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Shadow Sentry: Origins now on Indiegogo!

Last Thursday the campaign went LIVE for the next installment in the Shadow Sentry Universe! Shadow Sentry: Origins # 1

After completing two issues of the regular series and two successful crowdfunding campaigns we’re going back to the beginnings of a few of our characters to give you a glimpse into how they became the fighting forces they are today. SHADOW SENTRY: Origins #1 will be comprised of 2 stories, both 24 pages in length, for a 48 page hard-hitting oversized comic! What’s set forth in the SHADOW SENTRY: Origins books will lay the groundwork for the second story arc in the regular series, starting in book 5! So it’s not to be missed!

Page 1 – Colors by Carbon Graphics/ breakdown & layout by Clayton Barton/ Finishes Eric Ninaltowski

And in case you missed the first two books in the series –Here’s what backers are saying:

Really liked the first one. It kind of reminded me of the X-Men back in the day when the X-Men were fun, but with a supernatural touch. I will definitely be in for #2.

Rezcot – Book1 review

I just devoured both books. Best comics I have read in a long time. Mic drop. You have made me a fan for life!

Christopher Aldrich- Book 2 review
Page 2 & 3 – Colors by Kevin Anthony DeCastro /Layouts & breakdowns by Clayton Barton/ Finishes by Eric Ninaltowski

The Premise

What if you had a near death experience, but when you returned from the other side you brought back a piece of the eternal with you? You awoke to find you now had supernatural abilities and you were able to break the laws of nature that govern the world around you! SHADOW SENTRY is an X-Men meets the Matrix Superhero team book with a Supernatural twist that will hit you with the nostalgia of the 90’s and restore your faith in comics again!

The Characters

Discover the events surrounding this young teleporting Hell Born, Hopscotch, and her “quickening” in a modern day Japan. The daughter of a Yakuza crime lord plunged into the middle of a war of her father’s making. A revenge story that will leave the bodies piled high and the blood flowing free. Ninja’s, Yakuza, and a cyborg Samurai by the name of Akira – The Iron Demon, are just a taste of what’s in store!

Page 4- Colors by Kevin Anthony DeCastro /Layouts & breakdowns by Clayton Barton/ Finishes by Eric Ninaltowski
Page 5- Colors by Kevin Anthony DeCastro /Layouts & breakdowns by Clayton Barton/ Finishes by Eric Ninaltowski

Commander Noble

Learn the origins of a the leader of the Shadow Sentry. A young marine in a volatile Afghanistan after 9/11 will come face to face with an unrelenting enemy and learn what it means to be a soldier with the power of indestructibility, and what dastardly plans a mysterious agent has in store for him.

Page 1 of the Commander Noble origin story. All art by Eric Ninaltowski

Other Offerings

Books 1 & 2

If you missed out on the first two books we have you covered with some catch up perks! We’re on to our second printing of Book 1, which features art by Eric Ninaltowski and colors by Carbon Graphics. This was seen on the first campaign as “promo art,” but it’s just too good not to put on a cover! As for Book 2 we have plenty of copies left, so get them while you can! And if you hate waiting, you can get them now in the STORE!

Fan Art Friday Art Book!

Fan Art Friday is a weekly drawing stream Eric hosts on his YouTube channel (Check it out!) that draws characters of the viewers choice! You can also pick up the original art if yours is chosen on stream! Here collected for the first time is the artwork from 2022 + some additional art from Drawn n Quartered!

7.5 x 9.5 – 48 pages – Black & White – Perfect Bound

Check out the Trailer for Shadow Sentry: Origins # 1

Find out more and visit the Indiegogo campaign page!

