Our 5 Most Anticipated Upcoming Indie Horror Games!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:00

I spent a good portion of my weekend gathering an epic list of thirty upcoming indie horror games you should have on your radar. Because it’s a long list and I value your time, I also came up with a ‘Top 5′ video that consists of my personal favorites. Every game on that list is worth your attention, but these five have me very anxious to get my hands on them.

Read on for my Top 5 Most Anticipated Indie Horror Games, in no particular order.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' Composer Talks The Music Of A Dark Hero

bloody disgusting - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:00

Game Informer has posted an interview with composer Nick Arundel about the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game, which will be coming out later this year. Arundel discusses the music of the previous games and how they influence new motifs as well as working with composer David Buckley (Blood Creek, The Number 23). You can watch the interview below.

Batman: Arkham Knight is the fourth game in the Batman: Arkham series, which began in 2009 with Batman: Arkham Asylum. Arkham Knight has a tentative release date of October 14, 2014 and will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

I played the hell out of Asylum and City but didn’t get into Origins at all. Still, those two were enough to convince me that they are easily two of the greatest comic book games ever created. Were I to own a current gen console, I’d be all over this game!

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[T] Next On: "Bates Motel" Episode 2.05, "The Escape Artist"

bloody disgusting - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:43

After a slow start, last week’s “Bates Motel” ended with such a massive shocker that it altered the history of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

While I haven’t had a chance to catch last night’s episode, A&E has dragged me back in as I expect more surprises.

Here’s a look at next week’s Episode 2.05, “The Escape Artist,” airing March 31.

Norman (Freddie Highmore) trusts Cody (Paloma Kwiatkowski) with a family secret. Dylan (Max Thieriot) finds himself fighting for his life as Zane’s (Michael Eklund) war escalates. Meanwhile, Norma (Vera Farmiga) makes a deal with a mysterious man (Michael O’Neill) to help stop the bypass.

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H.R. Giger Behind-The-Scenes Working On 'Alien' (Random Cool)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 03:00

I’ve always been a fan of 1979′s Alien, the Ridley Scott-directed film that introduced the world to the terrifying yet strangely beautiful xenomorph. It’s a fantastic film that horrifies with layer after layer of thick, claustrophobic atmosphere, compounded by a wonderful score (courtesy of Jerry Goldsmith).

But none of that would’ve been possible without the art direction and creature design of artist H.R. Giger, whose vision crafted a villain that still terrifies and entrances audiences.

Below you can see the man himself on the set of the film as he works on some of the most iconic moments and props.

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You Can't Evade this Preview of Bates Motel Episode 2.05 - The Escape Artist

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 23:00

This season of "Bates Motel" is off to a killer start, and if you're all caught up and ready to look ahead, here's a preview of next week's Episode 2.05, "The Escape Artist."

"Bates Motel" Episode 2.05 - "The Escape Artist" (airs 3/31/14)
Norman (Freddie Highmore) trusts Cody (Paloma Kwiatkowski) with a family secret. Dylan (Max Thieriot) finds himself fighting for his life as Zane’s (Michael Eklund) war escalates.

Meanwhile, Norma (Vera Farmiga) makes a deal with a mysterious man (Michael O'Neill) to help stop the bypass.

For more info visit "Bates Motel" on AEtv.com, "like" "Bates Motel" on Facebook, and stop by "Bates Motel" on Instagram.

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New Proxy Poster Takes a Look Inside

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:39

The final one-sheet hit the Internet for director Zack Parker's horror feature Proxy (review). Look for the flick on VOD April 18 with a DVD release to follow.

Alexia Rasmussen, Alexa Havins, Kristina Klebe, and Joe Swanberg all star.

A very pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Rasmussen) is walking home after her latest OB appointment when she is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. When Esther seeks consolation in a support group, she finds friendship and empathy in Melanie (Havins), another mother scarred with tragedy. Esther soon begins to believe that the horrific event might be a bittersweet act of fate. However, friendship and empathy can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

Proxy is a European-style suspense-thriller that promises to challenge the traditional cinematic form. Parker has reunited with The Newton Brothers to compose the score as well as Jim Timperman as Director of Photography to lens the film. A notable addition to Parker’s crew is seasoned Special F/X Make-Up Artist James Ojala. Proxy was shot on location in Eastern Indiana.

