Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

Month: February, 2016

DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS Kickstarter Launch Imminent

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Sami Kivelä and I are about to wade into the murky waters of Kickstarter once more for our latest DEER EDITOR comic, FEARLESS.

DE 2_coverTomorrow, our campaign launches and we’ll be hitting the pavement to rally up $1,250 worth of pledges to get Sami paid, as well as fill all our other collective coffers because Sami, Nic J Shaw, Dan Hill, and myself stepped up and made the comic first in the hopes it was ace enough to def get funded.

So, you can drop $1 for the basic story pdf, or you can buy some OG Kivelä art for $90, and plenty in between, and we hope you’ll tell your friends. If things get hectic, we’ve got some ace stretch goals lined up.

DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS Kickstarter starts tomorrow, because we believe in antler noir.

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pin up by Marc Noble

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DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS Upsize Pledges

DE 2_coverDEER EDITOR: FEARLESS is coming to Kickstarter next week to continue the tale of Bucky: editor, deer, man last seen shot in the chest.

Sami Kivelä and I are bringing the heat to this new issue that looks at obsession, vampires, and antlers. It’s 48 tablet pages of beautiful insanity and we can’t wait to launch the campaign. This week we already told you about the book [LINK] and the basic story pledge levels [LINK] so here we wanted to upsell you on the good stuff and also SHOW YOU SOME GORGEOUS PIN UPS! Here we go.

$10 – TALKING PIN UPS

Select one of the pin ups by our amazing guest artists and I’ll write a word balloon/thought bubble/caption and I’ll dirty letter it myself and JPEG it to your inbox. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for #2 + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.

You can choose from those available [which I’ll send to you in a detailed list at the end of the campaign but you can see some listed below]. I will then write something ghastly and superfantastic to be lettered onto the pin up and we’ll send this one of a kind digital keepsake straight to you.

$15 – PAGE 3 PIN UPS – limited to 5

Select 1 of 5 ink sketches of Dan the Subeditor by Ryan K Lindsay. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for #2 + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.

I’m no illustrator but I promise to really put my all into these inked sketches on A4 paper. Plus, y’know, due to the scarcity of me ever trying to draw something, these artifacts are sure to be worth millions on the wild west of the bitcoin market. Check out an example of the goods at the bottom of the page.

You can choose from sketches of Dan: standing, looking, thinking, zoning out, and agonising, and I’ll send it to you in the mail.

$20 – AUDIO COMMENTARY

Ryan will record an audio commentary of the issue that you can listen to as you read the book in realtime. The audio files will be sent to you. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for #2 + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.

I love audio commentaries on DVDs, and I love reading people’s annotations, so this is sure to be good, right? I don’t know why but I’m crazy excited to do this one. Hugely.

So those are some upsize pledges, now let’s roll out these pin ups – enough of the words already!
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Craig Bruyn’s pin up

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Alfie Gallagher’s pin up

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Josh George’s pin up

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Matt Lesniewski’s pin up

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Vic Malhotra’s pin up

Marc Noble’s pin up

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Eric Zawadzki’s pin up

And this is just a taste of the gorgeousness coming for your face in the DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS Kickstarter launching next Tuesday and running 21 days. See you there or be a square.

DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS Digital Pledges

The Kickstarter for DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS, the second issue in our antler noir tale, launches Tuesday March 1st [next week]. We are aiming to raise $1250, and a lot of that will come from digital options from our campaign.

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Here are your options for the:

NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTION LEVELS

$1 – TABLOID PDF

The story in a DRM-free PDF. Nothing extra, no distractions, just the whole story at an entry level price ready to read on your tablets.

~48 pages, + credits and chapter pages

This level might be my death because if everyone only chooses here I’ll need 1250 backers to make my goal. But I’m a firm digital reader who loves the $1 price point. So, here we are.

$2 – TABLOID PDFs

The DRM-free PDFs of DEER EDITOR #2 and #1. Nothing extra, no distractions, just both stories at an entry level price ready to read on your tablets, so those who missed out the first time round aren’t left in the dark.

