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Preview: Reach: The First Inherits

REACH: THE FIRST INHERITS

Written by Michael Drace Fountain
Pencils/Inks by Chris Burkheart
Colors/Letters by Ben Glibert
$1.99 | 20 pages | full color

Samurai are on a hunt for an ancient treasure with mystical properties. During their journey, honor and loyalty are forgotten and replaced by greed and violence. Ultimately, the most courageous warrior must face a new enemy in fortune found.

Purchase: comiXology (live Wednesday morning), Amazon KDP, Printed TPB

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Reach

Reach_TPB_FINALBy James Ninness

REACH is a three-part adventure that follows a family line over three distinctly different time periods as they pursue a particular type of mythical treasure. We begin in the time of King Richard, through to the samurai of the Sengoku Period, and eventually arriving in the American West.

A different team tells each of these tales. We’ve worked together to ensure that the elements that need to link the stories are there but outside of those links, these stories couldn’t be much different…

Joe Pezzula (Where the Witches Lurk) and Scott Irwin (SAMSARA) kick things off with a medieval heist tale. If Ocean’s Eleven and Ironclad had a baby, and that baby drank five or six cups of coffee a day, it would look something like their tale.

Next up, Michael Drace Fountain (IN SANITY, AZ) and Chris Burkheart (The O.D.D. Chronicles) take us on a journey through the Sengoku Period with some samurai seeking a mythical flower… Remember that movie The Last Samurai and the white guy who saved everyone? This is like the opposite of that.

Finally, Mike Vasquez (MikeGoesGeek) and I (Hammer Down) track some pioneers across the American West. Brigands, wolves, and shootouts await an unfortunate family of British folks hoping for an escort across some fairly ominous desert. Ever see City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold? Our story and that movie have almost nothing in common.

Three distinct stories, each self-contained as a stand-alone tale, connecting over the centuries to manufacture a single narrative of warning to all those who would overextend their…reach.

This Kickstarter campaign is for the entire book. All three stories are here. It’s done. If we get this thing funded, REACH is finished. So don’t worry, you won’t have to wait for another volume because there isn’t one. Support this and get the whole shebang. The finished book will be between 80 and 100 pages.

To entice you even further we’ve lined up rewards from everyone involved in the book, including colorist and letterer Ben Glibert (IN SANITY, AZ).

Not enough? Fine. How about art from Joel Gomez (Detective Comics), Livio Ramondelli (The Transformers), and Vincent Kukua (Liberator)?

Still not enough? Okay. We’ve got stretch goals from Ray Anthony-Height (Midnight Tiger), Axur Eneas (The Adventures of Aero-Girl), and Andy Taylor (Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman)?

We’re pretty excited about the book and we hope you’ll take a moment to grab some goodies and help us make the REACH: A Graphic Novel Kickstarter a successful campaign, for all our sakes.

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Review: in Sanity, AZ #1 and #2

iSA_2-COVERWelcome to Sanity, Arizona. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone and the natives are happy to live and let live…unless you’re visiting. The residents have developed their own systems of law, politics, ethics, religion, and morality. Left on their own, Sanity would thrive outside the view of our world, content to live their lives in their own way. Unfortunately for all involved strangers do occasionally find themselves in Sanity, AZ.

The Kickstarter project has recently seen the second release of the anthology series, in Sanity, AZ, continuing the strange tales of a town that’s so, so, so off. Anthologies are hard to do, especially from a large amount of folks such as this. It’s difficult to pull off, like herding cats or trying to rub the wolf.

As I’d expect the quality is mixed, but overall the digital release overflows with quality, especially when it comes to price. For $1.99 you get almost 60 pages of story. That’s impressive and a hell of a deal. Thanks Kickstarter!

What I like about projects like this are quite a few things. One, get to see a bunch of different visions for a common theme or a united world. Two, you get to see a lot of different talent, and there’s a lot of that here. There’s some solid storytelling and art, and a lot of potential and talent I’d expect to see greater things from down the road.

The concept on in Sanity, AZ is fun. There’s some some characters strung through and a world the stories shares, but there isn’t an ongoing story (that I’ve picked up on). There’s interweaving parts and some stories tie together, but that’s it. So, you have all of these characters and a world interpreted in different ways, in both tone and look. That’s a lot of fun as a comic reader. And all of it is twisted.

I’m a huge proponent of supporting and promoting independent comics and one that has so many folks, so many visions and so much talent is absolutely worth checking out. Start here or the first issue, do yourself and do an insane thing, and buy in Sanity, AZ.

