Who can save a stalwart defender of outer space? Comic book fans of Oklahoma, if all goes according to plan for two local comic-book creators.
Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett have turned to Kickstarter to help fund upcoming issues of their sci-fi epic “Nadir's Zenith,” a space opera set 100 years in the future. It follows the adventures of a space cop named John Nadir.
“Mankind has taken to the stars and even established Moon City on the moon,” Compton said of the series. “Corporations have become the world governments.”
Compton and Bennett have published the first three issues of the series, which are available in some local comic stores and online via Comixology.
“Nadir's Zenith” art was among the comic-book art displayed recently in a show at Istvan Gallery. Bennett, a recent guest at the Green Country Comics and Gaming Convention in Tulsa, also recently created a print for the Stan Lee Foundation, a group created by the “Spider-Man” co-creator to promote literacy.
The Kickstarter campaign would fund issues 4 and 5 of “Nadir's Zenith”; the campaign runs through Nov. 13. Compton also hopes the Kickstarter could help fund publication of the trade paperback of the first story arc if certain goals are met.
“We've had some great local success and are always looking for new ways to show our love for the series to the rest of the world, and this was one avenue,” Bennett said.
Writer Compton and artist Bennett have been the creative team for the entire series.
“It's as if he pulls the imagery right out of my head,” Compton said. “Anything I put on paper, he makes 100 times better with the artwork.”
Bennett said it's been fun “designing futuristic landscapes and ships of all kinds.”
The action is set on the moon in the planned fourth and fifth issues of “Nadir's Zenith.”
“Lots of excitement and new worlds to explore,” Compton said. “Issues 4 and 5 are set in Moon City, focusing on The Inferno. Imagine if Las Vegas, Disney World, Blade Runner, and Thunderdome had a baby ... on the moon. You end up with The Inferno!”
Compton has other projects in the works, including a series called “Tainted World,” based on a dream Compton had.
“‘Tainted World' is a mature-audience story based on an epidemic that affects adults and not children,” Compton said. “The story centers on one man who is not affected and is searching for his estranged kids amidst the chaos of roving bands of children. Think of it as ‘The Walking Dead' meets ‘Lord of the Flies,' but without zombies.”
It's one of several projects Compton has in mind.
“I'm a storyteller,” Compton said. “I literally have dozens of projects that I want to share with the world. If a project becomes self-sustaining, that allows me to pump funds into the next one, and so on, and so forth. With enough support, I can bring more projects to the masses.”