Monthly Archives: May 2016

Red Range Kickstarter 

WELCOME TO THE RED RANGE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!
Red Range Kickstarter

To best understand what RED RANGE is all about, one should read this review, published within the pages of LOCUS magazine in 1999:
“Joe R. Lansdale’s certainly a modern legend himself, having been around for some time now. But comics artist Sam Glanzman’s got an even more legendary historical grounding, having been professionally drawing for six decades or so. These two worthies have collaborated on Lansdale’s graphic novel, RED RANGE. The first page of RED RANGE itself begins full tilt with graphic ultraviolence as Lansdale and Glanzman plunge us into a 19th century Klan lynching of a black Texas family. Abruptly in the midst of the atrocity, the Kluxers are interrupted by a mysterious rider who’s a deadly shot with both his pistols and long-range Sharps buffalo rifle. It’s the feared and hated (by the KKK, at least) Red Mask, a tough, lethal, black man who wisely keeps his identity concealed. Writer Lansdale’s unerring ear for exotic period and regional dialog remains constant. His penchant for grim humor appears throughout. His hardcore, hard-nosed sense of social conscience remains intact.”

RED RANGE was originally published in 1999 by Mojo Press. Unfortunately, Mojo went out of business that same year, and the book has been out of print ever since.
For the last two years, I have been busy acquiring, editing and (working closely with production and marketing) bringing over 24 graphic novel reprint collections to market through another American publisher. One of those collections was even nominated for an Eisner award, THE PUMA BLUES by Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli.
Recently, I decided to leave my position at that publisher, and launch my own publishing imprint…IT’S ALIVE!
In the past, I have worked very closely with both Sam Glanzman and Joe R. Lansdale to put some of their more important out of print works back on the shelves. For Glanzman, I put together the A SAILOR’S STORY collection, the U.S.S. STEVENS collection, and the ATTU collection. For Lansdale, I resurrected his first award-winning short story collection, BY BIZARRE HANDS.
(Check out this excellent review the A SAILOR’S STORY collection received in The New York Times: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/war-stories-both-quiet-and-loud/ )
So, it only makes sense that I would launch my new imprint with a graphic novel by both Joe R. Lansdale, and Sam Glanzman!

I am asking for $15,000 to produce a 96 page trade paperback graphic novel. A large chuck of this money goes towards an advance for the creators. The next biggest chuck goes towards the printing of the book (the book will have a matte cover, and thick 70lb glossy interior stock). Another large chunk goes to the colorist, who will be coloring every single page of the story (the original was published in black and white). I was also lucky enough to hire comic book legend Stephen R. Bissette to write a well-research, historical afterword for this collection (go find a copy of THE PUMA BLUES collection, read his afterword, and you will understand the value he brings to any publication). Since we are unable to work from the original art, I will need to have the original book scanned in page by page and all the artwork touched up by a professional pre-press technician, who will also be assisting with the overall design of the book (Yep, that costs money too!). I am also spending a certain amount on the promotion of this Kickstarter campaign. In the end, I am confident that for the amount in question, we will be able to produce a new and highly improved edition of this incredible story, for your reading pleasure!
Of course, if we are lucky enough to exceed this amount, we have some stretch goals in mind, such as adding a hard cover. But we will get to all that if, after launching the campaign, the demand proves to be higher than expected. For now, we are simply focused on producing the best book possible for the amount posted.

Fan Art Friday

Well it’s Fan art Friday and we have found some interesting geeky fan art for you guys to enjoy. Remember if you have some fan art you wish to share e mail us at SouthDevonGeeks@gmail.com

Cops and Monsters


SYNOPSIS

 

“Cops and Monsters” is an on-going supernatural webseries, following the stories of the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland (PITS) as they battle supernatural creatures, the bureaucracy that comes with it, and their everyday lives. The show is targeted at men and women in their 20s, all the way up to their 50s. The show is inspired by the likes of Torchwood and Being Human, focusing on our characters as they try to survive everyday life that just happens to be surrounded by werewolves, vampires and zombies.

 

Volume 1 is made up of 8 episodes, exploring the case of Lycan A202, a ferocious werewolf who can transform without the powers of a full-moon, making her the perfect weapon for the sinister Cult of Many Faces to use to destroy the PITS team, and more specifically, Maya Hedges, who as well as facing the prospect of working closely with her ex-boyfriend Martin Carmichael, is close to discovering a well-hidden secret about her parent’s unsolved deaths at the hands of a pack of werewolves 5 years previously.

 

The show will mostly focus on Maya as she struggles to learn the inner-workings of the paranormal unit and her increasing drive to discover the truth about her parent’s murder. We will also follow Alexis, the powerful werewolf known as Lycan A202, as she struggles to find her humanity within the hunger of the kill. We will meet her vampiric twin sister, Zoe, as she struggles to come to terms with her blood-lust and her need to save her sister from The Cult of Many Faces.

Finally, we will meet PITS Commander Norris Fletcher, serving out his punishment after several cases of grievous body harm charges against human suspects, finding himself embroiled in Mr. Clark, the Minister of Justice and Alan Smith, the Deputy to the First Minister of Scotland, who all plan to use the PITS for their own nefarious purposes.
This is a story about finding your humanity in a world of monsters.

