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£1,454
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157
backers
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, August 25 2019 7:56 AM UTC +00:00.

About


Welcome to Heart of Steal #1! 

Heart of Steal is a brand new action/crime caper comic about three estranged friends who find themselves on a collision course following an audacious robbery. It’s a story about loyalty, friendship and ambition in a world where the rules have been turned upside down. 

Heart of Steal #1 Cover
Heart of Steal #1 Cover

Set in the sprawling, moon-based megatropolis of Alpha City, Heart of Steal will appeal to lovers of character driven comics like Saga, Southern Cross, Crowded, Stumptown, Jessica Jones, Bandette and Giant Days and TV shows like Cowboy Bebop, Veronica Mars, Firefly and Scorpion! 

What to expect if you haven’t read or seen these comics/shows? 

A bit of sci-fi! A lot of crime! Loads of heart, humour, angst and action! 

Want to know more? Read Matt Ligeti's spoiler-free review! 

Heart of Steal #1 will be full colour, 24 pages and will be the first in a four-issue mini-series. The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds to cover printing and production costs so we can bring the project to life.

The Story

Desperate to save her dying brother, teenage cat-burglar Toni Doinel steals the only transplant heart available in the sprawling moon metropolis of Alpha City. However, the heart belongs to a notorious gangster, who’s not about to give it up without a fight! 

Toni’s daring heist puts her on a collision course with two estranged childhood friends, gang lieutenant Michael Roche and city cop Oscar Navarro. In one crazy night, Toni, Michael and Oscar will discover what they are willing to risk for family, clan and aspiration in a city where you carve out your stake any way you can!

Characters

Toni

Toni is 19 and is a resourceful cat-burglar trying to survive in Alpha City. She is also open, funny, curious, loving and never knows when she’s beaten. Physically strong, quick and nimble, she uses these abilities and an array of handmade gadgetry and electronic enhancements to pull off outlandish robberies no-one else would even consider. As such, she has developed a reputation as the go-to for “impossible” jobs. But she is loyal to herself, her friends and her family which has often put her at odds with criminals who want her to work exclusively for them, and many who have ended up on the wrong end of her skillset. She’s also impulsive and cocky, with a tendency to bite off more than she can chew. Her homemade junkyard tech doesn’t always work, and often shorts out at exactly the wrong moment.

Oscar

Oscar is a 20 year old Alpha City cop, who has the misfortune to be nearby when Toni pulls her job. A childhood friend of Toni’s, he joined the Police to get ahead in a department compromised by commercial sponsorship, political cronyism and heroic underfunding. In a city where honest police are considered a joke, he is busy trying to parlay his job into the connections he needs to get by. He’s flashy and loud and insistently self-interested, playing the fact he’s out purely for number one like the holiest of virtues. This conflicts with a deep affection for his friends and family, which he actively works on burying, sure it will get in the way of his success. He has deliberately distanced himself from his old friends to show them he has a new life now and doesn’t care about the old neighbourhood – in truth, he wants to keep his old community as far away from who he’s become to ensure that no-one he cares about ever finds out about the shameful life he’s now embraced.

Michael

Michael (20) is a up-and-coming mobster working for Ray-D, the gang lord who controls his neighbourhood. Charged with recovering the stolen transplant heart meant for his boss, he soon realises he’ll have a job on his hands keeping everyone involved, including himself, alive. Young but level headed and smart, he nonetheless entered the life he’s chosen because of his strong sense of community and justice. In a city without honest police and robust law, the gangs run the streets. Only as part of a gang can Michael ensure the people from his area get a fair shake from gangsters and corrupt officials alike. A childhood friend of Toni and Oscar’s, he is not a brave man but not a coward either, he’s a mediator, who likes to try and talk things out. He knows that most of the people in his largely impoverished community have a grift or two going that can lead them to run afoul of the gangs or the Police and he realises the best he can do a lot of the time is keep the peace. However he has a tendency to want to fix everything in a situation, and sometimes can’t decide when it’s time to back off or when it’s time to take more decisive action. 

Welcome to Alpha City

Alpha City is an expansive moon based metropolis where almost everyone good or bad has a grift, a side-line or an angle to play. Completed in 2060, it was conceived as the answer to global overcrowding on Earth. By 2085, Earth continues to control supply lines, but pays only grudging mind to the wellbeing of the colony. Instead, it has slowly become a dumping ground for Earth’s most undesirable citizens, leaving the city largely controlled by violent organised criminals. Advanced medicine, tech and other modern amenities are in short supply and available only to the richest. The people scavenge, grift and take what they need to get by.

Early Concept Art
Early Concept Art
Early Concept Art
Early Concept Art
Early Character Sketches
Early Character Sketches
Early Character Sketches. Who are these guys? Find out in Issue #2!
Early Character Sketches. Who are these guys? Find out in Issue #2!

Rewards

As well as the comic of course we have a couple of other very cool reward levels. Series artist Katie Fleming is offering a very limited ten A4 commission spots, plus we have an option to get an exclusive print set featuring work by Katie, our multi-talented colourist Rebecca Horner and the brilliant Alfie Gallagher! We also have a very special and very limited (3 spots) reward where you (name and likeness) can be in the next issue of Heart of Steal! 

As well as all that you could also waltz away with the A3 original art for Alfie Gallagher's amazing Heart of Steal print - a completely unique, one of a kind reward! 

Heart of Steal Print by series artist, Katie Fleming
Heart of Steal Print by series artist, Katie Fleming
Heart of Steal Print by Alfie Gallagher
Heart of Steal Print by Alfie Gallagher
Heart of Steal Print by Rebecca Horner
Heart of Steal Print by Rebecca Horner
Alfie Gallagher Original Art Reward
Alfie Gallagher Original Art Reward

The Creative Team:

Fraser Campbell is the writer of comics Alex Automatic, Sleeping Dogs, and The Edge Off and publishes work under the Cabal Comics imprint. His comic Alex Automatic (with artist James Corcoran) won best UK Single Issue at Edinburgh Comic Con in 2017. 

Katie Fleming is a comic artist and werewolf enthusiast from Dublin, Ireland and has created titles such as 100 Times, Vampire Café and As We Go. Now based in Japan, Katie is working on an number of upcoming comic projects. 

Rebecca Horner is an artist and colourist and a workshop leader at Dundee Creative Space, which encourages creative learning through comics. She is also involved with Dundee based Ink Pot Studios. 

Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is a writer, letterer, filmmaker and a two-time Eisner nominated (now a 2019 Eisner winner!) editor for his magazine, PanelxPanel, deep diving into how comics are created every month. He is also behind every comic process junkie’s favourite You Tube series, Strip Panel Naked.

Harry French is a writer and editor from Bristol, England. He has written the celebrated indie cult classic Freak Out Squares (with artist Garry Mac) and his recent thriller one-shot Slow Shutter (with artist Elliot Balson) was nominated as one of the best comics of the year at Glasgow Comic Con’s SICBA Awards. He also edits Alex Automatic. 

Risks and challenges

Anyone who backed previous Cabal Comics campaigns (Alex Automatic, The Edge Off) will know we can be trusted to deliver on our pledges.
The comic is finished and will soon be with the printers (the wonderful Comics Printing UK) and fulfilment should begin hopefully in advance of our October target date. Commissions will take a bit longer obviously and we've set a date of December 2019 for these. We'd expect to be ahead of that target too in reality.

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