Independent Canadian superheroes may be experiencing a golden age, and a pair of prairie-based heroes are making hay while the sun shines.
Author A.P. Fuchs, a resident of North Kildonan, has made a name for himself on the Canadian superhero scene as the prolific author of Axiom-man (among other titles) and as a regular at comic and sci-fi conventions. Now, Fuchs is teaming up with Humboldt, Sask.-based Jeff Burton on a Kickstarter campaign that will see Axiom-man team-up with Burton’s Auroraman in a unique, made-in-the-prairies storyline.
"It’s an exciting, action-packed adventure from start to finish, and one with heart too," Fuchs said of the collaboration. "The ideals and altruisms his character stands for are similar to what my character stands for. His character isn’t as seasoned, so I thought it would be an interesting dynamic to play off of."
Fuchs and Burton met a couple of years ago at a convention in Saskatoon. They hit it off, and after communicating back and forth for a while, came up with their crossover concept. Their Kickstarter launched in March to fund the launch of Auroraman #1, a follow-up to the character’s successful #0 debut last year. Most of the funding levels will receive the Axiom-man/Auroraman team-up novel Frozen Storm, along with the Auroraman #1 book and other incentives. To date the campaign, which runs until May 4, has raised $2,868 of its $9,999 goal.
"I think it’s important for people to back this project, because you are supporting Canadian creators," Fuchs said.
Author of eight Axiom-man novels in the character’s main storyline, Fuchs has also published a number of post-apocalyptic and horror novels, and a trilogy of paranormal romance titles. He explained that Frozen Storm, while not essential to the Axiom-man saga, is a "fun side-adventure" for the character.
"It’s part of the storyline, but it runs parallel, like the Axiom-man short stories," he said. "Being a reader who’s a completist, I like to read everything."
With social media connecting creators with greater ease than ever before, Fuchs sees the Canadian indie comic scene exploding right now.
"With easier access to publishing options, it’s easier for us to bring our creations to the forefront," he said. "For myself — and I can’t speak for others — there’s a keen local interest for what I do. Ninety-eight per cent of my stories take place in Winnipeg. I have local readers and local fans who just love that."
And while Frozen Storm has been a "fun, side-adventure" for both character and creator, Fuchs said that he is excited for the next chapter of the Anxiom-man saga: a trilogy that will wrap up the current storyline and set the scene for what will come next.
"The next instalment will be called the Battle of Power trilogy. A novel, a novella, and another novel. The events that happen will change Axiom-man as a person, Winnipeg as a whole, and also the world as a whole. I’m very excited about it."
While he is reluctant to provide a firm release date ("I always say plan early, but tell people late"), Fuchs expects the trilogy to be ready for readers in the first half of 2018.
To learn more about the Auroraman # 1 / Frozen Storm Kickstarter campaign, or to pledge your support, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/758093623/the-adventures-of-auroraman-1-and-axiom-man-team-u/