Turner Family Terrors 1-3: The Suburban Slayers Are Back!

Created by Robert Krisch

A new comic starring monster-slaying, foul-mouthed, bumbling adventurers The Turner Family! Think The Simpsons meets Hellboy.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Surveys are out. Last chance for Cameos and Sasquanuat. First chance for Mandrill PI, now live on Kickstarter.
4 days ago – Thu, Jun 30, 2022 at 09:27:30 PM

Hey There!

Happy early July 4th to everyone and Happy Birthday to me! Love seeing all the well wishes from everyone online.  You guys rock.

I'll try and make this Update quick.

 The Backerkit surveys have been sent.  Last chance for Cameos...

Keep an eye out for those Backerkit surveys and send them back as soon as possible. The comic has already been illustrated but we need to wrap up our Special Thanks page before we lock this baby and send it to the printers. We are also illustrating our Cameo backers into the book as I write this. If you are interested in being a background character in the comic we have one last opportunity for ya. We have spots for backers drinking at a bar, like Jason and Arlene here... 

And we some fun new spots in Issue four including a few poor souls being eaten and chased by zombies.

Or if you have a crazy ass idea of how we should throw in the TFT Universe, let us know and we'll make it happen (within reason - Ha!) You can select this Cameo Illustration Add-On when you fill out the Backerkit survey.


Sasquanaut Ending, Mandrill PI starting!

Today's the last day (last four hours) of our Turner Family Terrors & Savage Sasquanaut Crossover Event! Backers of both Kickstarters will receive a bonus 5x7 mini-print of the stunning Variant cover illustrated by Kyle Roberts and Colored by Wes Hartman! writer/creator/colorist of the Savage Sasquanaut!  (Physical print for physical backers. Digital backers will receive Hi-def Wallpaper)

Only Fours left, go, go, go.

And this one is a special little Birthday treat for myself - Mandrill PI is back!

My buddy Christopher Brimmage is back with  MANDRILL P.I. Vol 1: A noir novel for cartoon lovers .

A hardboiled P.I. investigates an outbreak of were-creatures. Will he stop it in time? Or will the beasts devour everyone in the city?

Here's some info from the page:

"A hardboiled, hard-drinking private detective in a cartoon city must stop a beast that's devouring people at night, but as he investigates, he learns the obvious suspect may not be the culprit, and a deadly conspiracy festers behind the scenes that threatens to engulf the entire town.

Manny Mandrill, a primate ex-detective turned private dick, stumbles upon a hideous crime in this 270+ page novel: a were-creature has ripped a famous musician to shreds. The cops blame the crime on the wrong person, so Manny takes to the streets to set the record straight. Along the way, he teams up with his pals Ernie Elephant (a decapitated flying vampire elephant head), Kip Catfish (a cowboy catfish in an old timey copper diving suit), and Rimsky Rook (the suspect in the case), and he learns that if he can rely on his friends, he just might survive long enough to save the city."

The campaign even has an exclusive print by one of my favorite artists Carlos Trigo.

You might recognized Carlos's name and style has he created our "Cthulhu Attacks" Variant for TFT3.

My wife will be proud of me when she sees me reading Chris's novel.  "Hey, it's Rob reading an actual book and not a friggin' comic - good for him."

It's day one for Mandrill, so you know what to do. Back this baby and cash in on the soon to be expiring Early Bird Specials.


Have a great holiday everyone. talk soon.

rob and the tft team

TFT Online Store now open. Sasquanaut / TFT Promotion ends this week.
12 days ago – Wed, Jun 22, 2022 at 02:19:23 PM

Hey There!

Hope you had a great Fathers Day! I for one had a fantastic weekend. Everyone was so damn nice to me - from my kids, to my wife, to random strangers I passed by on the street.  Why can't life be like this all the time? Hope all you Dads out there had a good one as well.  

Backerkit Surveys and Online Store

Although our smash hit Kickstarter ended 10 days ago, I've been pretty busy behind the scenes with all sorts of stuff - mainly setting up the BackerKit surveys and our Online Store.  The BackerKit surveys should go out next week and our online store is now live! With our surveys and store, we'll confirm your shipping address but also provide an additional opportunity to pick up an extra copy of the book or any other Kickstarter Goodies you might have missed. 

We have 5 physical copies left of the Nightmare Theater 2 Horror anthology (160+ pages). We also only have 7 TFT Issue #1 First Printing copies available. It's a wonderful accomplishment to sell out of our first run of Issue #1. Second Printing, here we come - Woohoo!  

Here's the link to our TFT store which just went live.


