Crowdfunding Spotlight: Striker creator Pete Nash’s ambitious bid to relaunch weekly comic

Striker creator Pete Nash

Striker creator Pete Nash and his dedicated team have just launched a Kickstarter to launch his much-loved football strip as a weekly comic – and they’ve set an ambitious opening target of £35,000 to finance the production of the first twelve issues.

Never one to shy from aiming for new heights, former Fleet Street journalist Pete Nash has been looking at ways to launch a brand new weekly football comic for many years, and by blending a print and dugital title with a ground-breaking animated extension to the Striker universe, it looks like he may have done it, with almost £5000 already committed by fans.

Sports broadcaster Hailey Coxon is on board to deliver the animated match commentary that will be part of the project if it gets the backing Pete’s hoping for.

Launching in September 2018, if successfully funded, the new, full colour comic, part of Pete’s wider ambition to make Striker a global brand, will offer a lead strip based on main serialised storyline as featured daily in Britain’s The Sun newspaper.

The new title, also planned be on sale in UK shops, will also include at least one secondary strip, focusing on the young wannabe footballers at the academy.

Striker Comic Issue One - Kickstarter Promo

Just like the long-running Striker comic Pete published previously between 2003 and 2005, he also plans to feature four or five pages of classic football strips from the 1970s or 80s each week, together with news, interviews and features on the characters, plus stats on the new “Striker World League” clubs and players.

Striker first appeared in November 1985, as a black-and white, three-panel comic strip in The Sun, becoming ecame the first comic strip in the world to be created in 3D animation software in 1988. It continues to this day in the best-selling paper, seven days a week.

“We’re on Kickstarter because we need support to help us launch a weekly comic and turn Striker into a global franchise,” says Pete.

“The creation of the World League is a major development that means Striker has outgrown the space available for it in The Sun. We want to launch an independent weekly comic – in digital and print formats – so we can grow Striker and weave characters from other world league clubs into the stories.”

The strip currently revolves around the characters at Warbury Warriors Football Club – but most of the action takes place off the pitch, with intriguing soap-style storylines that mix drama, romance, crime and comedy.

Pete has already printed four volumes of the Striker archive, with a fifth on its way, and is no stranger to the world of self publishing. While £35,000 is quite a target, it’s no surprise he’s already gained the support he has from Striker‘s loyal fan base.

Striker Comic Issue One - Kickstarter Stretch Goals

This Kickstarter project is for the first 12 weekly issues of the Striker comic – but the goal is to publish 50 weekly issues a year. Issues 13 onwards will be funded by the renewal of subscriptions and continued retail sales, combined with further Kickstarter projects.

Sports Broadcaster Hailey Coxon
Sports Broadcaster Hailey Coxon is on board to be commentator for the Striker animated matches. “What have I let myself in for?” she jokes in the project’s Kickstarter video

The longer-term ambition, in tandem with animated football, is to create a virtual Striker World League universe in which Striker’s passionate and loyal fans become members of their favourite club – and have a say in the running of it.

“With enough support from existing and new fans, we believe we can eventually form regional fan bases and regional comics (creating opportunities for local artists and writers),” Pete says, “so fans can follow clubs from their own countries as they compete on the worldwide stage.

“Every penny raised from this and any subsequent Kickstarter campaigns will be used to invest in the comic and the weekly animated football,” Pete notes. “The more money we raise, the bigger and better Striker will be.”

Find out more about the project and back it here on Kickstarter

Striker on the web

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strikerworld.co.uk

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new 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’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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