~96 pages, + credits and chapter pages

$3 – BROADSHEET PDF

The #2 story, with back matter, sketches, pin ups, and script, in a DRM-free PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.

~110 pages, + other extras as we unearth them :]

This is the deluxe package, this is the sort of PDF I’d lose my mind for. Process junkies, those wanting a peek behind the curtain, this is your place to be. I also think this price is fair but a gamble to get us across the line.

Inside you will find the entire story, plus some back matter written by me, then some sketches and thumbnails by Sami, as well as some pin ups of Bucky (by Vic Malhotra, Alfie Gallagher, Eric Zawadzki, Boy Akkerman, Matt Lesniewski, Marc Noble, and maybe others), some designed prints by me, at least one ink sketch by me, as well as the full script of this issue.

$7 – WEEKEND PDFs

Okay now, this is THREE! PDFs. You get the BROADSHEET PDF for #2, and also the RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF, feat. scripts of MANY of my other projects, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.

The extra PDF will contain scripts to:

NEGATIVE SPACE #1 – my book at Dark Horse with Gieni  – DOWN – my short with Gieni in SHUTTER – THE SECRET HISTORY OF PAUL KEATING AND HIS MOLE MEN – a short story of Australian political debauchery –SKYDANCER – a short that’s my version of a Bond villain’s origin story – HIGH FLYERS, LOW LIVES – a short story about crime and remote control planes – and HEADSPACE #4-6 – the meat in the middle of my book with Monkeybrain/IDW.

I love reading comic scripts, they certainly help hone my own writing, so I hope some process junkies out there really dig on this beast of a package.

So those are your digital options so far. Last campaign, 247 different people locked in at one of these levels. Tomorrow, I’ll discuss why you might want to pledge a little bit more for some other things we’re offering. For now, get excited, we officially launch in less than a week!

DEER EDITOR #2 Kickstarter is Coming!

On March 1st, a Kickstarter for more antler noir begins when we launch the DEER EDITOR #2 campaign to raise $1250 over 21 days.

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After the Kickstarter for DEER EDITOR #1 ended on 230% funded [LINK], Sami Kivelä and I always knew we’d be back. It’s taken 18 months, and in that time we’ve completed CHUM, a 3 issue mini at ComixTribe launching April 27, and Sami’s done a few other things as well, but now we are back.

The issue is all done [except for letters] and to get the PDF of the story it will cost you $1 [and that’s an Aussie dollar, so US peeps will feel the discount on that one].

We’re also gonna make the PDF to issue #1 available for a buck, also, so the main event in a stripped back fashion is as cheap as we could reasonably make it. Beyond that, like the first campaign, there’s gonna be some value add pledge tiers. Wait’ll you see the pin ups and who did them!

So set your clock for Tuesday the 1st of March at 7pm Aussie EST because Bucky is back, and we all hope you’ll join us for the fun and the fangs [yes, fangs, you’ve been warned]. More information will roll out throughout the week, pin ups, bigger PDFs, original art, and a very special audio deal.

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ymmv .13 – I Haven’t Written a Goddamn Thing

One month down and I haven’t written a damn thing.

Well, that’s what it feels like anyway. I didn’t actually script a full page of comics in January, which makes me feel icky and lazy and stupid and crazy. But I have been writing.

ymmv .13 – I Haven’t Written a Goddamn Thing [LINK]

This column is the sort of thing I didn’t think I’d be writing. It’s a peek into perceived failures, and also what the role of a writer really is. It’s not even something I like to think about because I love scripting and all the rest can feel like work sometimes.

I guess writing is a job and not some creative job where I ride a unicorn to my rainbow office in the sky.

NEGATIVE SPACE #3 Reviews

negative space 3NEGATIVE SPACE #3 landed on Jan 27. The penultimate issue in our mini at Dark Horse from Owen Gieni, Ryan Ferrier, Daniel Chabon, and myself, we were super proud of this issue and so elated that the press/reviews were just as glowing.

