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A Chat with Aporkalypse’s Jordan Williams

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Aporkalypse

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Stache Publishing is bringing all type of awesome material to the comics world- Hunter’s Lore, Supreme Team, Out of the Blue, Gun Powder Witch and more. Their titles are as diverse was they are amazing. With interesting storylines and beautiful artwork Stache Publishing is the next big thing in indie comics. But they are not resting on their laurels. Fresh off a successful Supreme Team Kickstarter they have lunched a new one for Aporkalypse and it has already been accorded the highly sought after rating as Staff Pick on Kickstarter. To find out what is going on with this book we got with artist, writer and creator Jordan Williams, who also happens to be one of the main men behind Stache Publishing. The Gr1nd is happy to give you this exclusive-

What is the comic you have on Kickstarter about?

Aporkalypse is a collection of over 50 comic strips and short stories about the shopkeepers of the strip mall. Early on in Aporkalypse, the Apocolypse happens and destroys everything on earth except for one pig-themed strip mall, it’s store owners, and one British customer. Each story in Aporkalypse is created by a different creative team. Each team brings their own unique flavor to the stories.

Who created it and how did it come about?

Stache Publishing created the story and the characters for a local newspaper strip that was looking to add some local talent into their newspaper. Stache came up with the basic ‘sandbox’ story that we wanted to go with. We decided on a strip-mall and each character, in a generic sense. We didn’t dig too deep into the characters, we would leave that up to the creative teams’ imagination. Our goal for the Aporkalypse comic strip was to use it as a vessel to showcase the great local talent that St. Louis has in it’s own backyard, and personally I think we achieved just that.

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What people are working on it?

I’m personally really excited for some of the talent in this book. On top of contributions from Stache members, past and present, Aporkalypse has really brought in some great talent. I’m not going to list everyone (sorry!), but a few that come to mind are some of my favorite contributions. Of course the first thing you see will be the cover, and we lucked out by getting the crazy talented French artist Vincent Dubourg to do the official artwork for the story. New York Times Best Selling Author Ellie Ann wrote a month’s worth of strips, that I ended up illustrating. Ashely Walker, a UK artist, contributed comic strips and a full on story that is one of my favorites in the book. Local comic creator collective Headmetal Comics contributed a month’s worth of amazing comic strips, where writer Chris Orndoff used his childhood memories of living in Hawaii and channeled them into character development for the Hawaiian character, Randy. Jimmy Grist, the creator of the webcomic Dinosaur Kid, contributed a short story to the book. It was also exciting to get amateur writers who have never written a published comic before like Rick Bloemer and Josh Hunt. Rick had attended one of Stache’s panels at Arcon in Collinsville, IL and ended up writing for us. Josh is a friend of ours that has featured Stache on his podcast in the past. That’s just a small portion of what’s going on in this comic.

How long has this project been in the works?

The project started in the early months of 2014 and has been growing ever since.

What role do you play in this book?

I am serving as a Co-Editor with Anthony Mathenia and Drew Rose on this book. I have contributed a few stories within the book as well.

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Why should someone support it on Kickstarter?

From our point of view, we want as many backers as possible in as many countries as possible to get their hands on this book and see some really great independent comic book creators of the world. Kickstarter reaches millions of people in so many countries. It’s a great product with great talent.

From the pledger’s point of view, this book has some amazing story telling and artwork. There’s a little something for everyone. If you pre-order it, you will enjoy it. It is made to have the ‘Sunday Morning’ cartoon vibe. It’s a great book to sit down with on a lazy weekend day. I’m confident people will really enjoy this collection.

What are the rewards that backers get?

The main reward is the printed book. The book is available in paperback and hardcover for this Kickstarter. The paperback is your standard edition, that will be sold at conventions and online in the future. The hardcover will ONLY be available on Kickstarter, so this is the only chance for someone to get one. As far as other rewards go, for donating ANY amount of money ($1 and up) you will get your name listed in the back of the hardcover book.  We are also offering a digital version of the book for those who prefer that route. We will be sending everyone who donates $5 or more a postcard in the mail. We are offering a knitted pig hat that just looks amazing as well. We also have a reward tier for a bundle of Stache comics that include paperback graphic novels Hunter’s Lore and Out of the Blue, comic floppies Gunpowder Witch #1, Gunpowder Witch #2, Butterfly, and Ginormous, the exclusive Aporkalypse hardcover, the digital copy of Aporkalypse, a post card, and a life size Pickles the pig hand puppet.

What others books have you done?

Aside from my work in Aporkalypse, I have done work in Stache’s first anthology that was debuted on Free Comic Book Day 2013 and Stache’s anthology based on the 7 Deadly Sins. I also have my own comic series, Gunpowder Witch. Which I am collecting as a graphic novel in the next year hopefully.

What other Kickstarter campaigns have you run?

I have successfully run two other Kickstarters, for the first 2 issues of Gunpowder Witch.

Check out this exciting new comp now on Kickstarter-

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1821708802/aporkalypse-an-entertaining-end-of-the-world-antho

Seth Ferranti is a writer, producer, actor and comic creator. He's created and writes Supreme Team, American Grind and Prison Stories. All forthcoming. He also writes for VICE, The Fix, SLAM, Huffington Post and Don Diva and has 8 true crime books on crack era gangsters out on Gorilla Convict.


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