New “Earthbound” comic fully funded on Indiegogo

On Monday, the Indiegogo campaign for Earthbound: Between Two Breaths on Earth achieved its funding goal of $4 thousand. Not to be confused with the Nintendo RPG series with a similar name, Earthbound is a certified girthy (140 pages!) science fiction graphic novel created by delicatessen meat slicer extraordinaire, Per Berg (aka Narwhal).

Influenced by manga and the Japanese film Battle Royale, Earthbound is a passion project for Berg, who serves as the book’s writer, illustrator, colorist, letterer, etc. This particular graphic novel covers the first half of the Earthbound story, so there’s larger tale to tell if you enjoy this one.

Below is a plot summary taken from the Indiegogo campaign page:

 

“In the Universe of Earthbound there are 13 Sponsors across the galaxy.  They recruit the greatest contenders on each planet and submit two every four years to the GGPT, Galactic Grande Prix Tournament. They hold a draft every year for an exclusivity contract, so other Sponsors won’t compete for the same contenders.  But once you draft a contender, you still have to go out and recruit them.  A subclass of warriors emerged to make a living specifically on the task of recruitment, known as headhunters.  Even headhunters are often compelled to do their job by blackmail and threats of punishment.  Freedom is not guaranteed, even Free Will is not guaranteed.

“Spaceman and Julia are sent to Earth to recruit the Sirens of Violence, four deadly warriors hiding out. Whoever recruits more of the four shall earn their freedom.  In the case of a tie, Wiz Kid, their ex-teammate who happens to be stranded on Earth, will be the tie breaker.  Wiz Kid was recently drafted by the 13th Sponsor.  He is a very late draft pick but he’s also a Dark Horse, one Handler in the 13th ward has a mysterious high stakes bet on him.”

Backers can get a digital version of Earthbound for just $8, while physical copies (all signed by Berg) start at $20. Those looking for extra perks to buy into can also get extra copies of the Earthbound, original artwork, a sketchbook, and even a chance to have your likeness drawn into the final book.

By all accounts, Earthbound creator Per Beth is a master-level meat slicing machine, but he’d honestly prefer to be making comics for a living. If you’d like to help him get the smell of prosciutto off his fingernails for good, check out some sample pages below or visit the full Earthbound: Between Two Breaths on Earth Indiegogo page here.

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