Hatch by Glenn B. Fleming

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Hatch – The Next Day by Glenn B. Fleming (Reprise)

Hatch by Glenn B. Fleming

Comics creator and publisher Glenn B. Fleming has restarted his crowdfunding appeal to get a collection of his Hatch stories funded – but this time on IndieGogo, after behind the scenes problems that are, quite frankly, enough to make any creator weep, but not the kind of stuff we go into here on downthetubes.

Hatch is a unique character, the brainchild of artist/writer Glenn B Fleming, who also brought us the wonderful Jack Kirby: A Personal Journey documentary through successful crowdfunding last year.

Hatch the strip, is, simply, a visual experience, a wordless tale can be enjoyed by all peoples in the universe, whatever language(s) they may understand, which has previously appeared in publications such as the comics zine Crikey!

“There are no language barriers with this strip,” Glenn insists. “Translated words can change the mood, meaning or substance of any writing. Only ‘sound effects’ are used; there is no dialogue.

“All Hatch’s adventures are simply a visual experience, a character in all his lonely ‘glory’; lost, bewildered and, yeah, amazed.”

Hatch, however, is not just an ordinary cartoon strip. Far from it.

Hatch by Glenn B. Fleming“Hatch is, in fact, a builder, an experimenter and (occasionally) a time traveller,” Glenn explains, “and although he is a ‘man’ lost in time and space, his world is not without incident, not without accident and certainly not without meaning.

“Hatch endures in us all; struggling to come to terms with himself, his world and his universe. A universe he marvels at, embraces and is ultimately frustrated with.”

Hatch: The Next Day offers a 32-page A4 comic “full of humour and amazement”, says Glenn. “Generally, Hatch’s amazement, but hopefully yours too!”

As well as an adventure featuring this unique little guy, you can also make a pledge that includes an A5 20 page black and white sister volume of unpublished Hatch sketches. There’s a hardback ‘De-Lux’ edition of both comic and sketches, too.

“The De-Lux volume contains a further ten pages of previously unseen artwork from Hatch’s early years,” Glenn reveals, “scanned directly from the originals in my archive.

Hatch: The Next Day is a quirky little project from a hugely talented creator, and your support not only helps Glenn make the comic for backers, but get it out to comic shops and into the hands of comic book collectors, too – wherever they reside!

You can back Hatch here on IndieGogo

Hatch by Glenn B. Fleming

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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