What is The Soul Of The Sea?
The Soul Of The Sea Issue #1 is a horror comic series set in a rural Ireland. It explores themes regarding isolation, community life and religion. Welcome to the Kickstarter for Issue #1 - a 32 page stapled comic book.
"A man travels to a remote Irish island inhabited by a group of Monks to help a sick boy in their community and to find closure about his own son, who died at sea when the fishing boat The Soul Of The Sea capsized two years before. The secrets he finds on the island are as deep as the ocean and in order to survive he must confront his own faith, his demons and an island full of devout monks, who are not what they seem."
The Soul Of The Sea is a comic book inspired by stories by Michelle Paver, Susan Hill, Edgar Allen Poe, M.R James and more. We want to keep the tradition going, but we also want to turn it on it's head, combining the classic ghost story with folk horror and forge our own creation. This is a comic that broods with menace, not one that is full of blood and gore. We want to explore grief, rural life and religion in our story and their connection to each other. The best horror stories in my opinion are the ones that are deeply connected to our own emotions, fears and desires and of course the best horror stories send that cold chill down your spine when you know something isn't right.
We have created the series because of our love of folk horror, ghosts and stories that send shivers down your spine. Donna A. Black uses a combination of photographs, painting, traditional comic art and digital painting to tell the story. A unique story-telling experience that will make your hairs stand on end.
Check out this interview with writer Roddy McCance via A Place To Hang Your Cape!
Here's a blurb like you'd find on the back of a book...
"1927 - The wreck of the fishing boat The Soul Of The Sea washes ashore on the small island of Inishdanu off the Atlantic coast of Ireland. There were four men on board, three of the bodies were recovered and laid to rest by the small island community of monks. One of the bodies was never found, that of Ronan Guin, presumed lost at sea.
1929 - Retired Doctor Thomas Guin is still haunted by the death of his son on that fateful night. He travels to the remote island off the Irish coast to bring aid to the small, isolated and religious community of Inishdanu, after he receives word begging him to help a sick and dying boy. As he unravels the mystery of the island community he finds that they have secrets as deep as the ocean and what he finds on the island may stay with him forever, if it doesn't submerge him first... "
What are you going to do with the money?
We are using Kickstarter to fund the first issue of the series, which will be three issues in total. We estimate we will need around £600 to print the number of books that we want to fulfill backer orders and to have surplus to take the book to conventions and more. We will also need around £500 to fulfill the prints and the rest of rewards and then roughly £300 on shipping. The rest of the money would be for Kickstarter fees and a contingency amount in case anything goes wrong. If we over-fund we can figure out stretch goals (I am thinking of a cool Making Of Section at the back of the book, cause we have a LOT of back matter), but I think any additional money would go to paying Donna to draw issue 2, as issue one has been funded entirely by myself. I guess we can deal with that when/if the time comes.
We hope to have the book finished and printed by July. While 1/2 of our book is complete, Donna needs to do more pages and we need to find a letterer. We also want to have a month contingency in case anything goes wrong (life can get in the way) and give it a month for KS to process the funding. We're really excited by the project and can't wait to share it with you.
What are some similar stories to TSOTS?
If you like these stories, you will love The Soul Of The Sea -
- The Devil's Backbone (2001) directed by Guillermo Del Toro
- The Others (2001) directed by Alejandro Amenábar
- Apostle (2018) directed by Gareth Evans
- The Woman In Black (1983) by Susan Hill
- Comic books like Harrow County, Redlands, Infidel and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth.
- TV shows like True Detective, The Haunting Of Hill House and Castle Rock
Tell me more about the story...
Part folk horror, part ghost story.
Set on the wild Atlantic Coast of Ireland, our story follows Thomas Guin, a retired Doctor who drinks himself to sleep while listening to the Shipping News on his new wireless radio. Haunted by his son Ronan's disappearance two years before when part of his fishing boat the Soul Of The Sea was found on Inishdanu. It was thought that the boat was caught up in a storm and crashed. Three of the fishermen's bodies were buried on the island, while Ronan's body was never recovered, thought to be resting in a watery grave in the Atlantic ocean.
The fishing communities on the coast are going through hard times, forced to go further out to sea for less and less. The rugged seas have taken many men down to a watery grave in the past few years and the way of life on the coast is brutal for every working family. Religion is of course, a way of life, for everyone. It's the only way of life both in Ireland and on Inishdanu.
