Alex Automatic is a new DOUBLE-SIZED 48 page one-shot comic book coming this November from Cabal Comics. The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds to cover printing costs so we can bring the project to life. It is written by Fraser Campbell with art from James Corcoran, colour art by David B. Cooper and lettering/design by Colin Bell.
Alex Automatic is about a Government agent called Alex Anderson. Subjected to an experimental programme, Alex has knowledge and even skills grafted into his brain for specific missions. He is the perfect agent, docile, efficient, re-writable. However, the process has left Alex so unstable that he has become trapped in a fractured delusion, believing that he is a robot super-spy hero from a 70s TV show called Alex Automatic. Extremely volatile and dangerous, he is held in stasis in a secure Government facility. However, two well-meaning journalists find out about him and break him out, thinking they're getting a great story and doing him a favour. They soon realise they have no idea what they've unleashed.
The story came about after James and I had been talking about how much we loved the old Gerry Anderson TV Century 21 shows like Thunderbirds and Joe 90 and the ITC shows like The Prisoner, Danger Man and Department S. We soon came up with an idea that combined the innocent fun of these shows with the far more sinister story of a broken, dangerous man, living inside the delusion that he is a TV robot super-spy at odds with a mysterious organisation called PRYSM. If you enjoy stuff like The Prisoner, Steed & Mrs Peel and The Saint but also love comics like Miracleman, Casanova and The Invisibles, this should be right up your alley.
The Kickstarter has a target of £1,400 which will be used to cover printing costs. It features exclusively priced treats like an Alex Automatic print by the legendary Shaky Kane plus variant covers by Nick Pitarra (Manhattan Projects) Alisdair Wood (Horrere) and Iain Laurie (And Then Emily Was Gone).
Fraser is the writer of comics Sleeping Dogs, Black Cape and Mothwicke. He has also written extensively for radio and the stage. Death Sentence creator Monty Nero praised Sleeping Dogs on its release in November 2015 as “The best thing I read at Thought Bubble” and labelled the creative team “Talents to watch”.
James debuts his vast talents in Alex Automatic, his first long-form comic work. His signature, quintessentially British illustration style is evocative not only of the stalwart classic UK comics of old, but of the many European comic masters he holds in high regard.
David B. Cooper
David is a cartoonist and colourist from Glasgow, with professional credits that include Image Comics. He recently got to stand next to the Batmobile and is unsurprisingly still a bit giddy.
Colin Bell has worked extensively in comics as a letterer for Dark Horse, Boom! Studios and Image Comics. He is also the writer of award winning all-ages comic Dungeon Fun.
Music used in video is "You make me feel" by MK2
Our grateful thanks go to Ewan MacCormick for shooting and editing our video
Risks and challenges
The main aim of the Kickstarter is to raise funds to print the finished book. Art for the comic is over two-thirds done and David has been colouring the pages as we go. Colin is poised to do his part when the art is done, as is our printer, the gallant Rich Hardiman of Comic Printing UK. As I mentioned in the video, most of this team worked on the comic Sleeping Dogs last year which enjoyed good sales and nice notices, so although we are new to Kickstarter, we know what it takes to see an indie comic project to print and beyond. This comic will get made, barring hospitalisation or death!
We've given ourselves a firm target of being ready for The Thought Bubble Comics Festival in early November 2016, so we anticipate being able to start fulfilment later that month. If you are backing a reward that involves James doing a commission or Colin doing some lettering, this will take a bit longer to deliver depending on how popular the reward tiers are and as such, we've set delivery targets for January for those.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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