INK ISLAND is an all ages one shot comic by me and Craig Bruyn which is live on Kickstarter right now.
We are running a campaign to help fund the production of the comic in print form, as well as the dispersal of a Teaching Guide to go with the comic, for use in the classroom or home.
This full colour 22 page one-shot comic tells the story of Parker and Elliot [my children] who live in a lighthouse and have the duty of keeping the disgusting monsters in the dark away.
When an attack during a blown globe results in Elliot being kidnapped, Parker must conquer his trepidation and travel out with his fearless stuffed frog companion, Williams, to mount a rescue mission to Ink Island.
The book is a personal study in how we overcome our worries, and how siblings rely on each other. It examines perceived gender roles, the power of inner strength, and the beauty of teamwork and partnership. It is also wildly imaginative and stupidly funny, so is sure to engage the children we know, and the ones we hide we still are.
Craig Bryun’s art in the comic is a phenomenal blend of the absurd and the amazing. Whether it’s delivering an emotional beat through a child’s face, or defining the pert yet hairy glutes of a dirty Inky monster, Craig can do it all with style, as he also colours all his own work here.
The comic itself means a lot to me, which is why I’m offering it in print form, but also why it’s also still a $1 pdf. Then there’s the Teaching Guide, which is months of hard work to pick lessons which unpack comics in the classroom in rich and meaningful ways. I’m really hoping this aspect resonates with teachers – especially considering I’m also offering an Audio Commentary that can totally be used in the classroom as I’ll unpack what we were trying to do in this comic, how, and why kids can learn something about storytelling or emotions or ugly monsters by studying this comic.
There are also options to get Craig to draw original art for you – you can get him to draw your kids V some Inky monsters, or you can just choose any old character you like.
The Kickstarter campaign will run for 30 days, so any link sharing on social media or verbal support you can yell out randomly in car parks and such is greatly appreciated.
Go to the INK ISLAND Kickstarter page to scope all the information and decide at which level you’d like to support the book.