About this project
"In a fair world, Jon Stables would be spoken of in the same breath as Alex Raymond, Hal
Foster, and Milton Caniff. Hope Nicholson should be congratulated for introducing him and his brainchild Brok Windsor to a whole new generation of readers."
- Mark Shainblum, co-creator of Northguard
Stretch Goals (Updated August 17, 2014)
$20,000 - REACHED! All book funders will receive a hand-numbered & signed bookplate sticker featuring artwork from a 1940s Brok Windsor advertisement.
$25,000 - REACHED! Artist Scott Chantler will be commissioned to draw a 9 page lost Brok Windsor story based on a 1946 script by Ted Ross, that has never been published. This story will be included in the collected edition, digital and physical.
$30,000 - REACHED! All funders at any level above $5 will receive a digital collection of Jon Stables illustrated pulp stories from the late 1930s.
All funders receiving a physical item by mail will receive a 3D paper Brok Windsor doll.
$35,000 - All funders at any level above $5 will receive a digital copy of the Jon Stables comic book story, "Forgotten Plateau" set in the same world as Brok Windsor, but starring Sax Benn of the RCAF.
All funders receiving a physical item will receive one additional Brok Windsor print, selected at random.
Last year with my creative partner Rachel Richey, we successfully ran the Kickstarter to reprint the adventures of a long-lost golden age comic book superheroine, Nelvana of the Northern Lights.
Along the way, I learned a great deal about the ins and outs of small press publishing, though it's been a challenging year, it hasn't dissuaded me from going back and doing a solo project!
Brok Windsor was my clear choice. While putting together the film "Lost Heroes" with producer Tony Wosk and director Will Pascoe, I first saw Brok Windsor's artwork on the big screen. Though I had long heard about the character, this first glimpse into his detailed artwork blew me away with the dedication put by the artist Jon Stables into each panel. And when I had a chance to read the comics I was pleased to find the comics action-packed, funny, and a really entertaining read.
In March 2014, I began to put together issues of his adventures for my own enjoyment and soon found myself absorbed. Meeting the family of Jon Stables and talking to them about their father's legacy, compelled me to ask them if they would be interested in having me reprint Brok Windsor. Their enthusiastic support validated my choice.
"(My brother) Brok Stables and I are delighted that the Brok Windsor story will be reprinted and become accessible to new generations of Canadians. We believe that, like Nelvana, Brok Windsor is representative of the best of the Canadian Whites. In addition to being a fascinating window on mid twentieth century Canadian culture, these comics are good entertainment in their own right." - Jon Stables, son of Jon Stables, creator of Brok Windsor
"Canada's answer to Flash Gordon. But even more awesome" - Bevan Thomas, writer
Who is Brok Windsor?
During WWII, the artist named Jon Stables moved from Winnipeg to British Columbia to work on painting signs for the ships to help out war efforts. Here he joined up with a brand new publisher named Maple Leaf Comics, where after a short amount of time he became art director.
In 1944, he created an action-adventure story in the pages of Better Comics called "Brok Windsor", named for a close friend of his from Winnipeg.
Brok Windsor was a doctor who discovered a secret land called Chaqua hiding in the midst of the Canadian wilderness during a normal canoeing trip. Here he was infected by the island and grew to the size of a giant, matching the height of the residents, a futuristic aboriginal tribe cut off from the rest of society. He spent months in this land battling man-eating lions, giant rats, and more bizarre oddities with the aid of his new friend Torgon. He even found a girlfriend, the giantess Starra who returned with him to Canada after several adventures.
Not only is Brok Windsor some of the best work to come out of the golden age of Canadian comics; it is some of the most gorgeous comic art of any time. Believe me... you want to this project happen. The world will be a more beautiful place for you, me and everyone who appreciates comic art. -Robert Pincombe, writer and comic historian
"In a world rife with imitation, Doc Brok stands out as his own man" - Ken Boesem, comic historian
Who Are You?
I'm Hope Nicholson, and you might remember me as the co-publisher of the Nelvana of the Northern Lights reprint from last year. Or you might have seen me at a convention around Canada and the US promoting Nelvana! If you're academically bent, you may have seen me a few years ago doing presentations at academic conferences about Canadian comic books. And if you watch TV, you might have seen my work on Lost Heroes, a documentary I helped produce and researched on the history of Canadian comic book superheroes. You might even see me around town in Toronto going to comic book launches, geek events, and generally being an enthusiastic fangirl.
And if none of that rings a bell, I hope that you'll remember me as the person who told you first about Brok Windsor.
That is to say, I am extremely passionate about comic book history! It's my mission to bring back these lost treasures so we can read them once more, and restore the lost bits of pop culture back into history.
"Jon Stables' Brok Windsor is a lost masterpiece that deserves to be seen by a modern audience. As new audiences rediscover the works of Foster, Raymond, Wood, Williamson and Manning, it's about time that Jon Stables join that pantheon." - Kevin Boyd, Joe Shuster Awards
Where Will the Funds Go?
Printing, shipping, travel, marketing, legal, accounting. All the usual small press publisher expenses!
Nelvana was a comic book that was originally printed in Toronto, so I was able to find most of the comics books in the general GTA area without too much travel. Brok Windsor on the other hand was printed in BC, and many of the only copies I can find are located there and other provinces and will need to be accessed on location due to their rarity.
“Brok Windsor’s adventures have the imagination and derring-do of an Edgar Rice Burroughs story, and John Stables’s art puts most of his contemporaries to shame. Happy to see this little-known hero getting a second life, and thrilled to be a small part of it.” - Scott Chantler, writer/artist of Two Generals
Historical articles will be written and contributed to the book by Maple Leaf Comics historians Ken Boesem and Peter Hansen. Photographs and a biography of Jon Stables will be provided by his estate.
I was lucky and honoured to have a multitude of artists lend their talent to the Nelvana reprint project, creating unique interpretations of what she might look like today and in various styles. That art can be found here.
Even more artists have joined up for this campaign! Most of whom will be contributing an original Brok Windsor artpiece for a lucky funder, and also available as prints. The following are artists who will be contributing a piece, with a small visual sample of their work, which will be replaced with the final art and moved to the top as they are submitted over the course of the campaign (and afterwards available for viewing on the website http://brokwindsor.com.)
Scott Chantler (Two Generals)
Jason Loo (The Pitiful Human-Lizard)
Ian Herring (Ms. Marvel)
Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing)
Nicholas Burns (Super Shamou)
Ray Fawkes (The People Inside, Constantine)
Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck)
Marco Rudy (Uncanny X-Men)
Andy Belanger (Southern Cross)
Nimit Malavia (Fables)
Ken Lashley (Superman)
Carla Speed McNeil (Finder)
Salgood Sam (Dream Life)
"It’s about time a new generation of Canadians have a chance to see the exciting adventures of Brok Windsor - a national superhero treasure who has been forgotten for far too long." - Will Pascoe, director of Lost Heroes
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge, is if the project is too successful internationally! While I have asked everyone to chip in for international shipping, there are places where the total cost of shipping is prohibitive, and there is no way to predict how many books will sell to these areas, or any way to specifically increase shipping to them. However, unless this project is exclusively pledged by overseas funders, there should be no problem.
There is always the potential for printer delays or misprints, though I hope this won't happen. Having been through the process once before means that I can avoid issues that came up previously with forethought and extra work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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