“SuccuBUSTED!” Creator Isaac Fox Talks Demons, Darkstalkers, and Body Pillows (Interview, NSFW)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things spine-chilling and bloodcurdling!

Independent comic book creator Isaac Fox recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for SuccuBUSTED!, an all-new supernatural comedy book. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his SuccuBUSTED! campaign, which is available to support here.

As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible with only minimal edits.


The Splintering: You used the Japanese term “ecchi” to describe the sexy subject matter of SuccuBUSTED!, but you don’t use the term “manga” to describe the book itself. Are you in the camp that believes a book must be created strictly by Japanese creators to be considered manga, or am I reading too much into it?

Isaac Fox: I’ve actually been asked this a few times in my other work, as everything I do is manga/anime inspired. SuccuBUSTED! is read left to right, so I wasn’t sure “manga” would be a proper or applicable term. My Japanese colleagues advised against using the term to describe my books. I have an immense respect for both American comics and Japanese manga. I hope my work reflects this respect. To be safe, I usually refer to the book as a “manga/anime-inspired” western comic.

TS: While your previous books (Cremisi, Pure Intent) have also included risqué artwork, they also dealt with darker, more serious themes. With SuccuBUSTED! being your first book described as a comedy, how has your approach to storytelling changed? How do you balance the story’s action and humor?

IF: I found writing SuccuBUSTED! was more difficult for me than Cremisi or Pure Intent. I spent some time watching and reading some great ecchis like Monster Musume, High School DXD, and Heaven’s Lost Property. It’s been a fantastically educational opportunity. There is a true art to balancing action and comedy together. If we fear the main character will die, it ceases being funny. Instead, I had to find other story elements to put in jeopardy. I’m also blessed with an outstanding editorial team.

TS: Do you have years of jokes saved up for SuccuBUSTED!?

IF: So many dirty jokes are ready for the series. It’s a little strange, but incredibly fun to find inventive ways to look at an everyday situation through the eyes of succubus or incubus.

TS: SuccuBUSTED! is the story of a police officer being partnered up with a lust-driven succubus, making it a “buddy cop” adventure with mismatched partners (something slightly akin to Hot Fuzz or Demolition Man). Were there any buddy cop stories, movies or otherwise, that inspired your work on SuccuBUSTED!?

IF: Absolutely! Men in Black was a great inspiration to me. SuccuBUSTED!’s leading male’s name , Agent Liam J. White, was inspired by Will Smith’s character from the first M.I.B. movie. Turner & Hooch, an absolute classic, served as comedic inspiration within the genre. Though in this case our mismatched partner’s antics are less innocent than the slobbery Hooch’s. My friend and colleague, Midnight, also inspired me with their sexy and hilarious buddy cop romp, Danger Zone One

TS: Does the SuccuBUSTED! world share a universe with any of your other books? If not, can returning customers expect to see some subtle nods or references to them?

IF: SuccuBUSTED! Is in its own universe, though we may see characters from my other series show up in the background. In issue 1, there are two characters (one in a wheelchair and one with cow horns) who are from the series Foxy and Wolfy by my dear friend Kitsune Windsor. Characters from all of my current universes will appear in a naughty pinup book coming out early next year taking place at a Japanese hot spring. In true anime fashion, there must always be a hot spring episode.

TS: In SuccuBUSTED!, earth appears to be crawling with lust-driven succubuses (succubi?). Can readers hope to see other types of demonic characters, maybe a really fat gluttony demon?

IF: With our leading lady role being a succubus, the story does tend to favor the demons of Hell’s second circle. (Lust) Demons from the other circles of Hell are present and will be showing up. Our primary villain, for example, is a demon of greed. There are also unnatural forces at work created by fusions of demonic power and human arrogance. Succubi and incubi tend to be the most cooperative with human rules, making them fairly common in our world. Though demons of greed, gluttony, anger, fraud, and heresy also visit our world. Certain demons, like demons of violence, aren’t allowed.

TS: Mythological succubus lore can often be really gross, with a succubus stealing men’s sperm to implant into an incubus demon, who in turn uses it to impregnate a human woman. Are you intending to dive deep into the subject matter in this way, or is your plan to stay with a more lighthearted take on the lore? Is your hero, agent Liam White, really in any supernatural danger if he just gives in to his partner’s charms from time to time?

IF: SuccuBUSTED!’s demons are bound by certain rules and restrictions. In the case of a succubus/incubus, human attention fuels their powers. The more lusted for or worshipped they are, the more power they have. However, this only works if the attention is consensual. Hypnosis or force will do nothing for them. (Though hypnosis is helpful in stealing a wallet.) How various demons work is explained over time in the series through organic conversation. Liam is in no danger from Rita, even if he does or does not become romantically involved with her. Rather, the danger comes from human society who may greet such a relationship with direct hostility. 

