The Red R on Kickstarter

I met indie comic creator Jerrell Conner at my first San Diego Comic Con in 2008 and picked up Revolutions, the first OGN in his Red R series, which features his great sense of design. It’s a luscious book. Now, he’s continuing the project as an exhibition on crowdfunding site Kickstarter for the first time. Here’s the official lowdown.

‘Mindset Vertical’ is the first solo exhibition of artist Jerrell Conner (creator of The Red R) in over 5 years. It will be the most ambitious art show that the artists has ever put on. This project is about the characters of the book… more specifically their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives. Story is key, but rich characters make the story. The artist wants to create an art show exploring the lives, experiences, and beliefs of the diverse and eclectic mix of characters from the books. His goal is to create 13 large portraits (5′ tall) painted of each of the main characters from the story. Coupled with the paintings will be brief descriptions and quotes from each character, delving a bit deeper into their psyche. Along with the paintings there will be animations breaking down the evolution of the characters over the years, as well as a process book documenting the steps of each piece and the story behind each character. But this project is more than just creating art that hangs on a wall and writing up an explanation to be pinned next to it… It seeks to bridge the gap between the artist and the art patron and art fans. YOU the patron and the fan not only have the power to help this dream project become a reality, but you can get involved in the actual creative process directing the artist as he creates some of the pieces, and depending on which reward option you go with you can even have custom artwork of YOU created by the artist for the show!

Find out more about the project and how you can be a part of it right here. He’s a talented artist in different media, as this random selection reveals.

Last Scream For The Ward

I didn’t get a chance to talk about some recent horror flicks I’ve seen on this week’s podcast, so here goes.

Scream 4. I remember being genuinely shocked at the first Scream film in 1996 and even the 2 sequels (in 1997, and 2000) weren’t bad at all. There was the feeling that no-one was safe and they were, and still are, smart slasher films. I can see the point of attempting a fourth film, as Hollywood loves a good film that can rely on nostalgia and a known series. This just didn’t do it for me though. It still felt like a ’90s film, and wasn’t as shocking, seeing as horror films have given us Saw and Hostel levels of gore in the intervening years. If they killed Neve Campbell, then I’d be shocked. The, “New Decade. New Rules” premise/tagline is a good one, but the story doesn’t live up to that potential. Oh, and Courtney Cox’s facelift just seems wrong.

The Last Exorcism was a nice surprise. A found footage film released last year it follows a disillusioned evangelical preacher/exorcist who visits a farmer’s family and meets his match. It’s a slow build, but a good one.

For other similarly scary fake doco films, check out Rec (remade in America as Quarantine), Interview with the Assassin, or one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen, Aussie film Lake Mungo.

The Ward should be avoided. Amber Heard plays a woman in a mental asylum in the ’60s and meets a few fellow inmates, who aren’t that interesting, just like the rest of this predictable film directed by John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween). It tries to be a suspenseful horror film with a twist, but it’s really none of those things.

Atomic Robo and Billy Tucci

Red 5’s Atomic Robo: The Ghost of Station X #2 is out now and as usual is an all-ages fun fest. Check out my review right here.

Also at Broken Frontier is an exclusive preview of Billy Tucci’s (Shi, Sgt Rock: The Lost Batallion) much anticipated Christmas one-shot, A Child is Born. It’s released on November 23.