If you haven’t got a copy yet be sure to ask your LCS, or hit us up on ComiXology [LINK]

Jack Johnston at We The Nerdy gave us a stellar 10/10 [LINK], saying “Negative Space issue three barrels out of the gate and with a dense atmosphere and memorable characterisation, immediately proves to me that Negative Space will be my top series of 2016 as it was 2015.

Ian Dawe at Sequart gave a glowing review [LINK], saying “Besides everything else, Negative Space is its own form of therapy. And one heck of an entertaining read.

Andrew McGlinn at Big Comic Page gave us a 4.5/5 [LINK] saying, “Negative Space is probably one of the most emotive comics I have ever read.

Ed Garrett at TMStash gave us 9/10 [LINK], saying “NEGATIVE SPACE is beautifully strange and wonderful, with excellent artwork by Owen Gieni.

Chris Beveridge at The Fandom Post gave us an A- [LINK], saying “I find myself just wanting to pore over [Owen Gieni’s] artwork across far larger forms to really soak up the details and colors.

Benjamin Bailey put us on the Pull List over on the Nerdist site [LINK], saying “Bizarre, monstrous, and oddly heartfelt, Negative Space just might be the sleeper hit of the year.

Autin Lanari at Comic Bastards gives us a full 5/5 [LINK], saying “The fact that what will probably amount to the MAJOR plot point of this entire story revolves around a goddamn bottle opener is excellent.

Dan Seitz at Uproxx listed us at #3 of the Top 20 comics for the week [LINK], saying “Never has a story with the moral “think positive” been so outright disturbing.

Gregory Paul Silber at AIPT! gave us 9.5/10 [LINK], saying “I never would have suspected that a comic that takes depression so seriously would make me this happy.

Johnny Hughes at Comic Crusaders gave us a 4.5/5 [LINK], saying “Ryan K. Lindsay continues to excel in this character driven type of story.”

Bhavna Bakshi at Comic Wow! gave us 10/10 [LINK], saying “This is a damn good issue that adds to an already amazing series. Trust me, you’ll love it.

As always, thank you for digging the book, for tweeting about it, for waiting for it. It means the world to us, and also:

If you are suffering from depression, please hit THIS LINK to see the access you have to support. No one has to suffer alone. We are here to help you.

RKL Annotations – NEGATIVE SPACE #3

NEGATIVE SPACE #3 is late. There’s no two ways about it. It’s a new year and a whole month in and you are only just getting your mitts on this beast. We are all crazy proud of this issue so we thank you for holding on and dipping back into the waters with us.

negative space 3Owen Gieni continues to drop serious A-levels of game and heat in this book so it’s an eyeball feast, and Ryan Ferrier is the letter we need AND the one we deserve.

This is a process post where I try to open up how we broke the eggs for this omelette but it usually devolves into my just gushing about Owen’s work. I hope my weepy collaborator love helps you somehow, let’s dive in.

COVER

Love the fact this is so crucial to the issue/story and yet doesn’t really exactly spoil what’s going on.

Also love the crazy violence peppered throughout the whole thing. We went from one very central image for #1, to a smattering of subtle word things for #2, and now this is just a visual buffet the more you dive into it.

PAGE 1

There’s a joke on this page, you see it, right?

It’s not even that good a joke but I really just wanted to keep it because it’s beyond absurd and so it’s a hint to the whole tone of this thing. Even when it’s serious, and bad, there is time for this moment to occur.

It’s also totally a SAGA style opening splash, no bones about it. Complete swipe.

PAGE 2

Beta makes with some serious James Remar info-dumping to open the issue. Womp.

Poor Guy, so sad, so committed to talking out loud to himself to keep us all on track.

PAGE 3

The way Owen handles Guy’s expression completely sells this whole ‘using a tentacle on a mask to mimic putting a hand up to someone’s mouth to shut them up’ moment.

Pretty much just every way Owen handles this weird landscape and the Evorah in it proves he’s worth more to this book than I ever was or could be. He’s playing with a lot of pieces and he’s making it all work like crazy.

