Ryan Heshka is an artist and illustrator, born in Manitoba, Canada. He spent a lot of his childhood drawing, building cardboard cities and making super 8 films. Formally trained in interior design, he is self-taught as an artist. Ryan’s illustrations have appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Playboy, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and others, as well as art magazines, American Illustration and Communication Arts. His artwork has been featured on the cover of BLAB!, and his work has been featured at galleries in North America (Roq La Rue, Seattle, WA; Richard Heller, LA; Copro Nason, LA; Orbit Gallery, NJ; Rotofugi, Chicago) and Europe (Feinkust Kruger, Germany; Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Italy). Ryan’s work is known for its surreal scenes, humor, pop culture references and visual language similar to comics and cartoons. He lives and works in Vancouver.
My name is Karl Stephan and I’m from Bristol in the UK. I write and draw (and publish) independent comic books. My latest project is called Mary Boys and it is currently funding on Indiegogo.
Mary Boys is about four teenage Knights Templar
from a backwater English town. Their guardian and mentor is an old Catholic
priest named Parrish who raised them in the ancient Templar fighting arts. Many year prior
Parrish was the victim of an attempted robbery which left him with a bullet in
his skull and flashbacks to a past life when he was a member of the original
Order of the Knights Templar hundreds of years ago.
The Mary Boys are quadruplets born with a rare genetic condition that causes enlarged hands and feet, distorted facial features and prevents sufferers from growing any body hair. Hence their strange appearance (I can draw normal people, honest!). Their condition also affects the way they metabolize alcohol. Drinking beer gives them almost superhuman strength strong and endurance (unlike the rest of us who send drunk texts to people we … shouldn’t).
The story takes place in
Basham, the Boys’ home town, which is riddled with many social problems
thanks to a huge retail corporation driving out small businesses, resulting in
job cuts which left large sections of the community impoverished and resulted
in a rise in organised crime.
that Basham will suffer
a great biblical apocalypse unless it is purged from its evils so the boys roam
the streets at night with their cricket bats, heavy boots and lager cans to
bring in the needed salvation by force.
The ‘Mary’ in the title is a reference to
the Boys being Catholic and also to the mysterious image of the Blessed
ever present in their nocturnal missions, guiding them in their fight against
gangsters, hooligans and wrong ‘uns, including Basham’s own police force.
To raise the necessary funds to cover
printing and shipping costs, which is where you lovely people come into the
picture. In return for your monetary support, you will receive print copies of
both 24 page comic books and other incentives as well, including art prints,
emroidered patches and digital copies from my published comics catalogue.
A bit about the comic: My chief stylistic inspirations for this project are golden age artists like Jack Davis, Will Eisner and Wally Wood. Save for the lettering, all the art is traditionally illustrated with paint and ink, so it will have that old school feel to it. Please download a sample of the first 7 pages in the link below.
This Indiegogo campaign covers the first
two issues, which contains the Boys’ origin story and introduces major
characters and themes.
Brad Gottschalk is an exile from the realm of live theater. Currently he is a cartoonist living in Madison, Wisconsin. His art and comics have appeared in Raven Chronicles, Nerve Cowboy, and Berkeley Fiction Review. Read more of his work at www.slienttheatercomics.com.