Archers Shooting to Success

first_imgA solid team performance and some stunning individual successes characterised a victorious weekend for the Oxford University Company of Archers, in the last tournament of the BUTTS League. Three wins in the five previous legs, at Warwick, Birmingham, Loughborough, Nottingham and Oxford, had left the experienced team requiring only third place in order to win the League title: instead, another impressive victory left the opposition standing. Oxford’s Ben Huckvale added his remarkable record in this competition with a fourth win, to complete a full house of medals from six competitions. With a significant fourteen-point gap over his nearest rival, he outclassed a struggling men’s field which seemed unable combat the poor conditions. “Like any sport the main problem is getting focused right from the start,” he told Cherwell. “I just hope the pressure works for me at the Varsity Match too. I need to be a match for Cambridge’s James Keogh if we are to stand a chance of winning.” Huckvale’s Varsity concerns are especially valid considering the absence of Saturday’s novice winner, Oliver Brown. Brown smashed the BUTTS men’s novice record twenty points to win the competition and take an outstanding third place in the experienced field. Jakob Heidbrink closely followed him second place, and Cath Roberts was second in the ladies event as Oxford drew even further away in the combined medals table. The experienced team Huckvale, Brown, Andrew Tustian and Heidbrink amassed a total score of 2180 points to secure a comfortable margin of victory over second placed Warwick. The novice team of Brown, Heidbrink, Rachel Turvey and Laura Watkins finished a slightly disappointing fourth, their good results in the last five competitions ensured a creditable second place in the Novice League. The Varsity competition expected to be very close, with many of Cambridge’s ‘big guns’ absent last weekend. If Oxford match their performance Saturday, however, the Tabs may have more to deal with than they bargained for: as club Secretary Laura Denney warns, “Oxford have proved themselves a consistently strong team, which bodes well Varsity next week”.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more

5 Comics Kickstarters You Should Back

first_imgStay on target Some of the most exciting things in the arts today wouldn’t be happening without Kickstarter. It’s a platform and crowdfunding tool that has funded over 100,000 projects with the help of over 14 million backers. One of the biggest beneficiaries of this platform has been the comics community. Kickstarter has helped bring older comics and graphic novels back in print, print webcomics, launch new series, and even help launch and sustain publishers, such as Iron Circus Comics and Space Between Entertainment.Here are just some comics you can back on Kickstarter right now.Destiny, NY: Volume 3Pat Shand is back on Kickstarter to help fund the next book through his publishing arm, Space Between Entertainment, Destiny, NY: Volume 3.  Joined by artists Elisa Romboli and Carola Borelli, letterer Jim Campbell, and editor Shannon Lee, Pat takes us back to the characters of Logan and Lilth. Though they love each other, fate has forced them apart. Now Lilth has to confront her demons in New York while Logan goes off to solve her problems in California.  The graphic novel is comprised of two graphic novel-length chapters split between the events in New York and California while also giving you four back-up stories as a bonus. This is definitely some of the most bang for your buck you’re gonna get from a graphic novel on Kickstarter! Backing for just $4 will get you the PDF copies of both issues 1 and 2 and $14 will get you the physical copy of issue 2 as well. Reward tiers go up to $750 and include prints, sketches, original pages, and more.Ends Thursday, February 28 2019 10:00 PM ESTIn a Word: TransNew York based trans non-binary artist, Justin Hubbell, has launched their first Kickstarter to help fund their latest comics project, In a Word: Trans. This graphic novel collects the early works of Justin Hubbell including very personal, controversial, and educational pieces. To help make this collection a unique experience for those who may already be familiar with their work, Justin has created new comic content that narrates the process as well as new comics about Justin’s personal transition. Part of the goal of this book is to educate and provide a resource for people to better understand trans issues as well as providing comfort and relatable content to trans readers. To that end, this Kickstarter will also be helping to get this book into places like libraries and schools in addition to book stores and conventions. Backing at the $5 level gets you the PDF copy of the book and $15 gets you the physical copy as well. Reward tiers go up to $500 and includes variant covers, prints, getting drawn into the comic, and more.Ends Sunday, March 3 2019 8:39 AM ESTCosmic LoveRed Stylo Media is back on Kickstarter to help fund their latest anthology project spearheaded by Jennie Wood, Cosmic Love. Inspired by the music of Florence + the Machine, this curated anthology features different creative teams picking their favorite Florence + the Machine song to use as the basis of an original story. Then artist Rachel Perciphone, in addition to providing the cover art, created original illustrations to accompany the chosen songs and help create an immersive experience for the readers. A total of 16 additional contributors helped bring this full-color anthology to life. A great companion piece for any Florence + the Machine fan! Backing at the $5 level gets you the PDF copy of the issue and $10 gets you a signed physical copy as well. Reward tiers go up to $75 and include your name in the thank you page, prints, access to additional published works by the creative team, and more.Ends Friday, March 1 2019 5:00 PM ESTPaint The Town Red: Volume 1.1Montreal-based illustrator Jennifer Kiakas is back on Kickstarter to help fund her latest creative endeavor,  Paint The Town Red Volume 1.1. Joined by artist Tasha Mukanik, this queer creative team weaves a tale of femme vampires, werewolves, and demons in romantic comedy situations as they’re all trying to learn to co-exist and maybe find love along the way. With a noir-inspired aesthetic, this 100 page greyscale graphic novel follows a newly minted werewolf as she’s taken under the wing of a more experienced werewolf, who is helping her figure out this new life, but a vampire enters the mix and makes things even more complicated. Backing at the $5 level gets you the PDF copy and $10 gets you the physical copy as well. Reward tiers go up to $500 and include an enamel pin, commissioned art work, a resin cast wisdom tooth, and more.Ends Thursday, March 7 2019 3:01 PM ESTFell SwoopMichigan-based illustrator Pamela Kotila is back on Kickstarter to help fund their latest graphic novel project, Fell Swoop. This queer sci-fi romance comic follows the characters of Naran and Atavah who get stranded together on their latest mission after an attack separates them from the rest of the mission party. As they work together to get themselves out of this situation, they find themselves being drawn to each other. Originally done as a web comic, this 150-page full-color graphic novel collects the entirety of the series including pages originally not included in the story as well as new additional editing and bonus content. Backing at the $5 level gets you the PDF copy and $10 gets the physical hardcover copy. Reward tiers go up to $50 and include stickers, an original sketch, an exclusive extra story, and more.Ends Saturday, March 16 2019 11:59 AM EDTMore on Geek.com:How Archie Grew Up Into a Sexy, Scary Comics CompanyThe Greatest Romance in Comic Book History10 Awesome Comics With Trans Characters By Trans Creators ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… last_img read more