Crowdfunded Comics that deserve more attention: Sons of the Forgotten

Boy it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these!

For those who might be reading this for the first time one of the things I’ve been trying to do with this site is bringing more attention to comic book projects currently on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Patreon that I personally think deserve more attention then they are currently getting.  As always if you are a creator who has a crowdfunding project please feel free to reach out to me @CambrianComics, tumblr, or Facebook and I’ll take a look.

With that said let’s look at a Patreon project for a webcomic called “Sons of the Forgotten”.


Sons of the Forgotten is a webcomic project currently on Patreon and is seeking funding to get off the ground and release content on a quicker and more regular schedule.  While there isn’t much in the way of story yet the two creators Rufino Ayuso and David Hueso have dedicated a lot of time to world building and creating a land with the kind of history and legends that will allow for great stories in the future.

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There are plenty of races, both human and not human, that inhabit this world but we’ll get to that later.  If you want to stop reading now and learn about this project on your own they have a website where they publish the story here.  If you want to donate to their Patreon page click on the link below.

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Why I like this project

Look at this art work.



Okay I’m calm now.  As you might have noticed the comic looks gorgeous.  David Hueso is a professional illustrator and boy does it show.

I will also confess that I am a sucker for this kind of story telling.  What these two have created is an entire world to play in, something that I am just now naming “sandbox storytelling”.  You see it in a lot of big open ended video games like Skyrim 


and in a lot of traditionally “geek” pop culture icons like Star Wars and Star Trek.


What do I mean by that?  Well think of it this way.  Everything I listed above tells a very small story within a much larger world.  Sure that story may have enormous repercussions within that world but there is still a vast amount of history and lore and a huge number of secondary characters and races to pick apart, analyze, and write about.  This is what gives movies like Star Wars staying power and video games like Skyrim their lasting appeal.  The author/creator sets the rules and guidelines and the fans get to do the rest.

This is exactly what Sons of the Forgotten is starting to do and I for one am looking forward to the story and creating my own within this amazing universe.

Why you should donate:

I’m going to be weird here and start off with a reason why you probably WON’T donate to this project.  Stop me if I heard this before.  A young lad stuck at home longs for an adventure and seeks to explore the world beyond his home.


He meets a group of strangers from other races through a series of events and together they must travel together on a quest to stop some sort of evil force from taking over the land and they wind up learning about each other and themselves on the way.


Okay so I don’t know if that’s the exact story of this comic but in my defense that’s been the norm for the fantasy genre since Lord of the Rings, unless you’re talking about Game of Thrones and even then ol’ George still can’t get past the “implacable evil that will wipe everyone out unless they work together.

So why bother reading this webcomic if it’s probably going to be the same old song and dance you’ve heard a million times before?

Because the devil is in the details and this webcomic looks like it has some very promising details.

Let’s look at some of the characters.


Sure it looks like you have the starry eyed young protagonist who will fulfill his role as the main character with nothing but enthusiasm and it also looks like you have the close friend who is really strong and good at breaking things and yes, there appears to be an evil looking warlock as the villain but if you read some of the character descriptions on the website you’ll see that there is a lot of originality and creativity going on.

Let me give you a sample, within the pages of the comic you will meet

A self centered necromancer who accidentally summons the spirit of a long dead hero who joins the group as a floating skull

A race of lemming like creatures who can’t seem to die (or die over and over again I’m a little hazy on that) and as a result make it their life’s mission to seek out a “good death”.

A city where every house built out of stone and is connected to a river of lava which they use for heat and power.

A race of plant people who aren’t Ents but they do live for thousands of years and have inhabited the land for ages.

If any of the things I listed above sounds remotely interesting I cannot encourage you to donate enough.  Sons of the Forgotten looks like it’s going to be a blast and I can’t wait to see where they go with it.

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Crowdfunded Comics that deserve more attention #6: The Firelight Isle

Today we are going to talk about a project on Patreon called The Firelight Isle.


The comic follows the lives of two children who live in a fantastical universe that seems to combine elements of medieval fantasy with a strange and mysterious religion that dominates everyday life and has a strange fascination with the color blue.  While the boy is determined to join the religious order that guards the temple the girl has quite a few reservations and expresses her doubts about the whole thing.

The comic is brought to us by UK artist and animator Paul Duffield, who has done work for everyone from the BBC to NASA.  You can see his work on his website here.  The Patreon campaign is created so he can finish drawing the artwork for an already completed script.

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Why I like it





I like to think of myself as someone who prefers good storytelling over good artwork but this…this looks like it came out of a Miyazaki movie.

The story is presented in an interesting way as well.  Instead of drawing it like a traditional comic book with 3-6 panels per page, each page here is one continuous ribbon that takes care of a substantial part of the plot so every page is an amazing work of art on its own.

I should also mention that Paul is also an animator and it shows.  Here’s a Youtube trailer for a previous Indiegogo campaign he launched in 2012 and it is amazing.

