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Killtopia #1

A project in Edinburgh, UK by Dave Cook

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In future Japan, a salvage hunter and his robot sidekick are hunted by insane android killers in a race to cure a deadly nano-plague.
Backers: 869
Average Pledge Per Backer: £19

Funded: £16,261 of £4,000
Dates: Feb 2nd -> Mar 4th (30 days)
Project By: Dave Cook
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Latest News


March 4th - via:
Hi guys, Dave here,  Here’s our campaign’s final score: 869 backers, £16,261 raised.  Thank you so, so much everyone!It’s truly been a surreal few weeks, and it really feels like we’re now on the verge of a turning point in our comic... (Read More)


March 3rd - via:
NEW CHARACTER REVEAL: DR. SCRATCH Say hello to Killtopia’s triple-platinum record selling colossus Dr. Scratch. This M.C. of mayhem conquered the charts, then set his sights on the Wrecker League. With his DJ deck cannon, Scratch shatters foes with... (Read More)


March 2nd - via:
Hi guys, Dave here signing off after a crazy Friday of backers :O  Thanks so much to all our new backers, you guys rule! Also: check out our Facebook page for lots more art and info as we work on the book! Tomorrow we’ll be revealing a never... (Read More)

Kickstarter Spotlight: Black and Blue

March 2nd - via:
Happy Friday guys, here’s a quick update for you - a shout out to another comic Kickstarter that rescheduled out to us for some support. It’s for an 80-page graphic novel called Black and Blue, which tells the story of aliens and humans engaged... (Read More)

We just smashed £14,000! + Stretch Goal Recap!

March 2nd - via:
Happy Friday everyone, Dave here to say that thanks to your amazing generosity, our campaign just passed the £14,000 mark! Our new backers might be wondering about stretch goals - we actually unlocked them all at £12,000, but you’ll still get all... (Read More)

New fan art!

March 1st - via:
Hi guy’s, Dave here with a quick update as the Kickstarter closes in on just two days to go! We just got this incredible Killtopia fan art of Stiletto hauling salvage by Ben Alexander, who you can find at... (Read More)

How the Killtopia #1 script was written

February 28th - via:
Hi guys, Dave here with a follow up to Craig's amazing 'concept art' guide, which showed you how he designed our characters and finalised their look. It's a mind blowing insight into his art process - READ IT HERE. Quite a few of our backers have... (Read More)

Killtopia Concept Art Special!

February 27th - via:
Hey guys, Craig here. I thought I might share with you some of my sketches and concept art being the character design of our main characters in Killtopia.  I take the view that character design is almost like a form of story telling, where a single... (Read More)


February 26th - via:
Hi again guys, Dave here again. We just finished up our first Killtopia live Q&A and it was a really great session, with many of superb questions from our fans. We touched upon a lot - how to write comics, selling at comic cons, planning a... (Read More)


February 26th - via:
Hi guys, Dave here with a reminder that the Killtopia live Q&A session starts in 10 minutes over at our Facebook page, and is your chance to ask anything about the series, the comic business, running a Kickstarter and more. It's kicking off here:... (Read More)


February 23rd - via:
Hi guys, Dave here sharing a really neat project by a friend I thought Killtopia backers would enjoy. It's Kaiju Gods, a collection of 14 short comic stories about Kaiju monsters of all shapes and sizes. Created by Alex Maday, and with stories by... (Read More)


February 22nd - via:
Hi guys, Dave here with the reveal of our next bonus reward. First up: this one isn’t even a stretch goal. It’s just a free extra that we wanted to give to all our £12+ backers as a way of saying thank you for helping us make Killtopia possible.... (Read More)


February 21st - via:
Hi guys! You might have seen that we smashed our £12,000 goal last night, which means all £12+ backers get a free Killtopia art print by Transmetropolitan artist Darick Robertson. That was our last stretch goal, but we’re not done giving you free... (Read More)

We passed £12,000!!

February 21st - via:
Hi guys, Dave here and holy balls! - Killtopia #1 has now passed £12,000 on Kickstarter.  This is seriously mind boggling stuff, thank you so, so much everyone. This means that the Darick Robertson art print is now unlocked for all £12+ backers.... (Read More)


February 18th - via:
(by Killtopia creator/writer Dave Cook) One of my earliest years experiences of Asian cinema was the visceral, dark survival film Battle Royale, starring Takeshi "Beat" Kitano. I remember picking it up on the Tartan Asia Extreme film label, and after... (Read More)


February 16th - via:
This is the big one: our £12,000 stretch goal! Transmetropolitan artist Darick Robertson has agreed to design an exclusive A4 Killtopia print for all £12+ backers. Fuck yeah!! If you’re on a lower tier: you can upgrade to qualify for a print,... (Read More)

KILLTOPIA INFLUENCES - FILE #004: Transmetropolitan

February 15th - via:
(By Killtopia creator/writer Dave Cook)   Transmetropolitan (or ‘Transmet’ for short) is my all time favourite comic series. Period. It’s the book that got me thinking about writing a comic, and it resonated with me in a profound way. It was... (Read More)

We've passed £10k!!

