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
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/
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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