Indie Comics Underground had the chance to chat with Hex Allen about his unique campaign for Nephilim Squadron - now on Indiegogo
Your campaign for Nephilim Squadron is currently funding on IndieGogo. What is Nephilim Squadron?
Nephilim Squadron is a science-fantasy war epic that focuses on the personal journey of a clone pilot's desire for a soul. The story takes place on a planet colonized by humans in the 28th century. Over generations, the colonists have established a civilization, but have also been fighting a war with the native beings on the planet. The thing is, there was never supposed to be any INTELLIGENT SENTIENT life on this planet in order to allow humans to colonize it.
Enter the Sol Interstellar Forces, a Star Trek Federation-Like organization, sent in to find out how and why the humans on Tamerin-12 have awakened this strange, rapidly evolving species.
The comic that backers will receive is actually a preview of a much larger story that is still to come. How much of that larger story can backers expect to get from this comic?
Yes, the black and white version of chapter one is in the current campaign (26+ Pages). The 2021 campaign for Nephilim Squadron will feature 3 chapters in one volume in color, and will be known as Nephilim Squadron Volume 1. This book is planned to be around 72 pages, but this may change when we get to editing chapters 2 and 3.
Your campaign also includes trading cards and prints of characters from a mobile game that you have in development. Why combine the two into this one campaign?
I originally thought it was a good idea to present a cross-IP, cross-Media campaign, because I was so excited about what I was working on, but it turns out that only confuses people. If anything, this has been a teaching moment for me. I think only perhaps large marquee names in crowdfunding would be able to successfully pull off such a campaign.
Any approximate release date on the mobile game?
At this point, probably Summer 2021
Can you give our readers a little background info on yourself?
I'm a long time comics fan first and foremost, since 1985, when I was 13, and around the same time my interest in anime accelerated to warp speed. As a kid I was also into the typical popular shows and movies of the 70's through the 90's, as well as a prolific reader and story builder. I always wanted to be a comics creator, but at the same time, even when I was young, I was aware of the issues with creator-owned content with the "Big Two". So I started creating characters and coming up with stories and kept them to myself.
Time jump to attending an inner city junior high in Los Angeles to a full-ride academic scholarship at a prestigious boarding school on the east coast. From there, on to a fine Jesuit university, then to various jobs as an illustrator, animator, and technical roles in the video game industry. All throughout this time I was forming the Nephilim Squadron world and story. And now, here I am starting the crowd funding project for it at last.
What do you see as the future of Nephilim Squadron?
I envision it as a 12 chapter self-contained saga. The plan is to launch 4 campaigns for each volume, and then be done with it. Well, there is also the possibility of spin offs in the form of short one-shot issues, and a CG crossover (?).
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Follow Hex Allen on Twitter: @hex_allen