February 15th - via:
Killtopia #1 has now raised more than £10,000 on Kickstarter, and what better way to celebrate than a shoddily-made stock image?   Round of applause for the kind old lady? But seriously: I never for once imagined that this silly wee story about... (Read More)


February 14th - via:
Good evening folks! Dave here just wanting to share a piece of insane Killtopia fan art with you, courtesy of Tony, who has made this stunning 3D model of Crash - the first sentient Mech to be found in Sector K.    Thank you SO much to Tony for... (Read More)


February 14th - via:
Hello, Craig here. This is the second of our posts where we introduce you to the creative team behind Killtopia. This week, an introduction to me, Craig Paton, the artist behind Killtopia, I'll try to give you guys a bit of info on my background and... (Read More)

NEW SOUNDTRACK REVEAL! (The last link was broken, oops!)

February 13th - via:
Hi guys, Dave here with a new update as we pass the £9500 mark. Thank you so, so much to our new backers who helped tip us over that figure. It means so much to us! :) Today, we wanted to share a stunning new addition to the official Killtopia... (Read More)


February 13th - via:
Hi guys, Dave here with a new update as we pass the £9500 mark. Thank you so, so much to our new backers who helped tip us over that figure. It means so much to us! :) Today, we wanted to share a stunning new addition to the official Killtopia... (Read More)


February 12th - via:
CHARACTER REVEAL: CRASH Gotta love that leather jacket! Happy Monday folks. Dave here with a new piece of character art by Craig Paton. Meet Crash: the first sentient Mech to ever be found in the Killtopia zone. Humans have never been able to crack... (Read More)


February 9th - via:
Happy Friday everyone! Dave here, and can you believe it's only been a WEEK since we launched the Killtopia #1 Kickstarter? :O  You've helped us smash our wildest expectations for this campaign, so on behalf of Craig, Rob and myself, THANK YOU so... (Read More)


February 9th - via:
Hi guys Dave here and a very happy Friday to you all! Thanks to your awesome Support and word of mouth, you’ve nudged us past the £7500 mark, which means all backers at £8 and above are getting our retro gaming art cart set.   If you pledged... (Read More)

ROB JONES LETTERING REVEAL (Read pages 1-5 here)

February 8th - via:
Hey folks, Dave here with a fresh update and as always thank you so much for backing Killtopia #1, it’s insanely appreciated by the whole team. Speaking of the team, we recently revealed that we’d enlisted letterer Rob Jones to work with us on... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #3 REVEALED!

February 8th - via:
STRETCH GOAL #3: UNLOCKS @ £7500 Howdy folks, Dave here with a new stretch goal reveal! You might have seen during our build up to the Kickstarter that Craig and I posted a series of retro videogame covers based on Killtopia. Well, if our... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #2: REVEALED!

February 6th - via:
Howdy folks, Dave here with the reveal of our second Killtopia stretch goal. If our overall total passes the £7000 mark, all backers who pledge £8 and above will get a free physical  A4 Killtopia print by none other than renowned artist Gary... (Read More)


February 5th - via:
Howdy guys, Dave here with a huge update for you.  But first...A massive thank you from Craig, Rob and myself for helping us to get funded in 12 hours. We simply cannot thank you all enough for the support, and we can't wait to get Killtopia #1 into... (Read More)

Who are we? Episode #1

February 4th - via:
Hi guys, Dave here, kicking off a series of short articles about who we are, what influenced us and more about what Killtopia is about. We posted these on Facebook throughout the year but we wanted to let our new fans and backers know more about our... (Read More)

£5000 and climbing!

February 3rd - via:
Hey folks, Dave here fresh out of Capital Sci-Fi Con. It’s been an amazing day with lots of Killtopia backers stopping by the Card Shark Comics table to say hi - thanks to all of you who did for the lovely words :) We’re now over £5200 so I... (Read More)

We’re funded!!

February 3rd - via:
Morning guys! So... you’ve all helped us do something crazy, which is get Killtopia#1 funded in less than 24 HOURS!!  Thank you so, so much guys. I keep saying thank you because this book literally cannot happen without your support. You’ve made... (Read More)

Check out the Killtopia mixtapes!

February 2nd - via:
So we’re now 71% funded in less than a days, which is insane - thank you so, so much! As a thank you, I wanted to share a fun little thing Craig and I did while making Killtopia #1 - a pair of Spotify mixtapes of all the songs that we listened to... (Read More)


February 2nd - via:
We’ve already had huge demand for Killtopia shirts, so we’ve introduced a new backer tier at £28 which has the Print book, this shirt in your choice of size and two art prints of Shinji and Stiletto. You can change our pledge in your dashboard... (Read More)

Our first interview!

February 2nd - via:
Happy Friday peeps! The awesome Comics Anonymous has interviewed us about how Killtopia was conceived, our influences and what you can expect from issue #1 - there’s a lot in there you will find interesting. Hit up the link below and let us know... (Read More)

Read the first five pages here!

February 2nd - via:
HOLY CRAP WE’RE LIVE! :O As a first big update, we thought you’d dig checking out the first five completed pages. The lettering isn’t final, but have a gander and see what you think. All feedback is welcome :D Cheers! - Dave & Craig    (Read More)

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