My Third Kickstarter – Beyond Milford Green | A Victorian Space Adventure Comic

2018 was a year full of ups and downs for me.

This time last year I was getting ready for my first Kickstarter, Milford Green. I was both scared and excited for what was to come. In the end, I was incredibly humbled that the project was 172% funded and we ended getting some very positive comments from reviewers and readers alike.

“It’s a fantastic comic!” Dan Butcher, Awesome Comics Podcast & Vanguard

“One of 2018’s must read comics!” Ryan McLelland, 2Guys1Review.com

“a solid debut from London” Alex Thomas, Pipedream Comics

“a charming adventure” Barry Nugent, Geek Syndicate 

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Then in September 2018, I launched my second Kickstarter called The S Factor, which is a superhero detective story about a superhero dating reality TV show. Unfortunately, the project only received 43% of its funding and it failed. However, where there is temporary failure there are lessons to be learnt. And when one door closes, another one opens. The S Factor is far from the end of the road, as Chris Panda and I are exploring other publishing roads at the moment for the story.

Anyhow, as Edna Mode from The Incredibles says “I never look back darling!” and I fully intend to make the most of 2019. Starting with my third Kickstarter and follow up to my first, Beyond Milford Green, launching on Wednesday 30th January. If you’d like to be notified when it does launch, be sure to follow me on Kickstarter right here. www.kickstarter.com/profile/sgl/

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Cover A & Cover B of Beyond Milford Green.

If you haven’t come across Milford Green before – the story centres around a socially awkward Victorian inventor called Alfie Fairfield. Who lives in an ordinary English village in 1897.

That is until one summer’s evening, Alfie sees some kind of flying vehicle shoot across the sky and crash land into a field. Being a curious fellow who is interested in any type of machinery, he investigates to find out that we are not alone in this universe.

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The moment, Alfie finds out we’re not alone.

Beyond Milford Green immediately follows on from Milford Green with Alfie and his next door neighbour, Mary, heading to the United Galactic Alliance in a spaceship.

When they arrive, the president of the U.G.A. asks them to go on a peace negotiation mission with the Cinux, which will decide the fate of the galaxy. Will there be peace… or war?

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Alfie and Mary arriving at the United Galactic Alliance.

Beyond Milford Green takes our Victorian villagers into space, which leads them to meet new characters. Starting off with our BIG bad of the story, Grand Emperor Krogan, leader of the Cinux. Who are the only technologically advanced species not part of the United Galactic Alliance.

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Next up is President of the United Galactic Alliance, who is the longest serving leader of the U.G.A. ever, President Narsuma. She is also, the same species as Fandlag from Milford Green, which is Zwardi.

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Finally, our last new main character is, Rongara, Chief Security Officer for the United Galactic Alliance. He is half-Zwardi and half-Cinux, which makes for an “interesting” childhood.

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Those of you familiar with Milford Green, will be well aware of the amazing art and colours of our artist, Mikael Hankonen. But for those who aren’t aware, Mikael is from Finland and is the creator of a fantastic webcomic called Year In Hereafter. You can check out more of Mikael’s work on his DeviantArt page here, if you like.

However, as well as Mikael returning as our artist, we have also added an editor to TEAM MG. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Nicole D’Andria.

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Our editor, Nicole D’Andria.

Nicole, is the Marketing Director and Submissions Editor at Action Lab Comics. She edits numerous comics for Action Lab, from Dog of Wonder to Zombie Tramp. She also adapts Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir to comics and co-writes DollFace.

Outside of Action Lab, Nicole writes comic book related articles for Comic Frontline, works as a freelance editor and is currently writing the second issue of her successful Kickstarter comic, Road Trip to Hell.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Nicole, and take the Milford Green series to the next level. She was exceedingly professional and constructive in editing the script for Beyond Milford Green. Here’s what she had to say about it…

“Beyond Milford Green was a fun book to edit thanks to it being a great sci-fi story. The characters are interesting and there are several introduced in this volume that I think readers will enjoy (my personal favorite is Rongara!). So, if you’re looking for some space adventure in your comics, Beyond Milford Green is the place to get it.”