Why you should fund this comic

You’ll notice that I haven’t done much talking about the plot or story.  That’s because there are only four completed pages on the website at the moment since each page is an incredible work of art and takes quite a bit of time to produce.  You’ll also notice that the author did launch a successful Indiegogo campaign a few years ago.  However, this kind of project takes up an incredible amount of time and while he was able to finish the script the artwork remains the most tedious and time consuming part.  Then again, with such high quality art like this


I personally think it is worth it.

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Crowdfunded Comics that deserve more attention #5: Space Corps

Today we’re going to look at Space Corps a webcomic developed by Gannon Beck, Bryan Richmond, and Joey Groah.  The comic is all about military service and the personal and psychological ideas behind becoming and being a soldier.  The comic itself publishes pages once a month and can be found here and they have launched a Patreon campaign in an effort to raise funds for more pages, which can be found here.  This comic is rapidly becoming one of my favorites and I am going to tell you why.


What is it?

In terms of overarching story Space Corps is pretty standard.  Earth gets invaded by an alien force called the Winnowers.


They’re a pretty bad group of aliens that believe in genetic perfection and as a result, have embarked on a campaign of galactic conquest in an effort to cull the galaxy for genetic material they can use to enhance their fighting ability.  A kid named Deven Taylor and his family are captured and herded into concentration camps in order to be tested and eventually exterminated.  However, the planet is eventually liberated by the good guys who are part of the Space Corps and Deven joins the Corps in order to fight the Winnowers and liberate the galaxy.

 Granted the story is somewhat generic but that is not the point of the comic.  Instead of trying to tell a large scale story the comic makes itself about the mindset of a soldier and what it takes to serve.  The Patreon page and comic website are very clear that the characters in the comic are based off of real people and it is very easy to look at characters like Captain Brockett


and see the human inspiration behind the character.  While many of the people and soldiers in this adventure are alien, it is still a very human story.

Why I like it

The simplest reason I like Space Corps?  I’m a sucker for military sci fi as a genre.  This is one of my favorite movies of all time

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(eventually I’ll get around to explaining why) and I may or may not have a whole bunch of ideas and half finished scripts floating around in my hard drive somewhere that involve futuristic military action and people blowing a whole bunch of stuff up.

With that said I am a civilian through and through.  I never served in the military and most of my family didn’t either but one of the things that makes military stories so engaging in my minds is the psychological aspect of service.  There are countless stories of soldiers braving adversity and forging bonds that last a lifetime


There’s the honor and pride of service

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complete horror of war when soldiers and civilians face the kind of adversity that anyone who has not served or lived through cannot begin to comprehend.


and there is the tragedy of those who survived it all but are left with the kind of emotional and psychological scars that will never leave.


The point is that military service is filled with all sorts of ideals and situations that make for compelling stories and Gannon Beck, one of the comic’s creators, does come from a military background which lends a lot of credibility to the story and the motivations behind the characters.

Of course, these types of stories have been told before.  Since warfare has been around basically as long as human beings have stood upright it would make sense that there would be plenty of other writers who try to tackle such a subject




(by the way, the last picture is a comic by legendary comic artist Bill Mauldin, whose life and career is definitely worth checking out) so you have do something different if you want to separate yourself from the pack.  Space Corps does this by having one of the coolest and most original characters I have ever seen:


The suit with the fishbowl for a head is Corporal Swarm.  He is one of the main soldiers in the story and without giving too much away, he is a complete and total badass.  But it’s a little more complicated then that.  You see, Swarm is not really a person, it’s more of a hivemind.  The suit doesn’t hold a body, it holds a collection of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of insects who all work as a collective mind to pilot the suit.


So you have a massive colony of bugs, each with their own personalities and lives, living within a fully contained ecosystem of a suit that moves, acts, and fights like a real human.  Not only is this an amazing idea it also allows the character to have a very distinct personality.  Since Corporal Swarm is a hivemind it understands the concept of living and dying for the person next to it better than almost anyone else it allows the character to sympathize with those around him in a way that is different from everyone else.  I don’t want to go into more detail and run the risk of spoiling anything from the story but needless to say Cpl. Swarm is great and helps make the story a great one.

If you like military action that tells a great story and sheds light into the mindset of a soldier and what it means to serve, definitely check this comic out and consider donating to its Patreon page.

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Crowdfunded Comics that deserve more attention #4: Doomsday my Dear

So I was puttering around on Patreon looking for a fun project to read and write about when I stumbled across a little webcomic called Doomsday my Dear.  I started reading it on its webpage and I just couldn’t stop.  The comic updates twice every week and has been going steady for a while now.  It is currently on Patreon and is funded on a per page basis, which means if you give $1 per page you can expect to give around $8 a month.

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What is it?

Doomsday my Dear is an ensemble webcomic about a not too distant future where London is being ravaged by a mysterious disease known as “The Blood Plague”.  Basically how it works is this: people with a certain genetic make up, called “Carriers” in the comic, carry a non contagious form of the plague from birth.  While the carrier is unharmed and can live a normal life problems arise when the carrier has children.  When a carrier has a child, even with a non infected human, the baby is born with an incredibly virulent and incredibly contagious disease that kills any other child who breathes it in.  One of the only ways to tell if anyone carries the plague is by looking at their eyes, which usually are different colors.


