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About

 WRETCHES is gritty sci-fi epic about a brother & sister who must fight against all odds to be reunited. 

This is a story about family. About loss. All Shea and Sean have is each other...until they don't even have that.

Cover Art by Ben Bishop
Cover Art by Ben Bishop

WRETCHES - Volume 1 is a sci-fi graphic novel perfect for fans of movies like The Fifth Element & Blade Runner, and shows like Battlestar Galactica & Firefly. At over 150 pages (140 of which are story), readers will get thrown into an action-packed universe filled with beautifully drawn pages and cutthroat characters. In addition to the six-issue tale, backers get to see cover art, pin-ups, script excerpts, and all sorts of other behind-the-scenes content.

I started writing WRETCHES back in 2015. The story and it's characters truly grew with me as a creator these past few years, and thanks to all of YOU, I'm excited to finally be able to put the full story out into the universe! 

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Line Art by Salo Farias. Colors by Ander Zarate.
Line Art by Salo Farias. Colors by Ander Zarate.

 SHEA & SEAN 

On the rough streets of an alien planet, far from the one they'd called home, Shea and Sean were forced to grow up with nothing but each other. Forever outrunning the horrors of their past, they survive the only way they know how: by hunting and killing robots for profit!  

Line Art by Salo Farias. Colors by Ander Zarate
Line Art by Salo Farias. Colors by Ander Zarate

When they were just children they watched the war between humans and robots destroy their planet and kill their mother and father.

Interior Art from Issue 3
Interior Art from Issue 3

Now, when Sean is kidnapped by the enemy, Shea has no choice but to tear the entire galaxy apart to find him!

Line Art by Salo Farias. Colors by Ander Zarate.
Line Art by Salo Farias. Colors by Ander Zarate.

THE BOTS

The goal of the robots now is simply survival. After fleeing their home, other planets looked at them as lesser life forms. They were given no aid and left without the resources needed to survive, effectively giving them a death sentence! 

Interior Art from Issue 3
Interior Art from Issue 3

Now, on the verge of finding a cure to their newfound mortality, some want to bring peace to their kind. While others threaten to rebuild and destroy those who turned their backs on them!

Interior art from Issue 3
Interior art from Issue 3

Here's a preview of Wretches - Issue 1.

Since writing issues 1 and 2 several years ago, I've grown as a writer. I took my red pen and did a rewrite to much of them to sharpen things up and give readers a more fleshed out look at the world and it's characters. Below is the opening scene from issue 1, re-written and lettered by the series' new letterer, Chas! Pangburn.

  • In the never-ending hustle these past years to promote and get Wretches out into the world, we were able to get Issue 1 published in serialized form in China! This was very cool news when it first happened and it's still a great feeling to see your work translated in another language, and published in another country.

 •Every backer of a physical reward will receive this special, Kickstarter-exclusive print.

Kickstarter Exclusive Print
Kickstarter Exclusive Print

New LIMITED Reward added - only 18 left.

 Click the image for a better look at the prints and their numbered, signed bottom portions.

(CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE BELOW REWARD AND THE STORY BEHIND US 'GIVING BACK WITH THE 4TH MONKEY')

James E. Roche (creator/writer) - Born & raised in Brooklyn, NY, James now lives in NJ with his wife, 3 kids, 2 cats & 1 goldfish. Self-publishing since 2015, with published work in several anthologies, James co-created, published and edited THE 4TH MONKEY: AN ANTHOLOGY FOR AWARENESS (funded on KS in 2017) featuring the work of 30+ comic book creators. (Imagination House) 

Salo Farias (artist) - Residing in Curico, Chile Salomon is a lifelong sketcher and professional comic book artist since 2011. (IDW. Lakefront Comics) 

Chunlin Zhao (colorist) - Has worked professionally in comics as both a colorist and artist since 2012. (Outlander Entertainment)   

Chas! Pangburn (letterer/editor)- Puts words in balloons... Okay, so that's his cheesy way of saying that he's a comic writer, editor, and letterer. He lives in Northern Kentucky with a chubby corgi and spends far too much time playing video games. (IDW. Heavy Metal. Action Lab: Danger Zone)


Why Kickstarter?

For myself, like so many other creators, Kickstarter has been instrumental towards helping our projects see the light of day. Our work and social media posts caught the eyes of the folks at Scout Comics, who will begin publishing the individual issues in the direct market, hopefully by the end of the year.  Our goal is to put together this Kickstarter Exclusive trade, do a one-time print run, and load it with as much content as we can!

I've already invested thousands of dollars into completing much of the artwork from Issues 3 to 6 (this way the book is completed and into your hands sooner), and the funds raised here on Kickstarter will go towards completing the artwork, coloring & lettering on the remaining pages, as well as funding the print run, shipping & packaging.

Funds raised above and beyond our goal will go into stretch goals for our backers as well as be invested back into the series.


On behalf of the entire creative team, thank you so much for checking out our Kickstarter!

- James

Risks and challenges

There are always risks when publishing comics and fulfilling backer rewards, as there are multiple parties involved and unforeseen issues cop pop up at any waking moment! As long as we stay on schedule and the printer fulfills their parts without any hiccups (knock on wood) you WILL get this book in a timely fashion once the campaign succeeds.

This is my fifth campaign, and I have delivered on every single successful one thus far. I continue to learn more from each of my campaigns, and will carry that experience into this one.

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    Including over 100 more pages of digital comics, including The 4th Monkey anthology and two more short comics written by James E. Roche.

    - 'The Phanes' is a dark sci-fi short, about a lone man caring for a spaceship and it's precious cargo, with Mignola-esque artwork by UK artist Rory Donald.
    - 'Knockturn County' is Sin City meets Dr. Seuss. 'Nuff said!

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    This GIVING BACK tier will directly help us to visit and cook home made dinner and dessert for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, NJ.

    This tier adds-on a physical copy of 'The 4th Monkey: An Anthology for Awareness'. When putting the anthology together we wanted to do something to give back some how with post KS sales. We landed on something very close to home for my family and I, The Ronald McDonald House. Our family stayed at the RMH after the premature birth of two of our children for a total of about 12 weeks! (See reward section of the campaign page for more details).

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    ONLY 20 were EVER printed!

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