Kickstart This: Dark & Moody Fantasy Adventure Comic 'Backslider'
by Ben Pearson
September 14, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. Today, we're doing something a little different but still exciting and featuring an indie comic that needs some help to make it into production. It's called Backslider, and it's a dark fantasy tale set in the American Southwest about "the beginning of the end of humanity and the man trying to stop it." Check out their work below, leave a comment telling us what you think, and don't forget to toss the creators of this comic a few bucks if you can afford it. Read on!
Up-and-comers in the comics industry faces a lot of the same challenges as filmmakers in Hollywood, with the concept of "project by committee" reigning supreme and many artists having to compromise on their vision in order to see a bastardized version of it come to life. That's exactly what Cody Rhyse and Andrew Hunt are trying to avoid as the writer and artist of Backslider, a harrowing story of a man cursed by an ancient secret society who goes on a quest for personal redemption which leads to him saving the world (naturally). They want to print and ship the first issue of their comic their way, without any interference, and they're turning to the perfect platform - Kickstarter - to help make that happen.
Hunt's artwork is gorgeous and gritty at the same time, bringing a classic western look into modern times. (Check out their Kickstarter page for some great examples of the art on display.) The story and artwork here are occasionally reminiscent of Garth Ellis and Steve Dillon's Preacher, one of the most amazing graphic novels I've ever read, which also deals with a cursed man in the Southwest. There have been many attempts to bring Preacher to the big screen over the years, but thus far all have failed; I wouldn't be surprised to see a big screen adaptation of Backslider on the screen within a few years if this graphic novel can take off.
We featured a Kickstart This project from Golden Briefcase podcast co-host Jeremy Kirk a while back (The Slender Man), so it's time to even the score by featuring a project that our other co-host, Tim Buel, worked on. Tim composed the music for the pitch video for the Backslider campaign, and you can find more of his music here when he's not chatting about movies on TGB. Check out the Backslider pitch video below:
For more info about Backslider, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Collaborators Andrew Hunt and Cody Rhyse are hoping to raise a total of $5,000 by Monday, October 8th. Support these guys if you can, but if you're out of cash, maybe you can spread the word by Facebooking, Tweeting, and otherwise pimping out their campaign if you like what you see. I'm sure they would appreciate it.
That's all for this week's edition of Kickstart This. We're always looking for feedback, so feel free to sound off with any suggestions for this column in the comments below. Also, my personal inbox is always open at BenPears85@gmail.com, so please continue to shoot any worthwhile Kickstarter or IndieGoGo projects my way, and there's a chance you'll end up seeing them featured in a future column. As always, I want to thank you guys for supporting these projects, because they definitely couldn't exist without without the help of film lovers just like you. For our Kickstart This archive, visit here, and be sure to tell us what you think.