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:

150 Backers Strong! Can we hit 200? Plus, who wants to be drawn into the book?
27 days ago – Tue, Jun 07, 2022 at 03:59:04 PM

Hey There.

150 Backers Strong!

We officially crossed the 150 backer mark, making this the most backed TFT campaign ever. Woohoo! But we're not done yet. Where do you think we can take this thing? 175? 200? I'm thinking that 200 mark looks awfully tempting so let's shoot for that! But I'm gonna need a little help to reach it. Please share our campaign with all your buddies on social media and I think we might just cross the 200 mark. If anything, that will be the nail-biting dramatic conclusion to this TFT 3 Kickstarter - Will we hit 200? Spoiler Alert - We will!


Hey, who wants to be drawn into the comic?

So far over the span of three issues of Turner Family Terrors, we've illustrated 23 fans into the comic. Thats right, 23 - wow.  Our fans have popped up as barbarians, zombies, waitresses, drunks, college coeds, you name it. My neighbor's dog made a cameo (RIP Rachel). I threw my sister in the book without telling her. And one lucky backer even dropped an F-bomb. It doesn't get any better than that.

During this TFT3 campaign we've booked 3 more cameos to conjure up. If you are interested in gracing the pages of TFT, you can upgrade your pledge by selecting 'manage your pledge'. Or you can add this special reward as an Add-On. That process is a little confusing so you can always contact me and I'll walk you thought it, or I'll create your own specific tier. We'll figure it out and come up with something cool!

 TFT + Savage Sasquanaut = Awesome!


And here's a reminder of a cool cross over event I'm running with The Savage Sasquanaut Kickstarter.

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) Go back Wes's campaign and snag this little beauty.

 Here are some other Kickstarters I'm backing right now. 

My buddy Farhan Qureshi is back on Kickstarter with Battle Panda 1: Big Trouble in Panda City. I met Farhan last year when he launched the latest issue of Digitopia. His book is rad, so I contacted him and asked if I could hook my backers up with a bonus copy (cause I'm looking out for you guys), and he so graciously agreed.  So every backer will get a digital copy of Digitopia #1 to add to their collection of bonus books - Sweet.  His latest book is Battle Panda and I immediately backed it and you should too.

Here's some info from his page:

From the team that brought you Digitopia - now comes Battle Panda!

A 28 page uplifting under-dog road trip that is full of adventure, self enlightenment and fun!

The Story

Kai, a misfit teenage panda, dreams of becoming a warrior.

 And here's some exciting news hot off the presses - Battle Panda was funded just an hour ago, so this comic is definitely happening! Let's thank Farhan for the bonus book, show him some love and head over to Battle Panda and back his latest charming-as-hell passion project.

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My second recommendation is a hilarious book called - Complete Collectors Vol 1 Funny Comic About Comics And Wives by Eddie deAngelini. I met Eddie recently and it turns out he owns a comic shop (Hi De Ho Comics) down the road from my house. Small world. When I discovered Eddie's book it immediately resonated with me as we both poke fun at our home life and throw our personal misadventures into comic book form.  Here's some info from his page: 

Do you love comic books?

Do you trip over long boxes all over the house?

Do you have a significant other who has to live with your hobby?

Collectors is the long running comic strip (10 YEARS!!!) that pokes fun at geek culture and the franchises that we all love, like Marvel and DC comics and films, Star Wars, Walking Dead and more! It's not just about being a comic book nerd, but also about the significant others who have to live with us!

 "Collectors is loosely based on my own life, my comic book collecting and my wife Kristen's ever-tested patience with my love for my hobby," says Eddie. "Since starting the strip, so many other comic book fans have told me how much they relate to the humor and our relationship."

Make sure to check out Complete Collectors Vol 1 Funny Comic About Comics And Wives and if you're ever in Santa Monica make sure to hit Hi De Ho Comics.

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talk soon!

rob and the tft team

Become Executive Producer of our Comic! Happy Friday & Happy Hill.
about 1 month ago – Sat, Jun 04, 2022 at 03:42:37 PM

Hey-

Happy Friday! I for one am exhausted from another rollercoaster week with the Kickstarter, but also feeling pretty damn good. We are currently sitting at 149 backers. The exact same number we ended up with during last year's Issue #2 Kickstarter... and we have 6 1/2 days to run up the numbers. Brilliant. Let's do it.

