NESS is a Del Toro-inspired Lovecraftian graphic novel featuring a big scary Scottish monster and plenty of cosmic horror. It’s currently seeking funding via Kickstarter. We caught up with the creator, Chris Welsh, to find out more.
STARBURST: Tell us about NESS.
Chris Welsh: NESS is a giant monster horror movie in comic book form. If Del Toro made a Lovecraftian film set at Loch Ness and then let me do the comic book tie in, that's how I've been describing it, the elevator pitch. It's really about a young woman grieving her mother, who is caught up in a crazy plot hatched by supernatural creatures/monsters intent on controlling the world.
Why the Loch Ness Monster?
The book is set at Loch Ness and features monsters, but Nessie herself doesn't make an appearance. The suggestion is that the creatures in the book could be responsible for the sighting. Or if not, they're much bigger and scarier and meaner than Nessie so they might’ve scared her from the Loch.
Why do we still want to believe there’s a Loch Ness Monster?
Well, the alternative is to believe there isn’t a Loch Ness Monster. Which sounds terribly boring.
Apart from NESS, what’s your favourite take on the Loch Ness Monster?
There was a Loch Ness film made years ago starring Ted Danson that I used to watch as a kid. I have no idea if it holds up or not, but I'll say that because I can't think of any other really great piece of media with Nessie in.
Kickstarter is a fantastic tool for indie creators. It puts the decision of what gets made into the hands of comic fans and it enables people to help out small time creators directly. This is the fifth Kickstarter I've been involved in and I plan to use it to fund the rest of the NESS run too.
Why did you pick the team you did? What else have they done?
The only member of the team I've worked with before is Dee Cunniffe, who colours another comic I co-created called Doc Dino. Rob Carey has worked on the Lightning Strike anthology, North Bend, and The Life & Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. His work is just incredible; I honestly don't think I could have made a better choice for artist. Robin is one of the masterminds behind Madius Comics, but he's also a quality letterer. The process of picking the team involved lots of tweeting for recommendations, seeking out portfolios and checking out other small press titles for talent. It took ages, but I think it paid off.
We're jumping straight into NESS 2. It's a four-book story arc, a mini-series, and each script is written. We're prepping to start on the artwork for book 2 as soon as the campaign for #1 is over. It's a going to be quite an ambitious schedule with plans to get all four books out in 2016, but with any luck we'll be able to pull it off!
How can we help?
As with any Kickstarter campaign, the trickiest bit is getting the word out and letting people know it exists. It's gone pretty well so far but we have two weeks left and would love to get more eyes on our work.
You can contribute to the Kickstarter by following this link.
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