Kickin’ it with Kevin Joseph – Tart Vol. One
It’s time to mix things up a bit here in Kickin’ It With and get away from talking about just games. This time around we talked with Kevin Joseph about his new graphic novel, Tart.
4cr: Hi! Thanks for being here on Kickin’ it with. What can you tell us about yourself?
Well, I’m an on, again off again comic reader who’s always enjoyed reading and writing.
I’d never really thought of writing comics before because I’m such a terrible artist, but having written two screenplays and finding I was unable to get them read, I turned my attention to a medium that I could get my story out to an audience, and they could decide if it was worthwhile.
4cr: You’ve started a Kickstarter campaign for Tart. You describe it as “a new indie comic starring a time-traveling, demon-hunting, girl next door. It’s Buffy meets Doctor Who meets Sandman.” Care to elaborate on that and convince us of what makes Tart stand out?
At the beginning of each adventure, Tart wakes up somewhere (usually on Earth, but I refuse to pigeonhole myself), at some time in history. Either past or present, she cannot travel to the future.
She has no idea where or when she is. But she’s certain that somewhere around her is a demon who’s actions might alter history as we know it.
Due to this uncertainty, Tart is always in danger of taking a wrong turn. Spending an entire issue pursuing one objective only to find out that’s not her actual goal. We want Tart to discover her missions with the audience, not before or after them.
4cr: How did you end up working with Ludovic Sallé on Tart?
This is one of my favorite stories ever, as I haven’t even met him or spoken with him on the phone yet. We’ll actually meet for the first time at New York Comic Con – Kechal Comics Small Press Booth 1168 (PLUG PLUG).
The journey to meeting Ludo started on my honeymoon in London. Just by happenstance, Neil Gaiman was doing a signing at Forbidden Planet during the week we were there. So there was no way I’d miss that.
In the line there were two women we met and befriended. And because of the internet, we all stayed in touch. A good two years later, one of those women, Ana, emailed me and said she’d met an artist who had these characters he’d hit a block with and was looking for a writer.
When I saw the art, I knew I wanted in, but didn’t quite know how. About two nights later I woke at 3 a.m. with the opening page of issue 1 in my head. Typed it into my phone and within a week, I had a spec script that he liked enough to partner up on Tart.
4cr: How big will Tart Vol. 1 be? Will it be a softcover or a hardcover?
Tart Vol 1 is a 96 page (interior) softback. It has three issues of the comic, extra bonus art and one special Christmas story Ludo adapted from a short story of mine.
4cr: Your campaign has been very successful and you’ve managed to reach your goal. Have you considered any stretch goals to continue bringing in new backers and perhaps enticing people to increase their pledge?
We’re always looking for new backers because new backers means new readers. I’m less intent on anyone increasing their pledge. If they want to increase their pledge, by all means, but we’re not setting up any stretch goals that artificially encourage people to increase their pledge levels. We appreciate whatever someone’s decided to back us with.
For instance, our second stretch goal was a free print for everyone receiving a physical reward, but we also bumped the number of pdfs sent to our lower dollar backers, because we didn’t want them to feel they had to raise their pledge to get in on the fun.
4cr: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Would you like to add anything else?
Thank you all for checking out indie comics, whether it’s mine or somebody else’s. There are some great books just below the surface waiting to break through.
If you’re interested, or want to learn more, check out the video on the Kickstarter page. It’s only 47 seconds long and should give you a sense of if Tart is a book for you.
Doing this feature was a lot of fun. Almost all of us here at 4cr have a few indie comics that are near and dear to our hearts and we look forward to reading Tart soon!