Behind the Scenes.

We just wrapped our 2nd Behind-The-Scenes video on the making of TFT. This time around I dissect the script writing process.  So what have I learned these past few years writing comic book scripts? Be as detailed as possible, have a conversation with your artist, but ultimately let go and let them do their thing. Check it out if you have a sec, or 3 minutes and 42 seconds to be precise.  

Special Thanks to our TFT Issue #2 Executive Producers - Will, Mike, Herb, Adam, Mike, Anthony, Sian, Judy, Edwin, and Kelly, who helped fund our comic and are credited as Executive Producers in our video as well. And special thx to Zoo22 (Zack Stoller) for the hot jams. That guy is going places in 2022.

You can become Executive Producer for TFT Issue #3

We have a few Executive Producer spots left for our current TFT #3 Kickstarter, so if you are interested you can go to our Kickstarter home page and click 'Manage your pledge', and upgrade to our Executive Producer Tier.  You'll receive Executive Producer Credit on page one of our comic. You'll also get Executive Producer credit in the video short, along with IMDB credit, and a whole host of other goodies. (If you have any issues upgrading just give me a shout.)

We are already planning our next documentary short. We'll take a deep dive with comic book cover art. I'm looking forward to interviewing Cover Artist Easton Hawk and highlighting what is a very collaborative, and also just plain fun, artistic endeavor.

Have a wonderful weekend, y'all.

rob and the tft team.

...and here's another project I'm excited about.

Happy Hill is back! Sweet.

I'm a big fan of Comixtribe, one of the top indie publishers in the game.  They're back with one of my favorites - Happy Hill. I was a backer and fan going back to Issue 1. Issue #4 just dropped and I'm all over this one.

Here's some info from the page:

Happy Hill is a supernatural vacation thriller and horror action dramedy comic book series about the deadly consequences of the pursuit of happiness, written by Bram Stoker-Award Nominated writer Rich Douek (Sea of Sorrows, Road of Bones, Wailing Blade) and co-written & drawn by artist Joe Mulvey (Scam, Wailing Blade).

Wyatt Willows and Thea Rippley are the only survivors of the infamous “Roanoke Orphanage” disappearance that claimed twelve children in a single night.

While Thea has done her best to put it behind her, Wyatt is convinced that local urban legend, The Wudsman, was responsible and he's been obsessed with proving it.

 The art pops off the page and the story's creepy as hell. 

And the reviews are in.

Make sure you check out Happy Hill before it's gone. This Kickstarter is a quick 10 day sprint, so head over now.

I was a guest on Blake's Buzz Live. Met some cool dudes - Charlie McElvy and Chris Moses. Plus Stretch Goal #3 slayed!
about 1 month ago – Fri, Jun 03, 2022 at 05:09:17 PM

Hey There.

Stretch Goal #3 slayed.

We smashed our third stretch goal last night, so every backer will receive the Digital Copy and! Audio Book of SPIDER SEASON, the award winning short story collection from master of Horror Billy Hanson. SWEET!

Next up at 6K is a 4 page preview of Issue #4 of Turner Family Terrors. If we hit this mark, you guys won't have to wait months to find out what happens after our crazy Issue #3 cliff hanger. You'll get a glimpse immediately - now that's a whole lot more satisfying, isn't it.

Blake's Buzz Live!

I went on Blake's Buzz Live! last night and it was like 2 1/2 hours of pure laughter. So much fun. I give my TFT pitch @ :33 , talk Nightmare Theater 2 @ 1:47, and @ 1:29 I pontificate all sentimental like on the positive vibes of the Kickstarter Community. Take a look.


Charlie McElvy and Chris Moses

I got to meet Charlie and Chris who are two cool dudes producing some rad work. I am backers of both projects and you should be too. You can hear all about their comics on the show.


Charlie's back with Spider-Squirrel & Trash Panda #1-3 (Complete Volume One!). He's got an infectious enthusiasm about his comic and I soon found out while talking with him that he was also on American Ninja Warrior! Makes sense. You can see all that fantastic parkour action throughout the pages of his book.

Here's some info from his page:

"Spider-Squirrel is an entertaining, fun, riotously hilarious, generally humorous, sometimes silly* buddy-cop super-hero action in the vein of Blue Beetle & Booster Gold, or Justice League International during the "BWAHAHA" years. I am pretty darn certain that you might actually kinda sorta maybe like this book a little bit, mostly."

