The Peacekeepers 1 & 2

Created by Rylend Grant

A 64-page lover letter to dark, quirky crime dramas like FARGO and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN from the Ringo Award-winning creator of Action Lab's ABERRANT & BANJAX.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

56 hours to go! $13K stretch goal announcement!!
7 months ago – Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 04:31:22 PM

Hey all,

  As I type this we have about 56 hours to go. It's been tough sledding for everyone on Kickstarter these past few weeks with COVID, election, and holiday craziness gumming up the works... but we are thriving here because of you guys. I really can't thank you enough for helping to bring this book to life. I'll say it a few more times before we reach the end here, but it won't be enough.

257 fine lasses and lads have already signed up to take this journey with us. We'd like to get this book into the hands of a few more poor souls, so please... tell a friend, huh?

STETCH GOAL FUN

We smashed through our $13K Stretch Goal yesterday and that means more swag for everyone. So, right here and right now, we are officially starting the Rylend Grant Comic-verse Trading Card set! 

I'm not 100% certain what it'll look like just yet... if it will be characters... iconic covers... maybe it'll be a mix of both? Suggestions are more than welcome. I do know, though, that it will be fun... and it will be epic... And I know it will include images/character/covers from Banjax, Aberrant, The Jump, The Peacekeepers, and more.

You'll receive a few cards here to start your set... and that set will be built out over time across different campaigns. 

Some of my creator friends have had a lot of fun doing thing like this over the years. Charlie Stickney and Conor Hughes have done a bang up job with their WHITE ASH card set:

Anyway, I look forward to printing up all of this wonderful stuff and getting it to you. Thanks so much for all of the love here! I'll check in again before the bell rings.

Stay safe out there!

Rylend


P.S. Some very close friends of mine have campaigns going right now that you should absolutley check out. I backed these projects on DAY 1 and I know you're going to love these books:

NIGHTMARE THEATER - A Cinematic Horror Comic Anthology

NIGHTMARE THEATER is a 250+ page trade paperback anthology collecting horror stories by some of the biggest names in indie comics.

Over thirty-five incredible comic teams bring you frightful tales steeped in all manner of morbid mayhem. Creators include David Pepose (Spencer & Locke, The O.Z.), Shawn Gabborin (Puppet Master, Let’s All Die!) Jessica Maison (Plastic Girl), Charlie Stickney(White Ash), Dave Dwonch (Prom of the Dead), Newton Lilavois (Crescent City Monsters), Karla Nappi (Duplicant), Richard Fairgray (Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus), David Avallone (Drawing Blood, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), Russell Nohelty (Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter), Terry Mayo (The Wicked Righteous), Don Nguyen (Pablo the Gorilla), James Powell (House of Fear), Kayden Phoenix (Jalisco), Peter Murrieta (Rafael Garcia:Henchman), Tony Fabro (Three Panel Crimes), M.L. Miller (Gravetrancers), Sebastian Kadlecik (Quince), Steven Prince (Monster Matador) and artists like Mick Beyers, Fabio Alves, Silvia Califano, Gian Carlo Bernal, Kyle Roberts, Leeahd Goldberg, Orlando “Mexifunk” Arocena, Carlos Granda, and Sorah Suhng...

JUST 47 HOURS LEFT ON THIS ONE SO PLEDGE NOW!


Like Father, Like Daughter #1-7: A Superhero Drama

A father with superpowers, leaves his wife and daughter to become “Invulnerable” - the world’s only superhero. Ten years later his daughter discovers that she has inherited the very superpowers that made her father leave their family.

In the newest installment, Invulnerable has been kidnapped by the KGB - led by none other than Casey’s mother, Jessica Ryder. Casey never wanted to be like her father, but will Invulnerable’s kidnapping cause Casey to embrace her super heroic roots?

It’s the penultimate issue of our first arc, and nothing will be the same following the finale!

Great book here, guys! CHECK IT OUT!

