This is how I first heard about Torsobear: Yarns From Toyburg and became the letterer of the story by Cy Dethan and Peter Mason.
|Some Assembly Required|
Torsobear: Yarns From Toyburg
Story: Cy Dethan, Art: Peter Mason, Letters: Nic Wilkinson
I was able to pick out the words “best plot bible I've ever seen”, “80s action figure villain” and a good number of “FUCK, YEAHs” from amongst the frenzy and fist punching and in no time I was reading the script for Some Assembly Required. On page one, I was captivated; by page 3 I was in tears; by the end of 8 short pages I’d been so emotionally shaken up and down that I felt like I’d been through The Playtime!
I had to letter it!
If you talk to a letterer, and don’t get scared off by their mad rantings about their arcane obsessions with crossbars and ligatures and bleeds, they will tell you that, sometimes, when you read a script certain things pull themselves visually out of the text on the screen or page and hang there in the air before you going “Do me like this!”
The words “Mr Robones' top-shelf Trapper and Snapper” almost bit my hands off on page one. They certainly took my breath away! Now all that remained was to inveigle my way onto the book with The Toymaster, Brett Uren, and get my sticky fonts all over it!
|The original art by Saoirse Louise Towler |
that was the reward for the backer who took
us over the 50% funded point
Peter Mason’s art has been a joy to letter, as it always is. Being, as I am, mainly a product of the 80s working on this story - actually I can’t say “working” as it’s waaaaaay too much for that - has been like a trip to Neverland. When I saw his first character sketches of Snaplok, and then the full pages, come in I could not suppress a gleefully feral whoop – straight from the heart of my 10-year-old self.
All of this was before I’d even seen any of the amazing work for the book from the other teams in so many different styles that all work so well together. The whole is a thing of beauty and I’m incredibly proud to be involved with such brilliant and passionate people.
The book is to be self-published and distributed via a Kickstarter campaign. As well as the usual rewards for backers we also have rewards for those kind souls who may not want the book, but who are helping us to spread the word. We are grateful for any help in spreading the word, and of course, for any hard earned buttons you may be able to spare for us.
What is Torsobear?
|Plushie Detective Ruxby made by |
Lee-Anne Godby of The Goblin Co Op
available at higher reward levels.
Why should we pick this up?
‘The best contribution to Outré #2 by far (in both art and writing) has to be Torsobear by Brett Uren… It is beautiful, stunning, and haunting. And I wanted more.’ – Max Delgado, Unleash The Fanboy
‘It reads like Raymond Chandler meets Teddy Ruxpin with a generous dose of Robert Crumb and we’d love to see a full series of it.’ – Pipedream Comics
‘The art style and color choices made it feel like a more disturbing and adult Hanna Barbera piece, and the blend of issues such as racism, crises of faith, and horrific crimes with a world of toys resonated with me.’ – Jodi Scaife, Fanboy Comics
Who Is Involved In Torsobear: Yarns From Toyburg?
|Cover by Hal Laren|
Editors – Brett Uren & Glenn Møane
The Toyburg Terrors
Writers – Brett Uren, Glenn Møane, Cy Dethan, Brockton McKinney, Janos Honkonen, Frank Martin, Kieran Squires, Grainne McEntee & Jake Young
Artists – Brett Uren, Pete Rogers, Carlos Zamudio, Matt Rooke, Saoirse Towler, Joel Cotejar, Randy Haldeman, Harold Saxon, Jon Scrivens, Faye Harmon & Brian Traynor
Letterers – Brett Uren, Nic WIlkinson, Mick Schubert, Shawn Aldridge, Kieran Squires & Jon Scrivens
If you are a reviewer, podcaster, blogger or journalist please get in touch through the contact page if you would like more information, previews or to talk to Brett and Glenn or any of the team about the project.
Keep track of the campaign and the book’s production at http://torsobear.com