About this project
The TURNCOAT Kickstarter is now officially finished. If you want to find out how to get a copy of the book, please head on over to www.turncoatcomic.com.
After two years in the making, Turncoat is finally finished and is being collected in one amazing 164 PAGE HARDCOVER GRAPHIC NOVEL! Exclusively on Kickstarter.
"Turncoat is a scabrous and satirical look at the cape-eat-cape world of superheroes! Highly recommended! " -Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, Archer & Armstrong, X-Men: Noir)
New Backer Levels!
GET THE CASPAR WIJNGAARD LIMITED EDITION TURNCOAT POSTER: See below on the right.
STRETCH GOAL 1: $25,000 (UNLOCKED!) Everyone will get a digital download of the Plaid Klaus sketchbook! That's right people! It will contain at least 50 pages (I'm not sure how many, but it will be at least 50) of early Turncoat drawings, random sketches, prep stuff from other work, and some fun early early work! We're going to go deep into the depths to put this bad boy together and show you some fun Plaid Klaus characters and artwork! Not available anywhere else!
STRETCH GOAL 2: $30,000 (UNLOCKED!) Turncoat Scripts. If we hit $30,000 Ryan will scan in the coffee stained, typo-ridden, early scripts for Turncoat to every backer as a digital download. You'll all be able to see for yourself just how much Plaid Klaus is the real powerhouse behind Turncoat. Vowel warning: may contain British spellings.
STRETCH GOAL 3: $40,000 (LOCKED) Turncoat Editor Neil Gibson is also known as the writer of the 2013 crowdfunded graphic novel TABATHA. If we hit $40,000, he has offered to send every backer a digital download of the first volume - over 140 pages of fully-colored graphic novel horror-comedy goodness! (Isn't that nice of him?)
STRETCH GOAL 4: $50,000 (LOCKED) SCAREBEAR gets his own FULL comic! If we manage to hit $50,000, everyone's favorite Turncoat character - Scarebear - will get his own comic. A digital download of this one-shot comic will be delivered to every backer! More to be announced as the campaign continues...
What is Turncoat?
Turncoat is a collection of the entire six-issue run of the popular webcomic of the same name (www.turncoatcomic.com). Created by Ryan O'Sullivan and Plaid Klaus in 2014, despite the two of them never having met. Ryan is from London, England, and Klaus is from New York.
Turncoat follows the story of Duke. Duke is the world's worst superhero assassin. He straight up sucks at killing superheroes. He always needs a supervillain partner to help him on his hits, he's constantly fending off his ex-wife-and-rival-assassin, Sharon, and the agency only ever seems to send him after d-list loser superheroes. But it's okay, Duke's gonna show everyone he's got what it takes by taking out the world's number one superhero team - The Liberty Brigade. You know...once he figures out how to.
This book contains all six issues/chapter of the completed web comics. Each page lettered, color tweaked and perfected from what you saw online. It also contains original "making of" articles from Ryan and Klaus, including Turncoat concept art and design briefs, as well as Turncoat art pinups.
I am proud to say that THE ENTIRE BOOK IS FINISHED, all of the art is drawn, and the printers are ready to start printing! All in need is your help to fund the printing of the book and then everyone wins! Since the book is done and ready to print, what I need from all of you is to become a part of the Turncoat community by investing in the backer incentives on the side bar. I couldn't have gotten this far without all the awesome support from everyone who's been reading the comic online. You are truly the reason why Turncoat has continued all this time. I'll be printing the book as soon as the campaign ends to ensure that you will all get your copies as soon as possible!
