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.
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 it. I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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