Nicole D’Andria, Editor

Finally, although I’m fairly anxious about launching my third Kickstarter, I’m also incredibly eager to get it out into the world. If you like what you’ve read, be sure to follow me on Kickstarter to be notified when Beyond Milford Green launches on Wednesday 30th January. www.kickstarter.com/profile/sgl/

Thanks for reading 🙂 SGL

P.S. I started a podcast called Comics For The Apocalypse. Where I interview interesting guests about what comics they’d take into the apocalypse. Feel free to have a listen right here. soundcloud.com/comicsapocalypse

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My Second Kickstarter – The S Factor

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The difficult second album.

My first Kickstarter – Milford Green, was successfully funded in 2 weeks and ended up at 172% of it’s initial goal. I was simply blown away by the response from the comic community to my story about Victorians and aliens. I couldn’t have asked for more but the positive experience continued into the reviews…

“It’s a fantastic comic!” Dan Butcher, Awesome Comics Podcast

“One of 2018’s must read comics!” Ryan McLelland, 2Guys1Review.com

“a solid debut from London” Alex Thomas, Pipedream Comics

“a charming adventure” Barry Nugent, Geek Syndicate

Although, this was an incredibly fortunate first experience into the wild lands of comics, I’m in this for the long haul and didn’t want to fall into the difficult second album trap.

With that in mind, my second Kickstarter called The S Factor, launches this coming Friday, 21st September. I have spent countless hours trying to make sure that my first foray into comics wasn’t a flash in the pan and that this is a truly engaging, entertaining and maybe even an enlightening story.

After a decade of being the sidekick of Darkfox, Greyfox feels under appreciated and tired of being second in command. When an opportunity with BBS (British Broadcasting Service) arises to re-brand himself through the world’s first dating reality TV show for superheroes, The S Factor, he jumps at the chance to become, The Symbol. However, during the filming of the show, it becomes more and more apparent that something suspicious is happening to the world of superheroes.

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If you like what you see, feel free to download the PDF version by clicking here.

I first came up with the idea of The S Factor at the beginning of 2018, when a friend of mine mentioned to me down the pub that he was watching The Bachelor, and was actually enjoying itI decided to give it a go and found myself enjoying it but at the same time my comic-book-mind started to wonder what this would be like with superheroes.

By the end of February I had written an outline for the one-shot story and by the end of March I had found the perfect artist. On that note, I’d like to introduce you to our brilliant artist, Chris Panda.

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Chris is a full-time artist, originally from France but now living in Berlin, Germany. He has worked for IDW on Micronauts and ROM, as well as running 5 successful Kickstarter projects of his own.

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The reason I think Chris is the perfect artist for The S Factor is not only because of his obvious talent but because for the past few years, he has been perfecting his superhero art through his Kicking Ass & Wearing Heels books.

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With all of these elements in place, Chris was the ideal person to take on The S Factor and create this fresh new world of superheroes.

If you’d like to find out more about these characters you can visit the official S Factor social media accounts on Instagram by clicking here or on Twitter by clicking here.

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In Chris’s own words…

“It was a joy to collaborate with Samuel in creating such a vibrant and fresh new world of superheroes. I truly can’t wait to share the full story of The S Factor with you!”

It really has been a joy collaborating with Chris on The S Factor he has gone above and beyond to bring all of this to life. Not to mention that he’s made one of my childhood dreams come true – making my own set of superhero game cards!

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For those who haven’t come across game cards before, you might have heard of them being called “trump cards”. It’s a two player game, where you deal the cards out evenly to each player, and the winner is whoever collects all the cards first.

You collect cards by having a higher score on a specific category. Using the cards above as an example – if player one had @SohoPunkChick and said “Fighting Skill – 83”, and player two had TN2000, they would reply back “Fighting Skill – 84”, and because the score is higher player two would collect @SohoPunkChick from player one. Then it would be player two’s turn to choose a category. This way of playing continues until one player has collected all the cards, and becomes the winner.

