Enrica Jang and Alex Cormack are funding Issue #1 (24-pages, full color) of a brand new comic series! We're on track to some pretty sweet stretch goals, and you can check out the PREVIEW PAGES below to see 6 pages from the new series!
A rookie train conductor is haunted by the ghost of an annoying goth princess who threw herself in front of his commuter train. She swears her death was a murder made to look like a suicide and she won’t “cross over” and leave him alone until he helps solve her case.
CROSSING will be a six-issue mini-series, and we're here on Kickstarter to print and distribute Issue #1. The comic is 24 story pages, full color, to be published digitally and in print. Despite some pretty mature, heavy-hitting themes (crime, suicide, railroad safety) the series is a comedy about two people who wouldn't like each other under normal circumstances--much less paranormal--but have to find a way to work together if they ever want to be free of each other.
Production for this first issue is already underway, and a print run of 1000 copies is guaranteed when we hit 100% funding. Script for the entire series is complete, as well as character design, and we'll be rolling straight into Issue #2 after we're funded. This series is happening, people, but we need you to help us get to the other side!
Enrica Jang (writer) is the writer and creator of AZTECA, Angel With a Bullet, The House of Montresor, and editor of the annual Red Stylo Presents series of anthologies. Her screenplay The Freshmen was made into a short film, Frienemies, winner of a CINE Golden Eagle in 2011.
Alex Cormack (artist) is an illustrator living in Tyngsboro MA with his wife, Ashley, and three cats Danger, Destruction, and Disaster. He was an independent animator before diving into comics. He has worked with many publishers such as ComixTribe, Bliss on Tap, Red Stylo Media as well as numerous freelance writers, and has been published by Image comics and IDW. For more info please look at his website www.AlexCormack.com
Mark Mullaney (masthead logo & letters) is an Emmy-nominated animator and artist from Boston, Massachusetts. See more of his work at landofthedisinterested.tumblr.com.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
2 Comics and a Baby
7 months ago
– Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 11:41:58 AM
First, my apologies for the dearth of updates these days. I'm pleased to share that most of the rewards packages have either been sent or are in transit.
One big one even arrived! Behold:
Alex Cormack's new baby son already has excellent taste in comics.
For those folks still waiting on packages, if your reward pack included a sketch, 3 x 5 card, or any other art, these are the holdovers as Alex and I are shipping stuff back and forth to one another so that I can send out packages. I'll be sure to include some extras in each pack to make up for the wait. For everyone else, the digital files should have all been delivered. Thank you, everyone, for your tremendous support!
This is a short update ahead of Thanksgiving (this American holiday where we eat even more food than as per usual), but I'll be back in the swing of things after this weekend. I have pictures to share, new updates for CROSSING to send your way, and one big GIANT ANNOUNCEMENT still to *pop* before the New Year. For now (for those celebrating) have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
See you on the other side,
OCTOBER is here! Plus, CROSSING debuts at #NYCC
9 months ago
– Wed, Oct 05, 2016 at 11:08:26 PM
That's always a great moment, opening a box of new books--it's hard to not scatter them everywhere and start rolling in them (don't worry, I restrained myself.) Plus, I'm excited to finally begin getting these in the mail to backers! Shipping will begin next week--I will send a new update when the first batch goes out. These will be shipped on a rolling basis, so please expect another few weeks before arrival.
Anyone heading to New York Comic Con?
We'll be at New York Comic Con Thursday thru Sunday, booth #1140 in Small Press on the main floor. Stop by, say hi, and backers can even pick up rewards! Note, merch like t-shirts and sketch cards will not be at the show, but comics will comfort you, if you so desire. Also, I'll be there and rumor has it that Alex Cormack will also be making an appearance, so come on by and let us thank you!
Woot! This is what we've worked and waited for, so thank you all so much for making this possible. More very soon!
See you on the other side,
SPX this weekend, and last call for surveys!
9 months ago
– Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 03:04:44 PM
First off, thank you to everyone who has filled in their Backerkit surveys so far. It's my first time using this service, but it's been great to get all the love and shout-outs on Twitter and Facebook Thanks for that! For folks who haven't filled it out, or may have missed it, you can reclaim it here: https://crossingcomic.backerkit.com/ I need names by the end of this week if you're to be included in the book, so please do this right away.
