‘Ello there! I’m Nick Prolix and since 2016 I’ve been self-publishing my one-person anthology comic, Slang Pictorial, a book that's fit to bursting with hip jazz and cool characters!
Slang Pictorial #1 - #3 are chock full of classic black-and-white cartooning and lovingly rendered nostalgic world-building, and the newest issue, Slang Pictorial #4 is another bumper 24 pages of interlocking, character-driven comedy-drama!
WOW!!! THANK YOU to everybody that jumped on board so early and got this project funded in less than an hour and a half! Just wow!
By way of thanks, ALL PHYSICAL REWARD TIERS will now include a The Sheep And The Wolves bookmark and pin badge! Check out below for details on each new STRETCH GOAL as they are announced!
That's an additional exclusive A4 full-colour art print by none other than Roger Langridge!
The ink is dry and the book is ready for print. This is where you come in. I need your support to help with printing and shipping of this 8.3 x 5.8 inch landscape comic.
Slang Pictorial is my one-person anthology comic in which I serialize the retro comedy-drama The Sheep And The Wolves, a light-hearted look at the broken dreams and busted schemes of the many residents of a fictional London neighbourhood at the start of the Swinging Sixties, as well as assorted other stories set in the same world.
Slang Pictorial is my love letter to old-school newspaper strips, cool Franco-Belgian cartooning, classic Ealing comedies and "kitchen sink" dramas as well as British TV sit-coms like Only Fools and Horses, all served up with a generous dollop of Sixties nostalgia!
Sixties London always suggests a kind of Austin Powers Swinging’ psychedelia, all groovy chicks and hip dudes in paisley shirts, whereas Slang Pictorial is very much London before it began to swing.
It feels more like the 1950s had yet to end, everything was still buttoned up and drab, children dressing like their parents, housewives having to make do and mend, immigrants bringing colour but finding hostility and resentment, and kids with nothing to do but play in uncleared bomb-sites leftover from the war.
It’s such a rich time to tell stories in, because everything is there, bubbling away under the dreariness, ready to explode. The one-person anthology format of Slang Pictorial allows me to tell stories featuring a wide swathe of characters from B-movie strongmen and black market spivs to back-street tailors and dress factory shop stewards.
Now, if all that sounds like your cup of tea, here's what critics and reviewers have had to say about the series so far:
- "Packed full of idiosyncratic and hip characters, each formed between some iconic, hip cartooning and even more sparky dialogue." - Tony Esmond, Down The Tubes
- "The rich setting and fascinating characters draw the reader in." - Ben Howard, Graphic Policy
- "Part black comedy and part crime caper The Sheep and the Wolves is original, it sets itself apart with its wit and its clever writing." - Jay Brown, Pipedream Comics
- "A level of craft and care that is rare in publishing, let alone for independent creators."
- Ken Reynolds, Sequential Reasoning
Slang Pictorial has also been featured very favourably on a variety of comics podcasts:
The biggest buzz with Kickstarter really is is being able to introduce your work to a whole new audience and seeing it connect with new readers. There really is nothing like seeing comic fans share their responses to your work!
Don't just take their word for it tho, you can **READ THE FIRST 10 PAGES OF ISSUE 4 HERE**
Slang Pictorial #4 is fully completed and ready to print. Your support is all that's needed before the book can be in the hands of people who will enjoy it. Folks like you!
With this Kickstarter I am also releasing a 20-page A4 "Artist's Edition" featuring A4 grey-scale reproductions of the original pencil art for The Sheep And The Wolves. Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know how much I love sharing process pics of my work in progress and I've always toyed with the idea of putting out a collection of my comic pages at the pencil stage and Kickstarter seems like just the perfect place to make it happen!
I produce every aspect of the comic myself, from soup to nuts! As well as writing each story I pencil and ink traditionally. I even hand letter the comic, which is a bit of a rarity these days, but is fitting for a comic steeped in nostalgia.
Having funded the printing of issues 1 and 2 entirely myself thru sales made online and by tabling at conventions, last year I launched my first Kickstarter for issue 3 and I was over the moon when it funded in LESS THAN 12 HOURS!
Now, I'm coming back to Kickstarter for issue 4, once again to defray the production costs of and also to connect with even more fantastic readers!