Story: Michael Drace Fountain, Marcel Losada, James Ninness, and Joe Pezzula Art: Scott Irwin, Rich Kuhaupt, Lance Sawyer, Jorge Sevilla, Collin Fogel, Chris Collins, and Frank Luna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: in Sanity, AZ #1

in Sanity, AZ #1

Story: Michael Drace Fountain, Marcel Losada, James Ninness, and Joe Pezzula
Pencils/Inks: Scott Irwin, Rich Kuhaupt, Lance Sawyer, Jorge Sevilla, Collin Fogel, Chris Collins, and Frank Luna
Colors: Ben Glibert
Designs: Shannon Forrey
Cover: “Big” Chris Wood

The first issue of the Kickstarted horror anthology is finished. It’s time for us to share in Sanity, AZ.

in Sanity, AZ #1 features the stories: “Snowglobes and Albatrosses”, “Broken Water I”, “Murder”, “Burgers And Shakes”, “Friends”, “False Idols”, “Inning Five”, “Honor Parents”, “Confusion”, “Sea Of Sanity”, and “False Witness”.

The series is created and written by Michael Drace Fountain, Marcel Losada, James Ninness, and Joe Pezzula. Pencils/Inks in this issue are by Scott Irwin, Rich Kuhaupt, Lance Sawyer, Jorge Sevilla, Collin Fogel, Chris Collins, and Frank Luna. Colors by Ben Glibert. Designs by Shannon Forrey. Cover by “Big” Chris Wood.

The book will be available digitally on Tuesday, July 9, on both the Quad Shot website, and Amazon.

Digital, 54 total pages, $1.99 US – RATED 18+

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Preview: Free Comic Book Day is Going to Be in Sanity, AZ

Free Comic Book Day is almost here, and we have a preview of one of the comics you might find at your local store. The recently Kickstarted comic in Sanity, AZ will get a preview comic, showing off a peek at the eclectic art and writing that’s in store for people.

Welcome to Sanity, Arizona. It’s a small town, near the middle of the Mojave Desert, run by a different type of human. The natives of Sanity move a little bit slower, smile a little bit longer, and eat sausages made of tourists. This horror series follows the story of a different type of society, one that functions of its own accord and would rather be left alone than participate in the world the rest of us dwell in. Unfortunately for them, and everyone else, people tend to find themselves in Sanity, AZ.

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The three issue series will be released in July, August and October with a trade paperback collecting them all in December of this year.

Welcome to in Sanity, AZ

James Ninness today announced his newest project, in Sanity, AZ. Along with Michael Drace Fountain, Marvel Losada and Joe Pezzula, in Sanity, AZ is a new comic horror anthology. The project began in November 2009 as the team wrote the book in a cabin in the woods, a perfect setting. After delays as the project went through various publishers, incarnations and production issues, it’s now here.

Ninness and his team have turned to Kickstarter to take the project the rest of the way for the entire project. If the project is successfully funded, all three comics will be released digitally and be sold for $1.99, the smallest of books clocks in at 52 pages. Afterwards a trade paperback of all three issues will be released. The single issues will be released in July, August and November and trade should be out in time for Christmas 2013.

So, what is in Sanity, AZ about?

The book focuses on a small town in the middle of the desert. You know the town. The same town you drive by every time you cross the country or hustle through the desert. The kind of town that causes you to stare from the comfort of your car and think to yourself: “who in the hell would live out here?” This particular town is a bit further down the highway, a highway not often travelled. It is as lost in time as a grain of sand in the desert. And to the natives of this town, that’s not a problem. They have adapted. They have their own way of doing things.

A long time ago, deep in the deserts of Arizona, a mayor by the name of Cambridge decided to build an asylum for the undesirables. A place the people of color could receive the mental help they needed away from the eyes of civilized society. It was a dream that turned into a nightmare. Things went wrong, as they are wont to do, and the inmates revolted. Over time the inmates settled the desert, carving out land and making it their own. Utilizing a sign from the asylum, the citizens settled on the name “Sanity”.

The Kickstarter campaign will feature a bit more information, as well as some sneak peeks of the art to come and will launch on Friday, February 1, lasting 30 days.

in Sanity, AZ #1
JULY 2013
Collecting the first eleven stories in the in Sanity, AZ saga: “Snowglobes and Albatrosses”, “Broken Water I”, “Murder”, “Burgers And Shakes”, “Friends”, “False Idols”, “Inning Five”, “Honor Parents”, “Confusion”, “Sea Of Sanity”, and “False Witness”.
Written by MICHAEL DRACE FOUNTAIN, MARCEL LOSADA, JAMES NINNESS, and JOE PEZZULA.
Art by CHRIS COLLINS, COLLIN FOGEL, BEN GLIBERT, SCOTT IRWIN, RICH KUHAUPT, FRANK LUNA and JORGE SEVILLA.
Cover by “BIG” CHRIS WOOD.
Colors by SHANNON FORREY.
Digital, 52 pgs, $1.99 US – RATED 18+