Word Balloon and the Draw-Me-In Tiers!
7 months ago – Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 03:14:20 PM

Hey all,

  Things are spledid in Peacekeepers-land. We're up to 216 backers as I type this. My goal is to crack 300 by campaign's end. I think we're still on pace for that... despite COVID... and election craziness... and a crowded Kickstarter field. We could still use a nudge or two though, so tell a friend about us, huh?

WORD BALLOON

If you missed it, I was on Hall of Fame broadcaster John Siuntres' Word Balloon Podcast last night talking PEACEKEEPERS, independent filmmaking, and I believe this is the only time I've publically told the FULL story of my appearance on American Ninja Warrior. It was one hell of a conversation. Check it out HERE!

WANT TO BE IN THE COMIC BOOK?

One of the things I really love about this whole Kickstarter experience is how uniquely interactive it is. I mean, we're actually building this book piece by piece with you, the backer. So, we worked hard here when putting the campaign together to find ways to make the most of that, to celebrate Kickstarter's wildly interactive spirit and I think we came up with some pretty incredible stuff. Take a minute and check out the following tiers:

DRAW ME IN/DRAW ME IN AND GIVE ME LINES

Would you like to actually appear in the book you're helping bring to life? Well, you can score a cameo in the book with our DRAW ME IN TIER...

...or you could fo the extra mile and get a more prominent/speaking role in the book with our DRAW ME IN AND GIVE ME LINES tier.

But maybe you're more on an exhibitionist/maybe you need something a bit more high profile than that. Well... how about--?

PUT ME ON A COVER

We can put your beautiful mug on any of our four covers and we can actually send you a physical copy of the book with your face on it.

AN ORIGINAL PEACEKEEPERS STORY STARRING YOU!

Even more bonkers than that? We will write and draw an original 5-page story that takes place in the universe of THE PEACEKEEPERS that stars YOU as the protagonist! And this story will appear in the back of the next Kickstarted edition (Issues 3 & 4) of THE PEACEKEEPERS.


Anyway, I thought this was all pretty unique and interesting stuff... you don't usually have the chance to appear in/on the comics books you're reading. So, if you haven't taken a look at this stuff, please do.

I hope all is well with you guys out there. Stay smart. Stay safe. Talk soon!

Rylend


P.S. - Some friends of mine have some WONDERFUL campaigns going right now and I wanted to take a minute to highlight them...

Tart 1-12: Demons, Devils & Demagogues

The supernatural band of time travelers face Hitler and The Crown Prince of Hell in 52 pages of brand new fantasy comic adventure.

Demons are real. They pop in and out of time spreading discord and strife. Any change they cause could destroy history as we know it. A group of time traveling soldiers stands against them. They call themselves The Toxic Fruit. Their battle has been waged for many years, but they've never faced anything like this.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Blake Undying #1-3

In a world where crime is rampant, business has corrupted the intent of democracy, and humanity spirals ever downward into chaos, Blake is tired of the grind. Mired in mediocrity, he decides to turn his back on the world and end it all, only to find that he cannot die. Ironic amusement gives way to desperation when repeated suicide attempts reveal that not only is death denied him, but he is slowly becoming harder to kill. Blake has been shot, stabbed, blown up, and electrocuted, and though each brief foray into death ends in failure, it still hurts every time. His doctor is baffled, the government can’t stop him, and his ex-girlfriend can’t decide whether or not to return his calls. His last hope is to use his abilities to become a superhero, gambling that he can attract a nemesis as evil and ingenious as Blake is indestructible, and to finally put him out of his misery once and for all. The irony is killing him… but not literally.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


DODGE! #1-2

Do you like comics with brutal monster fights? Do you like big guns and bigger attitudes? Then check out DODGE!

A 4-issue comic book mini-series featuring paranormal US Super Soldiers hunting Soviet Werewolves!