Urban Fantasy Club Giveaway Ends in 2 Days

Have I mentioned I started a book club? Yep, the TFT team has partnered up with a dozen other creators to form the Urban Fantasy Book Club.  Each month we'll be highlighting one creator and sharing their work, interviews, and other fun bonus material.  I'm honored to be the first featured creator of the Book Club which officially launches at the end of July.  

To get the word out and kick things off we are sponsoring a cool Dr Strange Giveaway. One lucky fan will receive books, toys for the kids, apparel (there's a cool hoodie I'm eyeing) and a few other fun gadgets.  It's free to enter and the contest is running for another 2 days.  Click this link to enter the Giveaway and sign up for the Book Club (You can unsubscribe at any time.)

TFT and Savage Sasquanaut Cross Promotional Giveaway Ending This Week.

Backers of both the TFT and Savage Sasquanaut Kickstarters will receive a bonus 5x7 mini-print of the stunning Variant cover illustrated by Kyle Roberts and Colored by Wes Hartman! writer/creator/colorist of the Savage Sasquanaut!  (Physical print for physical backers. Digital backers will receive Hi-def Wallpaper)

Art Nouveau Variant colored by Wes Hartman

You're already halfway there by backing TFT. There's a week left with Wes's campaign and he is currently sitting at 96% funded, so head over to the page and put Wes over the top and snag this bonus print while you're at it.

Friends of the Turners...

Oneshi Press is back on Kickstarter, and much like the Turner Family, they're hard at working attempting to save the world... by planting one tree per backer. Their project is unique and it launches Thursday June 23rd.

Here's the headline from their page:

TarMucks: Cthulhu Corporate Coffee & Comic

Cthulhu & his kin want you asleep. TarMucks keeps you awake. Coffee, a reusable mug, & comics save the world & plant 1 tree per backer!

Intrigued? I know I am. Head over to the page and click Follow, to be notified and find out what exactly this Kickstarter has in store for us.


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And last but not least, Mark Wiesner is back with his hilarious Poison Ivy Gulch.

Poison Ivy Gulch Saddles Up: How The West Was Funny!

Here's some info from his page:

"Poison Ivy Gulch Saddles Up collects the early strips of the rollicking webcomic Poison Ivy Gulch!  Set in a ramshackle frontier town in the 1870s, join in the hilarious exploits of the lovely gambler Lotta Doler, her feisty kid sidekick Ace, the dizzy Mayor Sidewinder and lots more funny Western characters.  This isn't your average Western; think Blazing Saddles and Three Amigos!  In the words of the immortal Billy the Kid, “What in tarnation?!”"

Mark has a few days left and he's sitting at around 50% funded. Let's circle the wagons, come out guns a blazin' and help push Poison Ivy Gulch over the finish line.  


Talk soon,

rob and the tft team

TFT Online Store here.

Only 3% of pledges still to be processed. Plus three projects for you to check out.
19 days ago – Thu, Jun 16, 2022 at 08:19:37 AM

Hey There-

The dust has settled from our TFT3 Campaign. Here are the numbers. 239% funded. 203 backers. Making this our most funded, most backed, most successful Kickstarter ever. Floored. Thanks again for an amazing month.

A Bit of Housekeeping

When the campaign ended we had 10 pledges that were stalled - backers needed to update an expired credit card. 5 pledges have been updated - Thank you! But 5 pledges remain unprocessed. Let's make sure to update those credit cards today. 

If you got a message from Kickstarter asking you to update your payment information, please do it fast! You only have a couple more days to correct it, and we'd love to send you your exclusive rewards. Thx!

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Looking for more Kickstarter projects? I've got a few I wanted to tell you about.

First up we head back to Wonderland with Curiouser by my friend Brant Fowler. Brant's Publishing Company, Last Ember Press, has produced a bunch of cool books lately and I've backed a ton. I always enjoy highlighting his work. Plus he's another San Antonio guy, and I love checking in with all the creative projects from my hometown. Here's some info from his page:

Curiouser: We're All Mad Here #1 - Back to Wonderland Comic

Alice's son, Alec is pulled into Wonderland in the midst of a brewing civil war, but who is the mastermind behind this new regime?

We invite you to our newest adventure!  Curiouser is our take on Alice in Wonderland! Join us for some magic, mystery, and maybe help us celebrate an unbirthday or two?

Our unique take on Wonderland has some fun reversals from the original.  Our main character is Alec, Alice's son, and some of the characters who you are used to seeing as men are now women.  It opens up some really fun storylines that we can't wait to share with you.

"The obvious fan of Curiouser is someone that has a love for the stories of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol.  This series is firmly set in that world, but we've thrown in a few new fun elements that we hope you will enjoy.

We believe fans of fantasy or fairy tale series, in general, will also love this book.  If you like Shadow and Bone, Once Upon a Time, and perhaps even Harry Potter you should check this one out."


