Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

SPEED REPUBLIC tpb – Out Now!

Cruise your finest vehicle in the direction of your local comic shoppe and find yourself a copy of the SPEED REPUBLIC trade because it’s out this week!

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I love this cover so much – the colours are amazing!

Our dystopian car race comic about a European dictator who hosts an annual massive race where one single winner is allowed entry into a gated community where riches and resources flow is a kinetic race to the finish line, but also an exploration of landscape and class and wealth and desire.

I put a lot into this book and I hope you dig it when you pick it up.

Art by Emanuele Parascandolo

Colours by Michele Monte

Letters by Joamette Gil

Written by Ryan K Lindsay

Published by Mad Cave Studios

This trade includes the entire 5 issue stroryline, a Foreword by fellow Aussie David Hazan, and the best damn car chases and races we could imagine!

A Fistful of Pain – Get Your Day One Specials Now!

The most important part of this announcement comes right here at the top – I got to make a graphic novel with my best friend Louie Joyce!

The second most important part is – you can buy that book at a discount right now, *and* get yourself a free commentary edition zine – but only if you back on Day One [right now!].

A FISTFUL OF PAIN just launched on Kickstarter right now – head on over and buy your copy today!

Yes. Also. Plus: this book is bloody amazing!

A FISTFUL OF PAIN is a new graphic novel from award-winning artist Louie Joyce and me [award-winning writer Ryan K Lindsay]. It is lettered by Thomas Mauer and published by ComixTribe and we are in love with what we’ve made.

The book is a fusion of Louie’s kinetic and insane artwork and a kung fu revenge storyline and a tale of two sisters duelling over the family dragon, Gilgamesh. You will meet Xin and you will care for her deeply and then you will follow her through this very difficult night. This book is massive and wild and such a spray of joy on the eyeballs.

I absolutely love this book and it’s one of the most special stories and projects I ever brought to life.

We just launched this comic on Kickstarter to cover a variety of preorder options and place our very best product into the world. Head over and browse around so you can get your hands into our…

DAY ONE BACKER BONUS BONANZA!

Backers who jump into the campaign in the first 24 hours will have a number of perks…

— BUY THE HARDCOVER, Get the Process Zine FREE! $19 added value, free day one only. 

— GO DIGITAL, Get the Digital Process Zine FREE! (Basically, we give you the digital deluxe package free)  $7 added value, free day one only.

— Early Bird Pricing – Most tiers will have a discount price of a few $ off if you back in the first day

A Fistful of Process

This process zine, looking at all the work Louie put into making our book, is an insanely cool look behind the curtain on this book and something you are going to want, so you might as well get it for free on the first day!

Seriously, it’s this brilliant artefact, and it’s beautiful as well as educational. Day One: get it for free, *and* that’s when you buy the Hardcover or the Digital option for an already discounted price.

This is why you gotta head over to the campaign right now and sort out your backing option right now  – you do not want to sleep on this!

As for the book itself, the reason for the season, the book with the spine that’s way outta line, the comic on the page that’s causin’ all the rage [the four colour funny you’ll be reading on the dunny…too much?].

Here’s Louie’s Cover for our die-cut hardcover:

Here’s Louie’s cover for the softcover edition:

Here’s the amazing Eric Zawadzki cover we are running as a virgin variant:

Here are some preview pages:

I’ll drop more information as throughout our campaign and keep you all posted with what we have on offer because this is something special.

For now – know that we just launched, right now, so the clock is ticking for you to get the free Fistful of Process when you buy the discounted Hardcover or Digital option.

Make sure you’ve cruised on over so you do not miss out on my biggest book launch ever!

I’m losing my mind over how gorgeous this book is and I can’t wait for you to get in on this with us!

A FISTFUL OF PAIN is Coming! Soon…

I think this is what’s called a :soft announcement:

A FISTFUL OF PAIN – it is coming!

I have a new hardcover, die-cut, foil, kung fu revenge with dragons, masterpiece graphic novella coming out with one of my best friends, Louie Joyce, and being published by ComixTribe.

This book is, without any hyperbole, one of my dream projects.

I am so incredibly excited to be bringing this story to the world, and you can bet I’m going to be talking about it a whole lot over the coming month as Tyler James, ComixTribe Publisher, brings our book to Kickstarter to launch our story in the most bombastic and awesome ways possible.

Seriously – if you want a little extra mustard on your dog, this campaign is the one to dive into when we launch – there are multiple print options, art, enamel pins [and a little more to be unlocked later on]!