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


The Art of Carbon Grey - HC Art book

A "9 x 12" Hardcover collection, with over 128 pages of art from the image comic.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


The Catch issues 1-3

When super-villains like Galactoid, Dron the Conqueror, or Professor Kill are defeated, they're sent to a government maximum security facility. But what about small-timers like Phileas Frost, The Grappler, or the random jump-suited agents of H.A.R.M.? What happens to the bank robbers, jewel thieves, and anonymous henchmen?

They post bail.

And sometimes, they skip town afterward. That's where Lucy Chase comes in.

Lucy comes from a family of law enforcement folks, but spends her days working for bail bondsman Leon Tilman, chasing down costumed criminals who jump bail. Keeping super-powered lowlifes in line is a dangerous job; especially when you don't have super-powers yourself. Bounty hunters who specialize in supers are few and far between, keeping Lucy in high demand.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!




200 Backers! And a COMING TO AMERICA ADD-ON!!!
7 months ago – Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 06:59:54 AM

Hey all,

  We blew past the 200 backer mark since we last chatted. We're positioned nicely with about 9 days left in the campaign. To celebrate, I wanted to hit you guys with another UBER rare/limited add-on. Somebody actually asked me about this one this morning... so, here it is! I just made available via the ADD-ON shop the 2018 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive COMING TO AMERICA Homage/"Zamunda" Variant of Aberrant - Season 2 #1.

Again, these were only avaiable for a single weekend back in 2018 at SDCC. 

This was a print run of JUST 50. So, get them here while they last. These will come signed by me (unless you prefer otherwise) and will cost $20.

All you have to do is click that green MANAGE MY PLEDGE button at the top of the campaign page. After you re-confirm your tier selection, you'll be taking through to the ADD-ON shop where you can add this, digital and signed physical copies of Aberrant, Banjax, & The Jump, and all of our crazy variants (Gremlins, Weekend at Bernies, Demon in a Bottle, etc).

Until next time, stay safe out there!

Rylend


P.S. - Some friends of mine have some WONDERFUL campaigns going right now and I wanted to take a minute to highlight them...

Cthulhu Invades Oz

Over 50 incredible comic creators got together to bring the blending of two different universes in the mystical world of Baum's Wizard of Oz and the horrifying world that is the work of Lovecraft's Cthulhu. When the Great Cthulhu invades Oz! This was war will change OZ FOREVER! This anthology tells one big story through the eyes of the different residents of Oz.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


PUNCHLINE & The VAUDE-VILLAINS: Issue #1

Drayton Hayes was a heavyweight boxer who was a number one contender for the belt when his career was abruptly sabotaged. He was on the comeback trail when he was kidnapped by a bizarre troupe of scoundrels calling themselves the Vaude-Villains. The mysterious mobsters convinced Drayton to join them, and he underwent a transformation which turned him into a super-powered murderous clown named Punchline! And now he’ll be fighting for his very soul! The new series Punchline & the Vaude-Villains turns on a dime from horror to comedy, and from the super-heroic to the dark and supernatural.

JUST 55 HOURS LEFT! CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Nightfall - Part 1: Dark Horizons

Dark Horizons is the first issue in the 5-part epic crossover, NIGHTFALL. Characters from Constant Hustle Comics, Concept Moon Studios, and Wingless Comics collide as the world falls into darkness. The secret order of Ouroborus has waited years unnumbered to reveal themselves to the world. Now, the time is right and only our heroes stand in their way.

Join the Icon- Avery the Astonishing, The Hero- PRiME, The Betrayer- Secarii, The Angel- Justice, The Rogue- Kaliburn, The Mercenary- Jinx, and introducing, The Key-Lux, as pandemonium breaks loose. The line of Hero and Villain is crossed and the worlds of three Indie Comic companies will never be the same.

JUST 4 DAYS LEFT ON THIS ONE! CHECK IT OUT NOW!


