‘Skullkickers’ Celebrates 10 Anniversary With Kickstarter, RPG, & New Comic

by James Ferguson

Ten years ago, the fantasy series Skullkickers debuted at Image Comics from Jim Zub, Chris Stevens, Edwin Huang, Misty Coats, and Marshall Dillon. It ran for 35 solid issues of adventure, collected in six trade paperbacks and three hardcovers. To celebrate this anniversary, the team got back together for a new Skullkickers story and a fully 5e-compatable RPG called Caster Bastards and the Great Grotesque, currently on Kickstarter.

When the Skullkickers take on a mission at the Academy of Serious Sorcery and Holistic Occult Learning, it’ll take every ounce of courage they possess to find their target while steering clear of warped wizardry, whimsical wands and wicked witchcraft wielded by weeping wimps or woeful waifs.

This book is both a celebration of sword & sorcery adventure and a cunning cash grab built around the staggering ever-increasing popularity of that damned nostalgic RPG we all know and love despite its endless flaws.

Skullkickers ended five years ago, so this campaign is intended to bring in new readers and deliver something for old readers too. Since its creation, writer Jim Zub has gone on to work on Dungeons & Dragons and Conan the Barbarian comics. He was definitely stretching those muscles in the fantasy genre. There are some folks that have no idea that he made this epic comic before all that.

The game was created in partnership with designers Mike Olson, E.R.F. Jordan, and Clint Cronk.

This marks the first crowdfunding project Zub has ever done. Fortunately, it’s pacing pretty well so far, closing in on its funding goal with three weeks remaining. Rewards for the Kickstarter campaign include digital and physical copies of the new book, original artwork, and more. It runs through October 2nd, 2020.

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