Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

Category: comics

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!

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!

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

SPEED REPUBLIC #2 on Preorder

The latest issue of my new series through Mad Cave Studios is in Previews magazine and ready to preorder through your LCS! Come see what Emmanuele Parascandolo and I have created with…

SPEED REPUBLIC #2

Illustrated by Emmanuele Parascandolo

Written by Ryan K Lindsay

Coloured by Michele Monte

Lettered by Joamette Gil

Edited by Chris Sanchez

Choose from one of these two covers!

Cover by Emmanuele Parascandolo – order details here
Cover by Fabian Lelay – order details here

The first issue lands on Feb 02, and this is later in March.

The comic is set in the future where Europoe has formed one nation state, united under the face of The Autocrat – a singular ruler who’s in it for himself, and the few he allows in his periphery. The rest of the nation is slipping into despair and ruin, slowly, painfully, with resources and opportunities few and far between. But once a year the Autocrat runs The Great Race, a kind of gumball rally style epic drive where one winner gets admission to the haven of the 1%.

Sebastian Valencia has entered the race because he’s got little other options left to him. His father is dying, his life very bland, and this is at least a glimmer of hope. Even if the survival rate for drivers is low due to the other racers, and maurauding street gangs, and just the landscape in general, this race is at least a chance for money and safety and life beyond the reach of your arm.

And so we set off on this race, and madness ensues. It’s as much The Running Man as it is Mad Max as it is Speed Racer as it is The Cannonball Run.

Here are some early reviews to help push you across the line to preorder our wild beauty:

4.5/5 on But Why Tho Podcast

4.4/5 on Monkey’s Fighting Robots

Lovely words on The Convention Collective

And more lovely words on Geek Vibes Nation

Good luck choosing which cover you want for issue #2 – they’re both pretty amazing! And I look forward to sharing the first issue in a couple weeks!

What Is Best In Life? – 2021 Edition

Well at least it’ll be better than 2020, we cried into the night, before a few months of 2021, and then we just cried into our cereal.

It’s been an interesting year. We’d come out of Covid and lockdowns and the year started pretty cruisy. Where I live, we had zero cases for months on end and everything genuinely felt fairly back to normal. My teaching game was strong, I was reading plenty, and then Sami Kivela and I had EVERFROST launch at Black Mask and Sebastian Piriz and I had BLACK BEACON launch at Heavy Metal.

Things “looked” good.

Then the Delta variant swept across the nation, slowly but surely, and eventually invaded my ‘hood and we went into another lockdown. When that happens, my teaching load goes through the roof. It wasn’t as bad as 2020, but it was still pretty escalated. My comics kept coming out, I kept teaching, so there was nothing catastrophic.

Then I decided to change up my dayjob a little – I’ve moved from teaching little kids to now teaching English. It’s rad. But it’s taken a lot of mental load and prep to make the transition smoothly, especially as it happened as we came out of lockdown – a strange time to be doing anything, no less starting a new job at a new school.

It did mean I was ‘forced’ to do more reading, though.

I have no clue what 2022 has planned, but looking back on 2021, there’s a lot of good so I’ll spend this space celebrating some of that good stuff. Here goes…

Comics

As always, I manage to find awesome comics to read because people keep making pretty awesome comics.

My brain took in a Joe Hill Double Bill.

PLUNGE was one that stood out for it’s John Carpenter vibes and beautiful Stuart Immonen art. I dug the book, it’s a very fun ride, and does what it says on the tin with its 80s horror flick vibes.

I followed it months later with A BASKETFUL OF HEADS, which was one I didn’t know anything about, and I’ll be honest that the cover was giving me the wrong vibes for it. I thought it was some kind of eerie gothic slasher book, and it’s anything but – open it to find it’s another 80s throwback, maybe even late 70s, honestly, about a young woman defending herself against some escaped criminals, and she randomly uses this axe from a house display, and it’s a mystical blade that doesn’t cause death but instead life. So when she chops someone’s head off, it remains living.

A great premise, and a really enjoyable book!

My mate Paul Allor teamed with another mate Paul Tucker to create HOLLOW HEART and it really was something else to touch your heart. A brilliant tale of love and monsters and captivity. Seeing Paul write the kinds of emotional and esoteric stories I wish I could fills me with joy.

TRESPASSERS from Breena Bard was one my kids picked up, but I instantly devoured. A really fun middle grade romp about a forgotten mystery and some kids who think they’ve got the right thread on the sweater to pull. I really do love stories about kids investigating crimes. There’s just something about it as a kid I always loved, and as an adult it still fills me with joy and inspiration.

DAREDEVIL continues to be a comic I enjoy, but I gotta admit I’m getting lost in the monthly churn with it. There’s a chance I might transition to trades on this soon, as I have with most things, because my monthly buying and reading has gone to guano since these last two lockdowns, and I find myself constantly lost in where I am up to, or what’s been going on and for how long.

If this also means books need to pivot more towards graphic novels, well, I’m all for that, I guess. The more they make them, the more people will buy them when they come out, and then the more stores will sell them, and then we’ll better get into the habit of buying them, and around and around it will go. I hope.

Speaking of people buying graphic novels as they drop: RECKLESS from Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker dropped another 2 volumes this year. I read the first [which is the second volume] and it suitably kicked ass. I actually have but have not read the 3rd volume, as I’m holding it off as some kind of New Years treat, alongside a few other things, like NOVEMBER Vol. 4 from Elsa Charretier and Matt Fraction. I had to hustle through two different reporting periods, and then I’ve been reading stuff for next year, so these two are waiting for me and I cannot wait.

