Milky #1 - a fun comic about fear, love and exploding aliens
No powers. No armour. No self-esteem... Just one milkman versus the whole friggin’ universe.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 2 2018 12:31 AM UTC +00:00.
NEW: First stretch goal unlocked! Now everyone gets audio commentary with the book (more below).
Hey! Welcome to the Kickstarter page for Milky #1! We’re really glad you stopped by.
You’ve probably watched the trailer by now (it’s right up there ☝) so hopefully you’ve got a feel for what Milky is all about.
Still got questions? No drama, that’s what we’re here for... 😊
Do you like…
- Fun comic books like Kick-Ass, Guardians of the Galaxy and Saga?
- Fun films like Shaun of the Dead, Attack the Block and Ghostbusters?
- Fun TV shows like Misfits, Ash vs Evil Dead and Spaced?
Fun creators that keep you updated as the project progresses?
Then chances are, you'll enjoy our comic book too! (If, however, you hate fun... then yeah, this probably isn’t for you at all. You are free to go).
Here’s the gist: A milkman with zero self-esteem leads the oddball residents of Crafton Hill in a daring rescue after his lifelong crush is abducted by aliens...
Milky is a four-issue comic book series packed with humour, emotional drama and the amazing artwork of Gian Fernando (The Great Wall: Last Survivor, 13 Legends).
Sound like your cup of tea? ☕ Then read on, fun fans!
PARENTAL ADVISORY: It might look cute, but Milky contains foul language, violence and other cool stuff young kids should probably be shielded from. 🙈
For village milkman Vikinder Singh (“Milky” to the residents of Crafton Hill), everyday is a roundhouse kick to his self-esteem.
He gets screamed at in the street by a racist old lady, the local mechanic steals from his milk float and the new supermarket is taking his customers.
The best part of Milky’s day is delivering a bottle of semi-skimmed to pharmacist Lucy Bell. If only he had the balls to tell her how he feels about her…
But on the morning he decides to do exactly that, Lucy and the village women are abducted by friggin’ scary aliens.
Despite having no powers, no super armour or self-esteem, Milky holds the fate of the world in his hands as he embarks on an impossible adventure to save Lucy and stop a full-on alien invasion...
Each issue is 22 pages of full-colour art (there’s an intro page too, and a bit from the writer in the back).
This is your chance to get early access to the first issue and grab a red-hot exclusive single issue print copy (plus other cool Kickstarter rewards).
Well, we think it ain't half bad. But we’ve rambled on enough for now...
The first reviews for Milky are in! 😮
Here’s an excerpt of Jenn Marshall’s review for Sirens of Sequentials:
“It reminds me of The Walking Dead in the way that you don’t have to like zombie stories to enjoy it. Milky is like that, even if you don’t like invasion stories, this one will suck you in because of the characters.” Read the full review
The Walking Dead? People love The Walking Dead! If you put two and two together, that suggests people might love Milky too...
Here's what Anthony Pollock had to say on behalf of Soda and Telepaths:
"The glue that holds the story together is Joshua Saxon’s outrageous humour. While the next three issues (of this four-part series) are bound to unravel as an epic quest to get his girl back, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vikinder and Ghost simply headed to the Winchester and waited for this whole thing to blow over." Read the full review
Er... Was that a comparison to Shaun of the Dead? 😍
Milky #1-4 will also be available as a collected edition and separately on digital comics platform Comixology from UK publisher Markosia in 2019.
So they probably think it’s all right as well...
You’re still here! So awesome...
S’pose you’re ready to find out how to get this story into your hands then, right?
Well, good news! You can read Milky #1 pretty much as soon as the campaign is over from as little as 2€ (about £1.80 or $2.35, digital copy).
But before you back Milky, check out some of the other rewards on offer...
That last reward sounds super romantic right?
I mean, it's big money (the artists need paying to feed their children and such), but could you imagine pulling out a comic book dedicated to your bae for a special occasion like Valentine's Day? (We’re cool enough to say “bae”. We checked with the cool kidz).
You'll get a full consultation over Skype to decide what kind of story and style will work best for your amorous intentions.
So thanks to all you lovely backers, we hit our funding goal in just a few days!
That means we now have enough cash to get the pages of Milky onto paper, with enough left over for the postman to deliver it fresh to your eyes.
That's a big deal! We're over the moon and really grateful for all the support so far.
But we want to get this book into more people's hands, so... stretch goals!
Oh look! The first one's already been unlocked...
Imagine settling down with a lovely cup of tea, opening up your copy of Milky and having a silly British man talk at you for 22 pages.
What? 22 pages not good enough for you? Pfff, challenge accepted...
More stretch goals to be announced soon!
Anyway, you’ve probably still got a few more questions...
Why the frig not? Here's the first few pages of Milky #1 so you can see if you like it before you back us… Hope you enjoy it!
Hey! What do you think this is? A library?
If you want to know what happens next, you'll have to back the comic.
- How will a milkman stop a bunch of indestructible aliens?
- Where did these mother lickers even come from?
- What’s so important in Primrose Lane?
- Who is the narrator?
- And why is he such a sass-pot?
All these questions and more answered in the pages of Milky #1-4...
So back the first issue today and join the friggin' adventure!
We’re looking to raise minimum funds to pay for a small print run for our Kickstarter backers and maybe have a few copies left over to pull out when friends and family come over (just before they yawn and marvel at how late it's getting).
Kickstarter also takes a slice (they've got lights to keep on as well) and a percentage goes towards payment processing.
But comics are expense to make so we’ll be announcing more sweet stretch goals to help pay for production costs and see if we can’t buy the writer back some of his kidneys.
This is our second attempt at raising funds for Milky on Kickstarter.
First time round revealed a steep learning curve - but learn we did!
On reflection, our goal to cover all production costs was a bit ambitious and including shipping costs in the reward price made it too expensive for European backers.
If you’re interested in what went wrong the first time and what we’ve learned, you can check out the blog post over at geeknative.com. Look out for Josh's devil-may-care use of the word "spurry" - a type of garden weed - instead of the correct "flurry".
(He could ask to have it corrected, but has decided to own it. #YOLO).
Apparently it's a good read for budding comic creators. It got a lot of attention on a Facebook indie comics group ☝️. Just saying...
Milky was written and lettered by Joshua Saxon - a human being from Earth who loves comics, comedy and tea.
You can follow him on Twitter if you like: @TheSaxonAction (he’ll follow you back if you seem nice).
The stunning artwork comes courtesy of Gian Fernando (13 Legends, The Great Wall: Last Survivor). He sometimes goes by GOOF.
Just when we thought the artwork couldn’t look any better, DC Alonso (Wicker, Rumble Kings) came in and coloured it up a storm!
He's coloured for Blizzard, IDW, Lion Forge - so the guy is no slouch.
And that creepy cover art is the work of the amazing Unai Ortiz de Zarate (Robocop: Road Trip).
Plus there's a Milky website where you can sign up to our mailing list for the latest updates if you enjoy the odd email.
Risks and challenges
UPDATE: The production of Milky #1 is already complete and paid for.
And since we hit our funding goal, we now have enough for printing and shipping!
We'll start the process of sending digital and print copies out to backers as soon as the campaign is over and we have everyone's details for stuff like the credits page.
We have a specific printing quote from Mixam in the UK, who specialise in comic book printing, and we even went down the post office with a dummy envelope to find out exactly what shipping is going to cost to different countries.
So the biggest risk right now is aliens coming and abducting our hard drives. We're not ruling it out, but we reckon it'll be OK.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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