After a chance meeting at a convention in 2011, Simeon Aston and Jeremy Biggs began working together to create the illustrated cyberpunk novella Metal Made Flesh, a collection of three separate but interlinked stories set in a futuristic world created and illustrated by Simeon and written by Jeremy. It details the exploits of three mercenaries as they try to survive in the hostile environment in Tuaoni, a sprawling city on the black market trading hub of Equan Yas.
Humanity has been chased to the brink of extinction by an unrelenting foe called the Veul and has been forced to take refuge in Tuaoni. Forced into extreme poverty, and treated as the lowest of the low by the planet’s inhabitants, humans are forced to do whatever it takes to survive. The series centres on three humans, the cold, merciless cyborg Izobel Vice (Metal) who loses more of her humanity with each passing upgrade; the psychopathic assassin Phaeon Nex (Made), whose consciousness is trapped in the gradually failing body of a synthetic child, and Kalibos (Flesh), a spoilt human prince who loses everything when he is mutated into a hideous war machine.
After Metal was released as a standalone illustrated novella in 2013, the pair turned to Kickstarter to get the other two books in the series published. They aimed for £3000, which they achieved in three days, and they went on to raise over £14,500.
Now they are back with Phase 2 of the series, a graphic novel Metal Made Flesh: Blood & Oil, and unsurprisingly they are once again turning to Kickstarter for funding. For this new book, which will have five stories, Jeremy will be returning to writing and editing duties and will be joined by Emmy award nominated Mike Garley (Collider, Kill Screen, Dead Roots, Eponymous, Samurai Slasher, Adventure Time, Wallace and Gromit) and Cy Dethan (Starship Troopers, The Indifference Engine, White Knuckle, Cancertown).
In addition to art from Simeon, Blood and Oil will also feature three of the best comic artists from the UK scene: Gary Erskine (Judge Dredd, Dan Dare, Hellblazer, The Authority, The Filth, Star Wars), Kev Crossley (Judge Dredd, Tomb Raider, ABC Warriors) and introducing Phil Buckenham (Rented… To The Dead).