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:

Variety love! Monkeys Fighting Robots interview! And a new ADD-ON!
about 1 year 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!

Happy Election Day!
about 1 year ago – Thu, Nov 05, 2020 at 02:52:26 PM

Hey all,

  I just wanted to pop in and remind everyone to cast a ballot today!

We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programing tomorrow. I expect that we'll have crossed the $10K threshold by then (print time!)/will be working on a new stretch goal, and I'll drop a new variant in the add-on shop.

Stay safe and sane until then!

Rylend


P.S. Here are some other campaigns you should check out while you're waiting on returns tonight!

FRENEMIES: THE LOST PLANET 1 & 2

Frenemies is about seven rivals searching for a mysterious missing Planet that will destroy the solar system unless one of them can find it. 

“The aliens are so advanced their quantum technology looks to us like Dark Magic,” says Nero .”We focus on the alien technology transforming our protagonists in their quest. Only one of them can reach The Lost Planet so do they cooperate or subtly f*ck each other up? Or can they do both? Is your best friend your worst enemy when so much is at stake?”

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


PUNO, a Peruvian Cyberpunk Comic

Enter a dystopian world of cyborgs, robot dogs and gangsters. Discover a place where robotics and bio-technology are accessible to many, where corrupt governments and crime organisations clash constantly in disputes over power.

JUST 42 HOURS LEFT ON THIS ONE! CHECK IT OUT HERE!


HARDCODE

Hardcode is a 36 page perfect bound graphic novel format book of full-color, electrifying, neon-punk art by Craig Paton (KILLTOPIA).  Based on the things that he enjoys and is inspired by, Hardcode Craig's attempt to try and make the kind of book he'd like to buy that does not already exist.

What's the deal with the blue skinned girl and the robot arms? Well, although Hardcode is an artbook, it does contain a main story of sorts. A wordless visual narrative story that unfolds as you flick through the book.

The story concerns 'Too Violent', a Sorayama model NS4-W artificial personal 'massage' assistant built by, the corporation, Wanka Robotics. Rejected as unfit for commercial consumer consumption, due to a tendency for excessive bouts of violence, 'Too Violent' escapes to the city to seek a new purpose to her artificial life.

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


Elena | A 200+ Page Horror Graphic Novel

Elena is a 224-page Horror Graphic Novel by Jorge Jaramillo, published by Afterlight Comics. Elena is a Horror tale that explores loneliness & isolation. A man with a distorted idea of love finds himself unable to make friends with the living.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

New Add-on! The 2019 SDCC Exclusive BANJAX #1 Cover!
about 1 year ago – Tue, Nov 03, 2020 at 11:52:01 AM

Hey all,

  Just a heads up that I put another UBER-limited Variant in the add-on shop! This is the 2019 San Diego Comic Con-Exclusive GREMLINS Homage Variant of BANJAX #1:

I assume you all remember the iconic scene we're sending up here (click the pic to watch)...

Anyway, this one is about as rare as they come. It was a print run of only 50. It was only available for three days in San Diego during the con. I only have a precious few of these left, so get them while you can. $20 each. They'll come signed by me unless you prefer otherwise.

Hope all is well out there! Stay Safe!

Rylend


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

DANGER ARCADE

The Sketchy Bug Group is a nationwide collective of comic book creators, animators, filmmakers, and cosplayers dedicated to the creation and celebration of the comic book medium, founded in 2012 at the comic bug shop in Manhattan Beach, CA.

This is their “Greatest Hits” anthology and it is INCREDIBLE! Get your coins ready! The arcade it open!

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


Spectress & Sabanion #1 - 2: Mystery, Suspense & Horror

Spectress & Sabanion is  a supernatural horror story about Aneksi, the ghost of Cleopatra's top  assassin.  Aneksi has lived as a ghost for centuries and has learned to  rejoin the world of the living.  She is at the cusp of finding purpose  in her unlife in the modern world of the living.  She is, however, bound  by an ancient curse to a demon named Sabanion.  As Aneksi pushes more  into the world of the living, she must drag Sabanion with her.

