Aim of the Kickstarter
I spend quite a bit of my downtime visiting places of historic interest and making ink studies in my sketchbooks. A few weeks ago, as I was scanning in my most recent drawings, a thought occurred to me of how I could turn them into something more. Nick had recently run a Kickstarter for the fourth issue of his brilliant series, Slang Pictorial, and had included a digital extra in the shape of a short, prose story set inside the world of his comic. Feeling inspired, I sat down and wrote a spy story to go along with some of my drawings. After piecing the art and words together, and feeling happy with the results, I approached Nick with the idea: "Do you have an interest in doing a turnover paperback novella with me?"
And so, we started exploring how we'd go about doing it. We think it's a really interesting concept and the two works compliment each other well.
The Accumulator is a traditional prose story, filled to the brim with that patented Prolix wit, ear for dialogue, and sympathy for the ofttimes-down-and-out characters who populate his Bouveray Town borough of 60s London.
Dicky Bird Sing, while prose through and through, is laid out like a 60s magazine spread. Each turn of the page brings you pairings of text and image in a fashion to (hopefully) transport you back in time to that subtle simmering Cold War tension.
As a bonus, the book will also include an unpublished single page collaborative comics from Messrs Prolix and Olson featuring everyone's favorite ivory-tickler, Fats Waller.
Some more images from the book:
About the Campaign
This is a lean campaign. The book is an experiment, and so, we want it to keep the focus. It's why we've set the goal low and the campaign short. And as this is a bit avant-garde (for us, at least) there are no fancy whistles of buzzers in the form of stretch goals or extras, so if a lot more folks than we anticipate do jump on board, we'll look at improving things like paperstock and finish. Maybe add a few pages to the book itself. We hope that's an ethos you can get behind.
The rewards are designed around the paperback. We have put together a few bundles for folks who might be missing a couple of bits from our respective back catalogues. I'm particularly excited about offering The Black Iris (DownTheTubes.net review; Comics Anonymous review), as it's fairly new to me and has only been available at one convention and through an online shop, and the first four issues of Slang Pictorial (Graphic Policy review; Zine Love review)as there may be one or two folks who've yet to bask in its brilliance. The last two reward tiers are pretty exciting, too. Two Sketchy Dudes gets you two A5 sketches, one from Mr Prolix and one from yours truly. Dueling Pianos gets you a collaborative work featuring the brushes and pens of both Prolix and Olson on one sheet of A4.
If you have any questions about anything, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm always happy to field any queries, chat comics, or talk about root beer.
Russell Mark Olson:
Risks and challenges
As stated above, both of us have run successful Kickstarters before. The content is created. We just need your help to get the book to the printers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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