Water Closet Press

Water Closet Press

is creating Comics and a Graphic Novel

1

patron

$2

per comic page created
WHO ARE THE WATER CLOSET PRESS?

Richard Worth is a comic writer from the North of England, currently living in Leeds.  Jordan Collver is a Canadian comic artist currently living in Bristol.  Together we are known as The Water Closet Press (Worth & Collver - WC) and we have been making comics together since 2010.  Along with our serial adventure comic called Ladies & Gentlemen and an anthology of stories set in the same universe, we have also produced a whole bunch of short form comics and will be featured in the 2015 Thought Bubble Charity Anthology from Image Comics.

You may have found this page by accident or you may have read one of our self-published comics. Whoever you are, welcome!


WHY DO WE NEED MONEY?

We love creating comics.  More than that we love experimenting with comics as an artform and a means of storytelling. If we could, we would do nothing but sit and doodle all day, but the real world has a different plan.  Comic production takes time and money; to get money we have to spend all our time at work. Spending time at work means less time to produce comics; less time at work means less money to produce comics. It's a vicious cycle.

Our hope is to get together a few patrons so that we can break the cycle and afford to invest more time doing what we love.  The more patrons who support our work, the more comic pages we'll be able to produce.  But don't worry - pledges are only taken when we produce new material (not monthly) so when we don't create, you don't pay.  Our productuvity can vary, but we won't ever hit you with more than two pages in the same month.  Patreon allows you to cap how much you give per month if you're worried about going over budget, and you can easily suspend your contributions at any time.

We have big plans but not delusions of grandeur. We don't expect to be able to quit our day jobs and take to the bull pen. We just want to be able to afford to sieze a few extra hours a week so we can follow our ink splattered dreams!


WHAT IS OUR MAIN PROJECT ABOUT?

We plan to work on comics of all sorts. At the moment our biggest ambition is to do an extended piece about the real-life friendship and rivalry of Harry Houdini ("The Handcuff King") and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of "The Great Detective") entitled Escape!  We're working on the script for this right now and have put together a pilot-episode to give you an idea of what to expect.  Check it out on our blog here: A Certain Symmetry (mini-comic)

Background
It is the 1920s and Spiritualism has taken the world by storm. Doyle is its greatest champion, heralding it as the next great religion; Houdini is its greatest foe, viewing it as a swindle exploiting the vulnerable.  They were two of the most influential men of their time. Each led extraordinary lives in their own right, but their lives also overlapped in astonishing ways. Their mutual admiration for one another brought them together and the two men became fast friends, even accompanying one another on family holidays. And yet their conflicting beliefs and goals resulted in a heated rivalry. They died bitter and distant from each other, never reconciling [spoiler alert].

Approach
Throughout the story we will touch on what we consider to be the major events of Houdini and Doyle's lives as individuals, but the plot will be advanced through the interactions of the two characters themselves. We will used their documented meetings and clashes as plot beats and their separate musing as a form of dialogue for our themes and motifs. We will embellish certain aspects in order to weave a compelling narrative, but will remain true to the spirit and history of both men.

Most approaches to their relationship have vilified one man whilst deifying the other. Escape! aims to avoid such bias and present the true nature of both these men – to find the underlying motives and ideas that initially brought them together, and later drove them apart. Both men were flawed: Houdini arrogant, Doyle naïve, both stubborn.

The whole piece is centred around the themes of symmetry and duality; the blurred boundaries between deception and illusion; the distance between creator and audience; and the relationship between faith and doubt.

Thanks for reading!
Richard & Jordan
Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per comic page created
For just two dollars we'll show you our comic as it's produced. Everytime we finish a new page you'll be sent a link to the to be able to view/download the story. Give a little, get a little. You know how it works.
Pledge $5 or more per comic page created
For five dollars, you'll get more than just the story. We'll give you access to out notes, scripts and draft artwork. This is the pledge for the hardcore comics lover. You'll get an inside look at how we work together as a creative team and get to see how a comic goes from an idea to a page... but most importantly you'll be in on all the inside jokes.
WHO ARE THE WATER CLOSET PRESS?

