Thursday, June 20, 2013

An update

Sorry for the lack of updates over the past week or so, we've been busy preparing the first of the Kickstarter rewards for release. Last weekend we made the PDF files of the comic available to backers at the $14 tier and above. This weekend we'll be releasing the Carbon Grey EP by April Gee. Hoang will send out download details on Saturday.

On Monday we shot a short interview with April about the songs on the EP, which we'll make available in the near future. We've also been busy preparing new pages for the Vol.2 Trade Paperback, prepping the trading cards rewards and sending out pages for Vol.3 for Kinsun to color. Things are happening!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

CG Kickstarter Campaign Funded!

 We made it with a total of $56,000! Thank you all so much!


Sometimes when I re-read some of my posts I sound like a broken record. It seems that I keep repeating the same phrases - "thank you" again and again. I feel like I lack the ability to express my gratitude. I don't know what else I can say, so I'll say it in Vietnamese instead - Cảm ơn!

We did it together - all 861 backers, co-workers, friends and families. When I think about the time I first drew the sketch of Mathilde (see below) and Giselle in 2002, it seems so distant but somehow feels like it was yesterday. Today, you've all granted me my wish - to finish what I started.

And, of course, we unlocked stretch goal #2 - the miniature replica of Giselle's MP5 for backers who pledged at the $50 tier and above - an amazing achievement. We didn't quite make it far enough to unlock the figurine of Mathilde to stand beside Giselle, but maybe it's just as well - they'd only fight :)

Before it's too late I want to say a special thank you too to the other creative teams on Kickstarter that held cross-promotions with us, and helped to tell the world about Carbon Grey. We are in awe of your work.
In the following week, I will send out the survey to collect your addresses - please add any special notes you have for me then. Hopefully you all caught the mix-up with the US shipping costs (See the main page for details), but don't worry if you missed it, I'll go over it with you at the survey stage. We'll also start making the digital rewards available for download as soon as they're ready - starting over the next few days with the back issues. Many of you have asked about the add-ons; please PM me through Kickstarter. This makes it easier for me to keep track of everyone's special orders and changes.

One last time - thank you very much! it has been a wonderful and exciting experience. More things to come soon!

So this is it, I can finally say these words. Coming soon - our final chapter of Carbon Grey - where this epic saga comes to a close as we unravel the mystery behind the rock and Gottfaust's prophecy. We promise to close all lose ends and wrap up all unanswered questions. We're currently underway on the first issue and will continue to update you (here, on Facebook, our blog and on Twitter) with our progress. It's going to be a good one!

Best - Hoang

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Zima Prishla by April Gee

'Zima Prishla' from the soundtrack to Carbon Grey, by the wonderful April Gee! Find out more at

Carbon Grey Vol. 2 Trade Paperback Confirmed for 09/04/13

128 PAGES / FC / T+
The second volume of the epic story of deception, duty, and destiny.
Their god is dead, yet the sisters Grey live on. As the Queen conspires to escalate the war, sister is turned against sister. Mathilde embarks on a journey to reclaim the legendary stone of Gottfaust, while in Caul Giselle must solve the mystery of the Kaiser's final message or face execution as a spy.
DAUGHTERS OF STONE includes all three issues of volume two, along with stories "Raisa" and "Marshal and Marshall" (first published in CARBON GREY ORIGINS #2), and original material.
Collects CARBON GREY, VOL. 2 #1-3


Monday, June 10, 2013


A message from Hoang

WOW, what a roller coaster ride! It was exhilarating, stressful but most importantly FUN - a lot of fun. It took us over a month to plan, execute and finally launch the campaign. With baited breath we crossed our fingers and hoped that people would take notice of our work and support us. But we knew that, no matter how well we planned, nothing was guaranteed.

Today, you made it happen. You guys have given us an opportunity to finish what we started over a decade ago. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!

When planning the campaign we tried to come up with interesting and unusual rewards that might reflect the spirit of Carbon Grey (beyond just giving away copies of the comic), and as a result we’ve had quite an adventure. It’s given us the opportunity to commission new work from artists and musicians, to learn about manufacturing processes and gain new crafting skills making custom rewards.

It’s also led to us making a lot of new contacts and friends in other creative fields across the Kickstarter community. The feedback and advice from you - our backers and supporters - has encouraged us to go further still.

Unexpectedly Kickstarter has taken us and Carbon Grey into areas we’d never imagined - music, toy manufacture and perhaps even a tabletop game. We’re so grateful for this experience – it’s as valuable to us as the funding itself.

At its heart (as you’ll discover in volume three!) Carbon Grey is a story about the creative urge, and the consequences of suppressing it. We’re honored that you’ve allowed us the chance to express ours :).

