Bastard Galaxia Kickstarter appeal soars to new heights as 1980s toy comic homage captures new fans

Regular readers will recall we plugged the Bastard Galaxia web comic a while back – and now the team behind the book are running a Kickstarter that’s already secured funding for their first print collection – but they’re hoping to scale new heights with their appeal as momentum behind their work builds.

Lancaster-based comic creators Steve Gregson and Matt Simmons have created a daft homage to the 1980’s action figure craze with Bastard Galaxia, centring on a maniacal bad guy that wouldn’t look out of place on Adult Swim (some of the strip definitely isn’t for the kind of young audience who might watch He-Man or Thundercats).

Bastard Galaxia 2017 Kickstarter Promo Image

On offer to backers is a 96-page graphic novel about Space Pirates, Evil Villains, Heroic Dudes, Selling out, the 1980’s and Action Figures, in chich the titular Bastard Galaxia is trying to convince his crew that he hasn’t sold out, even though his latest ideas all revolve around taking down one particular hero, wearing cool costumes, and using toy grade weaponry…

“We’ve hit our target for a physical collection of the first three chapters of Bastard Galaxia, but we’re reaching for stretch goals,” Steve tells us, “One of which will be a free upgrade to a hardcover, but we’re still working out the costs!”

The team has come up with all sorts of cool merchandise (as you might expect for a comic inspired by toys!) available for people who still want to just read the strip online.

Bastard Galaxia Trading Cards . Just like a genuine pack from 1987, you won't know whats on them all 5 until you receive them! (Temp artwork shown, but expect 5 cards all related to past and upcoming story events!)
Bastard Galaxia Trading Cards . Just like a genuine pack from 1987, you won’t know whats on them all 5 until you receive them! (Temp artwork shown, but expect 5 cards all related to past and upcoming story events!)
Left to Right: Bastard Galaxis Enamel Pin, Vinyl Sticker and Patch designs!
Left to Right: Bastard Galaxis Enamel Pin, Vinyl Sticker and Patch designs!

I’m more than happy to shamelessly help plug this crazy comic and help Steve and Matt get it in front of as many comic fans as possible

• The Kickstarter is here: Bastard Galaxia – Chapters 1-3: Power, Corruption and Lies

• Read Bastard Galaxia here: www.bastardgalaxia.com | Find Bastard Galaxia on Facebook | Follow Bastard Galaxia on Twitter @BastardGalaxia

• Follow Steve Gregson on Twitter @RoboticSteve

• Follow Matt Simmons on Twitter @SheriffFreak

Warning: the kind of people who take offence at anything at the drop of a hat may be offended by elements of this web comic

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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