Fan art by E.D Mead.

While the disease isn’t threatening to wipe out the human race in one fell swoop, which would prompt a rapid and brutal government crackdown you’d normally see in zombie or other plague films, it does prompt enough worry to turn London into a totalitarian military state.  In response to the plague Great Britain begins issuing procreation licenses and registering the names of all known carriers who are forbidden to have children.  If you’ve seen X Men you know exactly what happens next.

The comic begins with the election of Narissa Gilingham as Prime Minister of Great Britain who ran on the platform of eradicating all Carriers from the British population, which isn’t the start of something sinister and evil at all (note: sarcasm is REALLY hard to convey in writing)


Don’t let her half smile fool you, this woman is ruthless.  Within days of her election the streets are filled with police forcibly taking Carriers to a compound called “Paradiso” and anyone who does not comply is shot.

The comic itself is an ensemble work following the lives of regular people living in this new world.  The comic covers everyone from scared teenage Carriers, to members of the military and police, to terrorists seeking to bring down the system.  It is a massive epic story filled with love, loss, violence, and a Prime Minister who seems to display signs of other worldly powers.

Why I like it:

For starters the artwork is amazing.  The comic is written and drawn by a lady named Cami Woodruff, who graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently working as a storyboard artist for the hit tv show Archer 


(if you are reading this Ms. Woodruff then hello and sorry if this seems a bit weird)

Besides having an artist that really knows what she is doing the artwork kind of looks like an early 90’s Disney animated movie, and I love early 90’s Disney animation.


But despite the cheery feelings the art style helps elicit the story is anything but.  This is a scenario we’ve seen a thousand times before, a disease ravaged country coming under the grip of a totalitarian government filled with death squads, questionable government actions, and a very prevalent sense of dread.

It’s not a very happy story and the comic is very good at showing the fear and terror that an event like this would inspire.

But that’s not why I really like this comic.  I really like stories that put a different spin on popular subjects or genres (hell I make a webcomic about a family of super villains so of course I do) and this comic does that brilliantly.

Unlike a lot of doomsday stories where the government is an evil monolithic entity every character is presented as a normal human being who is only doing what they see is right.  Plague carriers, resistance leaders, government officials, soldiers, and normal civilians are all shown in the exact same light and treated just like any normal human being would.  All of them have their hopes, dreams, and ideals.  They all drink, gossip, and screw.  Even when one of the main characters does something terrible or questionable it is presented in such a way that you can kind of understand why they did it and you feel sorry for them when they are forced into a situation they don’t want to be in.

Anyway, I could go on all day about this but I’m just going to let you see for yourself.  I definitely encourage you to check out this comic and donate to it’s Patreon page if possible.


Crowd funded comics that deserve more attention #2: Devi and Modern Myths

Today, for our second post talking about crowdfunded comics that deserve more attention we are going to talk about a company that is bringing the massive, complex, and epic mythology of the Indian subcontinent to comic books and in order to help they have launched a Patreon campaign to bring one of their creations to life.

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What is it?

The company running the Patreon campaign is called Graphic India.  It is a new company dedicated to bringing the history and mythology of India into the mainstream.  To that end they are already well into production of a web series called “18 Days”, a retelling of the great epic the Mahabharata and it is written by none other than Grant Morrison (for those who don’t know Grant Morrison one of the best comic book writers alive today), you can find out about that here.

The Patreon campaign is for Graphic India’s second major undertaking, a weekly motion comic web series called Devi.  Written by film director Shekhar Kapur the story follows the adventures of Devi, a mystical avatar of the Hindu gods as she does battle with an evil demon named Lord Bala.  Devi is set in a futuristic Indian city called Sitapur and looks like this.


Aside from looking like she can rip any opponent the shreds the story itself looks incredibly promising.  Sitapur is a futuristic Asian city filled with high buildings, low morals, and a blend of magic and technology that creates something new and different.  Also, the trailer is awesome.

Why I like it:

Besides looking amazing and promising a story with the kind of blood and violence I like Devi, and Graphic India’s other projects, is bringing new ideas and new traditions to comic books that make all kinds of excited.

A little bit of history, comic books are known for adapting and reworking existing mythologies and stories into the present day.  Greek and Roman mythology was especially popular in the early days of comic books and DC is known primarily for utilizing it for some of it’s biggest stars.

While Marvel turned to Norse mythology for its mythical heroes and created this guy.

It seems to me that Graphic India is looking to give Indian mythology the same treatment, and when you have stories of monkey kings


Multi headed demons being defeated by mythical arrows.


And humans of immense strength battling giants with fallen trees.


You have the makings of an amazing comic book universe with plenty of amazing and epic stories.

Why you should donate:

Devi is currently being developed as a weekly motion comic series and they’re already six episodes in.  The Patreon campaign was launched to help with the cost of creating the videos and you can contribute on a per creation basis, meaning you pledge for each video produced.  So if you want to expand your horizons with an epic story, awesome characters, and usher in a new mythology into the pantheon of comic book myth, consider donating today.


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