An original graphic novel from Ben Templesmith about an old soldier from a forgotten war now in an alien world.
THE SQUIDDER is an original graphic novel about an old soldier from a forgotten war in a post-apocalyptic world that has left him behind. The book promises heavy horror, fantasy, and Lovecraftian elements, as well as black humor.
THE SQUIDDER will be a limited run 8.5x12” 108 page hardcover graphic novel written and drawn by Ben Templesmith, New York Times best selling comic book artist (creator/co-creator of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT with Steve Niles, FELL with Warren Ellis, WORMWOOD: GENTLEMAN CORPSE, and WELCOME TO HOXFORD) in his first new creator-owned traditional comic in five years!
We’re also offering a special limited collectible KRAKEN edition of THE SQUIDDER that will have the hardcover book housed in a beautiful slipcase that features exclusive art with an embossed, numbered, and signed plate included in the book. And don’t forget the two Kickstarter exclusive prints, Squid Mommy and Squid Daddy!
In the vein of Mad Max meets Cthulhu, THE SQUIDDER will explore themes of a changing world, propaganda, and the nature of control via the main character. We’ll follow this journey of unfinished business through a world now alien and destroyed by a war which humanity lost generations ago against the almighty squid.
Everyone who pledges to help make THE SQUIDDER will get their name placed in the book and will also get first-look at a 9 page prelude! The prelude will be sent out as a PDF in an update at the end of the Kickstarter, whether we reach the goal or not.
*emphatically slams her hand down on the “Back This Project” button*
whenkillingwasntcool replied to your post: I was the first anon who sent you the ask about the summoning ritual, and I’ve finally thought of a 5th thing— Sandman comics!
Agreed, re: Sandman and there being a ton of value in comics. My emotional attachment, though, is with the Biologic Show. I just love it so fucking much.
I’ve only read bits and pieces of The Biologic Show, and what I’ve seen has both creeped me out and intrigued me to read more.
The two other comics I have an emotional attachment to are Batman Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth and 30 Days of Night—specifically, the first trade volume. Both of them are dark with moments of violence, but they also have moments that are at turns genuinely funny or emotionally touching. They’re both beautifully written and wonderfully paced. And I just… Yeah. Feels.
Steve Niles, the writer of 30 Days of Night is actually going to be at Texas Comicon and I’m just kind of beside myself with hoping I don’t turn into a massively spastic mess of nerves if I get the chance to meet him. /o\ The only way I could even be more nervous is if Ben Templesmith (who is one of my favorite comic book artists and is a good storyteller in his own right) was with him. If I could work with (or for) any two people…
Batman/Joker commission on Flickr.
Ben templesmith <3
If you don’t understand the amount of love in my heart for Ben Templesmith’s art, then we have a small problem.
I am really, really excited to share this new arrival to my house with you. Those of you who’ve followed me for a while know just how much I admire Ben Templesmith. (And if you don’t, just review the following tag to get an idea.) His work is just amazing and he’s one of my major writing influences. Naturally, when I heard about TOME, I was totally down for backing it—and I have to admit that what sealed it for me was the chance to own some sweet art by the man himself. I already own two of his art books and several of the comics he’s worked on (and I am still regretful that I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of Squidgirls), but I’ve yet to own a print!
Until now, that is.
While I couldn’t afford my original pledge of pre-ordering TOME AND getting the print (and hoping I can still get my hands on the book later on), I’m not too broken up about it because looooook. Look at how amazing this print is. And it’s signed and embossed! Fuck yes!
Also, my mom genuinely thinks it’s cute. Because my mom is cool.
Ignore my speech impediment. It’s Australian. On death, & art, for www.44FLOOD.com
From little things, big things grow.
Watching this reminded me that I needed to place my pledge for TOME. If you’re into sweet, sweet art, you should consider doing the same.
BOOTH 1131, find me half way up the back, between the A and B entrances of the con.
It’ll be my last. ( Short of a really, really good reason to do it again and having someone fly me out, out of desperation )
SDCC has become something else. It’s huge, it’s not about comics much, it’s crowded & full of status obsessed hollywood industry type things. It’s not the personal thing it once was. You barely get to say hi to friends. It makes the idea of just chilling out and getting some work done, no stress from the travel, the hangovers, the lack of sleep… very enticing.
BUT… since I could get half a booth with a friend, I’LL BE THERE! One last time.
I’ve not been to California this year. I won’t be again, either. ( Sorry, Madrid & Malta are calling me instead ) This will be your one chance to see me, get something signed or hear the news about what is to come. ( And boy, there is some stuff to come! )
I’ll be debuting a bunch of things at the con.
The LAST IMAGE I WILL EVER DO, outside of original art/commissions… for 30 DAYS OF NIGHT. This is me revisiting, one last time, the thing that started my career, ten years on. Only 50 ever to be made. Each one, hand painted with the BLOOD. ( hence no blood in the image yet ) 11x17, embossed, $50 bucks til stocks last.
MISSED ME. The second Zombie hand painted print, after DEAD SUN. ( Of which I’ll have the last with me too, reserved just for SDCC ). Again hand painted blood, limited to 50 prints, embossed, same price as the last, 11x17 $50.
SQUIDQUEEN 1. The lady herself. stuck between two worlds, of sexy butts & tentacles…Embossed, hand painted blue/green tentacles, limited to 50 prints. $75 while stocks last of my convention supply.
SNEAKY BEERS. Yes, I’ve done a special print, JUST for Ben McCool, where we’ll both finish the image WITH GUINNESS. 25 prints only. Definitely SDCC only. While the beer lasts… Get them at my booth or via Ben, at IMAGE COMICS, when we sign, Saturday, 2-3pm. Or possibly at the Gaslamp Hilton Bar each night!
A fancy set of 5 zombie postcards… yes, I’m on a zombie kick lately… leading up to something big a little further down the road…
WHY AM I NOT GOING TO SDCC. T_____T I’ve always wanted to meet him! His art and method of storytelling has been an inspiration for ages now. I’m still mourning my inability to get my hands on a copy of Squidgirls back when there was a batch printed (thanks to grad school application fees).
My favorite & last commission of @bostoncomiccon ( maybe nsfw ) (Taken with instagram)
A little bit of Joker to celebrate the news I’m drawing a bit of a BATMAN story with B Clay Moore. (Taken with instagram)
This was awesome news to wake up to:
And on Thursdays beginning in June, a new digital Batman series will showcase stories of the Dark Knight outside of regular DC Comics continuity and feature artists and writers such as Ben Templesmith, Steve Niles, B. Clay Moore, Nicola Scott and Joshua Hale Fialkov. One all-star issue teams writer — and Lost co-creator —Damon Lindelof with artist Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Sweet Tooth). (Source)
Can’t wait for June!
If you love art books, comic art, art in general, monsters, Ben Templesmith, or all of the above, YOU NEED THESE.
Now if only I could get Squidgirls…