I noticed this stunning Star Wars Homage as well.

Great minds think alike because the same classic Star Wars poster influenced the Turner Family Terrors 'Cthulhu Attacks' Variant drawn by Scout Comics Carlos Trigo.

Charlie's book is a lot of fun. Head over to his page and check out Spider-Squirrel & Trash Panda #1-3 (Complete Volume One!).

 Chris Moses And The Saturn Effect: Alpha Vol. 1

On Blake's Buzz we talked about how each of our comics has a unique genre, sense of pacing and subject matter. For Chris and The Saturn Effect: Alpha Vol. 1, the artwork is stunning and his story tends to weave a political undercurrent that is pulled from our own headlines. It's great stuff.

Here's some info from his page:

"Earth's control over the solar system is threatened as ragtag rebels and disenfranchised soldiers struggle for freedom when Star Wars meets The Expanse in THE SATURN EFFECT! Follow stellar siblings Alpha and Centauri as they try to free the Titan Colonies from the Earth Empire in Volume One of The Saturn Effect: Alpha!

"The Saturn Effect is a growing connected sci-fi universe and webcomic created by Chris Moses featuring multiple artists on different characters (find more at thesaturneffect.com). This sci-fi universe focuses on complex character motivations,  sublime visions of the future, and a rich history-filled universe waiting to be discovered!"

Make sure to check out The Saturn Effect: Alpha Vol. 1


Thanks again and feel free to share our campaign with your buddies. With your help we can finish this Kickstarter campaign strong as we head into our final week.  Here's our link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robertkrisch/tft3?ref=chlq93


Much Love,

rob and tft team.

Bonus 'Art Nouveau' Mini Print for all backers of both TFT and Savage Sasquanaut
about 1 month ago – Tue, May 31, 2022 at 10:40:39 PM

Hey There!

Got another treat for ya. Grab a Bonus 'Art Nouveau' Mini Print for all backers of both TFT and Savage Sasquanaut

I hope you had a nice Memorial Day Weekend. I throttled it back just a bit from the Kickstarter to spend some quality time with the Fam. It was a needed break as I recharged and am ready to tackle these final 9 days of our Kickstarter. 


I received a great compliment from my wife on Saturday. She saw a printout of our TFT3 'Art Nouveau' Variant Cover and wants to frame it and display it in the living room. Usually we keep the comic book art for the walls of my office, but she said it was beautiful and wants to hang it up. Well, my wife apparently has impeccable timing, because today we launch 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) 

Art Nouveau Variant colored by Wes Hartman

 Colorist and all around Great Dude Wes Hartman

I met Wes this past year, he's another San Antonio guy (my home town), and he's one talented dude.  In addition to being a fantastic colorist, he's the writer/creator of The Savage Sasquanaut. Here's some info from the page:


"SASQUANAUT is about BIGFOOT IN SPACE!

Sasquanaut was captured and became a victim of the 1960s space race due to a NASA experiment gone wrong. Because of the experiment, he finds himself transported across the universe and in a heap of trouble.

Fortunately, as he travels across the galaxy and encounters strange new worlds and civilizations, he finds a new life and a new purpose and boldly goes where no Bigfoot has gone before (or since).

This book is right up your alley if you are a fan of STAR TREK, FIREFLY, FARSCAPE, TMNT, and BUCK ROGERS. Can you imagine Jack Burton from BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA replacing Luke Skywalker in STAR WARS and realize how much better that would be?

If you can, you may have an idea of what you're going to get from the SAVAGE SASQUANAUT!

  • People who love Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and Farscape.
  • Fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Fans of Big Trouble in Little China (Bigfoot is Jack Burton!)
  • Bigfoot enthusiasts.
  • Fans of action, humor, and stunning artwork!
  • Collectors of high-quality, independent comic books from a long-time industry veteran and a phenomenal brand new talent.
  • People who love to read incredible stories about larger-than-life characters.

Here's some preview pages:

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Today is day one for the Savage Sasquanaut Campaign and Wes has some sweet Early Bird Rewards (24 hours only) for his fans including a free poker chip, so head on over. Its Bigfoot lost in space. Enjoy this humorous & sensational adventure of aliens, betrayal, spaceships, empires, & arm wrestling! Backers of both campaigns will receive the bonus 'Art Nouveau' Variant Cover TFT mini print!