Transitioning to another Brubaker book, this time with Marcos Martin, I got myself straight into their collaboration with FRIDAY and found myself loving it more and more as each issue slowly wound its way around this very awesome mystery plot. This book is just the definition of beautiful, so I’m looking forward to more.

Novel

Did a cheeky run of rereading and ploughed through DOUBLE INDEMNITY by James M. Cain, FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley, THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King, THE OLD MAN AND THE SEAS by Ernest Hemingway. All good and interesting reads.

I read THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien that’s a short story collection/exploration of the author’s time in Vietnam during the war and it’s a fascinating study. The circuitous way the stories are constructed and present certain key moments, it’s really quite beautifully done.

Benjamin Percy’s THRILL ME is a collection of his essays on fiction and it’s been instantly added to my mental curriculum list of things you should read if you want to be a writer. It takes a lot of his presentations and essays and makes them easy to digest, with examples, and a really strong and engaging authorial voice.

But it was WARLIGHT by Michael Ondaatje that captured me the most. This brilliant story about two kids after the war in Europe struggling to discover themselves, as well as the truth of their family, is a phenomenally well told narrative. The aspects of duality in life, the two sides we have, the truth we never know, the cause and the effect are all explored and brought to light [and hidden in the dark] in this really thoughtful and gripping read.

I wrote a little about it on my Patreon

TV

TED LASSO dropped a second season. Wherein the first looked at Ted slowly winning everyone over, this season went a whole new route – it’s basically just everyone on a journey to combat their inner demons, or sometimes the outer ones. A season of people trying to kick depression in the nethers sounds…ethereal, but it really built and built. It’s hard to compare against the brilliance and surprise of the first season, but I feel like this one stands alongside it as a perfect companion – not a clone, mined for similar but diminishing success, but a new step into something just as challenging and emotionally true as the first.

I really enjoyed WANDAVISION – a superhero show that kinda made you think. It was unlike most anything else from the MCU, and for that alone I was happy. I’ve watched them all, and found FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER to be fun, but that was about as far down as the show could dig, and LOKI was as charismatic as its lead, and WHAT IF…? definitely scratched an itch for me. Good to have one I could watch with the kids, too.

HAWKEYE was a little up and down, but Hailee Steinfeld really grows into the role for me. Yes, another quippy, snarky superhero, who knew?! But she’s so good in the role, I’m happy to see the entire Marvel film franchise end up in the hands of her, especially when paired with Yelena as their scenes in the show were absolute dynamite for chemistry. Give them the reins of the show alongside Captain Marvel, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Scarlet Witch, and Valkyrie, and whatever other younger heroes I’m forgetting, or they continue to amass.

ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING was a fun crime show whose premise and structure was really well put together. Getting to see Steve Martin, and Martin Short, both get decent roles to play and show they still know how to chew up some scenery was a delight.

Feel like I watched more, but specifics elude me.

Movie

MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES has to be movie of the year, right? I could watch it once a week and still find myself laughing my absolute ass off. So effortlessly constructed and genuinely funny as well as moving. Just a masterpiece of family cinema.

BO BURNHAM: INSIDE was a complete earworm of a show, but I thought it was just the right balance of poignant against the esoteric. I found myself genuinely captivated, which for something shot by one guy in his house is very impressive.

I can’t remember what else I saw this year…

Podcasts

I discovered THE KINGSLINGERS podcast, wherein two fellas started reading THE DARK TOWER books, but one has already read them all, and one is completely new to it. As they go through sections they discuss what the newbie thinks is happening and what certain things mean. It’s a great way to unpack certain elements, and was fun to listen to alongside my reread for the first novel, and then to listen to their thoughts on the second one because it’s probably still my favourite of the series.

They’ve moved onto other King works, so I’m going to listen to the ‘SALEM’S LOT eps while I reread that book this month.

I also discovered SMARTLESS where Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes interview random Hollywood guests and it’s a fun show. I usually get a solid laugh out of it each time.

It’s been a good year for fun stuff to enter my brain. Here’s to 2022 bringing more good entertainment vibes, as well as creative ones. Keep the brain spinning and swimming!

SPEED REPUBLIC is up for preorders!

My next comic is on the horizon – SPEED REPUBLIC is set to launch in Feb 2022, and I am hugely excited for this to hit the stands at 100mph!

SPEED REPUBLIC is a 5 issue miniseries about an epic car race across the future nation state of Europe where the winner gets a safe future, but everyone else risks death and worse along the way.

Art by Emanuele Parascandolo

Colours by Michele Monte

Letters by Joamette Gil

Written by Ryan K Lindsay

Edited by Chris Sanchez

Published by Mad Cave Studios

This is a really fun story where I get to take our leading character, Seb Valencia, and put him through some pretty wild situations. I’m channeling THE LONG WALK by Richard Backman/Stephen King by way of considering how the Coen Brothers layer vignettes into a fine tapestry and in doing so a tale across Europe has unfolded that takes into account the future, what happens when someone has too much power, how people survive, why people survive, and just how weird we can all get if given enough space and desperation.

The book is available for preorder now through your local comic shop, and you should hit them up and tell them you want you want every issue of this set aside for you so you do not miss out. Every issue gets better until we land on very, very awesome final issue sequence. Here’s the preorder info:

We have an epic advanced review, where Carrie McClain gave us 4.5/5 – click here to see why she’s already hooked on this series!

We also have a video trailer that you need to see because there are many interesting little peeks into things that are coming in the series. Keep your eyes peeled, because we guarantee you’ll see things here that intrigue you, and will delight you on the page in a few months time.

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