Head back to Wonderland with Curiouser by Brant Fowler and Last Ember Press.... and Go Spurs Go!


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Next up is Superheresies by Joseph Duis and Heresy Studios Inc. I've known Joseph for a couple of years now, having been a fan of his Crusade of Dracula series, and I'm stoked about his new book.

Superheresies Showcase: Time Travel, Cults, and Bass Reeves

Public domain comic book heroes from the 1930s-40s and Bass Reeves in four stories about family. Cover by BATMAN artist Mike DeCarlo!

Here's some info from his page:

I had been wanting to go more in-depth into the characters in our previously established SUPERHERESIES universe - the world full of public domain heroes from the Golden Age who grew older and built families of both the biological and non-biological type rather than fade into obscurity as they did in our world. In our first book in this world, SUPERHERESIES, we had a solo story exploring the background of Miss Espionage, the Nazi spy turned foe of fascism, in which we were able to get deep into her character.  I wanted to do the same with other characters in this world - two of which were in the first SUPERHERESIES - super-fast Dash Dartwell and The Scarab, the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian priest - and with two who weren't - comics' first cross-dressing detective hero, Madame Fatale, and Red Reeves, the genie-commanding boy magician reimagined as a girl, this time with the genie being none other than historical figure Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves.

Combining these two ideas with the format of the Golden Age reprint comics of the 1960s and 1970s led to SUPERHERESIES SHOWCASE, our newest standalone book in the world.

SUPERHERESIES SHOWCASE is a 40-page (39 story pages) flat-colored comic book of modern dimensions featuring four self-contained solo stories of public domain heroes from the Golden Age of comics. While you can see other adventures of some of these characters in SUPERHERESIES, neither book is necessary to understand the other.  There are five covers.  Cover A is by veteran DC, Archie, Marvel, Bongo, and Valiant artist Mike DeCarlo and is colored by interior colorist Gerome Suyman Repaja, while the other four covers each feature the cover of the original public domain comic overlaid by David Jaxon art of each character!  There is also a giant-sized edition that includes the story pages, the original script, and commentary pages; its cover is a combination of the variant covers.

I love me some comic book nostalgia and this book looks cool as hell. Make sure to check out Superheresies by Joseph Duis and Heresy Studios Inc. 

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And last but not least is Tom Rapka with Death Dwells #2. 

Death Dwells #2

Eric returns in this 2nd issue of Death Dwells as he tries to stay alive on a horrifying search to find his family and learn the truth...


I discovered Tom's work on the last day of our Kickstarter and immediately backed this one. 

I really got into some of the Cover Variations and their play on color. Cool stuff.

Make sure to visit Death Dwells #2 by the talented Mr. Rapka. 

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Have a great rest of your week and if you still need to update your credit card on file, please do it today.

thx so much!

rob and the tft team

Wow. What an exciting Final Day. You funded this thing!
24 days ago – Fri, Jun 10, 2022 at 10:00:37 PM

Hey There-

What an impressive final day! 26 backers joined the party to push us past that 200 backer milestone. Amazing.  I had been eyeing that mark for a while, hoping we could get there.  And today you were relentless in your support, pushing us to 203 backers with over 7K in funding. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!


 Mystery Bonus Book Revealed.

By hitting that mark we also unlocked our final bonus mystery book.  So what is my favorite comic of all-time, that every backer will now receive? Drum roll please... Deadskins #1 by Clay Adams and Fried Comics. Deadskins is the perfect blend of gorgeous art and unapologetic humor. You'll laugh your ass off, I promise.  (Just don't tell Clay it's my favorite book, it might go to his head.) You'll receive Deadskins #1 with your Indie Bundle Goodie Bag when we deliver our digital rewards soon. And if you love Deadskins #1 as much as I do, head over to Fried Comics and pick up the entire Volume.


So What's Next?

Kickstarter has already charged the credit card you have on file.

If you got a message from Kickstarter asking you to update your payment information, please do it fast! You only have one week to correct it, and we'd love to send you your rewards.

We'll be reaching out to Cameo Illustration Backers soon to get you drawn in the book.  That's always a blast. After that, the files get sent to the printer.


Thanks again for your continued support, enthusiasm and luv. Have a great weekend!

Rob and the TFT team

175 backers strong. $26 away from Stretch Goal #5.
25 days ago – Thu, Jun 09, 2022 at 04:49:43 PM

Thank you so much!

It's the final 24 hours of our campaign and what a month we've had. 

