I caught up with him J.M. Martin about his latest venture, a Kickstarter titled Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. Kaiju Rising is already a success, at $4,000 over its $10,000 goal with four days remaining. J.M. Martin wrote comic books and worked on-staff at Caliber Press throughout the '90s; while there he co-created a collectible card game based on Todd McFarlane's SPAWN® universe which sold in excess of $3M retail. He was a Gold ENnie-award-winning managing editor (2001–2005) for Privateer Press, instrumental in building the Iron Kingdoms and Warmachine intellectual properties from the ground up. I've known J.M. Martin for years back when we worked together for Privateer Press.
Michael Tresca (MT): Tell us about your Kickstarter.
J.M. Martin (JMM): Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters is a collection of 23 stories (19 from the original lineup and 4 stretch goal stories unlocked by our backers) focused around the theme of strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Cloverfield, and more. The anthology will open with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, and close with an afterword by Jeremy Robinson, author of Project Nemesis, the highest selling Kaiju novel in the United States since the old Godzilla books—and perhaps even more than those. The anthology will also feature 22 pieces of interior art from Robert Elrod and Chuck Lukacs, as well as one special piece from Matt Frank of Godzilla and Colossal Kaiju Combat fame.
MT: Tell us about your company.
JMM: Tim Marquitz and I started up Ragnarok Publications in 2013. Our focus is to disprove the perception that "small press" is a hobbyist's game by focusing on making top-quality books and working with some of the industry's finest talent, both established and new. We want readers to be confident that when they pick up a Ragnarok title, they're getting the same quality, if not better, than what they can purchase from a traditional publisher. Ragnarok's Mission Statement is: "TO PUBLISH HIGH-QUALITY, CHARACTER-DRIVEN, DARK GENRE FICTION." And we focus on four main genres: dark fantasy, urban fantasy, speculative fiction, and supernatural horror.
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