This is an ongoing show the series was created by Fraser Coull, who has previously created and produced 13 episodes of superhero sci-fi show, “Night is Day” from 2006 until 2009, with a feature film version premiering at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2011. Fraser focuses his energies on writing for Cops and Monsters and various other projects. Fraser has also directed the 4 episodes so far. 

Fraser’s thoughts on the webseries 

“It’s important to me that we show to the world that creative people can get up, get out there and make their own content. We’re in a digital age where everybody can pick up a camera and shoot something and I fully encourage that. More and more people are tuning into the web to watch the web series that are out there and I want Cops and Monsters to be one of the best.”

Claire Mcguire (Producer) says

“The world of Cops and Monsters was alluring, very well written and extremely ambitious with a modest crowd funding target already attached when I got involved. It was a challenge and I was happy to sink my teeth in.”

THE CAST

 

“Cops and Monsters” has brought in guest stars from the world of classic Sci-fi TV including Sarah Louise Madison (The Weeping Angels, Doctor Who), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond, Doctor Who), with Sophie Aldred (Ace, Doctor Who) and Rachel Teate (Kara, Wolfblood) due to join episode 5. Stand up comedian and actor Billy Kirkwood, best known for his role as commentator for Insane Champion Wrestling plays the villainous Cult of Many Faces. Taggart star Colin McCredie guest stars in episode 1 as tortured werewolf Terry, and Waterloo Road star Caitlin Gillespie starred as PITS werewolf Alia in episode 1 also. Braveheart star Mhairi Calvey will be joining from episode 5 as troubled vampire Zoe, joining Ellen Patterson, Kenny Boyle, Innes Anderson and Chris Bain. Karen Bartke (Scot Squad) plays Maya’s concerned aunt, Tina Hedges.

If you want to find out more about Cops and Monsters you can on their website (see link below)

Cops and Monsters

On their Facebook page

Cops and Monsters Facebook
On Twitter

Cops and Monsters Twitter

Fan art Friday 

We thought we would revive an old weekly feature we used to run called fan art Friday. If you want to share your work with us or even suggest a topic, then drop us a message on our social media pages or email us at southdevongeeks@gmail.com

#geeksquad

Brethren Born Issue 2


Ladies and Gentlegeeks; after what has seemed like an eternity of waiting, I am proud to say that I now have in my possession Brethren Born, issue 2. The postman has delivered a huge bundle of goodness from the highly talented Jon Laight & Philip Knibbs, from Level 8 Comics and Close 2 Immortality.After really enjoying the first issue, which had a brilliant, almost X-Files twist, I couldn’t wait to see whether Messrs Laight and Knibbs had reproduced the same magic in issue 2. In my humble opinion, issue 2 not only hits the mark again, but completely obliterates the target. 

With such a great story and a fantastic creative team, I am quite sure that this comic will have a very long and successful future.  

Take Two (May)

In this new feature, we are going to look at either a film or a TV series that you might have missed, or may just want to re-watch  

This time we are going back to the late 80’s, to Quantum Leap.

 

Quantum Leap was an American science fiction television series that gained a cult following in the UK during its run, and afterwards. It ran for five seasons between March 1989 and May 1993 and, written by Donald P Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr Samuel Beckett and Dean Stockwell as Colonel Al Calavicci.  
Sam is a brilliant physicist who finds himself stranded in a time-travel Groundhog Day, when one of his experiments goes badly wrong. He is cast into a new body each week, taking the place of a person to correct historical mistakes; both on a personal and sometimes national level. Yet although he takes over the person, he retains their body (and therefore their appearance) and has to attempt to act as they would do. The displaced person is, in the meantime, sent to a ‘waiting-room’ until Sam leaps out. 

 

Sam has help from a hologram of his best friend and colleague from the lab, Al; a womanising, cigar-smoking character, who only Sam can see or hear. Al has a quirky, notoriously unreliable hand-held computer called Ziggy, which carries out complex computations to try to establish the reason that Sam has leaped into that person.

Sam, with Al’s help, has to quickly work out what changes he is meant to make, in the hope that the next leap will be his leap home….

The majority of Sam’s leaps are focussed on making relatively small changes to one person’s life, which may end up saving the life of someone who might otherwise have died too soon, or to make improvements to one or more people’s existence – perhaps enabling them to fulfil their potential.  

Selected episodes have shown the more dramatic effects of his time travels and meddling; in one episode, Sam’s actions ultimately lead to Al’s death before their project even started and Sam then finds himself suddenly aided by a new hologram, “Edward St. John V”.  

It is widely regarded that the best leap was the two-part episode in the third season, called The Leap Home. In part one, Sam leaps into his 16-year-old self and enables his high school basketball team to win the championship. At the same time, we meet more of Sam’s family, including Tom, his older brother, who was killed in Vietnam. Part two of The Leap Home finds Sam trying to stop Tom from dying….

This series is a fond favourite of my wife’s and mine, and has the perfect mix of humour, romance, drama and science fiction. It has been named one of the “Top Cult TV Shows Ever” and won 17 awards during its run. Just the sound of the theme tune, written by Mike Post (who also composed the themes to shows such as: The Rockford Files, LA Law, Magnum PI and Hill Street Blues), can evoke happy memories in this household.

 

If you haven’t yet seen it, give it a go… ‘Oh boy,’ it’s a great Sunday afternoon relaxing watch.