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:
Become Executive Producer of our Comic! Happy Friday & Happy Hill.
10 months ago
– Sat, Jun 04, 2022 at 03:42:37 PM
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.
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.
I was a guest on Blake's Buzz Live. Met some cool dudes - Charlie McElvy and Chris Moses. Plus Stretch Goal #3 slayed!
10 months ago
– Fri, Jun 03, 2022 at 05:09:17 PM
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.
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 THESATURNEFFECT! 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!"
Bonus 'Art Nouveau' Mini Print for all backers of both TFT and Savage Sasquanaut
10 months ago
– Tue, May 31, 2022 at 10:40:39 PM
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)
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!)
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:
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!
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.
Stretch Goal 3 Announced. Nightmare Theater 2 available as an Add-on. Plus PBOW by Clay Adams!
10 months ago
– Sat, May 28, 2022 at 03:53:26 PM
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:
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.