I've been a fan of Ben Templesmith's work for years but I do not yet understand his love for squids. Now it looks like he's turning this fascination with cephalopods into a new creator-owned original graphic novel from 44FLOOD entitled The Squidder. The book will be a crowd-funded comic through Kickstarter.
The Squidder follows “an old soldier from a forgotten war in a post-apocalyptic world that has left him behind.” It pulls from heavy horror, fantasy, Lovecraftian elements (how can it not with the squids?), and black humor. It's being described as Mad Max meets Cthulhu, touching upon themes including a changing world, propagana, and the nauture of control through the main character. His world is now alien to him, “destroyed by a war which humanity lost generations ago against the almighty squid.” He has some unfinished business that needs to be taken care of, but will he be able to do it against these odds?
As with previous 44FLOOD projects, The Squidder will be a limited run title. The graphic novel will be an 8.5x12” 108 page hardcover grpahic novel, written and drawn by Ben Templesmith. This is his first creator-owned traditional comic in five years. I believe the last one was Welcome to Hoxford, which I'm a huge fan of.
44FLOOD traditionally makes some pretty amazing and high quality books. Their Kickstarter campaigns are filled with great rewards and this one looks to be along the same lines including The Squidder t-shirts and iPhone cases, along with original art offerings. Needless to say, it's going to be something you're going to want to contribute to.
UPDATE: The Squidder Kickstarter was launched on November 7th and was completely funded within six hours. There's still plenty of time to contribute with some pretty cool awards for each level. Check it out!
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