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UP THE RIVER KICKSTARTER LAUNCHES
Indie publisher Source Point Press has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first issue of Up the River. The super hero horror comic is planned for 21 issues with the first shipping in May 2015. Writer Travis McIntire describes the series as "Huckleberry Finn meets Heart of Darkness meets Superheroes meets Joseph Campbell-style Messiah story." That's a lot to cram into one book, but I guess that's why they're planning for 21 issues. The comic is penciled and inked by Stephen Sharar with colors by Sean Seal and letters from Joshua Werner. Covers (not including variants) are inked by Mark McKenna.
Up the River follows Syl, a young boy who witnesses the murder of his superhero father in the streets of Third City. Years later, Syl and his younger brother Arnie set out with a river boat crew to take them up the treacherous Hard Silt River to find answers.
"Set in a uniquely created post-apocalyptic future that is both horrific and fascinating, Up the River is an adventure story that puts a fresh twist on the idea of super-powered humans and a strong emphasis on character development," says editor Joshua Werner. "We're so incredibly proud to have it under the Source Point Press imprint."
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"What really drew me to this book was the plot elements included within it," says Sharar. "Super-powered characters, zombie-type characters, monstrous behemoths, an evil scientist, this book has everything I gravitate towards. It's basically a fan-boy's dream to be illustrating a comic like this."
"The goal of the Kickstarter campaign is simply to secure the initial funds necessary to print, ship, and distribute the first issue. From there, sales of the comic should fund the future issues' runs," says Werner. "People are going to love this comic, I'm excited to get it in their hands."
I've seen publishers turn to Kickstarter to fund an entire run of a series, so it's refreshing to see Source Point Press looking for the cash to release the first issue alone. There's a pretty modest goal of only $2,000 and at the time of this writing, the campaign is less than $600 away from achieving it. That's in only two days time too. There's still almost a month left. Rewards for backing the campaign include digital and physical versions of Up the River #1, sketch covers, prints, and original artwork.
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