TS: How would you describe your working relationship with SuccuBUSTED! artist Anthonette Bueno? Is this your first project working together?

IF: Anthonette is a kind and passionate person who does great work. She has a great attitude and always responds well to requests for changes. This is my first time working with her and she is scheduled to work more with me in the near future. She is the lead colorist in the book with Mitsu-Blinger being the lead artist. 

TS: The visual designs for your succubi look to be partially inspired by video games, with your campaign even going as far as to include a Darkstalkers-themed variant cover with the SuccuBUSTED! ladies wearing Morrigan and Lilith getups. What other demonic designs inspired the look of the characters?

IF: It seems succubi, on the friendlier side, have an established and accepted overall appearance. Bat-like wings, tails with a spade tip, horns, and huge… assets. Rita’s design was heavily inspired by Darkstalkers’ Lilith. I thought having a demon who’s meant to be an embodiment of lust having a smaller chest could be cute and comical while allowing appreciation for different physiques. The clothing the succubi wear varies on an individual basis, but I’ve always been a sucker for loin skirts. Other inspirations include the succubi from Konosuba and Interspecies Reviewers.

TS: Speaking of the variant covers, you’ve got a lot of them to choose from. If you were to choose one for yourself, which is your favorite?

IF: Choosing a favorite cover would be like choosing your favorite child when they’re all NBA stars. If I were a backer for the project (creators can’t back their own projects on Kickstarter) I’d have to buy the tier with every cover.

TS: You’ve been playing the crowdfunding game since 2015, with SuccuBUSTED! being your third campaign in 2021 alone. What “lessons learned” have you gathered over that time?

IF: I don’t know if I qualify as an “expert,” but I’ve definitely been subjected to a few lessons. Some of them harsh. I learned the importance of creating a clear and simple campaign. To make everything so easy to follow my cat could go on the Kickstarter and find what he wanted in less than five minutes. 

TS: SuccuBUSTED! is your fifth crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, and your level of financial success has increased from campaign to campaign. If things continue as they are, it certainly looks as though SuccuBUSTED! will set a new funding record for you. What do you credit to that increased success?

IF: Experience, reputation, and luck. Having done quite a few campaigns myself, I’ve had the time to learn from what works and what doesn’t. My team and I also hold our backers in high regards and work hard to ensure we deliver on our promises. Damaged books, half-hearted packaging, or rushed signatures aren’t allowed. I also learned the value of transparency. We set up a Discord server where we speak with backers and actively encourage communication. This has given us a reputation as reliable and honest – a reputation we take seriously. I also got lucky to get in with some artists and creators far larger and more experienced than myself. A fact I am eternally grateful for.

TS: Have you ever received requests from backers for sexy body pillows or buxom mouse pads as add-on purchases?

IF: Several times. I’m looking into these items for the next book’s campaign in March. (Hopefully) There are a few barriers to these items for production I’ll have to sort out first. 

TS: When the Kickstarter campaign ends, do you have any plans for a follow-up campaign via Indiegogo, perhaps setting up an open-ended, in-demand store over there?

IF: I’ve stayed away from the Indiegogo after Kickstarter method. This would present more of a challenge than what I feel I can presently manage. Currently, I sleep a max of six hours per night in order to keep up with daily life and making comics. I pack and ship all the books and goods myself so the time after a Kickstarter is pretty heavy in the workload as is. Once everything from a Kickstarter goes out, the books become available for order on my website.

TS: A year from now, how would you describe success for the SuccuBUSTED!  project?

IF: I’m not sure I can answer this one quite yet. Kickstarter is a fickle mistress. You could have massive cancellations at any time. You could also have a sudden influx of backers. I’m extremely pleased with SuccuBUSTED!’s progress, especially considering all the big name Kickstarter comic guys like Brian Pulido and Dan Mendoza have campaigns running at the same time. While SuccuBUSTED! Is doing well, I owe it to both my team and my backers to do better and I will continue to work my hardest for them. 

TS: Where else can people follow your work or stay updated on upcoming Astral Ticket projects?

IF: Foxxycomics.com is my website where you can order books. IsaacFoxComicsandArt on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We also have a fan server you can find through our Kicsktarters where you can chat with members of the team and get sneak peaks at what we’re working on.

TS: What would you do with the power of the Beyonder?

IF: Clearly I’d create an alternate dimension populated by succubi, incubi, fox girls, and… well, you get the idea.

We would like to once again thank Isaac Fox for taking the time to answer our questions and to have some fun with us. You can visit the SuccuBUSTED! Kickstarter page here. And of course…

Thanks for reading!

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