YouTube sensation RazörFist has long teased making a comic book, and this last week he launched an epic western graphic novel which is nearing $200,000 raised on IndieGoGo as of this writing.
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The fiery YouTuber has talked about his love for classic pulp stories and comics for years on his channel and Twitter, especially touting his love of French comics—known as bandes desinees—and also his interest in the classic pulp superhero, The Phantom.
The new comic, Ghost of the Badlands, follows a mysterious cowboy vigilante who patrols the land and fights evil. The similarities in tone to The Phantom are striking though the setting marks the twist with the Western flare. The graphic novel is slated to be 105 pages and retails for $25 plus shipping.
RazörFist teamed with veteran artist, George Alexopoulos, who became prominent with his political cartoons making a satire of Joe Biden. He extended his social commentary to other personalities and topics to huge acclaim from fans on social media.
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Both RazörFist and Alexopoulos have produced their own content before. RazörFist has two pulp novels published through the Castalia House imprint, Dark Legion Books. The first, The Long Moonlight, hails nearly 400 positive ratings on Amazon. Alexopoulos has his own comic, Mari Sue, along with a myriad of other books he’s produced over the years.
The comic launched last week on Friday Night Tights, with Nerdrotic and crew giving rousing promotion for the pair’s work. Prior to the launch, the book was teased in another IndieGoGo project Anvil: Iron Age Magazine, which features short stories from various authors who use the #IronAge hashtag coined by RazörFist, as well as a short preview of the graphic novel.
The Iron Age is a term taken up by dozens of independent creators fighting against the corporate culture by producing their own content free from the censorship of the woke social justice mobs that currently run mass-produced entertainment.
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The pitch for RazörFist’s project harkens back to both old westerns and classic superhero fare.
It begins, “Who is the Ghost? Man or myth? Flesh or phantom? Is he a ghostly stranger who wandered out of the Arizona desert to deal divine judgment upon the modern Gomorrah of Canyon Diablo? Or is he a survivor of godless effrontery… plucked from his grave by beings unknown, to visit upon evil men the ravages to which they subject the weak? Whatever his origin, the result is the same: Gunfight after gunfight, body after body, coffin after coffin, legend soon grows of this phantom of the high desert.”
“The badlands swirl with whispers of a lone pistoleer. A one-man vendetta ride, wielding a mechanical weapon of the Old World, to cleanse the heathen with hails of gunfire. Rumors soon circulate of an entire army, cloaked in shadow, his faceless foot soldiers,” the pitch concludes. “Eventually, folk find a name for this mute, masked missionary of death…”
As of publication the graphic novel has grossed $172,188 from 2,739 backers.
With such a successful launch, independent comic fans are speculating whether this project could reach half a million or more in funding by the time it closes.
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