Ennead: The Rule of Nine

ENNEAD: THE RULE OF NINE, is epic fantasy,*re-envisioned*. Inside you’ll find everything you’d expect to see in epic or high fantasy, while looking through the eyes of a burgeoning medieval bounty hunter, a Queen born to lead but raised to abdicate her power, and a King deep in the throes of a decades long war.
It’s a graphic novel with a little of The Stormlight Archive’s world building, a touch of GRRM’s penchant for describing feasts and killing characters, that’s filled with psionic Elves that would give Stranger Thing’s Eleven a run for her money.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Ghosts Are People Too

Ghosts Are People Too is a helpful guide to getting along with ghosts. Ghosts are people just like you and me, and they can be afraid of us just as much as we are from them. We should take the time to learn from one another and become friends. (This should be applied with real living people and not only the supernatural).

Ghosts Are People Too is a book for readers of all ages, by which we mean it’s a charming spooky book for young readers, adolescents and adults who love Tim Burton’s books and films, as well as the novels and picture books written by Neil Gaiman, and most especially fans of Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies. Warning: this book is a lot more light-hearted than Gorey's book!

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

$10K! And a little love from Fanbase press!
7 months ago – Sun, Nov 08, 2020 at 05:16:00 PM

Hey all,

  We crossed the $10K threshold yesterday, triggering our 2nd stretch goal. Now, each and every backer will receive a beautiful print (see below) AND our BONUS DIGITAL EXTRAVAGANZA, a virtual cornucopia of books from the hottest creators in comics. So, essentially, you're now getting about 16 different comic issues and a print for this one pledge. TELL A FRIEND! HA!

Our next stretch goal will trigger at $13K. I have something really cool planned for that one, so watch this space.

INTERVIEW TIME

I sat down with Fanbase Press EIC Barbra Dillon to talk all things Peacekeepers. Check the article out HERE.

Until next time, stay safe out there!

Rylend


P.S. - Some friends of mine have some WONDERFUL campaigns going right now and I wanted to take a minute to highlight them...

Le Fay #4 - If Jessica Jones Was a Fay Sorceress

"Imprisoned in her mystical sleep for fifteen hundred years, give or take, Morgan Le Fay has been discovered & restored to a shadow of her former glory by a cabal of powerful beings calling themselves the Triple Moon. For no less than thirteen years, Le Fay will serve this group, and at the end of that service she will be given the means by which she can restore her power. Until that time, she will be their trouble shooter, on call 24/7, no job too big or too small. The Triple Moon’s very own private investigator." Paul- Pullbox Reviews

This is a modern take on the classic villain from Arthurian legend brought into the present in an urban setting. Ever wonder what Jessica Jones would be like if she happened to be a powerful sorceress? That's Le Fay in a nutshell.

You can get issues 1-4 and they unlocked 2 stretch goals giving backers a free print, a trading card, and 5 PDFs. CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Talos of Sparta Issue #1

If you’re looking for something new, enjoy alternate history stories and love plenty of action then this is for you.

After the death of his father a Spartan warrior is entrusted by a mythical priestess to battle the monstrous army rising in the east.

The Beast King is a Spartan myth, a legend nothing more than a tale to scare children and the lost traveller from venturing too far into the unknown region. Little did people know that while the first Spartans defeated this evil, Rome had kept it at bay for many years. When Rome fell to the power of Sparta this evil was left to grow and prosper, waiting for it's time to take revenge on Sparta and all those who oppose him.

Join Talos as he sets out on an adventure to not only avenge his father’s death but to protect Sparta from an evil that will stop at nothing to see his country and its people burn.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Machine Girl & The Space Invaders #1

In a galaxy far, far away… There is a planet full of exotic interplanetary people. All of them living together in a dangerous multicultural world. And right in the middle there is Megan! A young (human?) girl fighting her way up on the deadly arena of the Intergalactic Mixed Battling Arts! But there’s more to Megan than meets the eye: she may be part of something much, much greater than her life at the family farm...