It’s a game that I was obsessed with as a 90’s-kid, and it’s one that I’m looking forward to playing, with these new superheroes that Chris and I have created, as one of the rewards available on the Kickstarter.

Finally, if you like what you’ve read, be sure to check out The S Factor on Kickstarter on Friday 21st September at 12pm UK time (7am USA East, 4am USA West) through the following link. www.SignalComics.com/TheSFactor

Thanks for reading, and we hope that you’re able to help us make our dreams become a reality,

Samuel George London & Chris Panda

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Milford Green 172% Funded & Introducing Signal Comics…

Last night my first ever Kickstarter, Milford Green, was confirmed to be 172% funded with 376 backers reaching both of our stretch goals!

If you’re one of those backers, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ve been blown away by the amount of support Milford Green has garnered, and I’m incredibly grateful for how much trust and belief you have put into me – I won’t let you down. Starting with backer surveys going out this afternoon (UK-time).

In my last update before the Kickstarter finish-line I mentioned that I’ve got an exciting announcement to make. Well, without further ado, let me introduce you to my new comic publishing company called Signal Comics. It’s early days, and for now I’ll only be using it to publish and distribute my own comics but in the future, if things go according to plan, I fully intend to shine a light on creator-owned comics. Check out the website and let me know what you think. www.SignalComics.com

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Finally, although the Kickstarter for Milford Green has come to a close, your fellow comic book buddies can either pre-order a digital or print copy through the Signal Comics website to get in on the Kickstarter print run before Thursday 31st May. www.SignalComics.com/Milford-Green

Thanks for reading 🙂 SGL

P.S. To stay fully up to date feel free to follow me on Twitter @SamuelGLondon.

My First Kickstarter – Milford Green

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Super excited and super scared is how I’m feeling right now. Over the past year I’ve seen some great comics on Kickstarter, and now I’ve decided that it’s high time that I take the plunge to put one out there myself.

Above, you can see a chap called Alfie Fairfield, who’s a socially awkward inventor living in the village of Milford Green. On one summer’s evening in 1897 a flying vehicle of some kind shoots across the sky and crash lands into a field. Being a curious fellow who is interested in any type of machinery, Alfie investigates to find out that we are not alone in this universe.

Milford Green is the complete one-shot story of what happened on that night in 1897.

I came up with the idea of Milford Green last summer. I was walking in the hills of Hampshire when a vision of an alien spacecraft shot across the sky right in front of me. I couldn’t get this image out of my head, and over the following months a story about where this vision came from formed in my head.

By November I wrote a script for the story, and by December I found an artist who is a perfect fit for the art of both the Victorian era and aliens.

Now without further adieu, let me introduce you to our artist Mikael Hankonen. Mikael is from Finland and is the creator of a fantastic webcomic called Year In Hereafter. You can check out more of Mikael’s work on his DeviantArt page here if you want, but below are a couple of stunning samples.

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As you can see, Mikael is able to draw both creative creatures and detailed Victorian scenery, which is absolutely ideal for Milford Green. With that in mind, here are our five main characters…

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Those character cards give you a couple of clues as to what is to come but without giving too much away, here is what Mikael has to say…

“I joined up with Samuel to work on Milford Green as the artist after hearing of his intentions to mix sci-fi and Victorian history together. Being quite fond of both genres I was keen to be involved. During the conceptual process and planning I’ve found Samuel to be very professional and have enjoyed working with him. I can’t wait to draw these characters in action!”

As Mikael says I can’t wait to see these characters in action but that doesn’t come without some hard work first. Next Wednesday 31st January we’ll be launching the Kickstarter for Milford Green via my profile here. www.kickstarter.com/profile/sgl

So if you’re interested in seeing Victorians and aliens together in the same comic be sure to stop by my Kickstarter profile next week to find out more details, and if you think it’s any good feel free to support us in anyway you can.

Hoping to make my dream become a reality 🙂 SGL

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