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TESTIMONIALS FOR TURNCOAT
“A darkly slapstick romp through a fallen world of internecine super-failures.” -Al Ewing (Iron Man, Judge Dredd, Mighty Avengers, The Ultimates)
"Hysterical and resolutely British in its approach. The absurdity of superheroes laid bare through the lens of Monty Python." -Dan Watters (LIMBO, Tortured Life)
"By lovingly picking from your favorite super-hero tropes, Turncoat tells one of the funniest, and, yes, original stories you'll read in comics all year."-Conor McCreery (Assassin's Creed, Kill Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini)
"Great comic. Extremely worth your lucre." -Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy, Six-Gun Gorilla, Cry Havoc)
"You remember that time when you were in the 8th grade and instead of cheering for Spider-Man, you realized that all of a sudden you wanted to kill him. Like, really kill him. For real he’d be dead with the blood and the gore? Now, I don’t know about you, but I grew out of the angsty phase later, but somewhere, in a dark corner of my soul, that 8th grader version of myself is just biding his time. But until such a time as he breaks free, dark-8th-grader-Andy will have Turncoat to read to keep him happy…. and hopefully in his cell.” -Andy Schmidt (Former editor for Marvel & IDW. Editor-in-chief, Comic Experience)
"A riotous, irreverent battle royale with an impressive, excessive body count that would make Deadpool blush. Worth checking out!" -Olly MacNamee, Bleeding Cool
"Why is TURNCOAT so good? Because it isn’t afraid to revel in the sameness from a plot perspective as many other comics we’ve seen since the dark age of comics was ushered in with the question “who watches the WATCHMEN?” -Rob Patey, Aint It Cool News
"I seriously f*****g love this comic. It's the kind of comic I wish I'd made. The story, the dialogue, and the characters are all spot on." - Vince Hunt, The Awesome Comics Podcast
"Turncoat nails the superhero tropes you think you know to the door, while having a wander round - and then leaves you wanting more. It has some cutting humour, brilliant characters and an amazing story." - Michael Nimmo, 3 Million Years
"It’s rare to find a six-parter that continues to build on its strengths right up to the very last page, but Turncoat manages to pull it off. The story remains strong throughout. It never falters or loses its pace to become anything but a fun and engaging read." - Josh Sammons, A Place To Hang Your Cape
"If you read comics you're going to enjoy the takes on these characters. Had a very Comedia Dell'Arte feel." -Jimmy Aquino, Comic News Insider
"If you are into funny books, especially ones that give a spin on the traditional stereotypes of the superhero industry, then this book is exactly what the doctor ordered. It had me hooked from the very beginning. I literally read all six issues of it in one sitting, which says a lot, coming from a guy who lets his comics pile up. Reading Turncoat, it did what all good narratives do: detached me from the here and now and took me on one hell of a journey." -William Henry Dvorak, Black Ship Books
"A great concept from writer O’Sullivan & artist Plaid Klaus. Sharp dialogue, a smart plot & some real humour blend together to give this a unique feel to it. Something the artwork helps emphasize even further." - Comics Anonymous
"One of the appeals of Turncoat is what the creators do with the superhero genre. The way [spoiler]'s treated in this comic is a big part of the appeal for me. It's a similar idea to what Alan Moore did with Rorschach. He said "this is what happens when you do a [spoiler] in reality. You would go this nuts." I think O'Sullivan and Klaus have taken a similar idea but played it out in a different way. Great stuff. Well worth checking out." - Derek Royal & Andy Kunka, Comics Alternative
"Told with a snarky, self aware, Mark Millar-esque sense of humour O’Sullivan manages to both poke fun at, and revel in, the world of superheroes and villains to create a really great post-modern superhero tale in the vein of Powers or The Losers." - Alex Thomas, Pipe Dream Comics
SOME EXCERPTS FROM TURNCOAT
Thank you so much for reading. TURNCOAT is our very first graphic novel, and has been and continues to be a complete labor of love for Plaid Klaus and me. TURNCOAT has taken over my life for the last two years, and has taken a lot of sacrifice to put together. (But it'll be worth it. All thanks to YOU.) For those of you who have supported us so far by reading the comic online as part of the Turncoat Community - you have my absolutely most sincere thanks. (You kept us going when it got dark.) And those of you about to support us by backing us on Kickstarter? Well...I'm not sure what to say. Thank you, you're making our dreams come true.
London, UK, February 2016
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges are extremely low with TURNCOAT because the book is completed, the printer has given it's final quote, I am ready to print as soon as I get funding, and I have warehouses in the UK & USA ready to ship the book for me as soon as they receive it from the printers.
All I need to do is send one email. (With a nice subject line, of course.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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