Shadow Sentry: Origins Free Preview

As we prepare to launch our new campaign next week for Shadow Sentry: Origins #1 – we wanted to wet your palette and get you excited for this amazing book! We have employed the talents of Clayton Barton and Mark Poulton (Hawkman, Avengelyne), to add their touch to this new installment, and what they have done will blow you away! Clayton Barton of How to Draw has done a fantastic job lending his style to the breakdowns and layouts for this book, that’s why we’ve decided to make a few select pages available to download, for free, for your viewing pleasure! Mark has finished the first draft of the script, and Clayton has finished all the breakdowns and layouts for the 24 page story for the Hopscotch origin and we’re eager for you to get a glimpse! Just Clayton’s line work on the breakdowns are delicious to behold, so take a look!

Here is a 9 page preview courtesy of Gumroad to get you pumped! – Just follow the link and enter $0 for the amount…

Gumroad Digital Download

Finished page 1 from the Hopscotch origin story.

Launching next week on 2 . 2 3 . 2 3 — SHADOW SENTRY: Origins will be comprised of two 24 page stories, totaling 48 pages of awesome! Hopscotch will start us off with a bang (or a slice!) and launch us into modern Japan where Yakuza gangsters are fighting for their life! Can they take on a teenage girl with newly found teleportation powers!? You’ll find out as Hopscotch, or Katarina Katayama, embarks on a errand of revenge from the king of hell himself — that old dastardly Dragon — Satan! You’ll get a good look at him in this book as we set up what it means to be a Hell Born, and how they are chosen. You’ll also be introduced to a new villain, a cyborg ninja known as Akira, the Iron Demon (aka: Tatsu Akuma)!


Part two will be the origin story of Robert Noble, the current leader of the Shadow Sentry. Learn how he received his powers in Afghanistan following 9/11, and the details surrounding his run in with the Hell Born and Vengent!

Here’s a little sneak peek at page 1 (below), from the Commander Noble origin story! Art by Eric Ninaltowski. Assisting on Script will be new comer: Clay Pauley! New to our team but not new to comics, Clay has been writing his own stories for some time, and will soon be launching his own crowdfunded book – Myth No More!

If you’re new to the scene and want to catch up you’re free to wait until the campaign launches next week where there will be a tier where you can purchase Books 1 & 2, or you can get your hands on them now as we’ve updated the STORE! Cause why wait!

Head to the Store!

We look forward to seeing you next week when the campaign launches! 2/23 around 6: 30 pst on Indiegogo!

PRO-LIFIC! Chatting with creator Phillip Russertt

Welcome to PRO-LIFIC where I interview professional artists, writers, and creators to delve down deep and find out what makes them tick and find out tips-n-tricks for being successful as a creator! Everyone has a different story to tell, and every artist has their own unique style, but what are the common threads that we can find to help us on our own journey? Join me as we glean new insights into becoming the next PROLIFIC writer, artist, or creator!

Today I have the privilege of talking with a gentleman who has an incredible story of going from comic collector, to art collector, to convention runner, to art rep, to beating COVID (barely), to CREATOR and WRITER! At 48 no less! That is Phillip Russertt! Not only does he have an amazing inspiring story but he has a huge heart for people, a love for art and artists, and it really shows in everything he does. Once you hear the line-up of artists he has on his covers, you’ll quickly understand why! He’s a fantastic lovable guy, so without further ado, let’s get to the interview with him!

Tyler Kirkham cover

ERIC: Hey Philip! I was really shocked to hear your story, I had no idea that it took a crazy run-in with COVID to get you to pursue your lifelong longing to create and write! It’s inspiring in so many ways, but tell us about it and what happened.

PHILLIP: Hi Eric.  As far as the comic book industry goes, I’ve been an art collector for well over a decade and a comic collector for forty years. Throughout the years I had built relationships with major, well known artists and writers in the industry. In 2017 I started my own comic book convention focused on comic books and their creators. I had three successful shows before the Covid pandemic lock down changed everything. I always try to utilize my time wisely and never waste it, so while stuck at home I started my own livestream interview show with indie and main stream creators. It was getting a lot of attention and without realizing I was connecting with a lot of people on social media. I then decided to become an artist agent. Shortly after I got Covid in January 2021 and to be honest it was almost fatal.  I was hospitalized with Covid, Pneumonia and multiple blood clots in both my lungs. I was on Oxygen continuously and lost over 35lbs. I was bed ridden for 6 weeks. During that time I reflected on my life being that I was reminded how precious it is. Upon reflection I thought of the growing, nagging feeling that always haunted me. It was a frustration built out of feeling I wasn’t reaching my potential. That potential was to create. I was a musician in my youth but it wasn’t satiating my passion. I lay there in bed and realized I need to write a comic book.  Time is the one commodity we never get back. You can always make more money but you cannot make more time. We don’t now how long we have so I wanted to make the best of it and finally do what I always wanted to do. I had a vision of my protagonist in my head and decided to write and not look back.