Not much is known about life on Inishdanu - an Island five miles off the coast of Ireland, but the resident's of Owen's Bay (the closest geographic point in Ireland to Inishdanu) deal in hearsay and rumours. The islanders don't communicate with Owen's Bay, but occasionally fishing boats make the trip from Owen's Bay to bring fish and supplies to trade and when home the fishermen trade stories about the mysterious island and the men in hoods and masks.
The fishermen that have been to Inishdanu say that there are only men that live there and they are almost like monks, attempting to live off the near barren island. The world of Owen's Bay is shocked when one of the monks of Inishdanu appears in the middle of the night at the Church Of Adjutor during a bitter storm. The man, Fiacha says there is a sick boy on the island and he begs for a Doctor to come or else the boy will surely die. With the town Doctor on a trip to Dublin, Thomas Guin is tasked with going to the island with medical aid.
Thinking about his own son, he knows that he must go help the boy and maybe, just maybe he can find a trace of The Soul Of The Sea on Inishdanu and give his mind some closure on his son Ronan.
What awaits him on the barren island will change him forever, and he'll find out that the secrets kept on Inishdanu are as endless as the ocean. So his decent into horror begins...
Who are you?
Roddy is a European comic book writer from Northern Ireland. His work has been featured in Markosia, Source Point Press, Gray Haven Comics along with independent anthologies like Spiders & Stardust: A Tribute to David Bowie. He runs Fracture Press and under that small press banner here in Ireland and the UK he has released three titles, Tales of The Fractured Mind, Tales of Fractured Worlds and The Burning Memory. Three books with socially conscious themes about mental health and environmentalism. In 2018 he was the recipient of a prestigious John Hewitt Society Bursary. In 2019 his debut mini-series is scheduled for release for Source Point Press called Sirius and he is also writing a novel for Level Up Publishing. He believes in the power of music to change a bad day into a good one.
Donna A. Black
Donna A Black is a mixed media artist specializing in comic art and covers. Originally trained as a photographer she uses her skill with lighting and composition to give her mixed media artworks a very unique look and feel. She has had been involved in many group shows and had three solo shows across Ireland and the UK, she has been interviewed by popular newspaper and magazines about her work and had a short documentary made about one of her art shows in Ireland. She now works everyday in her Belfast studio, drinking coffee, listening to jazz and spilling more than a few bottles of ink.
Zakk Saam is a comic book letterer from Detroit, Michigan known for his work on Kim & Kim and Star Trek/Green Lantern. When not lettering, Zakk can be most often found on the ice rink with the Motor City Mayhem, an adult hockey club he co-founded in 2009, or throwing dice at a D&D table. He now lives in mid-Michigan with his girlfriend and their four dogs.
We have a few rewards, we certainly wanted to make the most of what we are delivering and not to over promise.
North and True North offer digital versions of the comic, while all the printed versions will be signed by Donna A. Black and Roddy McCance (let us know if you don't want it signed when the reward survey comes out).
South, West and Beyond The Sea have a choice of print and you can also see the images for the postcards below along with our cool mask.
Donna A. Black Print
The Donna Print is the one at the very start of this page.
Rolands Kalnins Print
Mask (Work In Progress Picture)
Each mask will be hand designed by us and feature a unique design.
Thank you for reading!
Risks and challenges
All we want to do is to make comics with heart. To make art that really does something to you. I think everyone launching a project on Kickstarter has that little fear of not making it and that is what drives me forward. Life is all about risks, right? Things are a little different this time around now that I've completed two successful Kickstarter campaigns (in Tales Of The Fractured Mind & Tales of Fractured Worlds) that have raised over £4000 combined on this platform. So that should give you the trust that I can deliver a project. The entirety of the money we earn for TSOTS will be going to printing the book and funding the other rewards.
I got delayed with Fractured Worlds, promising slightly too much and getting myself into a little debt. This time I have really simplified and streamlined this Kickstarter so I can deliver on time! Donna has quite a lot of the book complete and we feel we can put together an awesome project. I think the one thing that I've learned is to have a lot of the project complete before you launch! During the campaign we will seek a letterer to put it all together.
Every project has risks, challenges and creative roadblocks, but I feel we've been conservative with how much money we're asking for and I feel with the our talent we can fund the project, which we can't wait to share with you.
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