More colors! More guest art! And an RPG supplement bonus...?
We are NOT slowing down! We're at the halfway mark, exactly two weeks left to go, and we've got so much more to share! They say the middle weeks of a project are always a valley of slow activity, but we're gonna fill that valley with awesome art and content. For example, do you remember last week when we spotlighted RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE and RENATO GUEDES? Well have a peek at the pieces they're contributing!
We've got four more on their way, and another dozen lined up behind that... if we hit our goal! This group-jam backmatter will be like a 24-page RPG supplement section with tons of world lore and exciting corners to explore. In fact, we're working now on a plan to generate a basic set of simple RPG rules that could turn this thing into much more than just a graphic novel. If we can get that together shortly (and if the campaign gets closer to its goal), we'd like to make that RPG supplement an ADDED bonus for all backers at a physical reward tier! Imagine not only getting swept into this exciting world through Hugo's story, but then living inside it yourself!
So please, if you haven't actually pledged yet, PLEDGE TODAY! And get all of your friends to pledge too! We want to give EVERYONE even more than what's described in the reward tiers, but we have to pick up the pace for any of it to matter!
MARCELO FRUSIN (guest):
An Argentinean artist best known for his longstanding run on Hellblazer, Marcelo started his career working for the Argentine Columba Publishing house in 1993 before illustrating the Niko Slavo series in the Italian magazine Intrepido between 1994-97. In 1998 he started working for Marvel Comics, penciling X-Men Unlimited and Wolverine, before moving to Acclaim Comics to pencil Magnus, Robot Fighter.
Like fellow Argentine artist Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Marcelo's work features a clean, stark style. Like Risso, Marcelo has worked with Brian Azzarello on the Vertigo title Hellblazer, then again on Loveless. He has contributed to other Vertigo titles including Flinch, Weird War Tales, and Weird Western Tales Special.
His most recent work is the series "L'Expedition" for French publisher Dargaud.
MAX FIUMARA (guest):
Max Fiumara is an illustrator living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has worked for numerous American comic publishers, providing artwork for popular titles such as Abe Sapien and BPRD for Dark Horse, Amazing Spiderman for Marvel, and Infinity Inc for DC.
He has also illustrated numerous titles for Avatar, including Nightjar, Rawbone, and Blackgas with writer Warren Ellis. His newest book is Four Eyes, created with Joe Kelly, published by Image Comics.
GERMAN PERALTA (guest):
German Peralta also hails from Argentina, and has worked on titles for Marvel including Carnage and Moon Knight.
Steed Corona Racing (UK):
Steed Corona became a prestigious performance auto manufacturer in the UK when their hand-built, individually numbered battery-powered “Freedom” luxury sedan outsold the well-established market leader, Tesla. As initially a hobby pursuit for former Audi engineer Henry Bentmoore, the exceptional performance of the Freedom, as measured by battery life vs vehicle weight vs top speed, drew world interest, and multi-millions in investment dollars. The two largest investors, Steed Financial and Corona Consumer Products, agreed to the formation of joint venture Steed Corona Motors, with Bentmoore at the helm.
With sufficient backing and a development direction that was considered “outside the box”, Steed Corona was able to keep costs low while keeping brand value high, enough to make the Freedom series a viable competitor in the high-end luxury market. They followed lockstep behind Ubiquo’s SVL development progress, becoming the second motor company to adopt the new technology.
This early adoption, of course, led them to be one of the first participants in the newly formed Fédération Internationale De La Vitesse Électrostatique. After winning the first two World Cup championships, Bentmoore himself became the target of an investigation into improper wagering and odds-fixing. Although no solid proof surfaced, the overly-coincidental kidnapping of a competitor's wife a mere 24 hours before race day of what would be the third World Cup race led investigators to his doorstep, with sufficient evidence suggesting his potential collusion in the crime. Although he maintained his innocence, he was promptly removed from the company board, and settlements were made with the victim's family in private. Bentmoore was never convicted, but his professional standing was finished.
Steed Corona has since made quite a league record for themselves, with twelve championship cups to their name. Their current first-seat driver, Maximo Chancelor, has personally collected six of those trophies, missing out on a seventh when he was detained in Zurich for questioning in a local murder case. (He was later dismissed of all charges, although public suspicions, centered on his close relationship with the reclusive Bentmoore, continue to haunt him to this day.)