We're currently sitting at 175 backers strong and 215% funded. Amazing. But we still have a few goals in our sight. We are $26 away from unlocking our final Stretch Goal - 4 more pages of our Issue 4 sneak peek. We're also $152 away from our all time funding record making this our most successful Kickstarter to date. Let's go get'em. Thanks for spreading the word about our campaign. It's helping a lot. Go give us one more shout out on the socials if you can. Here's the link:    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robertkrisch/tft3?ref=chlq93


One More Surprise?

I've got one last trick up my sleeve. If we do hit 200 backers for the campaign I'll reveal my favorite comic of all-time AND give all my backers a complimentary digital copy of it. I'm really hoping we hit this 200 milestone. I'm itching to share this book. It's hilarious and a big influence on my work.

The TFT Team

Before we wrap up this month on Kickstarter I wanted to highlight a few more members of the Team. We previously mentioned some of our Nightmare Theater Alums, now I want to focus on the OGs - Ske, Chris and JP.

Aleksandar Bozic Ske is a comic book artist and children's book illustrator based out of Novi Sad, Serbia.  He has drawn for such books as Slave, XYZ, Ötzi, Mega Chomp, Go to The Museum, Sex and Violence Anthology, and Life Under Construction.  Check out Ske's amazing work on The Adventures of Cordelia Swift available now on Comixology. While reading that book I realized Ske was the right artist to draw Turner Family Terrors.   You can see more of Ske's work at http://skecomx.blogspot.com


Christopher Angel is a writer, director, and editor based in Los Angeles, CA.  He has written and directed in the horror genre including the feature films Wishmaster 3 and 4.  Chris is a master storyteller and I'm very lucky to have him help steer the TFT ship. You can check out his take on museum intrigue in his novel Mona Lisa Speaks available on Amazon.  TW: @filmangel

Jim is a storyboard artist based in LA. If it's sci-fi, robots, or motorcycles, he wants to animate it, or at least draw it as a comic. His style often incorporates a BLAST of fuzzy neon freak colors washing over manga inspired line-work and halftones.  Check out Jim at   Intothenothing.com  IG: @jpharringtonjr



 And Finally here are few Campaigns I'm supporting: 

Although our Campaign is winding down, Kickstarter continues to offer up cool project after cool project and one of them is Scott Harris'  The Crimebusters #4.

The Crimebusters #1-4: Supernatural Mystery Adventure!

When Krampus possesses a classmate, The Crimebusters must face their worst fears to save Christmas!

Here's some info from the page:

"The Crimebusters is a supernatural mystery adventure series featuring a team of student sleuths who investigate the unknown! And they're back for a smash fourth issue — now in FULL COLOR!

In The Crimebusters #4, the big Christmas Dance of 1956 has finally arrived! But when a student is possessed by the spirit of Krampus, The Crimebusters have to face their deepest fears in order to help Santa save Christmas! See all the astonishing action in "Krampus on Campus!""

I love me some Krampus so make sure to back The Crimebusters #1-4: Supernatural Mystery Adventure!

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Joe D McFee is back with his long running Amazonia, and it's always a fun read.

Amazonia Issues #1 - #7

A slice of life crime/superhero drama where a woman who was accused of murder as a teen seeking reconciliation from her hometown.

Here's some info from the page:

Amazonia: The Continuing Adventures of E is about Elisa Masters who was forced to be a part of a government training program for those with superpowers after killing people in self-defense at her prom. She returns to her hometown of Angel Falls hoping that she can change the way people feel about her. Upon her return, she finds out from her parents that the town was not the same since Tyler Charles placed his corporate headquarters in the time. People seems to be completely influenced by him including the police. As Elisa adjust to being back home, she uncovers a mystery surrounding Tyler Charles and others in the town.

Issue #7 of the series furthers the plot of Tyler Charles where he intends to enforce his stranglehold on the city of Angel Falls. However, he may not be the only threat Elisa has to worry about since she was assigned to protect Tyler at all costs.  New threats appears to challenge Tyler's grip on Angel Falls.


Make sure to back Amazonia here:

Amazonia Issues #1 - #7

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James Mascia from Dren Productions is back with an all new project. If you know anything about Dren, they deliver quality books. I've backed several and I'm supporting this one as well.

The Unwanted #1

Sci-fi tale of abducted teens brought to a secluded, tropical island with no explanation, no supplies and no way off.

Here's some info from the page:

A group of teens are abducted and brought to a secluded, tropical island with no explanation, no supplies and no way off. Left to their own devices and forced to find a way to survive, they soon discover they aren’t alone – and their fellow inhabitants are hostile!

Things become more complicated when boxes begin to appear on the beach near their camp with weapons and supplies of unknown origin inside.

Part Lord of the Flies, part Hunger Games, this is a story of survival where you can’t trust anyone.

Make sure to support James and The Unwanted!


thx again for the support and talk soon - one day left!

Rob and the TFT Team