I’ll bang on more about this later, but for now, we just need you to hit this link and click the Notify Me button, and Kickstarter will let you know when we launch [as will I], and there are some First Day Backer Perks, so keep your eyes peeled!

CLICK HERE TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN ‘A FISTFUL OF PAIN’ LAUNCHES FOR PREORDERS!

Escape From Isla del Mundo – A New Solo RPG

Is ‘monster island’ a genre? It should be.

Your plane crashes onto an island. Through bloody eyes and fiery wreckage, you see what you came for – the monster you’ve prepared to hunt. Alas, you have none of your supplies or support crew. It’s just you and an island full of strange beasts and horrifying danger. Can you survive and get off this island in one piece?

CHECK OUT ESCAPE FROM ISLA DEL MUNDO NOW!

My latest solo writing RPG is available on my itch.io store as a free download, or you can PWYW if you really dig it. This is a one-page game where the aim is for you to write an awesome story based on the structure and prompts I provide.

I’ve previously written/created 5 of these games and I’m absolutely enamoured with their delicate structure and robust depth of field. They are genuinely so much fun to write, just as much as I love reading those from others, and sometimes having a crack at playing them myself.

The inspiration for this really was just the words “Monster Island.” What more could stir the cockles of your creative heart than that combination of words. Monster Island might well be my Cellar Door – there’s a delight and a whole world of emotion and reaction woven into the dna of those arranged letters.

With that location layered as the base ingredient, I went about assembling 20 prompts that intrigued and delighted me for what a story might look like on an island full of monsters.

I was initially thinking of the final page of ELEKTRA #1 by Mike del Mundo and W. Haden Blackman – that whole run by these two is stellar on a storytelling level, and an Elektra level.

So from there I’m thinking KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which I just loved on a stupid level, and then even elements of PREDATOR and THE GREY, when it comes to being hunted in nature, and finally I thought about LOST. So there are monsters here, but also hints at some other stuff that you can spin in any direction – a shipwreck, an underground bunker, but no 4-toed statue, I promise.

This one was, as always, just a blast to write. Just unchecked creativity onto the page and I think some very cool stories could stem from this. Whether you commit to writing something completely, or just tinkering with this as a writing warm up each morning, or just read the one-page doc for fun, I hope this meets you where your creativity needs it today.

Escape From Isla del Mundo is a monster hunting story/game where you are stranded on an island and trying not to die at the hands of numerous monster attacks, while also trying to kill one specific monster, and then find your way safely off the island.

DOWNLOAD ESCAPE FROM ISLA DEL MUNDO TODAY!

I also just saw it’s been 12 months since I discovered journaling rpgs – and what a wild year it’s been. I’ve bought so many, read heaps, and written a few of my own. I really love this slice of the world, creatively fulfilling and wonderfully delightful.

BACKSTORY – Preorder this one-shot comic right now!

It’s been a while since I released a one-shot comic. I love one-shot comics. They punch hard because they don’t need to save energy for later, they just run at you and swing.

And Jen Vaughn and I are swinging really hard on this one.

BACKSTORY

This comic is the tale of four teenage girls who come into possession of a superhero’s ring.

This tale is Lord of the Flies meets Yellowjackets with Green Lantern’s ring.

This comic is a supervillain origin story.

This is a tight short story I’ve been dying to share with the world, and now it is upon us!

You can preorder BACKSTORY right now as we crowdfund to bring this comic to life!

Jen and I have taken this comic to Crowdfundr because it’s a new crowdfunding platform that we believe in. We are huge fans of options within creative spaces [more publishers, more distribution channels, more avenues to success and collaboration and reading].

With your help, we can reach $3,000 to get this comic absolutely finalised, printed up, shipped out, and enjoyed around the world.

The main ways to help are:

$5 digital deluxe

Back us at this level and get the PDF, and the B+W version, and the script, and some other old pdfs from me and Jen

$10 print copy

We’ll send you a copy of the finished comic! Plus all the digital stuff :]

Share the link!

Just copy/past this slice of text – https://crowdfundr.com/backstory – and put it out to mates in a chat, in your newsletter, onto your feeds; any and all links shared help us get our story in front of the people who might want it, but don’t know it exists yet.

Jen Vaughn

I’ve been friends with Jen a long time [she’s super supportive, hilarious, and the reason I got to have dinner with Pia Guerra [co-creator of Y: THE LAST MAN one time!]. Jen is a creative superstar [in comics and the RPG world] and she’s brought absolute thunder to the art, design, inks, and story in this comic. I’m so excited to share her work on this comic with the world.

