Cash needed for Torsobear comic before time runs out

Aylesbury-based comic book author and artist Brett Uren

Aylesbury-based comic book author and artist Brett Uren

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A comic book creator is appealing for donations to his latest venture which involves a cuddly teddy bear character fighting back against crime.

Brett Uren – creator of sell-out comics Kuzimu and The Vale – has been working on his new short story anthology Torsobear with a number of writers, illustrators and artists from Bucks and around the globe, including the US, Finland and the Phillipines.

Torsobear: Yarns From Toyburg

Torsobear: Yarns From Toyburg

The dad-of-one is calling for help in meeting his fundraising target by next Wednesday so the ‘fluffy noir’ work can be published, and has set up an account on Kickstarter, where creators to manage their own project funding.

The 32-year-old said: “Torsobear centres on the city of Toyburg, where main character Ruxby Bear is at police college. He and partner Hasbrow – a tatty wooden soldier – discover the torso of a murdered teddy bear in one of Toyburg’s back streets, and set out to find the culprit.”

Brett, who lives with his partner Faye and their 18-month-year old daughter Mona in Chaucer Drive, Aylesbury, said: “I wanted to see how gritty I could make a police murder mystery without getting too nasty.”

So far, leafletting campaigns and an active Tumblr account have garnered more than £3,700 in contributions, but the total cost of the project is set to be £5,600.

Brett said: “I’m quite confident we’ll do it – I know a lot of people are waiting for pay day at the end of the month!”

To donate, click here. Depending on the amount, supporters will receive rewards including t-shirts, comics and plush toys .