“A dragon, a faun and a young troll boy are on the run from the United States government”
This is the premise of Past the Last Mountain, the comic series created by Paul Allor and Louie Joyce. After the successful release of the comic on Comixology this year, they are now funding a print edition on Kickstarter. The kickstarter is whittling down to it's final days with the comic already having reached its goal. In addition to the 4 issues of Past the Last Mountain, the book will also include one shot fantasy comic with art by Thomas Boatwright, as well as 20 short comics drawn by other artists, set in the same universe.
Last time we spoke about Past the Last Mountain, Issue 1 was just released. Tell us about the adventure it has been since then!
That feels like aaaages ago! It's been a fun ride so far. The original 4 issues were released through ComiXology to a great reception. People really dug the book, but one thing we kept getting asked was "When's the print version coming out?" So we knew we had to get cracking on that, but we wanted to make sure it was something special. Something beyond just the issues that had already been released. Paul Allor, the writer, had the idea of writing short comics that expanded upon different characters or events in the main story and bringing in different artists to illustrate them. Now the book has become a miniseries, a one shot and anthology all in one! It's really exciting, and adds a fantastic element and value to the print collection that you don't get with the digital issues.
One of your favourite artists is creating a short comic for the book. Who is that? Who else is contributing art for the book?
Yeah! That artist is Caspar Wijngaard who i recently discovered thanks to his Image Comics series Limbo (written by Dan Watters) and have been completely obsessed with since seeing his work (those colours!) And that's just the tip of the iceberg really, there's an incredible lineup of talent contributing to the backup stories. Artists like Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Eric Zawadzki (Headspace), Eoin Marron (Red Cube Studio), Ashley A. Woods (NIOBE: She is Life). Native American artist Jeffrey Veregge, who does covers for Marvel, will be doing his first interior art for a story based around his own Tribe the S’Klallam and I can tell you it looks amazing! Plus there's a heap more artists involved, you can see the full list on the Kickstarter page at pastthelastmountain.com
What does it feel like having other people play inside the world you and Paul created?
So yeah, it's incredibly exciting and humbling to have these artists contributing to the Past the Last Mountain world. In drawing the miniseries I really became a fan of this world and characters. Seeing these other stories, that build upon the foundation that Paul and I set, allows me to experience it purely as a fan and that is incredibly awesome! I can't wait to get my hands on the book and read through them all!
You've reached your goal! Congrats! What happens now?
Yessss!!! Thanks, it is very exciting to know this book will be a reality. Now we just have to finish off the production side of things and get it and the rewards out into the hands of our wonderful backers asap. Because the main bulk of the book was completed prior to the kickstarter it should all hopefully be wrapped up very soon!
What's the next event you'll be at?
I will be at the Kings Comics Zine Fair to celebrate International Buy Indie Comics Day on Sat 6th August from 11am-3pm. This is the first time Kings has run this event and they've got a great lineup of local comic creators and zinesters, plus they're also having an in store sale on indie comics, so should be a great day! I'll be selling copies of MISHMASH, HODGEPODGE, ASTRAL and a few other bits and pieces.
The Past the Last Mountain Kickstarter will be finishing up on the 8th August, so if you're keen for a big beautiful book that includes the acclaimed fantasy miniseries, plus a classic one-shot and bonus stories by some of today's hottest artists, get in before it ends!
You can read Issue 1 online here