Is the “Rule of Eight” for comics still a thing? Was it ever a thing? I seem to remember a thing in the 90s where people talked about eight issues being the threshold for on-going success. I ask because over the past five years I’ve managed to put out eight issues of my rock and roll themed horror comic, Nix Comics Quarterly… And I want to keep going! I’d hate for some made up or dated benchmark to stand in my way!
Issue #9 is pretty much in the bag and I want to try and release it at the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival here in Columbus. (I’ll be tabling at the Expo October October 15th and 16th) The funds for this kickstarter will go towards paying my artists and vendors in a timely fashion to help make sure that happens!
For those of you unfamiliar with Nix Comics, I started publishing comics after closing up a record and comic shop that I ran in Columbus, Ohio. I sold all of the merchandise from the shop on ebay and used the funds to publish the first issue of Nix Comics Quarterly (NCQ for short).
The format of NCQ will be familiar to fans of old horror comics like Tales from the Crypt or Creepy Magazine: 6-8 short stories per issue. The stories are by in large inspired and informed by the music I most enjoy: Punk rock, 60s Garage, old R&B and Soul, et. al. The stories in this issue will include:
Cover by Stephen Blickenstaff: This issue's cover was created by the artist/musician responsible for one of the most iconic album covers of all time! (The Cramps: Bad Music for Bad People) What a thrill to have him on board for this issue!
The Vicar: Whispers From The Alley
by Ken Eppstein and Michael NenoThe monster huntin' garage rockin' preacher faces off against a werewolf But that's just the beginning of the story as his right hand man, Alberto, has a conversation with... A dog in the alley?
Verna's Somnabulant Adventure
by Ken Eppstein and Gideon Kendall
Verna thinks there is something wrong with her roommate Sally's creepy new additions to her Beatles collection. It's a frightening foursome to be sure!
Hellhounds On My Trail
by Ken Eppstein and Pat Redding Scanlon
Ana Satura, Introduced in the Vicar Story in issue #7 and fresh off a starring role in Nix Comics summer Tee-Shirt sale, gets her own story! It's all guitars, hot rod cars and karate chops as we get a little insight into who Ana is!
The Shoplift Horror
by Christian Hoffer and Andy Bennett
The owner of the last record store on earth has to deal with post-apocalyptic Lovecraftian horrors on a daily basis.... So exactly is what is so horrifying about a simple shoplifter??
Did It Really happen? Thor Meets Stan Lee
by Ken Eppstein and Mark Rudolph
What happened when Canadian rocker and body builder Jon Mikl Thor met Marvel's Stan Lee? Well, it was more than a little cloudburst! 'Nuff Said.
Bus Stop Ned has a good day
by Ken Eppstein and Matt Wyatt and Bus Stop Ned has a recipe by Matt Miner, Jude Vigants and Taylor Esposito.
Two new stories featuring everybody's (least) favorite commuter! Dialog taken from actual real bus stop "horror stories"
Just the Book:
There are two options for pledging just for one copy of NCQ #9. I can either mail it to you or you can come pick up your copy at Cartoons Crossroads Columbus. Choose wisely.
The Book and a cool Mark Rudolph poster: If going to comic shows has taught me anything, it's that "the kids" love a good print. If that description fits you, pick up a copy of the new issue with a copy of the 2016 Mark Rudolph designed 11x17 store poster.
The Book and T-Shirt:
As I said above, the character Ana Satura being formally introduced in issue #9 was also the featured character on the Summer T-Shirt designed by Pat Redding Scanlon.
Complete NCQ:If you're new to the party, grab the latest issue and all 8 back issues for one low price!
Mark Rudolph Original Art Rewards: Grab some original art by Nix regular Mark Rudolph with your new issue! (each piece is approximately 11x14)
For $200 you can have the original Frankenstein water-colored drawing used for this year's poster.
For $150 you can either grab the Vicar Original pin-up or two pages of pin-up drawings of the musicians who inspired the Vicar! (Joey Ramone, Question Mark, Guitar Wolf and the Reverend Horton Heat)
For $100 you will get Mark's original artwork for a Vicar pin-up
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks involved in this campaign. I am both an experienced publisher and retailer familiar with the ends and outs of production and shipping. I keep a day job, so even unforeseen expenses are merely delays, as opposed to death sentence for the project. Getting this project into as many hands as possible is a labor of love and I'll see it done no matter what!
The original artwork drawings of Joey Ramone, Question Mark, Guitar wolf and Reverend Horton Heat by Mark Rudolph from from The Vicar Compiled comic, plus the new issue, plus a copy of the Vicar comic.