Interview with Benjamin Bailey – Uncaged

Posted December 19, 2013 by Oscar Russell in Comic Books

Uncaged is an upcoming Kickstarter project by Benjamin Bailey (Captain Ultimate) and Taylor Stauft. We had the chance to speak to Benjamin about this action packed Kickstarter campaign.

We The Nerdy: In a nutshell what is Uncaged?

Benjamin Bailey: Uncaged is a one-shot, over-sized action comic. It’s a love letter to the action movies of the 80s and 90s. It’s looking to be roughly 40 pages long and packed with awesomeness. Basically, it features a bunch of terrorists taking over a zoo and only one, loose cannon cop can stop them. Lots of violence, ridiculousness and cursing. Very rated R, in other words. If you are a fan of films like Die Hard, Under Siege, Lethal Weapon, and Commando, you’ll love Uncaged.

WTN: Set in a zoo?? So are going to get to see some animal action, or is this all man on man?

BB: Oh yeah, the animals play a huge part in the story. The guys who take over the zoo, they are there to steal a bunch of diamonds that are hidden in a tiger cage. They try to use the animals to create chaos so they can steal what they need and get out. I don’t want to spoil too much, but lots and lots of dudes meet their end in the jaws and claws of animals. I mean, why set it in a zoo if we can’t showcase a tiger ripping some terrorist to pieces?

WTN: Are we going to get to see plenty of Action film homages in Uncaged?

BB: The whole thing is an action movie homage! We aren’t stealing directly from other films so much as trying to capture all the hallmarks of the classics. We’ve got a cop who plays by his own rules and he ends up trapped in a situation with bunch of armed goons. Only his unique and violent brand of justice can save the day. I mean, if you’ve seen the movies I mentioned earlier, you know what to expect from Uncaged. We’re not reinventing the wheel; we’re attaching it to our car and taking a drive.

WTN: What makes Uncaged stand out from all the other Kickstarter comics out there?

BB: We pitch Uncaged as “Die Hard in a zoo” and I think that’s a pretty easy concept for people to wrap their heads around. You know what you’re going to get with this project. I’ve contributed to plenty of Kickstarters, and a lot of have some fairly heady concepts. Uncaged is the furthest thing from heady. It’s all about having fun. Like I said, if you are fan of old school action movies, this is the comic for you. We aren’t trying to win any awards here, just a jampacked action fest that’ll, hopefully, make you smile.

WTN: What made you choose the Kickstarter route to do this project?

BB: I’ve known Taylor (the artist on Uncaged) for a while, and we’ve been kicking around the idea of doing something together for a long time. We had the idea for Uncaged and we thought it was a perfect fit for something like Kickstarter because it’s a fun, easy concept. This isn’t some failed pitch and we are now looking to kickstart, we developed it with Kickstarter in mind. It’s exciting to just kind of put yourself out there and get instant feedback.

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WTN: Captain Ultimate seems to be doing pretty well on the digital platform, are there any plans to put Uncaged on the digital market when complete?

BB: We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, but as of right now, Uncaged is a Kickstarter exclusive. We might have print copies available in the future, it’s hard to say. Obviously, we’d love to have as many people as possible read it, but we haven’t really discussed where we’d make it available. We are 100% focused on completing the book and getting it into the hands of the folks who help us fund it. After that, we’ll have to see.

WTN: What advice would you give anyone trying to start a crowd funded project, any obstacles you have had to challenge since starting down this route?

BB: I did a lot of research before I started. I looked at the projects that had succeed and ones that had failed and tried to see what the differences were. I also talked to friends that had run successful campaigns and sorta interviewed them. Really, the biggest advice I have is to go big. If you aim to low, you’ll end up without the funds to complete the project. Look at how much you need and be realistic about it. It’s pretty scary running one of these things, but you have to just sorta dive in. As I write this, we are about 70% funded with two weeks to go. That makes happy and terrified, which pretty much sums up the entire Kickstarter experience up to this point.

WTN: Thanks Benjamin, looking forward to checking this out on completion

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Oscar Russell

Comics Editor for WTN, and co-host of the All New Comics Dash Podcast. I like comics and tabletop gaming!