PAGE 4

I’m worried this sequence is plodding but I’m realising it’s just metered tone when taken as part of the whole story. This is my ebb before we get to some serious flow right into the finale of this issue.

All of this is set up for what happens ahead and so I’m glad I took my time here.

Also, look at Beta turn nasty and almost burnt in her blackness in that middle panel. That’s some colour as storytelling stuff going on right there.

PAGE 5

You should get a sense of just how pig-headed and stupid and doomed Guy is from this page and how he handles himself here.

The way this random Evorah shuffles into the room but then doesn’t quite see Guy yet is so superbly well placed and handled by Owen. This sequence was hard to write, and I thought I might’ve blown it, but he really brings it all home. That transition between the final two panels really sells the split second moment Guy has before he’s completely screwed.

Also, that child’s skeleton on the table is totally all Owen. Blame. Him.

PAGE 6

Pretty certain that first panel of Guy wrapped up by some tentacles is completely all Owen and it’s so damn effective. Makes it look like he’s been stitched up, but then you see it’s a showdown…and he’s being saved by Beta. The way she holds him down and leans right over the table is just pure perfect Gieni body language. This is masterful in every sense of the term.

Also, take in them Ryan Ferrier scribble balloons. So ace.

PAGE 7

Beta is so confident, so forward, and she’s literally dragging Guy into it all. And there’s no small metaphor that he’s being taken into and down an unknown black whole.

And that bottom panel of Guy swimming forward to this unknown is one of my favourite panels of this book. If ever there was a Depressionaut, this is he.

PAGE 8

Guy is lost, Beta is too quick, and we all quickly see just where this is all taking place and that the unknown is a scary and ridiculous place.

It’s also so cool to know that when you ask Owen for bioluminescent bubbles then it is exactly what you are going to get. This is an example of writing right into the strength of the artist.

PAGE 9

This is the false beat before the real BOOM.

Wish I could’ve tweaked the dialogue some more on this page, it just doesn’t pop as much as the others.

PAGE 10

This, man, THIS is just far too much fun. Owen obviously throws himself headlong into every square inch of this book and this is wild proof right here. Look at this thing? I had an idea, linked to a YouTube clip, I gave some suggestions, but this right here is beyond my brain. Look into those eyes and despair. Owen Gieni just drained your soul.

PAGE 11

This turning point for Guy was one of those sad gags I had to throw at him. The fact he’s about to die and instead one of these giants is going to just suck on him like an emotional everlasting gobstopper and could you imagine anything worse in your life? This is why my characters would gang up and mutilate me if they ever gained independent sentience, I’m no good for them at all.

Owen took that Evorah hugging panel and just gave it everything, didn’t he? This one panel is just pure high art right in the middle of the page. And if you look closer, you’ll see Beta struggling to open it up and her body language is again on point.

PAGES 12 + 13

Double page spread klaxoooon.

An emotional vista, and I wasn’t sure it’d work, but then Owen just comes along and slays it like it ain’t no thing. It’s almost like a picture book for just a moment, a dark, haunting, terrible book for kids about why life sucks. From top left to the promise of life to the bottom right and the ‘real’ promise of life, the only promise it can offer, that it ends, and this page actually gets to me a little.

Though I didn’t realise how well this spread would go down. The reviews loved the shit out of this and I thank them for it.

There’s even this weird little colour scheme thing going on that makes me think/feel INSIDE OUT a little and that’s just too damn fine.

I’m also quietly proud of the device at the bottom where we see the happiness bomb charge and it’s exposition but silent. You still have to piece all of this together, keep thinking, keep up.

PAGE 14

The layout on this page is nuts, the colours, the way we move through the motions. Guy smiling is weird enough but this cropped image of him makes it even more ghastly, a rictus of depression.

I love Guy’s body language as he tears into this beast, he’s so victorious. And the colour draining from the Evorah as they change emotion is something Owen just completely nails.

As for the echo of lines in this page from the last, where I flip the meaning, yeah, you know I’m quietly proud of that – though not silent, I’m still gonna tell you.

