What if your creative impulses were being fostered by beings from beyond your comprehension?
What if art, and the addictions it all-too often accompanies, was the product of extra-dimensional beings who farmed human thought?
What if you learned this from your only friend, who was an enormous pink elephant in a trench coat?
What if he offered you a job, and also zombies were there?
Phantales is what.
Phantales is a 140 page, full-colour softcover book, collecting the first five issues of a new comic series created by two human beings in Melbourne, Australia. This Kickstarter aims to fund an initial print run, so that the ideas therein can assume corporeal form.
Phantales is about the ruinous spiral of addiction and the endless ascent of artistic creation in a tale that spans time, space, reality and genre.
This first book, much like an explanation point placed erroneously at the start of a sentence, gets things started in head-stomping, Elvis-chasing, art gallery-attending fashion.
Try it out - download a PDF preview issue at Phantales.com
Frank is a big pink elephant person. He enjoys his work. He's currently on the trail of a missing person, and is helping out Mouse, who has woken up in a bit of a bad way - bandaged, with a foggy memory and general feeling that stuff has gone pear shaped.
Phantales is illustrated by Ry Wilkin and written by Stefan Delatovic. The characters have been rattling around in Ry's head for a decade. They've since set up shop in Stefan's as well.
Ry is an illustrator and animator of renown. Here's proof.
Stefan ... also exists. (Footage not found.)
Risks and challenges
If we achieve our funding goal, we are in a good position. The book has been fully written, illustrated and coloured. Once the campaign is successful, we can send to the printer post haste.
Realistically, the risks are that we receive a high number of orders and that slows down shipping and processing, but that won't threaten the product.
Also, there's a risk that someone who buys the Dungeons and Dragons reward lures Stefan into a trap.
- (30 days)