Kuruz by Sonesh Joshi

Independent comic book publishing is bigger than ever and with the increase in this trend comes Kuruz, from creator Sonesh Joshi, a book that’s making its way up in the world, and if you act fast you can be a part of its journey. At MCM Comic Con 2016, I had a chance to speak to the man behind Kuruz, who explained a little more about his project.

Left - Life on Kuruz Cover by Nikki Wynne, Right - Kuruz: One by One Cover by Nikki Wynne

Left – Life on Kuruz Cover by Nikki Wynne, Right – Kuruz: One by One Cover by Nikki Wynne

Kuruz is a story about a group of Earth’s heroes and villains, who find themselves teleported to a mysterious planet, called Kuruz. Finding that the planet is inhabited, the group must search for a way to return home, whilst also having to navigate living alongside the Kuruzian natives, who live within a dictatorship. Though the humans find that they are cohabitating with a species that is completely alien to them, this doesn’t exactly mean that this is a group of allies. Dropped onto Kuruz with no idea how they got there, they bring with them old feuds that rear their head from the instant they are teleported.

The story follows the group of humans as they explore the planet, and in this way, we the reader discover Kuruz alongside the group, drawing you into the unfamiliar location and spurring you to read on to discover the planet and those who inhabit it. Sonesh Joshi has now released another book called Life on Kuruz, which acts as a prequel to the events that occur in Volume One, Kuruz: The Arrival. It features absolutely no humans, and explores what life was like for the Kuruzians before we join them in the upheaval of the humans’ arrival. And though this book is labelled as a prequel, Joshi doesn’t consider it to be something that MUST be read before Volume One, but can be read afterwards and before the upcoming second volume, Kuruz: One by One, “a bit like Star Wars”.

The second volume of Kuruz is set to be a more expansive, character-driven book, that explores more about the Kuruzians through a collection of short stories, unlike the firs volume’s short stories about Earth within a larger, over-arching story. The story picks up after the end of the first book, and the characters are dealing with the fallout of a traumatic event – and because of this we join them on a journey of emotional recovery, where new alliances are formed. However, when an opportunity presents itself for the group to be able to return to Earth, their feeling of hope returns and the sense of danger increases and we are left to wonder how many of them will live to return to their home planet.

It is the formation of the second volume where you are able to become a part of Kuruz’s journey, as Joshi has set up a Kickstarter to fund the production of the second volume. By giving as little as £1(!) you can help Joshi and his team of incredibly talented artists and collaborators to make Kuruz: One by One a reality – while also picking up some pretty decent rewards yourself. Ranging from badges and wristbands, to t-shirts and signed books, the rewards for your donation are almost as good as the feeling you get from having contributed to bringing this dream to life.

(L-R) Slaithor by Claudiu Limbassan (line art) & Jesse Heagy (colour), Duncan by Paris Alleyne Art, Kelora by Carlos Silva (Studioed Benes)

(L-R) Slaithor by Claudiu Limbassan (line art) & Jesse Heagy (colour), Duncan by Paris Alleyne Art, Kelora by Carlos Silva (Studioed Benes)

If you’re still undecided, then you can click the link below, where Sonesh Joshi has made to first 10 pages of Kuruz: Arrival available online, for you to read and enjoy. And if you do decide to contribute to Joshi’s Kickstarter (and it’s definitely worth it) you’ll be helping continue his work, and there’s definitely more to come, with a third volume of Kuruz on the horizon and a quest to have the originally black and white volume one reprinted in colour as the later books have been. Contribute now, and when Kuruz hits the heights that it no doubt will, you will be able to tell people that you were there at the start.

Until then, you can keep up with Sonesh Joshi on social media, and stay updated on Kuruz’s continuing progress.

First 10 Pages of Kuruz: Arrival at Deviantart – http://sonson484.deviantart.com/gallery/48108071/Kuruz

Kuruz: One by One Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sonson/kuruz-one-by-one

SonSon Comics on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SonSonComics/

Sonesh Joshi on Twitter – https://twitter.com/sonson484

Sonesh Joshi on Tumblr – http://sonson484.tumblr.com/

Buy Kuruz: Arrival and Life on Kuruz Online at Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/shop/SonSonShop

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