in Sanity, AZ #2

AUGUST 2013
Collecting the next ten stories in the in Sanity, AZ saga: “”Ham Tickle”, “The Motel In Sanity”, “Lords Name”, “Pointer”, “Raw”, “Breaking Water II”, “Cuckoo Clocks”, “Covet”, “Lollipop”, and “Sabbath”.
Written by MICHAEL DRACE FOUNTAIN, MARCEL LOSADA, JAMES NINNESS, and JOE PEZZULA
Art by CHRIS BURKHEART, COURTNEY CAMACHO, COLLIN FOGEL, KEVIN GEMSER, BEN GLIBERT, RICH KUHAUPT, DONALD POQUIZ, and BRIAN SORIANO.
Cover by “BIG” CHRIS WOOD.
Colors by SHANNON FORREY.
Digital, 64 pgs, $1.99 US – RATED 18+

in Sanity, AZ #3

NOVEMBER 2013
Collecting the final eight stories in the in Sanity, AZ saga: “The Orchard”, “Steal”, “Kids And Their Treasures”, “Adultery”, “Lullaby”, “Dog Tricks”, “Other Gods”, and “Broken Water III”.
Written by MICHAEL DRACE FOUNTAIN, MARCEL LOSADA, JAMES NINNESS, and JOE PEZZULA
Art by BEN GLIBERT, RICH KUHAUPT, JOHN NARCOMEY, JED SORIANO, MIKE TEMPLE, and DANIEL TOUCHET.
Cover by “BIG” CHRIS WOOD.
Colors by SHANNON FORREY.
Digital, 60 pgs, $1.99 US – RATED 18+

in Sanity, AZ (TPB)

DECEMBER 2013
Welcome to Sanity, Arizona. It’s a small town, near the middle of the Mojave Desert, run by a different type of human. The natives of Sanity move a little bit slower, smile a little bit longer, and eat sausages made of tourists. This horror series follows the story of a different type of society, one that functions of its own accord and would rather be left alone than participate in the world the rest of us dwell in. Unfortunately for them, and everyone else, people tend to find themselves in Sanity, AZ.
Written by MICHAEL DRACE FOUNTAIN, MARCEL LOSADA, JAMES NINNESS, and JOE PEZZULA
Art by CHRIS BURKHEART, COURTNEY CAMACHO, CHRIS COLLINS, COLLIN FOGEL, KEVIN GEMSER, BEN GLIBERT, SCOTT IRWIN, RICH KUHAUPT, FRANK LUNA, JOHN NARCOMEY, DONALD  POQUIZ, JORGE SEVILLA, BRIAN SORIANO, JED SORIANO, MIKE TEMPLE, and DANIEL TOUCHET.
Cover by “BIG” CHRIS WOOD.
Colors by SHANNON FORREY.
Print, 180 pgs, (Price TBD) – RATED 18+

Rue a Western Vengeance Tale

On Wednesday, December 5, get ready for Rue from Shannon Forrey, Michael Drace Fountain, Benjamin Gilbert, Scott Irwin, Marcel Losada, James Ninness and Joe Pezzula.

Rue is a one-shot comic – no need to have read anything before or plan on anything after. As a Western revenge tale, with subtle homage to Sergio Leone, and starring various Mojave Desert dwelling animals as the cast of characters, Rue represents a labor of love for the collaborators who grew up as fans of classic Western cinema.

Rue follows a mysterious figure who is targeting and killing everyone involved with the death and destruction of a town called Rue years before. As law and outlaw alike begin dying, the remaining men responsible for the destruction of the town must put the clues together in an attempt to halt their own demise.

Rue is 40 pages for just $0.99 and  will be available on Wednesday, December 5th, at jamesninness.com.

Written by MICHAEL DRACE FOUNTAIN, MARCEL LOSADA, JAMES NINNESS,
and JOE PEZZULA
Art by SCOTT IRWIN
Letters by BENJAMIN GLIBERT
Design by SHANNON FORREY
40 pgs, $0.99 US – RATED 18

The Undergrounds Vol. 2 Gets A Release Date

Keyleaf Comics has announced the release date for their first trade paperback under the Keyleaf Comics banner: The Undergrounds Vol. 2. This book will collect the second and final season of The Undergrounds webcomic, previously released weekly, for free, by Semantink Publishing. The Undergrounds was created by James Ninness, the second season was illustrated by Daniel Touchet, and written by Ryan Darrow, Shannon Forrey, Michael Drace Fountain, Eric Jennings, Marcel Losada, James Ninness and Joe Pezzula.

Preorders will be available August 15th for the month leading up to September 12th. All preorders will receive $2.00 off the cover price.

Written by RYAN DARROW, SHANNON FORREY, MICHAEL DRACE FOUNTAIN, ERIC JENNINGS, MARCEL LOSADA, JAMES NINNESS, and JOE PEZZULA.
Art by DANIEL TOUCHET
102 pg, FC, $19.99 US (PREORDER $17.99) – RATED 13+

Writer James Ninness explained:

The Undergrounds is some of the most fun I’ve had as a writer. Since we concluded Season Two I’ve had a great many people ask what is next for The Undergrounds. As before, there is no plan yet for a third season, but I am currently working with Ben and Keyleaf Comics to figure out if we can do something… For now, I’ll have to be vague and encourage everyone to pick up the second trade. Just know that nobody has forgotten about The Undergrounds.