Issue #2 continues the story of Spectress and her demon partner,  Sabanion, and their bloody escape from Containment Facility-4.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


A Cold, Dark Universe - A Sci-Fi Comic Anthology

A Cold, Dark Universe? It's anything but. What it is, however, is the first graphic novel project from Black Hole Comics and  Entertainment. An anthology of original sci-fi comic stories. A full  color 112 page anthology with 16 creators  telling 8 amazing stories that dive into the feelings we’ve all been  feeling during the year. Hopeful stories that highlight the best and  worst in humanity, all while showing you innovative things you haven't  seen before. Science-fiction comics at their best. You’ll find love  stories, war stories, stories of betrayal, and more! This anthology has a  bit of everything, no matter your taste.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Scarlet's Field Guide to Cryptids & Other Creatures

This comic is a collection of stories in journal format from Scarlet's  point of view as she  travels around the world encountering and tracking  cryptids and discovering other creatures while attempting to track  werewolves and continuing to search for answers in her mother's death.  The book collects stories and eyewitness accounts of 30 cryptids and  creatures and artwork from a variety of our friends and Sean Forney. The  book is laid out in journal format with beautiful full color  illustrations and sketches done in pencil, ink, and other media.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Movie News! And the $10K print reveal!
about 1 year ago – Tue, Nov 03, 2020 at 11:46:45 AM

Hey all,

  I hope you're hanging in there on this election's eve. I actually got some great news this morning amid all this craziness... COVID fought hard, COVID fought fierce, but Emile Hirsch and company are FINALLY shooting STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS - the mind-bending sci-fi film I wrote  - in Italy.

Big day today. Gotta celebrate those wins.

$10K PRINT REVEAL

Speaking of wins! We are a mere $98 away from our $10K stretch goal on THE PEACEKEEPERS! Once we hit $10K every backer will receive an incredible print from Artist Davi Leon Dias and Colorist Iwan Joko Triyono (that's in addition to the dozen-plus books you're getting in our $7K BONUS DIGITAL EXTRAVAGANZA). 

Anyway, it's about time for a revel, no? Here you go...

Great effort from those guys... our "elevator pitch" brought to life: The Peacekeepers is a dark, quirky crime drama in the vein of Fargo or No Country for Old Men. It’s a love letter to case-a-season police dramas like True Detective and The Wire, to Elmore Leonard novels, and to comic masterpieces like Criminal and 100 Bullets.

The piece reminds me of a quote from Rob Sheffield's Love is a Mix Tape:

“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.” 

Anyway, food for thought... and the print is yours the moment we hit $10K.

NOTE: Digital backers will receive a digital version of the print.

CREATOR SPOTLIGHT

Before I let you go here, I wanted to tell you about another project here on Kickstarter that I was very quick to back. It's brought to you by Scout Comics Co-Publisher David Byrne...

Stake Presents: Jessamy #1

It started with a whisper…

In a mid-18th American tavern, a simple game of one-upmanship sends the rumor of monsters in the New World up the eastern seaboard and across the Atlantic.

In a world where vampires are real, but still hidden, there is a global network in place to ensure the secret remains hidden.

Jessamy is an old vampire (don’t ask how old, it’s impolite) whose job is to keep the secret world of vampires hidden from humanity. When an ally in the New World sends word of rumors of a plantation with monsters eating their slaves, Jessamy is dispatched to investigate and, if necessary, eliminate the threat to the balance between man and vampire.

Join Jessamy as she travels to the New World and investigates the rumors as she makes her way to the Chateau de Sang et des Fleurs.

Set in the world of Stake, but 250 years before Angel “Stake” Beltran Stinson was even born, see Jessamy in action in Stake Presents: Jessamy!

This one looks like TONS of fun. I was there day 1. You should CHECK IT OUT, TOO... RIGHT HERE!


Stay safe out their guys! And one way or another, MAKE SURE YOU VOTE, huh?!

Talk soon!

Rylend

The Writer's Block & Billy Dee Williams
about 1 year ago – Sun, Nov 01, 2020 at 06:58:27 PM

Hey all,

  So, there were a couple of hiccups with my update yesterday. I teased the WRITERS BLOCK episode with Matt Fraction & Stan Saki in the title, but never actually posted the video in the body of the message... and then I posted about the Banjax Demon in a Bottle variant and failed to include something very cool there.

