Friday, September 20, 2019

Kickstart the Week(end) with Coronary Volume 1 (#1-4)

By: Nicole D’Andria

Enjoy 120 pages of action, drama, and romance in Coronary! This comic book series focuses on strong women and body positivity. Coronary is Romeo and Juliet meets Black Mirror, with a lot more plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery is free in the world of Coronary! The story takes place in London and follows businessman Justin. He’s the man that’s made women want to buy miracle pills and get plastic surgery. Now, he’s surrounded by people who want him dead. On the run, he meets a punk named Luna who may just show Justin the true meaning of life and love.

Coronary is created/written by Liv and Ryan Burke, penciled, inked and lettered by Joel Saavedra and colored by Damian Peñabla. This first volume collects the first four chapter of the proposed twelve issue series. The first episode of the series was selected as a finalist for the ComiXCentral Comic of the Year 2018, and over the past three years, Coronary has raised over $15,000 through Kickstarter campaigns.  

The Kickstarter is looking to reach its $5,000 goal by October 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT. Rewards include the first opportunity followers of Coronary will have to get a digital ($5) and physical ($12) copy of Coronary: Episode 4 as well as a digital ($25) and physical ($35) copy of Coronary Volume 1. Other rewards include all the previous tiers plus custom stickers and your name included as a co-producer on Episode 4 and Volume 1 ($40). You can see the rest of the rewards when you check out their Kickstarter page here.

I’ve spoken with Ryan Burke a couple times before about Coronary (episode 2 and episodes 1-3). Here’s a whole new batch of questions so readers can delve even deeper into the series!

Ryan Burke

Me: How would you describe the relationship between Justin and Luna, plus its importance to your story?

Burke: Justin and Luna are in that weird middle space between hating each other's guts and dating. Right in that space! They're important because they're the central battle of the story, between business and everything punk, anti-establishment, and cool. Everything else revolves around that contention.

Me: If you were casting for Coronary as a TV show or movie, which format would you go with and who would you cast in the parts?

Burke: Oooh. I'd say it'd fit a TV show the best because I can be as indulgent as possible! I can explore the world as much as I do in the comic. Casting....I'd think it'd be a toss-up between Ben Barnes and Daniel Dae Kim for Justin. Luna would be Aubrey Plaza. I mean, it's got to be, right? The rest, I've yet to cast. Yet!

Me: Which ad has been the worst beauty ad you’ve seen and why?

Burke: The worst I'd probably say was a byline on a cover, which was essentially 'how to dress for global warming'. It really got me down for a few days. It's clear that we must be stylish for environmental ruin, right?

Me: What about the best beauty ad you’ve seen?

Burke: Oooh. Anything that subverts the expectations. I think Target recently started using realistic, human shaped people for their models, and have done pretty well off of it.

Me: What is the number one reason why people should pledge money to your project?

Burke: Because you get to support a project that's been months and years in the making, with a great message. And you get to say you're part of it, and helped the team. Seriously, we love you folks. And for this one, we're doing a promo where you choose to save a character, and they'll write you to thank you!

Me: This is your fourth Kickstarter campaign. What have been the biggest lessons you’ve learned while running your first three campaigns?

Burke: The biggest lessons have been shaking the anxiety of self-promotion, and being proud of the work we've all done so far, and standing by that. It's an achievement, you know? Not everyone is lucky enough to be as cool as we comic folks, hahaha!

Me: From your last couple interviews, you shared some inspirational words with us. What additional inspirational words do you have for aspiring writers?

Burke: Message me @ryanburkewriter and I'll help you! Or at least, share what I've learned, and at least five others willing. Comics is a family after all.

Me: Thanks for taking the time to dissect Coronary a bit with us, Ryen! Readers, if you’re ready for a makeover you won’t soon forget, then give Coronary’s official Kickstarter page a look!

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