A horror-fantasy comic in which characters fight against their fate. Under-served populations in media will be represented fully.
About this project
This comic is about people finding their place in the world and then rebelling against it, defying what the fates had in store for them. A complicated game is being played among humanity and between humanity and the Gods.
This particular issue of the comic is about how we confront our demons, or perhaps they confront us. Arturo realizes that he let a great evil into his town. Now he must act. But to act he must kill, and that goes against his entire being. He devoted his life to the “Trinity” religious order only to see his highest values work the greatest evil. His devotion to peace led to violence.
I’m going much more in-depth in this iteration of my kickstarter, as you will see below. I’ve been continuing to get illustrations done, so the money now required to finish the comic is $1,950. I’ve decided not to do posters, as the added expense isn’t justified for issue one.
Any money you pledge today is NOT charged/taken until the end of this project, or around July 28th. So make your pledges today, as long as you have the money in your account or on your credit card by that date! Thanks so much!!!
Do you like Berserk? Then you’re probably going to like Defiant because it is dark, graphically violent and philosophical.
Do you like DeadPool? Then you’re probably going to like Defiant for the graphic violence, and portrayal of a non-hetero, LGBTQ anti-hero who falls into the bisexual category. He goes on to meet and befriend all on the LGBTQ spectrum as well as numerous straight characters.
Do you like The Walking Dead comic or TV show? Then you’re probably going to like Defiant because it will be approaching the end of days where the dead will rise and the living will fall. There will be lots of “survival” aspects to the story. Defiant begins pre-zombie apocalypse, and ends (as a series) post-zombie apocalypse.
Do you like Game of Thrones? Then you’re probably going to like Defiant for the grand schemes being played by men and gods alike. Magic is seen as mythical to people in this world, but with the dead rising, anything seems possible.
Below is another image of Gottlieb, the antihero. His weapon of choice is a gigantic war hammer. But he works his way up to this in the series. it’s also the weapon of choice for evil in this world, such as demons and titans. This is part of a rich mythology that I’d like to explore further in the series.
Pictured above is a legendary hammer and cover image for the first issue. Gottlieb is shown to be in control of it but there are many, both alive and dead and “other” who are vying for control of it. People seek power, but perhaps wielding such great power kills even those who wield it. Again, the hammer is something I’d like to explore in-depth as part of the mythology of this dark fantasy world.
Another character named Ivar, pictured below, becomes an unlikely friend with Gottlieb while at a mercenary camp. Ivar has many mental and physical challenges, and I believe will be the first mentally challenged special needs character / hero in a comic book. He was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. In this world they can’t exactly diagnose this and other disorders he suffers from, but they hamper his motor controls, making it hard for him to walk. They also degrade his rational abilities. He has torn and stained clothing, not only because he is poor, but because he has behaviors that he cannot control, such as tearing his clothing, throwing things, screaming, spitting and attacking those around him. This is balanced with his true character, being kind, gentle, affectionate and loyal.
Below are a pair of characters I call “The twins”. They are fraternal twins, and like all twinsthey unleash a great evil into the world…amirite? Joking aside, they deal with a serious drug problem that is plaguing the lands of this dark fantasy world. Will they choose good over evil? Or become a slave to death, destruction, and drugs?
Below is another sampling of Asteria. She has renowned beauty, but leading the Iron Fist clan means masking it behind a skull bandanna so she’s more feared than loved.
Pictured below is Arturo, the Cleric of the little town of Beth’lehem. His devotion to the “trinity” religion has cost him much. He never had a family, nor many friends. He was a man for and of the people. Devoted to serving them and his God, the three-in-one. But when evil enters into his life like never before, he undergoes an existential crisis. Is what he lived for worth it? Is it real? Is he really a “good” man? Is there anything truly good?
Arturo is burning down the brewery, which used to be the town bakery, until the Iron Fist came and took over. They replaced good things, like a candy shop, with an opium bar. They are running drugs and alcohol to a nearby “dry” kingdom where no such things are allowed to be produced. Since Beth’lehem is so far from the power center of its kingdom, and it is at war on another front, they have to rely on the religious order of the Trinity for protection. Arturo did what he thought was right for his town. He tried to keep the peace. But when that peace was breached in a most horrific way, he lost his mind. He went over the edge. In many ways, that is what this comic is about: what happens when people go over the edge they maintain that makes them human and civilized.
Below are more images from future issues or sketches and pages from the current issue.
Risks and challenges
I’ve got an illustrator working with me in my price range so there aren’t many risks I can think of. That’s the biggest concern I have had, and now that is solved. We’ve been working on this together for 2 months now.