WARBIRDS OF MARS by Doc and Kane

TEMPORARY PAGE – KICKSTARTER AD

DON’T LET THE MARTIANS WIN!! I’m ‘Crowd-funding’ my graphic novel, WARBIRDS OF MARS, through KICKSTARTER. If you check out our little 1940s-style ‘Newsreel’ video you’ll see what it’s all about. I need your support to get this off the ground, though, so donate if you can and pass it along to those who might be interested. Thanks!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scottpvaughn/warbirds-of-mars-the-complete-epic-graphic-novel

Kickstarter Launched for 1940s era Graphic Novel Warbirds of Mars!

Long-running web-comic Warbirds of Mars is changing its format and asking for your support to help fund the completion of a lengthy ‘new-pulp’, dieselpunk graphic novel. Inspired by the comics and films of yesteryear, Warbirds has already tackled comics, a radio show, a short-story anthology and cheesecake pinups to help tell its tale. Now its creators are taking it to the next level.

Set in an alternate World War II, the story features a cast of heroes fighting for freedom against the race of aliens that invaded on D-Day who now occupy much of the globe. Being the 1940s, the invaders are simply referred to as ‘Martians’ (Think War of the Worlds meets Mars Attacks with a dash of The Rocketeer or The Shadow). They attacked the Earth and superseded WWII, taking over many of the major cities of the world. The resistance forces struggle to re-unite the ragged and dispersed militaries of the planet in the hopes of fighting back with new technology.

This pulp-style sci-fi adventure was created and drawn by Scott P. ‘Doc’ Vaughn and written by Amazon.com best-selling author Kane Gilmour. Initially formatted like an old-school weekly newspaper strip, the graphic novel will feature the reprinted run of the web series then switch gears to ‘golden-age’ style comics. There will be somewhere between 60 – 100 new color pages that help complete the current story arc.

For the past four years, ‘Doc’ and Kane have taken the Martian Killers and their struggle from New York to the West, to Europe and back again. They further expanded the Warbirds Universe by publishing Warbirds of Mars: Stories of the Fight! via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other platforms, in paperback as well as in ebook formats. The book has been nominated for seven New Pulp Awards this year and features stories by Jeff Mariotte, Sean Ellis and Ron Fortier (among others) as well as illustrations by artists like Mike Debalfo, Bill Farmer, John Lucas and Dan Parsons.

“For me,” says Doc, “combining the likes of Mars Attacks, War of the Worlds and World War II seemed logical. Regardless of originality, I wanted a crack at all of these concepts combined, hopefully in a new light. I approached my friend Kane Gilmour with these ideas, pitching it to him as a web-comic. To my eternal glee and gratitude, Kane ran with it, and the still-developing results are here for you to see. I hope you enjoy Warbirds of Mars and that it leads you on your own journey of discover or a trip down memory lane.”

You can see more of WARBIRDS at www.warbirdsofmars.com
The Kickstarter and its Newsreel-themed intro video can be supported at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scottpvaughn/warbirds-of-mars-the-complete-epic-graphic-novel

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March 11, 2014 | Comments Off
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UPDATES…!

WARBIRDS of MARS and its Official Website at warbirdsofmars.com have been a blast for Kane and I to work on and I look forward to each new adventure Kane writes and that I can draw up and post on Fridays. Being a believer in quality over quantity, though, I don’t get new pages up EVERY Friday as stated, but I hope you all understand that I want the finished product to be as good as I can churn out at a reasonable pace.
The first PRINT ISSUE Comic book of weeks 1-26 is available from Indy-Planet!! It is complete with Exclusive Intro and other extras!
We have a FACEBOOK Fan GROUP!
The first Warbirds of Mars 1940s-style RADIO SHOW can be heard on the Official Site, where you can also find exclusive ART, and SWAG, such as T-Shirts, Prints, Comics and Mousepads for sale!!
So drop us a line and let us know what you think so far!!
Best,
-Doc
Vaughn-Media.com

October 5, 2011 | Comments Off

Six Months!

Can you believe it!? We’ve been creating and tweaking and prepping and drawing and writing and even more creatin’ for well over six months, now. I hope to have a better official hub site up soon, along with other cool stuff and some things that I think people will really get a kick out of. I’m also finishing another project for a comic client, so when I skip a week (or two) here or there, I apologize, but I hope to get onto a regular weekly schedule asap. Besides, I want enough pages done to collect and print for Phoenix Comic-con in May ‘11!

In the meantime, check out our FACEBOOK Page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=151828654835441&v=info&ref=mf

And don’t forget to stop by our Warbirds STORE: http://www.zazzle.com/scottpvaughn

Best, Scott P. ‘Doc’ Vaughn. Vaughn-media.com

November 18, 2010 | Comments Off

Facebook page

OOH! Become a fan, kids!  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=151828654835441&v=info&ref=mf

September 1, 2010 | Comments Off

Influences on Warbirds of Mars

I just wanted to take some time to point out what might not be obvious to some people; the origins of this webcomic.

I’ve loved pulp style imagery for as long as I can remember, probably starting with my early enjoyment of the original King Kong (1933). In recent years I’ve been more and more drawn to stories and art from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. I have also always been a fan of the 1953 version of War of the Worlds, and a lot of the knock-offs and B-movies – and their poster art – that followed.

 

On a trip to Disneyland more than a decade ago (ok, maybe almost two), I walked into an art gallery and fell in love with a print of the original Alex Raymond Flash Gordon strip. His art was fantastic, and the style and layout of the comic should be evident here.

Recently I’ve discovered the comics that ran in 30’s ‘Spicy’ pulps echo an awful of lot of my interests and those of later comics, movies, and serials.

 

Speaking of pulps. I love the covers, enjoy many of the stories (Robert E. Howard is a god to me), and am now discovering the interior illustrations as well.

 

Two Words: Gil Elvgren.

 

Norman Saunders was an amazing pulp and pin-up artist who also gave us the original, notorious Mars Attacks bubblegum cards.

 

Fritz Lang and other Noir movie masters.

 

When I needed to work on a new project, and this ‘Warbirds’ idea popped back up, I pitched it to Kane to write it for me. Fortunately for me, he not only jumped at it, he picked it up and ran.

That’s all for now. The webcomic has Begun! Enjoy!

-Doc

July 22, 2010 | Comments Off

Nearly there…

I’m almost ready to officially unveil WARBIRDS OF MARS..  This has been an interesting ride of learning new things – both in art and in webdesign, and has ended up time consuming, but in a good way.

Warbirds has a STORE! Buy our swag!

July 17, 2010 | Comments Off

Webcomic coming soon…

 I’m currently working on starting up my first self-published web-comic, so I’m in the throws (throughs? throus? forget it) of watching video tutorials about wordpress.org and such. I’m hoping I can get my page to look cool, be easy to navigate and post new pages to and get it all done in time to sit back at the art desk and keep up with my writer, who keeps emailing pages to me. 

Such are the trials of start-up. Example: I had just stumbled on to Blambot.com (an awesome resource, apparently) yesterday when I found that the old floppy disk I had Comicraft fonts and word-balloons on was as dead as the Sorry-i’m-a-paperweight-now PC that I had hoped to retrieve the files from. Needless to say, thank the gods for teh internet.

I just spelled ‘The’ like a cat.

June 10, 2010 | Comments Off