Sasquanaut Kickstarter Link Here.


And thanks for sharing the Turner Family Terrors Kickstarter on the socials, it's helping a lot.  Go give us a shout out today, and help us with some much needed juice as we head into the final week of our campaign.

Turner Family Terrors Link Here

rob and tft team!

Stretch Goal 3 Announced. Nightmare Theater 2 available as an Add-on. Plus PBOW by Clay Adams!
about 1 month ago – Sat, May 28, 2022 at 03:53:26 PM

Hey There. 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  

I'm gonna throttle it back from the Kickstarter this weekend and enjoy some time with the Fam.  I hope to refresh and get ready for what is always a rollercoaster final 2 weeks of any Kickstarter.  Currently we're sitting at 172% funded. We've got more funding and more backers than any prior campaign and we just announced Stretch Goal #3 - the Spider Season Audio Book and PDF from master of horror Billy Hanson (if we crack $5500). Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

Nightmare Theater 2 Available As An Add-on.

We just added the Nightmare Theater 2 Horror Anthology to the Add-ons store for this Kickstarter. You can go there and add this physical 160+ page Horror Anthology to your rewards ($39). Or we've created its own tier where you can collect every TFT story in Print. It was such fun collaborating with editors David Schrader and Clay Adams on this cinematic Creepshow, and I've got some cool news courtesy of Clay himself.


I scored you another bonus book - PBOW#1.

I recently talked about my new favorite creator Newton Lilavois. This time around I wanted to highlight the OG - my favorite comic book creator out there - Clay Adams. 

Clay Adams is back on Kickstarter with PBOW: World War Bitch 1-3 Grindhouse Action 4 Mature Readers. PBOW? hmm... wondering what that stands for? Pregnant Bitches of War!  And as Bryan K. Vaughan so wisely said, it is a "comic as audacious as its title." This comic is my number one guilty pleasure on Kickstarter. 


Last time around I snagged this hilarious James Bond inspired Variant Cover. 

And this time there are some awesome covers as well, including this Kaiju Werewolf!


 And this gorgeous Variant as well.

Here's the write up from the Kickstarter Page:

"PBOW (that's short for, uh, Pregnant Bitches of War) launched in 2013 and quickly became a cult hit, selling through our website, comiXology, and Amazon. A crazy mix of over-the-top horror, sci-fi, grindhouse, and dark humor, it was a roller-coaster ride exploring a dark future where six pregnant women squared off against... well, Dad.

Here's the pitch:

"Six pregnant women go back in time and accidentally kill a young Hitler -- unleashing a nightmare future! Now with mad scientist Nikola Tesla acting as Charlie to their Angels, they must save the world from the evil Exalted Father... before their water breaks!"

Think of it as The Handmaid's Tale meets Kill Bill.

And if you thought Volume One was nuts... you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Who's This Series For, Anyway?

- Fans of THE BOYS, PREACHER, and PUNISHER MAX

- Fans of Quentin Tarantino movies

- Fans of grindhouse cinema

- Fans of RED XMAS from Scout Comics (obviously)"

Here's some pages from the comic:

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I'm a big fan of Clay's work. 


When I started writing Turner Family Terrors, I gave my imagination the freedom to run wild and pull no punches. When I finished the book, my wife read the proof and mentioned one particular gag. She said,"oh, you left that bit in?" It pushed the boundaries and was a little out there, but I thought it was funny so I kept it in.  But that moment was the first and only time I doubted myself - was I going too far with the humor?


Luckily for me, that same week I discovered Clay Adams and Fried Comics. To put it simply - Clay is just funny. Whenever I pick up a new Fried comic, whether its Deadskins, or Red Xmas, or PBOW, I always laugh. The characters are bold and scrappy. The stories exciting. I'm always entertained. (And I've only been truly offended once!)


Well, as soon as I discovered Clay and Fried Comics I realized I was not crossing any comedic boundaries, in fact I could actually push harder, continuing to ride that inappropriate line of humor as I wrote stories of our lovably dysfunctional Turner family.


Thanks to Clay and his collaborators, they have generously offered up a copy of PBOW #1 for you guys to read. I will attach it to a Backers Only Update I'll post right now. Check it out, then head over to his Kickstarter for the current installment of PBOW and show Clay some love. 

PBOW Kickstarter Link Here.


Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

rob and the tft team