PAGE 15

This is a page of complex human emotions. I want you to still hold them, feel them, and yet still not fully understand. Because who actually understands human emotions, we are insane, erratic, flippant. That’s what makes us so beautiful sometimes, and it’s really something I want to try and write.

PAGE 16

“This is how angels must feel.” is one of those lines I wasn’t sure would get through but I knew I’d fight for it, though this was completely unnecessary. It stayed through every draft, never questioned, and I’m still really glad with how simply it sums up Guy’s feelings as he essentially annihilates a bunch of creatures.

And how good does that annihilation look against that green? Bloody ripper.

PAGE 17

War is hell and we all lose. Guy’s boot hitting that dead Evorah shell kinda says it all for me. And that Ferrier SFX in there is perfect to make you feel the split second moment.

Beta’s dialogue is so much fun to write, but even more fun against the droll sensibility of Guy. He never reacts or gives anything away and tone doesn’t play on the page against a back and forth so you need to bring a lot to it but if you do, and you get it right, then these two are so fun against each other. Beta never seems to pic up on Guy’s feelings, which is hilarious for an emotionally charged species. I guess happiness drowns and blinds you – which is completely true, btw.

PAGE 18

Owen’s layout on this coda page for the battle just makes me smile. It’s all a pause, a breath, and it leads into that final beat of the issue. These pages are important because you get interplay, you get set up, and you get to slingshot into what comes next.

PAGE 19

Because of course Rick is a mansplainer. And these two are just as much fun to write as the Beta/Guy pairing and that’s been really fun in this book, figuring out how to pair characters up to bring out the best in them all.

This page is filler, kinda, but it’s insight, and it’s also a pause, but it works because we gave Guy/Beta the pause so now Rick/Briggs get one too right before the end. I like getting these pages when I can, to let the characters play and shine. You can’t always show them within the action so you find the beats.

It was Owen who brought the sight gag of Briggs trying to pry Rick off the tablet, which I think plays well to show how absurd this all is. It’s weighted, it’s dark, it all means something, but it’s also batguano absurd, which you have to be fine with.

PAGE 20

It was important for me to have Guy stand up to Rick, and Kindred, verbally first. This isn’t a sneak attack, this is him really stepping up and doing what he is doing. Cutting Rick off came as a happy accident because I couldn’t think of a good Bond villain entrance for him but then realised Guy wouldn’t stand for it anyway, he’s got to do what’s coming.

PAGE 21

And here comes the realisation for us all, the reason Guy survived down there was because the thought of dying just filled him with such goddamn happiness. There was glee in the thought he was so close to the end. It kinda backfired when it killed the creature that would kill him and so then he’s actually not going to die, but it’s what awakens in him the knowledge of how all this emotional malarkey works, and he’s going to go out with a bang, and that kind of agency is important in a suicidal person. It certainly is in Guy.

It was always really important to me that even at this stage of the tale we have Guy still be suicidal. He’s not cured, this isn’t him fixed. And then we have him use this weird happiness over his own death emotional whirlpool to attack Kindred. This is where his arc is going.

PAGE 22

This is just a page to behold. I was initially going to hold it over until the next issue but Chabon convinced me to have it here and he’s so right, it’s a killer ending. Because – and I cough out some clickbait – you won’t believe what happens next. We still have one full issue to make all of this count, and count it all certainly does.

But, again, look at this page. Just…thank you Messers Gieni+Ferrier.

And this is where the final chickens come home to roost for everyone. One. Issue. To. Go.

Thank you for getting down on this issue. I hope you dug it. Though if you’re reading this I doubt you’re the kind to go this far into hate-reading a comic. I guess.

Indie comics live and die on readers caring, so thank you for taking the time. It means the world to all of us at NEGATIVE SPACE HQ. Stick around, see what drops next month to wrap all of these shenanigans up, which I guarantee you is a worthy and gut-kicking finale to the whole mess.

And remember: if you are suffering from depression, please hit THIS LINK to see the access you have to support. No one has to suffer alone. We are here to help you.

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