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A comic book about Cats sent into space, based on the true story of France's efforts during the 1950's space race.
A comic book about Cats sent into space, based on the true story of France's efforts during the 1950's space race.
A comic book about Cats sent into space, based on the true story of France's efforts during the 1950's space race.
114 backers pledged £1,543 to help bring this project to life.

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Catapulted is a black and white comic book about cats sent into space during the space race in the 1950's. Prior to manned missions to space, America experimented by sending chimps into space, Russia sent dogs and France... they sent cats (true story). 

Follow one cats epic journey as it is Catapulted into space and experience the connections our feline protagonist makes with every person it interacts with, as it survives harsh and changing conditions. Lost cosmonauts, a conspiracy theory and something altogether surprising await readers in Catapulted. If you like sci-fi, alternate history or you have soft spot for cats, this is the book for you.

Sequential Art from the book.
Sequential Art from the book.

 Catapulted Issue One is the first in a 4 issue mini-series. Funding will help support a print run of the comic as well as printing costs of the art prints for selected rewards. Funding will also be used to cover distribution costs for getting the rewards to backers.

More story art from interior pages
More story art from interior pages

 

Why a sole Creator?

Yes this book is being completed by a sole creator. That means the writing, pencilling, inking and lettering is being completed by one person - me! Why? Whilst a creative team could be employed there is an opportunity for a unified thought in delivery of a story through a sole creator. Will Eisner often spoke about the advantages to be gained with having a sole creator in comics with the only limitation being the skills of the creator in the various stages of creating comics. A tough endeavour but one worth embarking upon with satisfying results that hopefully end up in a high quality comic book.  

Rewards

In the event that I do exceed the target funding I do have some stretch goals prepared, until then here are the rewards for all you supportive backers. 

Preview of issue one.
Preview of issue one.

Note: Early Backer discounts are available from 30th June to 2nd July only!

£2 - Issue One - Digital Edition:

  • A DRM-free digital download version of Catapulted Issue One! Enjoy the comic in digital format to be enjoyed on your preferred digital reading device

£4 - Issue One Digital Bumper Edition:

  • A DRM-free digital download version of Catapulted Issue One 
  • Extras including the script, story notes, character descriptions, variant covers, sketch and concept art and story layouts.

£7 - Printed + Digital Copy of Catapulted:

  • A DRM-free digital download version of Catapulted Issue One  (including extras)
  • Get your hands on a printed version of the book. Enjoy the story in the format it was designed for, the humble printed comic book. The cover will be printed in colour with interior pages in B&W just like the digital version.

£25 - Bumper Print Package:

  • Get the printed version of the comic
  • DRM-Free Digital Bumper edition
  • You will also receive 2 A3 poster prints, one of which includes the line art for the cover of Catapulted!

£35 - Bumper Print Pack + Commentary:

  • Get the printed version of the comic 
  • DRM-Free Digital Bumper edition
  • 2 A3 poster prints, one of which includes the line art for the cover of Catapulted!
  • In addition, you will get access to audio commentary for a page by page discussion of Issue One containing thoughts and details of the creative process. This is real personalised insight in to the creation of this book!

£60 - Bumper Print Pack + Original Art:

  • Get the printed version of the comic
  • DRM-Free Digital Bumper edition 
  • 2 A3 poster prints, one of which includes the line art for the cover of Catapulted!
  • Page by page audio commentary 
  • Plus an A4 sized B&W sketch of Catapulted artwork drawn by myself

£150 - A3 Pin Up or custom Cover Art:

  • Looking for Cover Art for your own project? Or perhaps you want an A3 pin up poster? I will draw a cover for your comic or will complete an A3 sized B&W piece of art of your choice. 
  • Get the printed version of the comic  
  • DRM-Free Digital Bumper edition 
  • 2 A3 poster prints, one of which includes the line art for the cover of Catapulted!  
  • Page by page audio commentary  
  • Plus an A4 sized B&W sketch of Catapulted artwork drawn by myself

 

£1200 - Volume One of my Sketchbook - Digital version of my private and random sketches

£1400 - Volume Two of my Sketchbook - Even more sketchy sketchiness. Includes other ideas from my comic collection. 

£1600 - New A3 pinups - Movie style posters of some of my other comic ideas not yet advertised! For digital backers these will be included as digital copies. Backers of any reward that includes a physical copy will receive these in print. 

£2000 - Colour Version of Catapulted - Catapulted in all the colours of the rainbow for you to enjoy (this includes colour printed copies for backers of a physical print)

Meet the creator

The creator himself!
The creator himself!

I am a comic creator and freelance illustrator based in London, United Kingdom. I have successfully worked on anthology projects in the past including Outre Press' Xenophobia Anthology as the penciler and inker for the story 'The Day the Foreigner Came'.   

I've acquired skills in penciling, inking, coloring and writing and I've applied these in concept art for animation projects and in creating comic books. In addition I've written and drawn a new Tapas webcomic called 'Art Imitates Life', following the fun antics of Fred and his cat, Kat. My efforts are now focused on this 4 issue mini-series 'Catapulted'. I will be attending London Super Comic Con 2017 (LSCC2017) where Catapulted will be the main feature on my stand along with other pieces of art.  

I'm passionate about creating great comics, cats, skateboarding and playing the ukuelele.

 

Risks and challenges

As I am the sole creator on the project there is always a risk of delay. However, I am a successful project manager in my day job and I have allowed enough time to complete the book in time for LSCC2017 in August of this year where the book will see its official debut. I have worked successfully in the past making comics, completing anthology work on time. Should something unexpected happen and the book falls behind schedule, I have some trusty letterers to help speed up the process. However, I don't foresee this happening as book is already progressing nicely.

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    Issue One - Digital Edition

    A DRM free digital download version of Catapulted Issue One!

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    Issue One Digital Bumper Edition

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    Printed + Digital Copy of Catapulted

    - Get your hands on a printed version of the book. Over 30 pages of sci-fi adventure. Enjoy the story in the format it was designed for, the humble printed comic book
    - Also get the digital bumper edition.

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    Early Backer! Bumper Print

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    - Plus the Digital Bumper edition
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    Bumper Print Package

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    Bumper Print Pack + Commentary

    - Get the printed version of the comic plus the Digital Bumper edition
    - You will also receive 2 A3 poster prints, one of which includes the line art for the cover of Catapulted!
    - In addition you will get access to download audio commentary for a page by page discussion of issue one containing thoughts and details of the creative process. This is real personalised insight in to the creation of this book!

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    Early Backer! Bumper Pack+Original Art

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    - Digital bumper comic
    - 2 A3 prints, audio commentary
    - Plus an A4 sized B&W sketch of Catapulted artwork drawn by myself

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    Bumper Print Pack + Original Art

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    - 2 A3 prints, audio commentary
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    A3 Pin Up or custom Cover Art

    - Looking for Cover Art for your own project?
    Or perhaps you want an A3 pin up poster? I will draw a cover for your comic or will complete an A3 sized B&W piece of art of your choice.
    - Included is the bumper print pack
    - Digital bumper comic
    - 2 A3 prints
    - Audio commentary
    - Plus an A4 sized sketch of original B&W art Catapulted artwork drawn by myself

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