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October 21, 2013

Marvel, Image, & DC Artists contribute to Assault or Attrition!

Follow-Up to Kickstarter’s Most-Funded Fiction Book of 2013 Bolstered by Marvel, DC and Image Artists

TORONTO / October 18, 2013 / Canadian author Blake Northcott launched her  second Kickstarter campaign for the novel Assault  or Attrition – a sci-fi superhero tale set in a dystopian future, featuring  art and character designs by Marvel, DC and Image artists.

Northcott’s previous novel Arena Mode – which followed the same   novel/art book format – is the most-funded project in Kickstarter’s ‘Publishing:  Fiction’ category this year (as of October,  2013).

“I wanted to blur the line a little between  novels and graphic novels,” says Northcott. “The concept of flipping to the  back and seeing character illustrations is something that  really excited me. I’d seen  similar concepts in children’s and young adult books, but never anything targeting a more mature audience.”

Assault or Attrition contributors to date include:

Steve McNiven (Guardians  of the Galaxy, Civil War, Uncanny Avengers – November 2013)
Dave Johnson (Superman:  Red Son, Deadpool, Punisher, 100 Bullets)
Dan Panosian (Spawn,  X-Men, John Tiffany)
Mark McKenna (Star  Wars: Old Republic, Justice League, Combat Jacks)
John ‘Roc’ Upchurch (Rat  Queens, Vescell)
Derek Laufman (World  of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria, Marvel vs. Capcom)

As well as special guest artists Comic Book Girl 19 (YouTube’s Comic Book Girl 19 Show), Natasha Allergi (Adventure Time) and John Broglia (Denali, Unmasked, Atomic Robo  Real Science Adventures).

Arena Mode currently tops Kickstarter’s Publishing: Fiction category in 2013, with $35,353 in pledges, and 948 backers.

The Toronto-based writer has been  self-publishing since 2011, and has received personal endorsements from Mark  Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted) as well as Stan  Lee Comikaze CEO and Founder, Regina Carpinelli. Blake  is also a regular contributor to CBS Man Cave Daily, writing about comic books  and pop culture.

Blake’s debut novel – Vs. Reality – was originally written in 2009 as a script for a four-issue comic book series. After a year-long delay the funding fell through, so she converted her script into a full-length book, publishing it herself for the Amazon Kindle and other digital readers in July of 2011.

By October of 2011 Vs. Reality had reached #1 on Amazon U.K. in two different categories (‘Graphic Novels/Science Fiction’, and ‘Graphic Novels/Superheroes’), and she had amassed a fan following of more than 20,000 Twitter followers in less than a year.

In June of 2012 she released the sequel to Vs. Reality – Relapse – which appeared at #1 in the US, the UK and France in several Amazon Kindle categories. It was also the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in the same month.


(A preview of the characters some of the characters. From L to R: Fudo, Brynja & Melvin the Manticore,& Sledge)



Blake Northcott Official Homepage –
Assault or Attrition Kickstarter Page –
The Original Arena Mode Kickstarter Page
Blake’s work on CBS Man Cave Daily
Blake on Facebook
Blake on Twitter
Blake on Instagram

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