For more info visit the official Along the Tracks Productions website, "like" Proxy on Facebook, and follow Proxy on Twitter.

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New Jurassic World Concept Art Shows Off the Attraction of the Future

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:24

The International Business Times has landed the first bit of concept art for Universal's upcoming Jurassic World, and we have a look at the majesty that is the new Jurassic Park attraction right here for you!

Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World, which is set to hit theaters June 12, 2015.

Look for more as it comes.

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New Promo for The Vampire Diaries Teases Life After Katherine

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:05

A "dead old guy with a mysterious evil plan" seems to figure prominently in upcoming events on "The Vampire Diaries," and here's a look at a new promo for the show that was first shown during the March 22nd "TVD" panel at PaleyFest 2014.

"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.17 - "Rescue Me" (airs 3/27/14, 8-9pm)
MARKOS ARRIVES IN MYSTIC FALLS — In order to keep Stefan (Paul Wesley) from being harmed by Sloan (guest star Caitlin McHugh) and the Travelers, Caroline (Candice Accola) and Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) agree to make a trip to Atlanta to find a newly discovered doppleganger. Caroline is surprised when Enzo opens up to her about his past.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) spend an awkward afternoon at Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) parent-teacher conference, where they hear bad news about his behavior at school. Afterwards, Damon reluctantly tells Elena upsetting news about Jeremy's personal life.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) has an unsettling encounter with Luke (guest star Chris Brochu) and learns more about his family history. Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) fills Jeremy in on the rumors about the Travelers’ next move and demonstrates her considerable power.

Jeremy makes an unexpected deal with Liv, then makes a decision that is devastating to Elena. Stefan and Caroline share a special moment of friendship. Finally, a terrifying turn of events at the Travelers’ camp leads to the appearance of their mysterious leader, Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian).

Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Brett Matthews and Neil Reynolds.

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[Random Cool] "When The Lights Go Out 2" Art Gallery

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:57

Based on some of your favorite shows (i.e. “True Detective”), video games and movies (Ghostbusters), check out Brooklyn’s Bottleneck Art Gallery’s mind-blowing “When The Lights Go Out 2″ art show!

You can see a sample below, with all of the prints available right here. Feel free to buy me Mark Lone’s “he’s an ugly lil’ spud”, cool?

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Elijah Issues a Warning to Klaus in this Sneak Peek of The Originals Episode 1.18 - The Big Uneasy

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:50

Talk about "uneasy"! Brothers Elijah and Klaus come close to blows in this clip from "The Originals" Episode 1.18, entitled "The Big Uneasy." Check it out, and let your anticipation grow for the show's April 15th return.

Along with the clip and the ep's official synopsis, we also have a look at the new trailer that aired during the show's March 22nd panel at PaleyFest 2014.

"The Originals" Episode 1.18 - "The Big Uneasy" (airs 4/15/14, 8-9pm)
THE FEAST OF THE BLESSINGS - Genevieve (guest star Elyse Levesque) asks Elijah (Daniel Gillies) to allow her coven to publicly celebrate a traditional feast day, where members of the community offer the witches gifts in return for blessings.

Monique (guest star Yasmine Al Bustami) and Genevieve disagree over what the ancestors want from them, and Genevieve reveals her plan to build the witches' power.

When Elijah focuses his attention on restoring their home to its former glory, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) accuses him of doing it only to impress Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin). Next, Klaus sets a new plan in motion by finding Cary (guest star Jesse Boyd), a werewolf from his own line, and sending him off to find a missing piece of family history.

Marcel lets Thierry (guest star Callard Harris) in on his new plan to rebuild his power, but Diego (guest star Eka Darville) has his own ideas about the future. At the Feast of the Blessings, Monique and Genevieve try to use the ceremony to teach Davina (Danielle Campbell) a lesson, but Klaus intervenes and gives Davina a surprisingly important gift.