Jen is your next new favourite artist.

Me [Ryan K Lindsay]

I love writing comics.

I also love writing one-shots. I’ve written, and crowd funded, a whole bunch of them before!

BACKSTORY sits in this wheelhouse completely. It’s a big idea, wrapped up in some crazy moments, and it absolutely wants to emotionally kick you into next week.

Over the next month, Jen and I will push this story/campaign around and hope you all dig it. There are some other cool comics currently funding on Crowdfundr – check out this article on the esteemed Comic Book Yeti for details and links!

tl;dr – I’ve made a new comic with Jen Vaughn, it’s awesome, help us by preordering it now!

Click and preorder BACKSTORY today!

Everfrost – Shortlist for Comic Arts Awards of Australia

It’s always an honour to be recognised. My ego shouldn’t need it, but it definitely likes it. There’s a balance to be found.

Yesterday, I found out EVERFROST has made the shortlist for the prestigious Comic Arts Awards of Australia [formerly the Ledger awards].

Making this comic with Sami Kivela, Lauren Affe, Jim Campbell, Dan Hill, Matt Pizzolo, and the team behind Black Mask Studios was a dream project that was the result of years of hard work and passion. It was the fifth story Sami and I worked on [and hopefully not the last] and this massive sci fi tale of a mother trying to get her dead son’s DNA back from the disgusting hands of an absent, yet oppressive, ruler was a story both personal in nature and satisfying in the creative energy of it.

EVERFROST cover by Sami Kivela

There were over 200 comics added to the Long List for this award, so to be in the top ~20 is a true honour. I don’t know if we’ll win – there is a very cool array of spectacular comics in the mix and I’d like to see a lot of them win, so I’ll feel no displeasure in losing out.

If you’re looking for some amazing Aussie comics content, hit up that short list, and also browse the Long List as there is a lot of good four colour entertainment that comes from the ecclectic brains of this land down under.

TPB Bonanza! BLACK BEACON & SPEED REPUBLIC in August

Gonna be a big build up to August for me because I have two collections of my comics dropping within a fortnight of each other. Here’s what they are, why I love them, and why I hope you dig one or the other or both! If you can, please preorder these books with your local comic shop or bookseller. The order numbers helps set the print number, and means you are not going to miss out when this drops.

I can guarantee [iron clad] that these are both amazing stories, exceptionally beautiful to look at, and represent…damn, I gotta check my notes…like two years of my life’s work. Let’s roll them out!

BLACK BEACON with Sebastian Piriz – scope the preorder details here

This comic is so pretty and so massive and so much my crazy sci fi jam. Seb came to me with this idea – what if human’s followed a signal to another galaxy, where we were promised intelligence and salvation and a better tomorrow, but it was all a scam, and all we found was the same old shit?

Seb let me take that framework and dial it all the way up so we get his designs on crazy aliens, and very strange landscapes, and our heart and cerebral pulp is infused into every panel.

Follow Niko, the only survivor of Earth’s crashlanded ship, as she tries to figure out where the hell she really is, who to trust, and how she might ever get back home.

Black Beacon was 6 issues, it’s a thick story, and Heavy Metal are putting together an awesome looking trade for this.

While you’re talking to your LCS in a loud voice to slap down your preorder for this, you can also discuss:

SPEED REPUBLIC with Emanuele Parascandolo – scope the preorder details here

In a dystopian future [that’s mostly literally ripped from the headlines of today :sad trombone:], there’s a Grand Race in Europe where the winner gets access to the 1%, and their future is set. But most other racers just die along the way because the intensity of this journey is wild.

Follow Sebastian Valencia as he tries to stay alive, discovers how much worse Europe has become since he last looked, and maybe you can hope along with him as he tries to consider what kind of actual solution or alternative exists out there.

I love Emanele Parascandolo’s kinetic art – drawing car chases is no joke, and he makes it look exciting and fresh with every issue. This book is a blast of action with a soupcon of politics, and it’s something I’m really proud of.

Preorder both books – or just one, if the flavour is more to your palette – and I cannot wait to share these stories, worlds, characters, ideas, and hopes with you in August!

THE CAVE OUTSIDE HELTRAP – A Fantasy RPG

This is my fifth one page solo rpg that I’ve created, and I’ve finally let my love of D&D fuel me for a story.

The Cave Outside Heltrap is a Fantasy rpg where you are an adventurer tasked with clearing a cave of a monster, so you spend your time sidequesting around the problem in the hopes you’ll figure it out.

