It’s time to take a look at another comic currently up on Kickstarer. This time it’s Bullet Gal, a comic that pulls inspiration from gloomy noir stories. As always, I’ll pass the spotlight to those behind the project to give a proper explanation of what it’s all about:
The first thing you need to know about Bullet Gal is that it’s a loving homage to hardboiled noir — the detective fiction and pulp produced in the first half of the 20th century by writers like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
As a writer with four published novels of his own as well as a graphic novel already under the belt, Andrez Bergen wears this influence with pride.
But he also loves his sci-fi and dystopia, anything from The Matrix to Blade Runner, Inception to Ghost in the Shell — and the Bullet Gal comic book embraces these inspirations too.
The art is handled by Bergen, who’s taking an impressively unconventional approach compared to the average comic book:
The imagery used on Bullet Gal falls under the various categories of the creator’s own photos, fair use of public domain advertising imagery, alteration of existing imagery, a heavy element of homage, and original art.
All this from a man equally heavily influenced by the comic book art of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, Frank Miller, Steve Epting, David Lloyd, Michael Lark, Ben Templesmith, Sean Phillips and David Aja.
This shows in his own art — a newfangled exercise in digital manipulation and experimentation that still remembers the tale being told, at the same time catching the imagination of media people and fans who have been privy to this developing exercise in new comic book storytelling.
The reward levels are pretty generous with plenty of different options starting at a very low entry price. Rewards range from the physical graphic novel itself, to digital goodies like copies of other comics by the creative team. Interestingly there’s also an option to grab 10 copies of the graphic novel, which is a great way for comic book shops to both support the book and grab some stock.
They’re well over half way towards their goal and have two weeks left. Want to give them a hand? You can check out the Kickstarter itself right here.