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Short, Dark & Peculiar

An anthology of short, dark and peculiar comics by J W Murray, with collaborations from awesome indie artists.

Short, Dark & Peculiar

An anthology of short, dark and peculiar comics by J W Murray, with collaborations from awesome indie artists.

£508
pledged of £550pledged of £550 goal
30
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, September 29 2019 6:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Short, Dark & Peculiar cover - art by Jon Aye

The Anthology

Short, Dark & Peculiar is an anthology of stories written by J W Murray, collaborating with six with ludicrously talented comics creators based in Edinburgh and beyond. 

  • There will be 10 one-off stories, 1-8 pages each. 
  • There will be 57 pages of comics in total.

It's all black & white (apart from the cover). Why? I love B&W. It's a limitation that pushes artistic creativity and puts more emphasis on storytelling.

The Collaborations

There are loud bangings coming from under the floor every night. It’s time someone investigated.
There are loud bangings coming from under the floor every night. It’s time someone investigated.
A Crude-Cola-guzzling megacity is thrown into turmoil when a volcano starts sending lava through its pipes.
A Crude-Cola-guzzling megacity is thrown into turmoil when a volcano starts sending lava through its pipes.
It’s a normal day working the coat check... until a human heart is found in a guest’s coat pocket.
It’s a normal day working the coat check... until a human heart is found in a guest’s coat pocket.
Miles is doing his best to impress, but as he shares his stories, something strange starts happening.
Miles is doing his best to impress, but as he shares his stories, something strange starts happening.
Storm kelpies haunt the sea of the Hebrides. If you’re not quick-witted enough, they’ll sink you.
Storm kelpies haunt the sea of the Hebrides. If you’re not quick-witted enough, they’ll sink you.
Neela wants a new start – and when she fakes her own death, she gets it.

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Rewards

Supporters of this KickStarter can get a copy - physical or digital - of Short, Dark & Peculiar. They can ALSO choose to get a copy of IZVALTA - J W Murray's full length novel about alchemy in the Carpathian mountains. It's not a comic, but it's pretty cool. Here's the spiel:

The Collaborators

About Me & The Project

I've been writing weird stories for years. They usually fall somewhere between horror, drama, fantasy and sci-fi. Some are humorous; some philosophical. One phrase unites them all: Short, Dark & Peculiar.

This project has been 2 years in the making: I started working on comics in 2017 and quickly realised that making comics is 1) amazing, 2) incredibly labour-intensive and 3) best undertaken with others.  

Risks and challenges

Most of the artwork is completed already and the rest will be finished very shortly. Each of the stories is a maximum of 8 pages, so hopefully there shouldn't be any delays. That said, life does happen - and if one of the pieces can't be finished in time, the project could be delayed by a month or two. If I think that there is going to be a hole to fill, one of the stories can be swapped out with new material that I'm planning to include in Short, Dark & Peculiar #2!

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