While Hayley struggles to decide where her loyalties should lie, the ceremony explodes into violence. Leah Pipes also stars.

Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Marguerite MacIntyre and Michael Russo.

Related Story: Peta Sergeant Talks Patrick's Chills and Tension, Working with Game of Throne's Charles Dance, Joining The Originals, and More

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Michael Green Hired to Rewrite the Prometheus Sequel

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:23

It was late October when we last heard anything about the Prometheus sequel, but today word has come that a (re)writer has been found to polish the script along with a few other details about what we might be seeing in it.

Per The Wrap, after working with Ridley Scott on a new Blade Runner movie, Michael Green ("Smallville," "Heroes," Green Lantern) has been hired to rewrite Prometheus 2 for 20th Century Fox. Jack Paglen (Transcendence) wrote the original draft of the screenplay.

In addition, multiple sources told the site that the “Untitled Ridley Scott Project” 20th Century Fox announced it will release in March of 2016 is Prometheus 2 (unofficial title). Production could start as early as this fall, and the sequel will apparently be much more “Alien-y” and in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise.

Additionally, the sequel is expected to feature multiple "David" androids (portrayed by Michael Fassbender).

Scott will produce again through his Scott Free banner though it’s unknown at this time if he will direct. Original star Noomi Rapace is also expected to return.

In the original film: Archeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map that they interpret as an invitation from humanity's forerunners, the “Engineers.” Determined to find out more about them, the couple board the scientific vessel Prometheus, created and funded by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), CEO of Weyland Corporation. Lead by mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and monitored by Weyland’s android David (Fassbender), the team of explorers find a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth and embark on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe, where they fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

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See the Fully Operational 'Jurassic World'!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:30

The IBT discovered some Jurassic World concept art hiding within the online portfolio of Nathan Schroeder, an artist whose recent work includes Avengers Assemble, Star Trek and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Below you’ll see some images of a fully-operational dinosaur theme park, which will be operated by director Colin Trevorrow.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard will star, alongside Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins and BD Wong, who returns as Dr. Henry Wu, a scientist from the first film, adds the site. Trevorrow also put the kibosh on the Idris Elba rumor, joking that “The dinosaurs wouldn’t stand a chance.“

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'Prometheus' Sequel Will Be More 'Alien'-y!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:22

The second in a planned trilogy is finally gearing up for production…

TheWrap reports some exciting news Monday evening as 20th Century Fox has tapped veteran scribe Michael Green – who worked with Ridley Scott on a new Blade Runner – to rewrite Prometheus 2, originally penned by Jack Paglen (Transcendence).

Shooting is scheduled to begin this fall with a release of March 2016 in the cards. It currently doesn’t have an official title.

Prometheus served as an ‘unofficial’ prequel to Scott’s seminal 1979 sci-fi movie Alien, and the sequel that Green will write aims to be much more “alien-y” and in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise, says the site.

Additionally, the sequel is expected to feature multiple ‘David’ androids, which means there will be more than one Michael Fassbender on screen at the same time, according to an individual familiar with the project.

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'Saints Row' Dev Pulled The Plug On A Next-Gen Post-Apocalyptic Western

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:43

This makes me sad.

Volition, the developer that continues to bring us the amazing Saints Row series was working on a next-gen open world post-apocalyptic Western, code-named Zeus. Before you get excited, it’s been canned. The sad news comes from a GDC panel last week, where Volition senior producer Greg Donovan gave us hope before promptly ripping it from our hands.

The reasoning behind the cancellation? They wanted to be responsible.

“Right or wrong, we know we could’ve made this game,” Donovan said. “But it would’ve taken too long. It wouldn’t have been the responsible thing to do.”

I think I can speak for all of us when I say screw responsibility — I want a next-gen open world post-apocalyptic Western from the makers of Saints Row!

Sadly, it’s not happening. Pity, because I’m sure it would’ve been fantastic. At the very least, Volition is currently working on a “top secret” game that is using some of the foundation set for Zeus. Hopefully we’ll hear more about that soon.

