthy of taking its place alongside the litany of classics that inspired it."
- Big Comic Page (5/5 Review): "If you buy one comic this year, buy this one. Yes, it's that good. An exciting, engaging world and compelling story."
- Pipedream Comics (No scores): "Killtopia wears its cyberpunk and anime influences on its sleeves like a badge of honour, as it perfectly melds every dystopian sci-fi cliche into one glorious technicolour package."
- Tripwire Magazine (No scores): "Vastly impressive in every way. High octane, massive science fiction ideas, a big cast and a punk aesthetic mean it walks like a heavyweight and punches like a super heavyweight. A startlingly strong debut."
- ComicScene (No scores): "They say most people have one great album in them. The truth could be said of comic creators. This is an exceptional piece of work and if never bettered everyone involved can be proud of what they've achieved. This is a fantastic, well constructed story."
Who are we? Well....
Dave Cook (creator/writer): Hailing from Scotland, Dave spent the best part of a decade as an award-winning games journalist before setting up his comics label Card Shark Comics.
He has created and written three comic series so far - the award-nominated Dark Souls-inspired fantasy saga Vessels, The post-apocalyptic road trip series Bust and rapture-themed civil war short series Feather. His love for Japanese action videogames was the seed that gave birth to Killtopia.
Craig Paton (artist): Also from Scotland, Craig is a relative newcomer to comics. Aside from Killtopia Craig created the cover artwork for the Card Shark Comics series Bust.
Outside of comics, Craig has been a professional illustrator for a decade. As well as working on video games and movies, he is recognised for his work for commercial clients, like Edinburgh Gin, Holland & Sherry and BBC Scotland.
Micah Myers (letterer): Micah Myers is a comic book letterer. He has worked on books for Image, Dark Horse, and lots of comics for other companies including Starburns, Action Lab, and Aspen. He has also lettered tons of crowdfunded, self-published, and pitch comics. When not lettering, he crowdfunded his own comic, The Disasters. He also has a lovely wife and two kids. Check out his portfolio of work here.
Killtopia #2 is our 7th Kickstarter campaign, and in our experience it's best to keep rewards simple and to the point. Here's a breakdown of what you'll get with each reward tier.
The comic: A slick perfect-bound book with 53 pages of story, complete with shout-outs to our top-tier backers and a collection of fan art. It's full colour, glossy and expertly bound. We never cut corners, so expect this to look and feel like comics from the big publishers!
Shirt & Beer Mats: The evil soft drink mega-corp Kaiju Cola is a major player in Killtopia #2, so you can help spread that evil by wearing your very own Kaiju Cola shirt. (Comes in your chosen size.) You can also get a 4-pack of Kaiju Cola beer mats to add some chaos to your coffee table.
Stiletto Prop Pistol
This is a our top-tier reward: a full replica of the pistol belonging to Killtopia star Stiletto - the world's number one Wrecker.
It's a high-quality replica created by prop designer and friend of ours Mike Lawson, founder of WYSHCreative. Mike has made some truly incredible props over the years from movies, games and other sources. You can see more of his work on Instagram here.
This one's for the most dedicated Wreckers out there, but be quick, there's only a few up for grabs!
Hey! We’re funded! Help us wreck our stretch goals!
(What are stretch goals anyway?)
Good question young Otaku! So let's say we made our first £4000: we could then say that if we hit £5000 that everyone gets a free Killtopia toothbrush. (Note: unfortunately there will be no Killtopia toothbrushes, but how sweet would that be?)
It's our way of giving you bonus rewards at no extra costs, and I'm happy to announce that we've already hit our first stretch goal BEFORE we've even had a chance to announce them!
Stretch Goal #1 @ £5500 - Alexander Gioiosa Art Print
Here’s our first guest artist. If we hit £5,500 everyone who backed at £10 or more will get a unique Killtopia A4 art print from cyberpunk heavyweight artist Alexander Gioiosa:
Stretch Goal #2 @ £6500 - Joao Antunes Art Print
Our next stretch goal unlocks at £6.5k, and it’s an A4 Print by another popular cyberpunk artist Joao Antunes.
Check out more of his work at:
Stretch Goal #3 @ £6500 - Rob Shields Illustration
Here's the next one. If we pass 8k, we all get a Killtopia illustration by Neon Wasteland and Heavy Metal artist and AR wizard Rob Shields.
Stretch Goal #4@ £10,000 - Tula Lotay Art Print
Next, if we hit £10,000, all £15+ backers will get an exclusive Killtopia print by the incredible Tula Lotay.
Tula is the director of our favourite convention of the year - Thought Bubble, and is one heck of an artist, with one of those unique, eye-watering styles that you can spot a mile off.
Tula has created art for some incredible comic series, including The Wicked + The Devine, Supreme: Blue Rose, Scarlet Witch for Marvel, All-Star Batman, Archie, and much more. Her new book Largo comes out on Monday.
Stretch Goal #5@ £12,000 - Frank Quitely Art Print
Next up at £12,000 is something truly special: all £15+ backers get a new Killtopia print by legendary artist Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, New X-Men, We3, Jupiter’s Legacy, Batman and Robin)
Frank is a huge inspiration of Craig’s so this is a massive team up for us, and we can’t thank him enough for agreeing to create something extra special for you all 🙂
Stretch Goal #6@ £14,500 - Gary Erskine Art Print
If we hit £14,500, all £20+ backers will receive a new print by Gary Erskine, who created the superb Stiletto Print for Killtopia #1.
Gary is a famous artist from Scotland, who has worked for Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Image and 2000AD. He's the creator of Roller Grrls and has worked on many high profile series over his impressive career.
Stretch Goal #7@ £17,000 - Laurie Greasley Illustration
For the second of our round 2 of stretch goals, we're lucky to have on board the awesome movie concept artist and illustrator Laurie Greasley.
Should we pass the 17,000 mark Laurie will put turn his cyberpunk hands toward creating some Killtopia artwork for us.
As well as working as a concept artists for film, Laurie is a Mondo poster illustrator and has created some fantastic sci-fi themed work for the likes of Metallica and Daft Punk. He's also a regular collaborator with Josan Gonzalez on their The Raid series of illustrations.
Stretch Goal #8@ £18,500 -3D Cyberpunk Photoshoot
If we hit £18,500, all £20+ backers will get a set of unique cyberpunk photos that you can view in 3D, from our pal Alasdair Watson Photography.
Stretch Goal #9@ £20,000 -Killtopia Branded Toothbrush!
You asked for it, we’re delivering! Yep, if we manage to hit the big £20,000 mark, all £15+ backers will receive a Killtopia-branded toothbrush.
No this isn’t a joke and we haven’t gone crazy. Let me explain: when we hit our target for Killtopia #1 I did a post explaining how stretch goals work, and joked about each additional tier giving everyone something extra - like a toothbrush.
Despite saying that was a joke, a crazy number of our long time backers and fans keep sincerely asking us to make Killtopia toothbrushes a reality. We even had a friend 3D print their own one because they got impatient.
So yes, his is possibly the most random thing I’ve done on Kickstarter but you can’t say we don’t listen to you guys and deliver the goods 😂 if we hit £20k it’ll finally happen.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks with Kickstarters, but so far Dave and Card Shark Comics have successfully funded and delivered six campaigns - with the help of our incredible fans, family and new readers.
As such, we've developed a slick formula for delivering simple, high-quality rewards and keeping our backers informed constantly throughout the creation process. You'll get plenty of updates to see how the comic is progressing, and stretch goals to sweeten the deal.
If you have any questions at all, we always invite backers to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org - we always reply, and are happy to chat, so don't be shy :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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