We got the chance to catch up with cartoonist Steve Conley recently. This is an interview we have been wanting to do for some time and the timing worked out great as Steve is in the middle of a fantastic Kickstarter campaign.
Steve is best known for his multi-award nominated webcomic The Middle Age, but this time around he is collecting and printing his turn of the century webcomic Astounding Space Thrills. The campaign is doing excellent and is something you definitely want to get in on.
Please enjoy this conversation where we talk about the Kickstarter for Astounding Space Thrills, Steve’s career, the history and future of The Middle Age, and we throw in a little pop culture etymology for good measure.
Check out the trailer for the Kickstarter campaign below:
What is Astounding Space Thrills about?
Astounding Space Thrills is a fun, retro-futuristic, sci-fi adventure following hero Argosy Smith as he solves cosmic mysteries. Think of Argosy as 1/3 The Doctor, 1/3 Buckaroo Banzaii, and 1/3 every kid who grew up playing RPGs and video games.
There are very accessible backer reward tiers and so far the campaign is blowing by the stretch goals.
It is an amazing effort that Steve is undertaking by resurrecting and remastering a webcomic that was designed to be viewed on a monitor that used a VGA cable and a computer that required a hard wired cable to a dial-up modem to get to the internet. This is definitely a labor of love and we are looking forward to seeing the final results.
In our conversation, Steve mentioned that he is willing and excited to go back to the world of Argosy Smith if the people want more of it. I say that sounds like a great idea.
What are the important things to know?
The campaign ends on May 26, 2021.
You can find the campaign page here.
Steve’s website is steveconley.com.
You can follow Steve on Twitter at thesteveconley.
Don’t forget to check out The Middle Age as well. You can find it at Webtoon, GoComics, Tapas, or even in Kindle or Print formats on Amazon.
Steve also has a Patreon page that we highly recommend.