Really Taking The Edge Off
♦ We always like to support comic kickstarters and crowdfunding campaigns here and Fraser Campbell and Iain Laurie have just launched their surreal crime comic The Edge Off today. With a cover by none other than Scottish superstar artist Frank Quitely, here’s some details on the campaign…
The Edge Off is a new one-shot 24 page full colour surreal crime comic by writer Fraser Campbell (Alex Automatic), artist Iain Laurie (And Then Emily Was Gone) colour artist David B. Cooper (Face Down in the Mud) and letterer Colin Bell (Image, Boom!, Dark Horse).
The Edge Off will be released to backers following a Kickstarter funding campaign in April 2018 and will be launched officially at Thought Bubble 2018. More information here: https://alexautomaticblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/comic-soon-the-edge-off/
Mob enforcer Lee Butler was always the old man’s favourite, but now the old man is gone and Eddie, the son who always felt usurped by Lee, is calling the shots. When Lee wakes up to find himself spiked with a new designer psychotropic and his daughter kidnapped, he figures Eddie has worked out that Lee has been moonlighting for one of his rivals. Desperate to get his daughter back, Lee sets off into a swirling nightmare of danger and double cross, his perceptions fried, unable to tell which monsters are real and which are imagined. As the night unfolds, Lee finds himself compelled to run a violent gauntlet towards a confrontation that will force him to face up to every terrible decision he’s ever made.
“Nightmare Noir” – The Edge Off Influences
When approaching The Edge Off, creators Iain & Fraser wanted to blend Fraser’s love of noir, crime thrillers and action with Iain’s signature brand of unsettling horror inspired by figures such as David Lynch, Jeff Lemire and Daniel Clowes. Into that mix they threw the woozy thrum of Performance, the acid fried perplexity of Inherent Vice and the dour grime of British mob films like Get Carter and The Long Good Friday. What emerged is The Edge Off. A nightmare noir, that takes the main character on a terrifying journey he doesn’t even realise he’s on until it’s far too late for him to turn back.
Fraser Campbell is the writer of comics Alex Automatic and Sleeping Dogs, and publishes work under his own Cabal Comics imprint. His comic Alex Automatic won best UK Single Issue at Edinburgh Comic Con in 2017.
Iain Laurie is best known as the artist behind Iain Laurie’s Horror Mountain and the smash-hit indie horror And Then Emily Was Gone. He also contributed to DC’s Love is Love anthology in 2017.
David B. Cooper is a colourist from Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to colouring books such as Alex Automatic, Forged and Double D, he has written and self-published comics Face Down In The Mud and Dead Silence.
Colin Bell letters comics for publishers such as Image, Dark Horse and Boom! Studios. However, Colin is best known for his work on acclaimed all-ages comic Dungeon Fun.
The Edge Off will be available to back on Kickstarter in April 2018 and available on general sale in September, following a launch at Thought Bubble, 22nd September 2018.
Here is the URL to support it on kickstarter