The Kill Screen is a UK indie comic that is rather good and is currently trying to raise funds for a hardcover version via Kickstarter. We caught up with the man behind the project, Mike Garley.
STARBURST: What is The Kill Screen?
Mike Garley: The Kill Screen is sci-fi/horror/thriller that explores what would happen to our world if it were infected by computer and computer game viruses. How would we all survive?
Why video games?
The Kill Screen incorporates all types of technology, and computer games obviously feature in that. Gaming is so prevalent in modern society that it’s created its own culture and with it a language that translated really well into our comic. We’ve got plenty of nods and homages to games in there, but it’s by no means what defines the story and is rather just a component of the larger story we’re trying to tell.
What will we get in the hardcover?
Everything! Our first complete four-part story, as well as a Christmas/New Year special, bonus stories, guest pin ups, advertising materials, sketches, original scripts, etc. We really wanted to make this as comprehensive as we could, and at over 230 pages we’re confident that we’ve done just that.
The main reason was that we wanted to reach an international audience, the financial benefit was obviously a factor too, but The Kill Screen does well in the UK and without distribution in place this seemed like the easiest way to reach a larger audience.
Why are there so many Indie comics?
It’s never been easier to make comics, so more and more people are doing just that. There’s also a great community feel, which encourages new creators and helps them deal with stuff such as dealing with printers and promoting. There’s also so many cool indie comics out there, which makes is fairly inspiring for people to have a go themselves.
Samurai Slasher Part 2! Lots of other fun stuff besides that, but as always I can’t really talk about that. I also have an ongoing webcomic with Andy W. Clift called Radium.
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