Robot Mechs Punching Mutated Insects: ‘Megaton’ Is Live On Kickstarter

by Brendan M. Allen

Descent into Dread writers Wells Thompson and Dalton Shannon, with Chilean artist Fernando Pinto, are Kickstarting a new action-packed coming-of-age adventure, Mechaton.

‘Siblings Derek and Leah don’t really have a plan. All they know is that video games are awesome and that you should always look out for your neighbor. When giant mutant insects start terrorizing the neighborhood, they’ll have to get off the couch and do something about it.

Luckily, everything they need just fell out of the sky: the MechaTon glove, a machine that converts anything it punches into a real life Gundam, whether it’s a hotdog stand or the entire planet. They aren’t the only ones who want to take advantage of this power, though; if they want to save their neighborhood, they’ll have to battle corporations, the military, and actual space fascists. Here’s hoping they look cool doing it.’

“Much of what I’ve written feels heavy, whether it’s horror stories or big, emotional dramas, but this story struck me as uniquely fun and lighthearted,” said Thompson. “It’s easy to get bogged down with the feeling that the world is terrible and your job sucks and that you don’t have any power to stop it.”

“MechaTon started with, appropriately enough, a punch,” added Shannon. “Now, here we are, eight years later and the sting of that first punch isn’t quite so harsh. There’s a whole new world of excitement just around the corner, and no amount of setbacks can stop us this time. Trust me, you’re gonna dig it!”

Backer rewards start at $6, and tiers include digital and physical copies of the book, signed copies, metallic copies… Pretty standard fare, for the most part. Things get weird at the $40 level, where Wells Thompson will give you his family lentil soup recipe. Not kidding.

You can check out the campaign here.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.