Interiors by Ricardo Silva, and colors by Chris Sotomayor

ERIC: Please tell us, what motivates you to create/ write, and what fuels your passion? What keeps you going with everything constantly going around you?

PHILLIP: The idea of world building and creating characters was always appealing but yet intimidating.  Once I overcame that fear and lack of confidence I wrote a story that is motivated by the human condition and our behaviors. My protagonist is a female and I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met a female who realized how strong, beautiful or smart they were and certainly not how capable they were. Being a father of two beautiful little girls and wanting them to grow up loving themselves and never doubting their worth, I wanted to write something that addresses that. Tragedy is based loosely on my wife, but yet also myself. As humans we tend to feel we are different but at the core we all want the same thing. We want to feel relevant; to feel like we matter. I wrote a story that touches on those things. I was always fascinated with human psychology. I observed and studied how and why people react and behave the way they do and my character is grounded in that reality.

ERIC: What where some of the most influential factors or circumstances that brought you to where you are today as a creator/ writer? Then also please tell us some of the most influential people who have inspired you along the way. What creators and writers spoke to you on your journey.

PHILLIP: First and foremost I have always been a driven and motivated man. I always want to be better tomorrow than I am today, whether it be as a person or for what legacy I leave behind. Some of my major influences are Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Dave Cocrum, Peter David, J.R.R Tolkien and of course my wife. Chris Claremont and Peter David, to me were amazing. The way Chris wrote for the long game with his amazing 17 year run on Uncanny X-Men and how Peter David could write characters so real. I remember in X-Factor Peter wrote Quicksilver and explained why he’s such a jerk and it was brilliant! He basically said, paraphrasing of course, imagine living in a world where everyone is slower than you and just getting in your way. His analogy was standing on line as an old woman counted her change at the register for ten minutes. There writing inspired me to meld the fiction of superheroes with the real human element that is people.  Reading Tolkien was an education on world building, after all he created an entire Elven language. My wife has been an influence as far as that real human element of self-doubt but yet at times a quiet confidence. It’s the battle we all face at some point.

IDAN cover

ERIC: Of all the different mediums out there, what was it about comics that lead you to create your work in that medium?

PHILLIP: I hated reading as a child and I realize now it was because, the thought of a 300 plus page book intimidated me. I also didn’t have the patience to enjoy the journey of reading. At nine years old I picked up Uncanny X-Men #115 & #126 and fell in love with the aesthetics of the characters. I would constantly flip through the books enjoying the art but still wouldn’t read them. I finally said to myself “I don’t even know who these characters are”. I wanted to know so I started reading and never looked back. Comic books are a great gateway for kids to love reading and the art was always beautiful to look at.

ERIC:  Why did you choose to write this story? If you’re like me, you have many that you could have told, but why this one. What is it about this one that excites you?

PHILLIP: This story is very close to home as far as the protagonist. I think writers just starting out always write from themselves or those closest to them. It’s the easiest way to understand and portray your character. Once I realized who Grace O’Connor was, I realized she was me and she was my wife. I want to tell our story through her.

Ryan Kincaid cover

ERIC: As a first time creator, just starting out, how hard was It to find the team you are working with? Also, what was It that drew you to them specifically for your project?

