Intriguing new INDIEGOGO comic book anthology SPECULATE—a love letter to the old pulp scifi/crime novels—needs our help Geeknation!
While combing the internet for new geekery to share with you I ran across talented writer and artist Mr. Drew Ford and his INDIEGOGO Campaign SPECULATE 01. For me SPECULATE is a love letter to the old pulp scifi/crime novels and the forbidden Heavy Metal magazines of my wasted youth! As Drew describes his ambitious project,
Each issue of SPECULATE, I will delve into a different region of genre fiction, be it science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime or just plain good ol’ weirdness. With your help, SPECULATE can become a regular part of the comic book landscape. The plan is release SPECULATE four times per year.
An Scifi/Horror/Crime indie quarterly hosting different illustrators and genres? Where do I sign up!?
This first issue focuses on the genre of science fiction, and contains seven stories:
1. THE COVER UP (illustrated by Tony Lorenz & Larry Blake)
Aliens are real…and you won’t believe just how deep THE COVER UP goes!
In the far flung future, one zookeeper tries to save some very familiar animals!
Life lessons can be rather tough…especially on the surface of Mars!
4. ONE (illustrated by Chris Eisert)
An extraterrestrial struggles with the fate of ONE human child.
5. THE COST OF FREEDOM(illustrated by Helmut Eppich)
People love to fight…and hate. Both now, and in the future.
What if the artificial life we create doesn’t want to live?
6. UNTITLED MYSTERY STORY!!! (written and illustrated by Drew Ford)
He goes on to say:
“If successful, the $3000 will be used to design, print and distribute the first issue of what will hopefully become a regularly recurring title. If we are able to raise more than $3000, the extra money will go directly towards SPECULATE 02!
As for rewards, I have tried to keep it simple. For $10 flat, you get a digital copy of SPECULATE 01 sent to your e-mail box. For $15 ($10 plus $5 s&h), you get a physical copy of this science fiction issue of SPECULATE 01 mailed to your front door. For $20 you get one of each! For $30 you get one of each, plus one set of my 90s science fiction and fantasy anthology COSMIC WAVES #1-3. For $50, retailers can get 10 copies of the book at 50% off the cover price! For $100 you can pick up one digital copy, two print copies, and a phone call from me to talk comics and such. For $250 you get one digital copy, two print copies, a phone call from me to talk comics and such, and an ORIGINAL PAGE OF ART from the story I am illustrating. It is only a 4 page story, so obviously there are only 4 of these available!
And that about does it! The stories (writing AND art) are completed. We simply need to raise the money to design the book, print the book and distribute (which includes those NASTY shipping costs!) the book. I hope you will see something that piques your interest, and will consider throwing us a few dollars towards making this FIRST EVER science fiction issue of SPECULATE 01 a reality! Thanks for taking a look!”
There you have it! Sounds good to you? Time is short and these kinds of homegrown independent projects and the writers and artists that spawn them are arguably the life blood of the comic book industry we love. Help out as you can, even if you’ve got no dough, you can still help alot and share this worth while effort with your Comic Book, Sci Fi, Horror Geek pals! Be in on the ground floor of something special. Donate to Drew’s INDIEGOGO now select your perk and share it on your networks! Follow Drew on Twitter.
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