Aussie comic series XCT launches Kickstarter for issue #2

Posted January 22, 2015 by Dominic Barbiran in Comics & Manga

Xtreme Champion Tournament Issue #2 needs your help getting funded!

After the success in Australia of their prior issues, Xtreme Champion Tournament (or XCT) has another Kickstarter for issue #2, in the hopes of gauging worldwide interest and gaining self-sufficiency. This follows on from their previous Kickstarter for issue #0 and issue #1, which was successfully funded back in March 2014. Issue #0 generated enough money to pay their production team (inkers, pencilers, designers etc), as well as cover the costs of printing and shipping the first issue, and funding the XCT website.

By taking to Kickstarter once more, they’re able to give more back to the fans who helped them succeed. This time, the money will be used more for the backer rewards and promotional materials, as well as printing and shipping for the second issue. High-paying backers can expect to receive incentives such as:

  • T-Shirts
  • Art Prints (from artists Royce Sutherland, Chris McQuinlan, Dave Atze, Jerry Gaylord, Mike Bowden and Carlos Herrera)
  • Variant covers of issue #2
  • One of three statues of Spartacus

You can also expect more incentives to be unlocked if they reach targeted funding and start unlocking the stretch goals. Additional art prints are already promised as part of the stretch goals, but information on the content of the others is locked away tight, so start pledging if you want to see what more they have in store. Check out shots of some of the backer incentives below:

  • Variant Covers

    Variant Covers
  • Variant Covers

    Variant Covers
  • Statue

  • T-Shirt

  • Art Print

    Art Print
  • Art Print 2

    Art Print 2
  • Art Print 3

    Art Print 3


The story of XCT is steeped in ancient myth and legend, where archaeologists in 2069 have discovered the remains of many of the creatures, heroes, villains and monsters believed to be folklore. Clones have been developed from the extracted remains, and have been forced to fight each other for the world’s entertainment, in a brutal sport known as the Xtreme Championship Tournament. Issue #2 hopes to continue what issues #0 and #1 have started, by introducing a major villain, Baykok, into the ongoing story of the newly resurrected Spartacus.


WIP and Standard Cover for XCT Issue #2

The XCT series promises its fans “great quality art, enticing scenes of action, adventure, mystery, humor and intrigue”. Check out some excerpts of the first issue below and see for yourself:


Pages 9 and 16 of XCT Issue #1

The artists behind the early issues, penciller Jerry Gaylord and inker Alex Sollazzo, worked together to create a vivid and striking art style that we can’t wait to pour our eyes over. Issue #2 sees newcomers Wilson Go and Penny Gaylord helping out, and Jerry has already signed on to do issues #3 and #4 of XCT, to be released later this year.

The Kickstarter ends on 26th February, 2015 so there’s plenty of time in-between to donate, but if you want some of the limited, early-access incentives you oughta get in quick. Visit their Kickstarter page now, and help give new light to Australia’s comic book scene!

If you’re interested in reading up on the previous issues of XCT, check out Comics2Movies. They publish print and PDF versions of the comic, and they sell some incredible art prints and other awesome collectibles of your favorite pop culture franchises.

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