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First Details on American Horror Story: Freak Show

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:34

News moves fast nowadays, but we're here to catch it and serve it up for you so that you don't miss anything. On tap right now are the first details on the recently confirmed "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Dig in!

According to Entertainment Weekly the series, returning this fall for its fourth season, is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.

Her “unusuals” include Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy, who will play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.

Adds the site, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return.

“Freak Show’s” 13 episodes will follow this group as they do anything to keep their business afloat.

For more info in the meantime, visit the show's Facebook page and Twitter feed along with "American Horror Story" on FX.

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Screen Gems Developing Underworld: Next Generation

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:28

2012 saw the release of Underworld: The Awakening, the fourth installment in the mega-popular Underworld franchise, which introduced Selene and Michael's hybrid daughter, Eve. Will Eve become the new Selene in future installments? Read on for details!

Bloody Disgusting reports that they've learned Screen Gems is actively developing a fifth installment in the series, tentatively titled Underworld: Next Generation. Though no plot details have been revealed, the title certainly implies that Eve will be the main protagonist of the film, but we can only speculate at this point in time.

Len Wiseman will produce, and the studio is currently seeking a writer and director. Kate Beckinsale is not yet officially attached, though that could of course change as the project inches its way closer to reality.

Are you tired of the Underworld franchise, or do you eagerly anticipate more stylized battles with vamps and lycans? Comment below and let us know!

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[Random Cool] Big Kahuna Burger Commercial

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:25

That’s one tasty burger!

I pay for all sorts of ridiculous channels on my DirecTV, yet I don’t get El Rey. This sucks because I didn’t like the pilot of Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”. And even though I disliked it, I felt there was potential, and I do want to see where it goes. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until it’s on Netflix.

Those of you keeping up with the show can enjoy a nod to Mr. Tarantino with the on-screen debut of the commercial for “Big Kahuna Burger”, debuting in a brand new episode this Tuesday at 9pm on El Rey Network.

Based on the cult-classic film of the same name, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.

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Look Through the Window for a New Image from The Purge: Anarchy

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:23

All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year, when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters. Unlike the first film, the action will head outside in the sequel, which promises to be a fun expansion on the unique concept.

While we wait, check out a brand new image courtesy of the film's official Instagram account, which shows a bloody Frank Grillo looking ready to commit a crime!

The sequel also stars Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.

The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge in THE PURGE: ANARCHY.

Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the sequel to 2013's sleeper hit The Purge are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).

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[TV] “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Cast and Details

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:33

Earlier this afternoon show series creator Ryan Murphy announced “American Horror Story: Freak Show” as the title of FX’s latest anthology series.

Now, EW breaks news on returning cast, as well as story details.

The seres, returning this fall, is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.

Her group of “unusuals” Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.

Adds the site, Denis O’Hare and the gorgeous Emma Roberts are also in talks to return.

“Freak Show’s” 13 episodes will track this group as they do anything to keep their business around.

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[Interview] Fabian Rangel Jr Talks Kickstarter and Self Publishing in "Doc Unknown"

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:10

Fabian Rangel Jr is a pioneer in the world of independent comics having self-published the first volume of “Doc Unknown” on Comixology submit, he proves to be an inspiration for the little guy. Doc is a pulpy noir centered on the titular protagonist. He’s dynamically interesting as he defends a very strange city from every machination of pulp tradition you can think of creating a consistent and impressive indie title that oozes heart.

Recently Fabian took to Kickstarter to crowdfund a one shot that featured one the Doc Unknown’s main antagonist’s Boss Snake. After that campaign was a resounding success, Rangel and his artist Ryan Cody have taken to Kickstarter again to generate funding for Volume Two of Doc Unknown. The outcome was fully funding the project in a mere three days, but the effort didn’t come easy. It was the result of a tremendous amount of work.

So hit the jump to hear all about this insanely inspiring project. How to find an audience, how to publish an indie comic, and the best way to pursue crowd funding for a comic you’re passionate about.