The reward tiers are all built around giving you the freedom to connect with Slang Pictorial in whatever way you prefer, whether you're a first time reader or a returning fan. If you like your comics digital or love physical books there's a tier for you!
There are even reward tiers where you can commission a sketch of your favourite pop culture character from me, obtain one of my original comic pages and also donate a comics-making kit to a child in hospital with the wonderful Little Heroes charity!
Learn more about the work of Little Heroes at https://littleheroescomics.co.uk/
If you missed out on the four The Sheep And The Wolves GUEST ARTIST ART CARDS by Jason Garrattley (Kirby-Vision), Susie Gander (Perrywinkle), Darrell Thorpe (Freedoom) and Owen Sherwood (The Plight of Tony Featherneck) that were released as part of the Kickstarter for Slang Pictorial #3 have no fear!I will now be re-printing them as an EXTRA which you can ADD-ON to any physical tier by simply upping your pledge by £5!
I am so EXCITED to announce that if we get to £675 instead of one full-colour Kickstarter exclusive A4 print there will be a second A4 print, this time created by the amazing ROGER LANGRIDGE! Roger Langridge is the Harvey and Eisner Award winning cartoonist of such books as FRED THE CLOWN, SNARKED!, the MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK and THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER and it is such a thrill to be able to include this fantastic print as part of my Kickstarter!
GUEST ARTIST POSTCARDS! I am super chuffed to be able to announce that I have not one, not two, not even three guest artists but FOUR fantastic illustrators lined up to produce a new set of The Sheep And The Wolves art cards!
Raechel Leigh Carter (Merde In France), Pete Taylor (Monster Kids), Mark Hughes (Yr Wyddor) and James Corcoran (Alex Automatic) have finished their designs, and once we've passed the £900+ mark the four-card set will be available to everyone that backs a reward tier that includes my A4 The Sheep And The Wolves "Artist's Edition".
If you missed out on the four Guest Artist cards from the Slang Pictorial #3 Kickstarter there will be a chance to get yourself those also coming soon!
It's not just fantastic artists that have joined in to make this campaign so exciting, but for the first time in Slang Pictorial #4 I have collaborated with a writer on a The Sheep And The Wolves story, and together I think we have come up with something really special!
Dr Nicolas Pillai (Birmingham City University) is an academic currently leading a research project entitled Jazz on BBC-TV 1960-1969 and has been a fan of Slang Pictorial since the first issue. The project he is working on aims to be the most comprehensive study of jazz television in this era, combining archival research, interviews with programme-makers and practical reconstructions of 1960s programming, and he has written a fantastic story for Slang Pictorial #4 that draws on his knowledge of this exciting period in British culture:
"The invitation to write this strip came completely out of the blue. It's been such a treat to situate my research in the world that Nick Prolix has so lovingly created. I hope this is the first of many such collaborations!" - Nicolas Pillai
Not only will the comic feature the two-page story Waiting For The Duke, written by Nic and drawn by yours truly, but if we can reach £1350 we will be able to produce this numbered edition deluxe Art Print that combines Nic's witty writing with some rarely seen full-colour Prolix mid-century modern stylings! There is even going to be a short prose piece on the reverse by Nic that goes into some of the jazz history in more detail. These limited edition numbered-prints will be available with any reward tier bundle of £18 and above.
To see some footage from the Ellington episode featured in this strip, tune into Jazz 625: For One Night Only (Friday 3 May, 9pm BBC4), and you can read more about the project here:
We've made it to 400% FUNDED which means I will be making available to every backer a DRM-free digital e-book of a 2,300+ word The Sheep And The Wolves prose short-story. The story will also feature black-and-white spot illustrations by yours truly!
THANK YOU for reading, and if you've got any questions please do get in touch - twitter.com/nickprolix - and I'll be only too happy to help!
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Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal on this project. The issue is drawn, inked, lettered and ready to print. All rewards and Kickstarter exclusives will go into production as soon as the campaign funds clear and I hope to be able to fulfill all rewards, draw all sketches and sign every comic within 8 weeks from when I receive the funding.
If there are any unforeseen problems, I will be transparent and upfront about it, while keeping all backers updated as I solve them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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