****A quick apology to some of our digital rewards folks: I left a box unchecked in the surveys and it asked some of you to give shipping addresses for digital only rewards. I think I've fixed it, but I'm sorry for any inconvenience!***
And a big THANK YOU to the people who provided feedback in the survey for rewards and other bits for any future campaigns! This was incredibly helpful--especially the one demanding "Alex Cormack, slave butler" and "Giant hugs from Rica." We will do our best to accommodate! You know who you are. :)
On to the fun part: I am going to be setting up this coming weekend at Small Press Expo (SPX) and then early next month at New York Comic Con. We have a few more things still to finalize, but if you're in either of these areas, check our calendar for dates, and don't miss! I will have special extras for any Kickstarter backers who stop by. Find more details in our newsletter!
I'll leave you with a new colored page from CROSSING #1. We're still on track and on schedule--fingers crossed we keep THAT going. I'm looking forward to meeting and hearing from all of you when rewards go out next month!
See you on the other side,
P.S. The campaign for OPHELIA'S REVENGE, by my friends James McGee and Alex Clark, is still going on now. Please give some love to these guys--they're in the final stretch!
Backerkit Survey and Add-ons
10 months ago
– Wed, Sep 07, 2016 at 05:26:19 PM
Quick update: we just got approval and surveys for this campaign are going out through Backerkit now! A couple of notes for everyone:
You don't have to open an account to complete your survey.
Anyone who requested ADD-ONS during the campaign, I have already manually added these items to your cart and the shipping is taken care of.
Those of you who wanted to add after the campaign ended, feel free to add any additional items here and everything will get packaged together.
Blitz coming! Surveys are on the way, plus the answer to the last update question.
10 months ago
– Thu, Sep 01, 2016 at 10:21:36 PM
Holy hell, this year is flyyyying by. September 1. I'm excited to report that CROSSING is in the final turn of coloring and lettering and will be heading to the printer soon! Which means: we're prepping the surveys! I need a quick return on these from everyone who wants their name in the book--and believe me WE want your name in the book because we want to show off all 300+ names of the amazing people who supported us. Great things are in store, so please look for the survey and be sure to reply soonest!
Before I show some more pages from Alex, here's the answer to the trivia question from our last update:
Q.Tell me the significance of the tavern depicted in page 1 shown below. Hint: CROSSING is set in Baltimore.
A. Some of you got thrown off track by the "Homicide: Life on the Street" sign in the lower panels, but the actual saloon is "The Horse You Came In On." And the significance is: The Horse You Came In On is the tavern where American writer, Edgar Allan Poe, is said to have had his very last drink on the day he died. In fact, the trash can in front of the saloon (the one our poor doomed character is puking in above) actually sits atop the very place Poe is fabled to have collapsed when he staggered out the doors of the tavern for the last time. Poe's ghost is said to haunt the tavern to this day (though it's got a country-western theme going now, so I have a hard time imagining Edgar spending a lot of time there.)
The "Homicide: Life on the Street" sign comics in because our character stumbles drunkenly across the street to the famed City Pier, where the TV show was filmed. The panel at the top of the page shows this:
Some people think Fells Point is too touristy, but it's still one of my favorite places in my adopted city. The City Pier has stood kind of derelict for a few years now, and will soon be redeveloped for some fancy purpose, but I'm glad to include it as it is in CROSSING before that happens.
On to more pages:
A crucial scene, as you can see. Can't wait to show you these in color!
Baltimore Comic Con begins tomorrow! If you'll be in town for the show, be sure to stop by table A124!
We'll also be at Small Press Expo (SPX) and Baltimore Book Festival this month! Check out RedStylo.com for a complete event schedule!
And finally... one of Red Stylo Media's superstar editors/contributors, James McGee, has a Kickstarter going on right now. Any Shakespeare fans in the house? OPHELIA'S REVENGE is an EC-style horror story. Hamlet's Ophelia is a vengeful swamp monster who returns from the dead to take out a modern-day Renaissance faire. And you can get it for just $1!
Thanks, everyone! Don't forget: when you get your survey, fill it out and kick it back to me soon as you can!