Kickstarter This! The Untold #1
The Untold is a horror comic that combines psychological unrest with striking visual gore to create a truly terrifying experience.
Do you have money burning a hole in your wallet and are you just itching for some more high-quality horror comics to add to your collection and sate your taste? Then have I got something for you. The Untold #1 is 28 page, black and white horror comic that comes from the creative duo Daniel Farrand (Writer and Creator) and Johannes Vick (Artist).
The Kickstarter for The Untold #1 is set to be the first installment of a 6 issue series with the first issue launching (hopefully) in October of 2016
The Kickstarter Campaign
So, why exactly should you back Daniel Farrand and Johannes Vick’s Kickstarter for their upcoming original horror comic series The Untold? For that, I believe that Daniel said it best himself:
Do you punish yourself repeatedly by watching horror movies, because the fear is intoxicating? This book IS for you!
Are you drawn to books and articles about serial killers and their heinous crimes? because you want to understand how and why? This book IS for you!
When scrolling Facebook and you see a video titled “Real ghost caught on camera”, do you have to click it? Despite the fact your palms clam up and your heart races? This book IS for you!
We understand what prevents you from hanging your feet out from under the covers late at night or the reason that you turn the light on in the next room before extinguishing the previous. Even why you snuggle a Basset Hound teddy bear called Brimble each night. (No?… Just me?… Anyone?). Because we do the same. This is what has allowed us to create something both unique and terrifying.
The Untold is a comic created by horror fans for horror fans.
For anyone who truly LOVES all things horror and subscribes to Fangoria magazine, this series is for you!
Ironically enough, The Untold was born about mainly because of Daniel’s frustration with a lot of modern horror series and it’s reliance on placing more importance on gore more than anything else stating “When you’ve seen 50 heads cut off or a dozen arms broken with the bone splintering out, the “charm” is rapidly lost!”
For Daniel now more than anything is the best time to put out The Untold and along with Johannes, create different a kind of horror experience rarely seen in a lot of modern horror series.
So what is The Untold about? The series is going to focus more psychological horror elements and who best more than anyone to put under such horror than a young girl named Alice.
The story In The Untold will revolve around Alice and her relationship with her grandfather who went missing from her life when she was just 7 years old. From an early age Alice and her grandfather, Mr.Dyson were very close. Alice’s parents were never around and there for her, being more career driven at the time. With her parents being more career minded this allowed for Alice and her grandfather to spend more time together. Following his disappearance, Alice spent the next 10 years of her life searching for answers as to where her grandfather went until one day her father decided to tell her the truth, that her grandfather had been admitted to LongCroft, the UK’s most notorious insane asylum. When she gets to LongCroft however, she beings to see apparitions of a young demon called Daisy. As time goes on, Daisy begins to show Alice a series of dark and twisted visions, each one more grotesque than the last.
After reading and learning more about the plot it instantly reminded me of one of my favorite horror games Silent Hill 2 as well as one of the many horror movies that inspired the series, Jacob’s Ladder. Now I have yet to of seen Jacob’s Ladder and beat myself up constantly for not watching it yet, I have played and LOVE Silent Hill 2. I consider it to be one of the best psychological horror experiences out there. Almost everything in that world, from the monsters to the environments seen in the game is birthed by some horrific traumatic and is there to serve as a constant reminder to those events the characters had gone through and they serve as a constant reminder of that fact to those characters. From the previews, The Untold seems to aim to accomplish just that. Use personal trauma to psychologically torture the characters in the series.
If you’re interested in what campaign has to offer you at different levels if you choose to support it here is what’s available to you:
For the collectors out there, Daniel was able to get a few artist to provide their artistic talents for The Untold. Two variant covers, one by John McCrea who worked on other series such as Hitman, Judge Dredd and Mythic and Jryi Straechav who is known for creating dark surrealist 3D sculptures.
In addition to that, there are also two prints available to you as well. The first one was created by the series artist Johannes Vick and features the series antagonist The Dark Figure who we get a glimpse of the preview for The Untold. This pin-up will be printed on 270mm x 160mm heavy stock card.
The second print was created by an artist who goes by the name Riley Schmitz and his piece is called She’s Home. Daniel came across Riley(@ziddybones) on Twitter after looking at one of his pieces of work and he just had to get him to do some work for the series. Much like The Dark Figure, She’s Home will also be printed on 270mm x 160mm heavy stock card.
For a truly bizarre reward, as a special reward, Daniel is offering The Untold drinking horns. Each one is hand crafted by Daniel himself and features The Untold title on each horn.
Risks And Challenges
As with a lot of Kickstarter endeavors, there are always challenges that will present themselves. Like a lot of successful Kickstarter campaigns Daniel has put a lot of thought and care into managing his campaign. Here is what he has to say about it:
As we all know if something can go wrong it usually will. It’s my job, through prior preparation, to try and ensure nothing can go wrong and if it does it is rectified as soon as possible.
First and foremost, I give my word that every backer will receive the reward that they have been promised, even if I have to fund it out of my own pocket. Kickstarter is built on trust between creator and backer, without that trust we have nothing.
To try and avoid any hiccups, I have “bribed” (with multiple packs of digestive biscuits) my good friend Barry Jones of LoveComicsUk to oversee the packaging and shipment of all rewards. Barry is used to posting multiple comic books daily, so I have zero doubt that the fulfilment is in capable hands.
I am using a UK based printer for The Untold #1, which means should any issues arise they can be sorted as quickly and effectively as possible.
Half of issue #1 is complete and I have 100% faith in Johannes to complete the second half to his incredibly high standard. (Plus, as previously mentioned, he’s still locked in my basement! :D)
I have been working on The Untold for two years and have had to navigate numerous artist shaped obstacles to arrive where we are today. Each time I have overcame the problems and learned from them, not only ensuring they will not happen again but also using them to make the project stronger.
If you do have ANY issues or questions, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
There are only a few days left to go for the campaign so it’s still not too late to support The Untold’s Kickstarter campaign. And though a lot of the rewards have already been claimed you can still snag some amazing pieces of art as well as a copy of the first issue of The Untold.