Peter Simeti’s “King Cryptid” Sighted on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator and Alterna Comics founder Peter Simeti launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first four issues of King Cryptid,* an all-new ongoing sci-fi series.

Featuring the work of multiple creators, King Cryptid is planned to be a 100+ issue series with 4-5 issues every year for, well, the next twenty years, I guess.

Here’s the official pitch taken from the King Cryptid Indiegogo campaign page:

In a world full of unknown creatures… KING CRYPTID stands alone.

Cursed as an immortal creature almost 500 years ago, KING CRYPTID has spent centuries seeking redemption while trying to unravel the mysteries of the world around him; meeting many friends and battling many foes along the way.

Over 100 issues… and it all begins HERE!

Series creator Peter Simeti will be writing and lettering each issue. Every issue will also feature the work of a different talented artist whose art style will be suited to the story being told. And of course, some fan favorite artists will be returning to draw more issues down the line! A campaign will be launched every year for 4 to 5 new issues. Considering KING CRYPTID’s 500 year history — there’s going to be a lot of stories to tell from all different points in time.

Episodic storytelling in an ongoing format — KING CRYPTID is unashamedly a comic book series for people that love comic books. Newsprint interiors (the standard here at Alterna), thought balloons, editor’s notes, flipbook style covers (a cover on the front AND back of each issue), a “Mail to the King” letters page in which King Cryptid himself responds to the letters that arrive his way, a “Cryptid Sightings” fan art section — this series is all about the fun and freedom of the comic book medium.

Pure escapism with heart.

KING CRYPTID #1 – After decades of peaceful seclusion in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, KING CRYPTID finds himself caught in the middle of a war that is brewing between the supernatural world of the unknown and the mortal world of humans. When a dangerous creature destroys the vehicle that was transporting it, a big-game hunter is called in to capture the escaped beast and eliminate any potential threats. (First appearances: King Cryptid, BeheMoth, Victor Lugo) Story: Peter Simeti. Art: Kristian Rossi (Ages 12+; Full Color; 32 pages)

KING CRYPTID #2 – On the night of a New Moon, King Cryptid must return to his cave lair in order to rest and recharge. This time, something lurks in the shadows of his home; something bent on revenge. (First appearances: Will the Wolf, Granite Beast (full appearance; cameo on cover of IT CAME OUT ON A WEDNESDAY #7) Story: Peter Simeti. Art: Nic Hunter (Ages 12+; Black & White; 32 pages)

KING CRYPTID #3 – Four friends go looking for King Cryptid in September of 1984. What happens on that night will change their lives forever. (First appearances: Eric Vanderken, Jeff Vanderken, Linda Dodge, Ernie Holmes) Story: Peter Simeti. Art: Aleksandar Jovic (All Ages; Full Color; 32 pages)

KING CRYPTID #4 – King Cryptid comes to the rescue of a cryptozoologist and her team after they encounter a swamp monster that wants to make a meal out of them. (First appearances: Dr. Erin Karroll and her cryptozoologist team, Orion the Bear, Broog the Swamp Monster (full appearance; cameo on cover of IT CAME OUT ON A WEDNESDAY #15) Story: Peter Simeti; Art: Keir Covington and Kristian Rossi (Ages 12+; Full Color; 32 pages)

Backers can get a digital version of all 4 issues King Cryptid for $5, while physical copies of the books start at $15. If you have more money to spend, you can also pick up the following:

  • A “Live Free or Die” T-Shirt
  • 2 Sticker Set
  • 4 Print Set (6×9 prints)
  • Signed script for issues 1-4
  • 8 Poster set
  • Sketch Card Commission
  • Trading Cards
  • Collector Case

It is also worth noting that there is an additional shipping charge starting at $5 for those in the United States.

Interested? You can check out some sample artwork below or visit the full Indiegogo campaign page here.

*Disclosure: The author of this post is a backer of the King Cryptid Indiegogo campaign

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