JUST FOUR DAYS LEFT ON THIS ONE! CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Vlada: A Dracula Tale

Vlada: A Dracula Tale is a contemporary retelling of the classic tale with a gender reversed cast.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!



Variety love! Monkeys Fighting Robots interview! And a new ADD-ON!
7 months ago – Thu, Nov 05, 2020 at 04:45:08 PM

Hey all,

  I hope you made it through last night okay. Despite all the craziness in the world, the battle rages on here. I received a bit of good news this morning while shoveling through all the ugly...

Variety officially announced my film STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS, currently shooting in Italy with Emile Hirsch.

It's a cool mind-bending sci-fi thriller. It's going to be a really special one. This was a titanic undertaking to get this one off the ground amid this 2nd wave of COVID, so hats off to everyone on the ground making it happen.

INTERVIEW TIME

I sat down with Anthony Composto over at Monkeys Fighting Robots this week to discuss all things PEACEKEEPERS. As you can tell from the headline (see below) this chat took more than a few interesting turns. It's well worth a look.

NEW ADD-ON

You demanded it! So, here it is! I just made available via the ADD-ON shop the 2019 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive KARATE KID Homage Variant of Aberrant - Season 2 #1.

Again, these were only avaiable for a single weekend back in 2019 at SDCC. It's UBER limited. This was a print run of just 50. So, get them here while they last. These will come signed by me (unless you prefer otherwise) and will cost $20.

All you have to do is click that green MANAGE MY PLEDGE button at the top of the campaign page. After you re-confirm your tier selection, you'll be taking through to the ADD-ON shop where you can add this, digital and signed physical copies of Aberrant, Banjax, & The Jump, and all of our crazy variants (Gremlins, Weekend at Bernies, Demon in a Bottle, etc).


Until next time, stay safe out there!

Rylend


P.S. - Some friends of mine have some WONDERFUL campaigns going right now and I wanted to take a minute to highlight them...

BALLYSKILLEN

After being blackmailed by an ancient druid, a washed up pub owner becomes the human agent for a hidden community of Faeries. Along with a shape shifting being known as a Pooka and a Punk Rock Leprechaun, they must hunt down a dark mythical creature before it kills again.

WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS COMIC BOOK?

Fans of modern dark fantasy geared towards today's audience, such as Stranger Thingsor Harry Potter. If you like reading comics like Sandman, Saga, Locke & Key, Wicked + Divine, God Country, Once and Future, or East of West, we think you will get a kick out of the story we've crafted.

JUST 26 HOURS LEFT ON THIS ONE! CHECK IT OUT HERE!


1st Man 1.2 by Marvel/DC Comics artist Andy Smith!

1st Man is the story of Luke Henry a freshman in college that is chosen to carry on the last Essence of the 10. There are 10 powerful Essences scattered across the universe, each inhabiting a being on different planets. If the being dies, the Essence will search out another worthy vessel. If somehow, all 10 essences were collected into one single being, that being would become the most powerful force in the Universe, a virtually unstoppable force.

Once Luke gains that power, he can change into Apollo, the 1st Man!

JUST 56 HOURS TO GO ON THIS ONE! CHECK IT OUT HERE!


HAUNTED TOWER

WARNING: THIS IS NO ORDINARY GRAPHIC NOVEL! The Haunted Tower is a choose your own adventure story. In this book, you are Quick, the Clockwork Knight. You must rely on your wits, your courage, and your puzzle-solving ability to make the right decisions that will lead you through this adventure to its ultimate conclusion.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Mr. Kumasi #1 The story of the Sun Tanned urban super man

Mr. Kumasi is the story of an urban superman. A young African gentleman who acquires superpowers in a shocking manner. Initially he takes his power for granted but through several setbacks he will finally realize his purpose. 

CHECK IT OUT HERE!