Bloody Disgusting: Introduce Doc Unknown for the uninitiated.

Fabian Rangel JR: Doc Unknown is a supernatural action adventure series. Kind of like a cross between Batman The Animated Series and Hellboy. It introduces a new pulp hero and the city he defends where a lot of strange stuff happens on a nightly basis. The first volume introduces him, and the second volume is all about having fun in his world.

BD: Where did the inspiration for Doc Unknown come from?

FRJR: I had been making comics for three years and it was very financially draining. I wasn’t sure if I could keep it up. I decided to do one more, and I thought about what type of comic I wanted to do more than anything. I wanted to do a mashup of Batman: The Animated Series, Hellboy, and Planetary. Which are my three favorite things. It was all or nothing with Doc Unknown.

BD: And, the book oozes heart.

FRJR: I wanted to do something with all sorts of weird stuff. I made a list of things I wanted to see. I tossed as much crazy stuff in as I could think of. I didn’t want to get ridiculous. Like there are no nuns shooting machine guns, and zombies. I try to keep to things that still fit within this world.

BD: Why Kickstarter? Why Comics? Why Self-Publish?

FRJR: When I was 11-13 I first saw an issue of Thor at a convenience store. I had read mythology growing up so I had recognized Thor, and I was like “what, what’s this!?” I’d buy a comic every now and then, and then in middle school I had a teacher who told me I could write. I didn’t know that was a thing that not everybody could do. I started writing all the time. I told people I wanted to be a writer. But once high school came along, music took over. Throughout my twenties I was in bands, going on tour, putting out albums. When I was turning thirty that stopped and I still needed a creative outlet. I had got back into reading comics in 2003, so I tried writing comics. I always enjoyed writing, and comics were my favorite things to read. I just wanted to see if I could do it.

I got this job, and started to have a disposable income. So I hired artists. The first book I ever did was “Extinct.” Which was a werewolf comic that was published with 215 Ink. I self published the first two volumes of “Extinct” totally on my own in black and white. By the time the third one was about to be released, I had got it colored and submitted it to 215. They picked it up and I did two other books with them. I was still self-publishing little anthologies on the side. I was consistent with self-publishing. Doc Unknown is definitely the most popular thing I’ve done. Seeing Ryan draw my scripts is a total pleasure.

I didn’t think I could do a Kickstarter. With Doc Unknown it was perfect timing. We got the book on Comixology submit, number one came out in March which was when they launched submit. I saw more people adding me on Twitter and Facebook telling me they liked the book. I can’t quit my job and pay my bills because of the book but my fanbase definitely grew. Once volume one was all done I had the idea to do a Boss Snake kickstarter. We set the bare minimum, just to cover for art. I knew that if I could pull off Boss Snake then that’d be how I made comics in the future. Luckily it went to 300% funded. I still had money out of pocket cause I got carried away with stretch goals. Kickstarter is cool though, because there are people on there that I don’t even know. A whole group who just uses the site to fund things, it’s a preorder system that pays for the art.

BD: You don’t see yourself going to Publishers?

FRJR: That’s the first thing you do. The Pitch. If no one wants to do it, and you believe in the project go to Kickstarter. I did pitch Doc Unknown. I either got straight up rejected or straight up ignored. It was really surprising to me. Since I thought Doc Unknown was the home run. I believed that if I actually got it done there would be an audience there and I believe that turned out to be correct.

BD: How did the “Five Ghosts” backups happen?

FJR: I started reading “Five Ghosts” because I saw it in Previews and thought it looked cool. Plus the guy’s name is Fabian. I met Frank (Barbiere) at HeroesCon, he saw my name and recognized Doc Unknown. He had the first two issues, and we compared notes. We had a connection where we were both writing a pulp book. He had been doing comics for eight years, and talked about how hard it is. He had a really good year last year, and this year. Our common ground lead us to talking about a Doc Unknown ad in “Five Ghosts” and a couple hours later I suggested a backup and he was totally into it. I think fans of either book will like the other.

BD: What is it about pulpy noir that interests you the most?

