Kickstarter Corner – ‘The Tay Bridge Disaster’

Crowdfunding Now – ‘The Tay Bridge Disaster’ by Dave Robertson.

You can head over and pledge right here.

I’ve been both a buddy and an admirer of Dave Robertson and his comics for a few years now. What I do know about him is that he knows what he is doing with comics and puts out regular original and well crafted books. He’s a small press creator from the Dundee area and this is something of a passion project for him.

He’s using our beloved medium to tell of an historical event from where he was brought up and continues to live. I can’t wait to see the finished project. I’ve backed it and so should you!

Here’s a little summary about what you can expect with this new project from Dave himself.

The Project – ‘This will be a collection of newspaper style strips regarding the fall of the Tay Bridge in 1879. I grew up in Dundee, and have always been fascinated by this event. The strips cover many aspects of the story, including the build up to the bridge’s completion, including fears expressed in the media regarding its safety, and accidents during the building. The first trains to cross the bridge, and the disaster itself in December 1879. The aftermath, including the effect on designer Thomas Bouch, the recovery of the 224 engine, and the decision to rebuild.

This comic also covers the event’s depiction in the arts and media; Theodor Fontane and William McGonnagall’s poems, newspaper printing’s improvements effecting illustrations of the disaster, Walter Benjamin’s radio show, C.Horne’s ballad, and Hatter’s Castle, the novel and film which both depicted the disaster. Finally we see the names of the victims on the current day memorials.’ 

The pledge levels are pretty simple on this project. I’ve jumped in at the £10 level to get a sketch but cheaper options are also available.

Dave is also a co-host on Dundee’s own That Comic Smell Podcast and you can listen to them here. You can also find Dave on Twitter here and find all his other comics here.

Here’s that link to the Kickstarter again.

Many thanks for reading.

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