Echoes from the Drift

Echoes from the Drift – Kickstarter campaign

The Echoes from the Drift Kickstarter campaign is currently underway! The goal of the campaign is to create a 22-page issue of Echoes #1 (part one of a five part story). Now that a certain number of Backers has been reached, the digital comic will be enhanced with bonus content and a print version will be created for most Backers!

Besides the comic, unique sketches and the original artwork from Echoes #1 are also available as Rewards!

There’s 9 days left to try and hit the goal! Please tell everyone you think might be interested in Echoes about the campaign! Check out the Echoes from the Drift campaign here:


Free Music Archive

For anyone thinking of making their own crowdfunding video (or any other indie video project, for that matter), you can add music to your video from the “Free Music Archive”.

However, just because the music on the site is “free”, doesn’t mean you can use the tracks for everything. Be careful to check the licence that each track has. Some have a Non-Commercial licence, and since crowdfunding is about trying to make money for your project, those tracks can’t be used in your video. However, I’ve read that if you contact the composer, there is a possibility they’ll let you use a Non-Commercial track for commercial purposes.

Unfortunately, you can’t browse the site by licences, which would be an awesome extra search filter for them to have. But, if you take the time, you can find some interesting tunes, in many genres, by artists who don’t mind you downloading or remixing their tunes, which is pretty cool. You can even donate to them if you really like their tracks.

Here is the track I’m using in my crowdfunding video. Stellardrone’s “Airglow”:…/S…/Light_Years_1227/02_Airglow

As you can see it has a Creative Commons Attribution License, so as long as you credit the composer and state that you got the track from the Free Music Archive, you’re good!

Kickstarter video

I’m editing the Kickstarter video this week and weekend. Hope I make a good job of it! I blew my lines repeatedly when I was filming it, but I had fun. My respect for actors delivering dialogue has increased enormously!

Now, I’m busily trying to remember all the video editing things I’ve learned over the years and using Google to search for any other things I need to figure out.

Man, the Internet as a knowledge base is something I so take for granted! In the pre-Internet days (anyone still remember those?) I would have been pestering my friends like crazy and then probably still have to pay someone to help me make it! 😉

Well, better get back to it! Wish me luck!

(Below) Yep, muffed another line. 😀

Craig muffs another line while filming his Kickstarter video.

“Echoes” Kickstarter update

So, a quick update. Preparation for the “Echoes from the Drift” Kickstarter campaign is shaping up well, with a few final decisions to be made before I announce it properly. There are a lot of things to be considered and I want to put it together the best that I can before telling you all about it.

Apart from working out the logistics of the campaign, I’ve been working on some new artwork for the campaign page. Here’s a little teaser:


The 2nd draft of issue 1’s page layouts is progressing well. It’s really nice to get some drawing done amongst all the number crunching!

What do you think? Are you excited about “Echoes”? Are you curious about the new characters? Let me know!

Echoes from the Drift

Did you like “In Ruins”? Want to know what happens next? Then find out in the first issue of my new comic book series, “Echoes from the Drift”!

In “Echoes from the Drift”, the story centres on the exploration of parallel worlds and introduces two new characters – Jenni and Zayf. But, don’t worry, along with the new faces, there will be plenty of familiar ones for “In Ruins” fans.

“Echoes” is a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time. I’m including a lot of influences from my favourite shows from the late ’70s and ’80s, including “Mad Mad”, “Fist of the North Star”, “Star Wars”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Mazinger Z”, “UFO Robo Grendizer”, so-called “Spaghetti Westerns”, “Blade Runner” and “The Fifth Element”. Like I did with “In Ruins”, I’ll be putting my own twist on these shows to make the story fun, dramatic and personal.

Finding a publisher can be a complex process these days. There’s a lot of really good artists out there. The waiting times can be long until you hear back from publishers (from a few weeks to a few months). Also, it seems to be preferable if you’ve been published before and have an existing fanbase to get their attention.

So, I’m planning to crowdfund “Echoes from the Drift”. This way I can tell the story in the way that I’d like to and get support from people who like the idea and can help turn this dream into a reality. Using crowdfunding means that fans and supporters can have sneak peeks of the art while the comic is being created. Supporters of “Echoes” will also have the opportunity to obtain exclusive extras, such as original artwork, which can be difficult to obtain unless you go to a lot of international conventions. This way, everything is in one place.

I’ll be writing, pencilling, inking and colouring the new series, as I did with “In Ruins”. It’s a lot of work, but I think the result will be worth it. I’m planning an initial 5 issue story arc. The overall plot is done and a lot of groundwork has been completed for the first issue already, so I’m putting the finishing touches on my crowdfunding campaign and will let you know when it’s ready to go!

For those of you who don’t know much about crowdfunding, I’ll be creating a post that goes over the basics.

To give you a little taste of “Echoes from the Drift”, here’s one of the first pieces of art I created for the series.

Echoes from the Drift - promo poster

Echoes from the Drift – promo poster