News: Act Fast! You've Got One Day To Get The Stray Kickstarter Through Stretch Goals

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 5 August 2016
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The creation of Volume 2 of Stray is under way and the team is looking for support to keep the series going without delays. The crowdfunding campaign has already reached its goal but the stretch goals and any additional funds, which you can help with, will assist with keeping the issues coming.

News: Act Fast! You've Got One Day To Get The Stray Kickstarter Through Stretch Goals
Above: Volume 2, issue 1, page 1: work-in-progress art by Sean Izaakse.
The team behind the superhero comic Stray has been running a Kickstarter campaign to help to fund a continuation of the series that was successfully launched last year. The campaign's intention is to fund the first issue of Volume 2 and put extra money into a "war chest" to keep the funds rolling ahead of production so if there are any problems at retail with preordering (caused by the standard dropoff of readers between issues 1 and 2 that every comic suffers from, as well as the very complicated and destructive preorder system that's currently forced in place in comics), the comic will keep on coming.

There's one day left, the campaign is funded so the first issue will be made and sent to backers, but there are stretch goals to be met to help with that war chest to get more issues completed without any delays.

The team behind the comic includes US writer/co-creator Vito Delsante, South African artist/co-creator Sean Izaakse, and newcomer Phil Cho, also from the US, who was hand picked by the team to take over some of the art duties for Volume 2. (His art complements Izaakse's style very well.)

For those new to the universe, the first volume looks at how superhero Stray/Rodney Weller (who, before retiring from action to live a normal life was known as The Rottweiler and was a sidekick to his father, The Doberman) returns to the superhero life to solve the mystery of The Doberman's murder. The new volume, which has been subtitled The Rottweiler Years, is set in both the past (art by Cho) and the present (art by Izaakse) to flesh out some of Stray's back story even further.

News: Act Fast! You've Got One Day To Get The Stray Kickstarter Through Stretch Goals
Above: Volume 2, issue 1, page 1: art by Sean Izaakse, with colours by Chris O'Halloran.
The plan is to publish six issues a year. Delsante has already written the next four issues (I've seen Izaakse mention that Delsante has planned at least 20) and the art is under way as the Volume 2 Kickstarter has reached its initial funding goal. There is also already enough in reserve from extra pledges to fund the second issue as well.

If you are after physical rewards there are some good ones, including a Kickstarter-exclusive cover and signed copies of the Volume 1 trade paperback. One downside to the rewards is that the postage to South Africa is a killer (around $25 if I recall correctly) but if you aren't interested in physical rewards you can opt for digital ones that'll cost you nothing extra. The Cyberschool Trainee reward ($28), which includes the first issue of Volume 2, plus the whole of Volume 1 and the entire Actionverse six-issue event, all as PDFs, is the best if you've never read Stray before else opt for the Contributor Plus ($5) tier for the first issue of Volume 2 as a PDF.

All the backers have also already received a special extra PDF but I'll leave that to you to find out what it is.

News: Act Fast! You've Got One Day To Get The Stray Kickstarter Through Stretch Goals
Above: Promotional art by Phil Cho.
If you're in South Africa, there is no better time than now to act (plus there is no other time to act than now) because the rand/dollar exchange rate is in our favour. Jump in - help out a fellow South African who is creating comics, and support an original, creator-owned superhero comic.

You have until 17:50 (SAST/CAT/GMT+2) on Saturday, 6 August 2016, to contribute to the campaign. Ubuntu, people!

Sean Izaakse: DeviantArt, Comic Vine, Twitter

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