FRJR: I feel like the stuff that happens in these books isn’t possible in 2014. The mystery aspect of our lives is taken away by technology. Something that happens in the 30’s and 40’s could have magic. I like to think that stuff like this could have happened back then. Now everything is explained, we now know there are no such thing as monsters in the traditional sense. I think that era is right on the verge of unreality and reality. World War Two has always been appealing to me, and prohibition era violence. It’s all real dark and happening in the shadows, which makes it really appealing to me.

BD: How far have you outlined Doc Unknown?

FRJR: Doc Unknown is completely outlined. When I first started the plan was four issues and that’d be it. When you read the first volume it ends but you can definitely see how there could be more. The Boss Snake one shot showed that we can keep this going. I thought “What can I realistically get away with?” I could write a hundred issues of Doc Unknown, I don’t think people will give a shit after issue 30. Right now, we have a thousand readers at best. So I think I can tell the story I want to tell, and have people support it at 12 issues. Kind of like a movie trilogy. Each volume will be four issues, and I’ve never done multiple volumes of a comic before. I really like series that end. I like Planetary because it ended, Y The Last Man, I love books with a definite beginning, middle, and end.

BD: Very few people pursue one project throughout multiple Kickstarters, and your key strength is building your audience.

FRJR: To fund the first four issues I ended up getting a loan from my bank, a loan from my retirement plan, actually two. Two maxed out credit cards, I hustled and found more ways to get money to get this book out on time. We did whatever we could to self publish under a bi-monthly schedule. Some big companies don’t even stick to something like that. I wanted to show the people reading my book we were a reliable team. I think that was one of the reasons our first Kickstarter was so successful. We delivered on time. With the exception of some of the international orders, everyone got their stuff in December. Three months later we’re back on Kickstarter, which was a gamble. I think we’ve shown that we know what we’re doing. We have a lot of repeat people funding us. But, we have a ton of people who are funding us at the level where they get the first volume. It makes me really happy.

BD: What can you tell me about Doc Unknown Volume Two?

FRJR: Volume Two is a little more comprised of standalone adventures. First up we’ve got the backups from “Five Ghosts.” Then Ryan (Cody) approached me. He has his own story he wrote and drew. He tried to sell himself to me, and he’s the other half. I totally trust him. He’s got a Batman Beyond type story in there, it’s really cool. We’re including Doc Unknown #5, that’s half the book. Then we have Doc Unknown and the Frequency of Fear. A 32 page issue that will show what he’s doing now and the lead up to volume three. Planting seeds and introduces a new villain who is a major threat for Doc. He’s a totally crazy guy who likes to destroy. I really stepped up the action. Then we conclude with Songs of the Forgotten. It’s definitely more influenced by stuff like Planetary. I’m having fun with new characters and different aspects of the story. All this leads up to volume three which will hopefully hit Kickstarter in the fall.

BD: You’ve been quite the pioneer when it comes to digital publishing, do you still do print copies of your books?

FRJR: I definitely still do print on demand. I’ve used various printers. When did the first volume, I’d print a few hundred of each issue and sell them at conventions or on my bigcartel site. Single issues self-published are really hard to make your money back. Digital has made Doc Unknown way more available to people. It’s more convenient. Trades sell way better though, it’s everything you need in one book, and it looks good on a bookshelf.

BD: What advice do you have for Indie Self-Publishers.

FRJR: Be prepared to lose money and face rejection. Try not to let it get to you. Realize you can do anything. Do something that makes you happy and most of all do you. Once you get a book together submit it to Comixology submit. As far as Kickstarter I would say wait. Until you have a couple books under your belt and have a bigger audience. You need to build an audience where you can pull something like that off. Be reliable, do what you say your going to do.

You can find the kickstarter for Doc Unknown Volume 2 here.
Check it out and throw it your hard earned cash. The campaign may have been funded in three days but it can still use all the support anyone is willing to give it.

You’ll be able to find Fabian at Emerald City Comic Con at Table P1. Where you’ll be able to pick the first trade of Doc Unknown and the Boss Snake one shot.

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