Vicious Creatures is a collection of horror comics that London comic book creator Sarah Gordon has been working on for a couple of years.
Short, bloody little tales, exploring the darker side of being human (with some magic, a couple of ghosts, and several crows added for good measure), the book will be full-colour, approx 6″x 8″, soft-bound, and over 180 pages long.
Like that, Half the book has been drawn – but it’s the other half that will hit the headlines. She writes,
It turns out some of the oldest ink recipes use ash as a key ingredient. Paper ash works well, which is handy. I’ve made some test batches of ash-ink, and the results are looking pretty good! So: I’d like backers to write me short messages – their hopes, fears, frustrations, even puns (if you really must) they want to see burned and transformed into ink I will use to help draw the rest of the book. I’ll be collecting these once the Kickstarter has ended. There will be an email and a physical address to send things to. I will let you know more when the time comes.
And the Kickstarter amount comes into this, with the weirdest stretch goals I have ever seen in a comic book Kickstarter, And I have seen some weird ones.
If we hit the initial target of £6000 (that’s just under $7860 USD for the non-brits), I will be doing this using a fire urn. However, if we hit one of the earlier stretch goals (£6666), I’ll get fancy and build a wooden/wicker/generally-made-out-of-something-flammable-owl effigy, fill it with your word donations, and torch it on a bonfire (which I will document and show to you all). I will then use the ashes to help make the ink I need for the book.
The total has doubled that. She is going to burn the owl.
BURN! THE! OWL! BURN! THE! OWL! BURN! THE! OWL! BURN! THE! OWL! BURN! THE! OWL! BURN! THE! OWL! BURN! THE! OWL! BURN! THE! OWL!
— Kieron Gillen (@kierongillen) November 14, 2018
It’s not… it’s not a real owl. I hope… but is she gets to £15,000…
I’ll make a crown for our owl effigy before it is burned. Hail the dying and returning owl king!
This is what happens at the beginning of a horror story, yes? Before all of London gets sucked into a Hellmouth? Twist… it already happened thirty-seven years ago…