In today’s kickstarter spotlight we speak to Victor Wright from the UK. He wants to create stories that submerse us into another reality and here is what he has to say about his work on Blood Red moon.
Can you briefly tell us what Blood Red Moon is about?
Sure, Blood Red Moon is about a clan of Vikings who capture a werewolf. When the full moon arrives they chain him in a pit and one by one their warriors enter to be marked by the beast – their thinking is if they can create an army of werewolves, they would be unbeatable in battle.
How long have you been working on Blood Red Moon?
I’d love to say the idea was years old but it isn’t. The concept I’ve had for about 18 months but I decided to put pen to paper this year – this was based on feedback I received at conventions when talking to horror fans about the project.
What was your inspiration for Blood Red Moon?
I’ve always wanted to write a story about werewolves. Most tales evolve around the Victorian period but I wanted something totally different, but was transferable to various time periods. If Blood Red Moon (Viking edition) is successful then I’ll be writing spin off stories based in different periods.
Why enter the world of comic books?
Since I was eight years old I’ve read and loved comics. Progressing to write them was a natural advancement for me. Besides it allows me to tell the tale two ways – as you know I write novels as well. With a novel I can write the story and you can imagine how it all looks. With a comic you can see what I see when the story unfolds.
What led you to bring Blood Red Moon to kickstarter?
We decided to take the book to Kickstarter for one reason only – to speed up the process. So far it’s been 100% funded by myself. I’d planned on one cover only – the Kickstarter allows me to produce two covers and get them into print faster.
Is this your first time crowdfunding a comic book?
No. I’ve tried with three other projects before and been unsuccessful. This is my first fully funded project.
How many of your previous backers do you see returning?
Quite a few. Most people who read my work tend to follow my comics and books regularly I’m pleased to say. Rarely do I talk to fans that only read one of my titles – they normally read them all.
What Role do you play in putting Blood Red Moon together?
I’m the writer and publisher. I own Geeky Comics here in the UK a small independent publisher that specialises in war, horror and crime titles. We attend events all over the UK and have been actively campaigning with prints and flyers of the new comic to thousands of attendees.
Can you tell us a little bit about the others involved in Blood Red Moon?
Carlos Villas is the artist. He is incredible; if you’ve not checked his work out please do so, you’ll be amazed. Carlos originates from Mexico and we met on the Internet – after seeing his portfolio I knew he was the person to bring the story to life. Irish artist Ryan Brown (2000AD – V-Wars etc) produced the second cover – I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan at the Birmingham Comics Festival this April. I have been a big fan of his for the last two years, so to have him produce an exclusive cover for us was a dream come true. And as for lettering it’s my trusty old pal Brant Fowler (USA) – he’s lettered quite a few of my titles and always provides a great visual aspect to the pages.
Do you think Kickstarter is helping the independent creator, hurting them, or not doing anything at all?
I think it’s great. Where else can you turn to make your dreams come true? Like millions of others, I back projects all the time on Kickstarter that wouldn’t make it if wasn’t for the platform. The independent comic book scene is bustling with talent, the crowd funding sites allow them to concentrate on being good at what they do – rather than to wonder how on earth their project will ever see ink on paper.
If you had a choice would you rather keep on using Kickstarter or would you rather be in Previews catalog?
Well they are two different mediums for two different purposes. We all need funding to make our projects flourish – but once you have it in your hands you need to be able to spread the word. After the project has been successfully funded you need it to grow and gain support via sales. Previews can bring great rewards, but it can be costly too. It allows the comics shop owners to order your book, but it also means you need stock to supply the demand. That’s assuming you have demand. Personally, I prefer the comic conventions to grow my fan base. They can see the goods, feel and touch them, talk to the creators and ask whatever questions you need to ask. If you can, do both.
Do you have plans to do another kickstarter for Blood Red Moon in the future, or is there another project in the works?
There will be four issues of Blood Red Moon to take the first story to completion. I’d like to hope we can fund the issues by producing a quality story and by gaining a good following both online and offline. At the moment I’m half way through a new novel called ‘The Tree’s that Bled’ a satanic horror. I’d love to see this as a graphic novel too – maybe that’s one for Kickstarter.
Of all the rewards you have up, which is your favorite?
Well if price was no issue then it would have to be the £150 pledge – you get to appear in the story. Not just in the first issue either, but for as long as the character remains alive. Normally however, when I’m backing projects I spend an average of about £25 to £35 ($35 to $55) as I will only buy a printed version of a comic or book and I like t-shirts lol!
What have you done so far to make Blood Red Moon stand out from other crowdfunding projects?
Apart from it’s incredible artwork – we’ve done interviews, pod casts, had write ups in Starburst and on Bleeding Cool and are getting great coverage on sites like this one. And not to mention the live work we’ve done at events too.
Once the kickstarter is over, and you’ve shipped out all of your rewards, what is your next step? Do you wind down, work on something else, feel satisfied and leave comic books alone?
No we step up the process and work harder. As I said before we want to build a following for the book so we market it heavily when and how we can. Work starts on the next issue and we develop opportunities for the comic to spin into other areas (as mentioned previously). I’m working in the comic book industry full time, so I’ll never leave them alone (Haven’t done so yet and I’m 51 now).
There will be people who won’t get to read this article until after your kickstarter is over, so if they want the comic book where will they be able to pick it up?
They will be able to pick it up from our website www.geekycomics.com/comics or from any convention we appear at in the UK.
Will you be hitting any conventions with Blood Red Moon?
Across the UK we go to most of the conventions – you will see us just about everywhere. We tour the UK from Cornwall to Glasgow! You can always find out where we are by going to our website or on our social media pages.
Is there any thing we haven’t touched on that you might want people to know before we go?
I don’t think so – all I can say is thanks for reading this interview and check out the campaign on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/74937344/blood-red-moon