Exclusive preview: <i>Gladstone's School for World Conquerors</i> turns to Kickstarter

Writer Mark Andrew Smith has penchant for getting young heroes into trouble. He did it in 2005 with The Amazing Joy Buzzards, and again in 2009 with The New Brighton Archeological Society. In 2011, he expanded on that by casting a group of kids as villains-in-training for his Image series Gladstone's School for World Conquerors. But after that title went on hiatus at the end of last year, readers didn't know where, how or if that story would continue.

But after talking to Smith earlier this week, we can confirm there's more ... lots more.

Smith, who earlier this year mounted a very successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for the graphic novel Sullivan's Sluggers (which earned him 16 times the $6,000 goal), tells Robot 6 he's working on two Gladstone's arcs simultaneously, with series artist Armand Villavert and Brighton artist Matthew Weldon joining the crew. He also gave us an exclusive preview of six unlettered pages from the upcoming Gladstone's issue, but that's not the only news.

Although the original six issues and collected edition of Gladstone's School for World Conquerors was published by Image, Smith is planning to self-publish these upcoming new issues in 2013 and sell them exclusive through Kickstarter in the form of rewards for an upcoming campaign.

Kickstarter has become a big part of many independent comics publishing effort, but Smith seems to really be pushing the boundaries and trying something that promises al ot of risk but also a lot of reward.

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