Crowdfunding Comics: ‘Space Bastards’ Volume 2 Launches

by Olly MacNamee

Space Bastards #1 was released last week by Humanoids, but the original graphic novel was initially released via Kickstarter. So, co-writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey are returning to the popular crowdfunding site for their follow-up campaign for Space Bastards Volume 2. An oversized ‘Directors Cut’ featuring stories co-written by Peterson and Aubrey with artwork by The Boys artist and co-creator Darick Robertson, as well as contributions by artists Boo Cook (2000AD), Colin MacNeil (Judge Dredd: America), and Clint Langley (2000AD).

Art by Darick Robertson

“In the future, violence is everywhere. Corporations are exploiting the weak and disenfranchised. And while America has taken to the cosmos, unemployment is rampant, infrastructure is crumbling, and basic services are unreliable. Getting mail between planets is damn near impossible. And when you’ve got nothing left to lose, you join the Intergalactic Postal Service. No paperwork. No boss. No punching a clock (though someone somewhere is definitely getting punched). Postal carriers are encouraged to intercept, kill, and steal from each other to complete deliveries. The courier that actually delivers the package gets paid. The ones that don’t — even if they survive — get squat.

The wild ensemble cast of Space Bastards features an unemployed accountant, a death row inmate, a divorced real estate agent, an alien immigrant, a raging alcoholic, a retired privateer, and a former executive assistant in their new lives delivering packages for the Intergalactic Postal Service. Under the volatile leadership of Postmaster General Roy Sharpton, these Space Bastards are forever at each other’s throats trying to settle scores and earn big money.”

Art by Colin McNeil

What’s more, being an anthology of stories, you don’t need to be too familiar with the world and the cats of characters from the first volume, as Aubrey explains for any new potential backers:

“Due to the nature of its ensemble cast, Volume 2 is as easy an entry point as Volume 1 for new readers. By crowdfunding Space Bastards, we can continue to pay advances to the artists and keep telling these twisted stories of the Intergalactic Postal Service.”

For more on this campaign – launching today – check out their campaign page here. 

And to help you make up your mind, why not check out our review of the debut issue here, and catch up with the co-creators and co-writers in our interview here.

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