I was in full on The Witcher mode in my head with this one, and it all just reminded me of why I love playing D&D with mates [and kids at school] – you can get pretty weird with it.

Some of the prompts on the d20 table are gnarly fun – swamp hag chanting and werewolf curses and bags of weird coins and other wild adventures just waiting to be explored.

You can go download it now, and get it for free. Or you can throw a coin into the well, if it pleases you. I don’t mind any which way, I just like knowing these are being used and enjoyed.

This is my fifth solo creative writing rpg – you can view my whole library of them here! [also free].

This is a real side-side-hustle – but every hustle of mine revolves around some form of creativity, so I feel lucky to get the time and the energy to put into stuff like this. It’s truly manna for the soul. Hope you dig it half as much, too.

Writing my own Lighthouse.

My Lighthouse at Kindred Rocks.

To keep my brain moving THIS WEEK, when it felt like it was sinking into the Bog of Eternal Stench [another name for my office after a few days of iso], I decided to do something just fun. I opened my one-page solo rpg writing game, The Lighthouse at Kindred Rocks, and I started playing it myself.

To play, I just roll two d20s and then look at the prompt table, and then started loosely mapping out what would happen in the story from those prompts.

The set up is this: my father has just died, getting me to return to my hometown of Kindred Rocks, and both bury him and take his job as the Lighthouse Keeper, because my life outside the town was shit and turning shitter anyway. So that’s the set up and start, and from there I need to figure out: how’d my father really die, and what eldritch insanity is buried in the secrets of my town?

When I sat down, I tried to consider what the solutions to these two problems might be, but that’s anathema to the whole concept. You are supposed to figure that out as you wind and wend through the prompts, so I shut my brain off on that track, rolled twice, once for each mystery, and started plotting out responses that would slowly form the story.

The first two prompts are pasted in here, and then I put my plotting beneath them.

The Father Mystery

Sitting in the park on a quiet day, you are approached by someone who knew your father. Why do they want to talk to you about something urgent?

Your father’s mistress – an old lady, runs the local inn – who tells you your father was distressed over the past week. He would come in for a pint, and then leave without staying and he wouldn’t be at home when she checked. He said something about there being something out in the woods that worried him.

The Eldritch Secrets Mystery

You visit an old tree where you once carved some initials. Memories flood back, and one sticks in your mind on this day. Who is this memory linked to?

You go to the woods, with this information, and you find a tree where you carved a high school sweetheart’s initials with your own. You were two young ladies, close friends, and she was always fending off the advances of a local bully, so you two would wander hand in hand to give him the shits. You carved your name into the tree, but a year later she would leave the town and you’d be left all alone, wishing you’d asked for more. Or did she not leave, you just drifted apart because you knew you wanted more and you did not want to ask her for it.

It’s all basic plotting/planning, not actually writing prose, but it’s a fun way to Jenga a story together, and the more prompts I wrote, the more I could tie things back in together.

You can view the whole document here, it’s 100% a work in progress, and the kind of thing I’d want to then go back up the chain to tidy up, but I’m definitely having loose fun with it and my brain needs that. And I have to say, discovering the story as you go along, just blindly leapfrogging from one stepping stone of a set up to another, has been a whole new experience. I very much kinda love it.

If you want your own turn at the fun, paying Patrons get the Lighthouse at Kindred Rocks game in a locked post, and everyone else can download it for free here or toss me a few coins to keep the lights on around here.

SPEED REPUBLIC #3 Out This Week

This coming week sees the third, and middle, issue of SPEED REPUBLIC land in comic shops around the world.

This strange and wild futuristic car race comic that’s more about the people behind the wheels than it is how fast the wheels can go has been a blast to see land with readers. Emanuele Parascandolo and I took a high octane landscape and are telling a politically charged commentary on what it looks like when the wrong person is in charge andnot many people are being looked after at all.

I want to take a moment to highlight all of the covers, because #5 is our final issue and it’ll be out in June, so now we can see all the covers together. Emmanuele truly is a joy to work with and his covers delight me endlessly. Please, remind your comic shop to set aside copies of every issue for you, and I hope you enjoy your race through this story.

Speed Republic #1 cover by Emmanuele Parascandolo
Speed Republic #2 cover by Emmanuele Parascandolo
Speed Republic #3 cover by Emmanuele Parascandolo
Speed Republic #4 cover by Emmanuele Parascandolo
Speed Republic #5 cover by Emmanuele Parascandolo

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