Kickin’t It With Tyler James – The Red Ten
4cr: Welcome Tyler! Thank you for taking the time to be here on Kickin’ It With. Would you mind telling our readers a bit about yourself?
Sure thing! My name is Tyler James, I’m a comic book creator and video game designer from Newburyport, Massachusetts. I’m the publisher of ComixTribe.com, which is both an online resource for creators interested in making comics, and a small publishing imprint of original comics and graphic novels, such at THE RED TEN, which is currently on Kickstarter.
4cr: THE RED TEN is your third Kickstarter campaign. What can you tell us about this project?
At conventions, I pitch THE RED TEN as how I would kill off the Justice League if DC was crazy enough to let me. (Alas, they’re not.) It’s a superhero murder mystery mash-up that borrows the classic trapped on an island set up from Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”, and populates it with familiar superhero archetypes. My artist partner Cesar Feliciano always wanted to draw a team book, so this was a chance to create a team of characters that seem familiar, but each is hiding a dark secret…and one they’ll pay the ultimate price for.
THE RED TEN has been serialized world-wide, with issues #0-5 being released over the past few years. This Kickstarter campaign exists to collect the first five issue volume into a deluxe hardcover. We hit our funding goal in just one week, so now we’re on to stretch goals that will make the hardcover collection even more exceptional.
4cr: “And Then There Were None” is one of my favorite Agatha Christie books, and that made me very curious about how you are re-imagining it for The Red Ten. How closely does the series mirror the original masterpiece?
Fans of Christie’s classic will find a plenty of allusions to the source material, from character and location names to plot details, but it’s certainly not required reading to enjoy our book. I tell readers upfront, one character is going to be taken out every single issue…the fun is trying to figure out who it’s going to be next, how they’re going to be taken down, and most importantly, why? Like the Christie novel, there will be plenty of twists and turns, gruesome demises, and a few red herrings along the way. But fans of Watchmen, The Hunger Games, and horror/mysteries should find a lot to like in the pages of THE RED TEN.
4cr: Since the campaign has already made it to its main goal, are you considering any stretch goals for the campaign?
The main thing we’re going to do with our stretch goals is add additional content to the book. We’ve already unlocked an additional 8 pages of content, increasing the length of the hardcover to 136 pages. We could add up to 28 additional pages to the book before this campaign is over, should funding allow it.
I’m also looking at unlocking a special Kickstarter Exclusive variant for THE RED TEN #6, the first issue of the second and final volume of the series, should we hit a higher funding milestone.
4cr: Is there a way for potential backers to check a preview of The Red Ten so that they can know what to expect from the hardcover release?
There sure is. Last year, we released THE RED TEN #0 as a part of the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY program. 31,500 copies of that book were given out for free at comic shops worldwide. (Note, Saturday May 3, 2014 is FCBD 2014…ComixTribe will have TWO books available at shops for this year’s event.)
We’ve made THE RED TEN #0 and an 11-page preview of THE RED TEN #1 available to everyone. Check it out here, and if it looks like something you’d enjoy, we hope you’ll grab a hardcover or digital download.
4cr: What’s the difference between pledging to the Kickstarter campaign and waiting to get the book once it is available at retail? Are there any Kickstarter exclusives available for backers?
The hardcover is exclusive to Kickstarter right now. The version that will be released in comic shops this June will be a softcover version. So, if you want the hardcover, (and from my experience, the Kickstarter audience LOVES hardcovers) the campaign is the place to get it. It’s also the place to get exclusive mini-prints, signed artist editions, original commissions, and more. I like to think of a Kickstarter as a month long online convention… and I love the chance to engage directly with our incredible backers who help us make great books.
4cr: Once again, thanks for your time. Do you want to say anything else before we go?
Just that Cesar and I have loved bringing THE RED TEN to life, and we’re so excited that we can take our story to the hardcover format. We’re extremely grateful for all the backers who’ve made that possible.