Richard Worth is a comic writer from the North of England, currently living in Leeds.  Jordan Collver is a Canadian comic artist currently living in Bristol.  Together we are known as The Water Closet Press (Worth & Collver - WC) and we have been making comics together since 2010.  Along with our serial adventure comic called Ladies & Gentlemen and an anthology of stories set in the same universe, we have also produced a whole bunch of short form comics and will be featured in the 2015 Thought Bubble Charity Anthology from Image Comics.

You may have found this page by accident or you may have read one of our self-published comics. Whoever you are, welcome!


WHY DO WE NEED MONEY?

We love creating comics.  More than that we love experimenting with comics as an artform and a means of storytelling. If we could, we would do nothing but sit and doodle all day, but the real world has a different plan.  Comic production takes time and money; to get money we have to spend all our time at work. Spending time at work means less time to produce comics; less time at work means less money to produce comics. It's a vicious cycle.

Our hope is to get together a few patrons so that we can break the cycle and afford to invest more time doing what we love.  The more patrons who support our work, the more comic pages we'll be able to produce.  But don't worry - pledges are only taken when we produce new material (not monthly) so when we don't create, you don't pay.  Our productuvity can vary, but we won't ever hit you with more than two pages in the same month.  Patreon allows you to cap how much you give per month if you're worried about going over budget, and you can easily suspend your contributions at any time.

We have big plans but not delusions of grandeur. We don't expect to be able to quit our day jobs and take to the bull pen. We just want to be able to afford to sieze a few extra hours a week so we can follow our ink splattered dreams!


WHAT IS OUR MAIN PROJECT ABOUT?

We plan to work on comics of all sorts. At the moment our biggest ambition is to do an extended piece about the real-life friendship and rivalry of Harry Houdini ("The Handcuff King") and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of "The Great Detective") entitled Escape!  We're working on the script for this right now and have put together a pilot-episode to give you an idea of what to expect.  Check it out on our blog here: A Certain Symmetry (mini-comic)

Background
It is the 1920s and Spiritualism has taken the world by storm. Doyle is its greatest champion, heralding it as the next great religion; Houdini is its greatest foe, viewing it as a swindle exploiting the vulnerable.  They were two of the most influential men of their time. Each led extraordinary lives in their own right, but their lives also overlapped in astonishing ways. Their mutual admiration for one another brought them together and the two men became fast friends, even accompanying one another on family holidays. And yet their conflicting beliefs and goals resulted in a heated rivalry. They died bitter and distant from each other, never reconciling [spoiler alert].

Approach
Throughout the story we will touch on what we consider to be the major events of Houdini and Doyle's lives as individuals, but the plot will be advanced through the interactions of the two characters themselves. We will used their documented meetings and clashes as plot beats and their separate musing as a form of dialogue for our themes and motifs. We will embellish certain aspects in order to weave a compelling narrative, but will remain true to the spirit and history of both men.

Most approaches to their relationship have vilified one man whilst deifying the other. Escape! aims to avoid such bias and present the true nature of both these men – to find the underlying motives and ideas that initially brought them together, and later drove them apart. Both men were flawed: Houdini arrogant, Doyle naïve, both stubborn.

The whole piece is centred around the themes of symmetry and duality; the blurred boundaries between deception and illusion; the distance between creator and audience; and the relationship between faith and doubt.

Thanks for reading!
Richard & Jordan

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Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per comic page created
For just two dollars we'll show you our comic as it's produced. Everytime we finish a new page you'll be sent a link to the to be able to view/download the story. Give a little, get a little. You know how it works.
Pledge $5 or more per comic page created
For five dollars, you'll get more than just the story. We'll give you access to out notes, scripts and draft artwork. This is the pledge for the hardcore comics lover. You'll get an inside look at how we work together as a creative team and get to see how a comic goes from an idea to a page... but most importantly you'll be in on all the inside jokes.