Ugh. This is what life in quarantine with a four-year-old looks like. Pray for me, if you do that sort of thing. HA!

Anyway, let me fix those gaffs, huh?

THE WRITERS BLOCK

So, I do this little podcast with my dear friend David Avallone (writer of Elvira, Betty Page, & Drawing blood with Kevin Eastman). It's a weekly post-con-style round table romp with some of the most outspoken (yet still employed) creators in comics. Show biz war stories. State of the comic union. Furious debates over ‘80s televisions shows. Great lobster bisque recipes. You know, something for everybody... Well, this weekend we broadcast from Baltimore Comic Con Live and had a chance to discuss Ringo Award nominations with some perennial comics all stars... Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), David Pepose (Spencer & Locke), Troy Litte (Rick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons), Drew Edwards (Halloween Man), & IDW Editor Scott Dunbier.

This was an absolutley EPIC broadcast. Well worth a watch or a listen if you're a comics gal/guy.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

BANJAX WORKS EVERY TIME

As I alluded to above, when I promoed the BANJAX #1 PopCultHQ Exclusive "Demon in a Bottle" Cover yesterday, I left out one of the coolest parts of that whole enterprise... once we were nominated for the four Ringos, our friends at PopCultHQ had BILLY DEE WILLIAMS himself cook up a congratulatory message for us in which he actually utters the phrase "Banjax works every time!" I'm still speechless. Click the pick for a peek:

Anyway, if it's good enough for Billy Dee, it's probably worth checking out, no? There are just a few of those signed Demon in a Bottle variants left, so if you want one, grab one as an add-on while you still can.

Just a few left...

I'll check in tomorrow! 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..


Company of the Eagle

A comic about a world where gunpowder reigns and a warrior who must unite her kin against a primeval force awoken by imperial invaders. The Lord of the Rings meets The Three Musketeers in this 44 page flintlock fantasy comic written by John J. Pérez and illustrated by Goran Gligović.

Taking place in a world resembling 18th century North America, this first issue in an eight-issue mini-series will explore new frontiers in the fantasy genre while also confronting the bloody legacy of colonialism. 

20 HOURS TO GO ON THIS ONE! CHECK IT OUT HERE!


Andraste Volume 1

There's lots to do before a war: we have kids getting lost in the woods, legionary best pals, sibling bonding, Druids, interdimensional mastiffs, mouthless goddesses of death, historians in training, the introduction of cats to Britannia, and plenty of tall tales.

Andraste is a 12-issue indie comic series about what war does to a family, with liberal smatterings of Celtic mythology, alternate planes of reality, and legionary hijinks.

Andraste Volume 1 collects the first three issue story arc of the series: "Call it Peace," "The Mapmakers," and "Leylines," in a full-color, 88-page trade paperback! Andraste is written by Honor Vincent, illustrated by Abel Cicero and Unai Ortiz de Zarate, colored by DC Alonso, and lettered by Micah Myers. If you love comics like Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja, Conquest, Sláine, and Sara, and historical retellings like Circe and The Song of Achilles, you'll love Andraste.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!


WESTERNoir

Josiah Black has been many things in his life: farmhand, cowpoke, sheriff, rebel outlaw, killer, and now drifter. Approached by an enigmatic woman asking for his help he reluctantly agrees, setting him off on a trail of murder, mayhem and monsters that will change his life forever.

The world he lives in is not what it seems.

Hell-spawn critters roam the land, masquerading as ordinary folk, preying on the innocent. The job of putting an end to them falls on Josiah and his trusty six-gun.

50 HOURS TO GO ON THIS ONE! CHECK IT OUT HERE!


The List #3 - Not your normal Christmas tale

What if Santa saved children every Christmas instead of delivering presents? Santa is known to bring joy to children all over the planet, but what about those children who have no one to look out for them? Those that have nothing to look forward to? Those that aren't safe?

That's where Sal comes in. Sal's job as the Children's Saviour Santa is to fly around the globe every Christmas eve saving children who need something more for Christmas than a present... safety. His methods aren't the most jolly but he always gets the job done.

25 HOURS TO GO ON THIS ONE! CHECK IT OUT HERE!