PHILLIP: I was already an artist agent with my company Legendary Illustrations and the artists I represent are not just artists but people I invest in. Having said that, I was representing Ricardo Silva first as I loved his art style immediately. I love the art style of the 90’s tight pencils. That’s why I love your art Eric! Ricardo had the tight pencils and the style I felt would best suit my book. I also hired the colorist I represent, Sigmund Torre for the first book. This new book has famous Marvel, DC and Image colorist, Chris Sotomayor on interiors. Jason Meadows is the letterer and I also represent him. The thing about them is there is no ego. We all understand what our roles are and we have the singular focus on making the best book possible.

ERIC: What have been some of the biggest challenges in getting your book(s) done?

PHILLIP: Finances are always a challenge. Other than that I honestly don’t feel any challenges and really enjoy making my book with the team. Marketing and distribution are a huge challenge but not in making the book.

ERIC: What are some words of advice you would give to someone who is looking to get into writing, creating?

PHILLIP: Believe in yourself and don’t be intimidated. Just go find your passion and do it. We can always find reasons not to do something but there is really one most important reason to do something…love for it.

ERIC: One question I love to ask creators is, if you could do it all over again what would you do differently? Or if you could speak with 15 year old you, what would you say to yourself when it comes to pursuing your dreams?

Ale Garza and Alex Sinclair Cover

PHILLIP: I’d say start earlier in life but honestly I feel things happen when and how they are meant to happen. I didn’t have my direction until 48 years old but everything I did until now led up to it so I could. I didn’t realize it as it was happening, but here we are!

ERIC: Great stuff man! I’m inspired by your story, and it is a great lesson that it’s really never too late to pursue that dream or do what’s been laid on your heart to do.

Anything else you’d like to add before we call it a wrap!?

PHILLIP: My life has been tough. I had a bad childhood and comic books saved me from that misery and pain that was a daily torment. They also taught me right and wrong, how to be a hero and what real sacrifice meant. Comic books gave so much to me and I want to be a part of that. If my characters can reach and relate with someone who is struggling then I am happy to make that small difference in someone else’s life. I also want to show my amazing little girls that with true sacrifice, hard work, and determination they too can live their dream.

For more from Phillip and Eric check out the live interview with him on YOUTUBE here… 

Today is the last day of the campaign for TRAGEDY book 2 (26 pages) on Kickstarter!! If you are interested in any of the amazing covers Phillip has to offer… don’t wait!


Also book 1 is still currently In-Demand on Indiegogo (30 pages) with some awesome covers still available to get your hands on! They won’t be around forever!


If you want to follow Phillip Russertt and his team, check them out

FB: Phillip Russertt

IG: @philrussertt

IG: @Tragedy_comic

Pencils/Inks: Ricardo Silva  IG: @ricardosilvaart

Colors: Chris Sotomayor  IG: @Sotocolor

Letters: Jason Meadows  IG: @ksscomics




Sometimes trying something new isn’t always easy.

Hopping on board a train that has already started moving can be equally challenging! In an effort to help you out and lend you a hand to give my new series, SHADOW SENTRY a try; I put together a preview to give you a little taste. The first 14 pages of Book 1: Into the Eternal.

Keep in mind this has been an independent creation, no big names, no flashy company, just us little guys, with support from folks like you! I’m really proud of what we’ve created and think you’ll quickly see the passion that went into creating this first installment of SHADOW SENTRY.  I think it’s something new and old readers alike will enjoy! And I’ve already gotten great feedback and am very happy to report Book 1 has been well received!

But sometimes seeing is believing! So in an effort to make a believer out of you… check it out, see for yourself! Hit the link below to check out and download your free 14 page preview!


Shadow Sentry book 2 has been fully funded! I will deliver! So if you’d like to pre-order Book 2 (and get Book 1 while you’re at it, while supplies last!) and see where this story goes, please consider backing today! More backers unlocks more stretch goals, which means more cool freebies for everyone! Digital copies are an option too, but just a heads up, only physical backers of the book get the stretch-goals come fulfillment time.



Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy what you see and please feel free to reach out with any questions via the campaign page on Indiegogo! (The link above)