Best - Hoang

New pages from Volume Three

Head on over to Kickstarter for more new work-in-progress artwork from Hoang and Kinsun. Gorgeous!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Carbon Grey: Sisters at War from Panini Comics

Between July and September 2013 Panini will be releasing localized editions of 'Carbon Grey vol.1 - Sisters at War' across Europe! Dates and languages confirmed so far:

July 2013 – Italy
Aug 2013 – Germany

Sep 2013 – France
Spanish language edition to be confirmed!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Carbon Grey - the game?

A message from Hoang.

I’m excited to announce that we are in the early stages of discussions with Modiphius Entertainment - the company behind "Achtung! Cthulhu" – to develop a Carbon Grey table top game!

Over the past few years many of you have suggested to us that the world of Carbon Grey could be a great setting for a series of games and miniatures, and we feel the same!

Nothing is concrete yet, but in the meanwhile the team at Modiphius Entertainment has generously offered to promote and support our Kickstarter campaign. If you’d like to see their beautiful work head on over to . Modiphius are keeping the door open for late entrants to contribute to their successful Kickstarter campaign. Feel free to message them through their Kickstarter page and show your support!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

$25,000 milestone reached!

We've reached the $25,000 milestone on Kickstarter! Thanks to everybody who has contributed so far. To celebrate we've made a beautiful line-art edition of Carbon Grey issue 1-2 available for all of our backers, showcasing the original pencil and ink work of our artists. If you've already contributed follow this link to download:

If you haven't yet had the chance to join our campaign a contribution of $5 or more will give you access to all of our milestone rewards.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Kickstarter Press Release

Artist Hoang Nguyen Launches Kickstarter Campaign for final chapter of Carbon Grey

SAN JOSE, California – May 13, 2013. Artist Hoang Nguyen is today launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the final volume of his epic series Carbon Grey.

An epic story of family and duty set against the backdrop of a great war, vividly realized through beautiful fully painted artwork, Carbon Grey has been Nguyen’s labor of love for over ten years. In 2010 the project came to the attention of Image Comics, who published the first volume to critical acclaim in March 2011.

After self-funding the project for almost a decade Nguyen last year looked to fans of Carbon Grey and the Kickstarter community at large for support. The campaign was a success, raising over $40,000 and enabling Nguyen and his creative team to complete a second three-issue volume, also published by Image.

Now, Nguyen is preparing to bring his 11-year journey to a close with the third and final volume of the Carbon Grey saga. With the original creative team of Khari Evans (Daughters of the Dragon, Thor, Harbinger), Kinsun Loh, Paul Gardner (Afro Samurai, Splatterhouse) and Nguyen himself all committed to the project Hoang is turning once more to the Kickstarter community to help fund production.

“I was so grateful to the Kickstarter organization and community – they provided a real lifeline when I needed it", said Nguyen. “Without their support Carbon Grey Volume Two might never have been realized. We worked hard to deliver a final product that would justify their faith in us. I’m hoping that all those who generously contributed before will once again lend us their support and help me to bring the story of the Sisters Grey to a conclusion.”

The Kickstarter campaign page for Carbon Grey: the final chapter can be found at

More information is available on the Carbon Grey blog ( and the official Carbon Grey Facebook page (

About Hoang Nguyen

Hoang Nguyen was born in Vietnam and emigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He has worked for Marvel, Dark Horse, and other comic publishers, and his original project Metal Militia was optioned by Dino De Laurentiis for feature film development. More recently he has worked in the videogame industry, having contributed to such well-known titles as the Elder Scrolls series for Bethesda Softworks. He was the lead artist and character designer on Dead to Rights for Namco and is currently Art Director for Namco Bandai Games.

About Carbon Grey

Carbon Grey is a comic book mini-series created by artist Hoang Nguyen and published by Image Comics. Set against the backdrop of a great war the series follows twin sisters Mathilde and Giselle Grey, members of a noble family dedicated to protecting the Kaiser of Mitteleuropa, as they struggle to reconcile duty with their own beliefs and ambitions. When the Kaiser is killed a vast conspiracy is uncovered, centered around a prophecy made long ago by Gottfaust, father to the Greys and hero of Mitteleuropa, that the 13th sister – the Carbon Grey – will one day spark a revolution.

Jetté's Adventures of Pepper

How did Pepper survive the train crash in volume one? Find out in 'Jetté's Adventures of Pepper', coming September 2013 in the trade paperback of Carbon Grey volume two.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

$20,000 Kickstarter Milestone Reached!

Hello Everyone,

We reached another milestone last night and to celebrate we've uploaded April Gee's sound track and the high-def movie for you to download over at Kickstarter.

April is an amazing and talented musician, she composed, orchestrated and sang our movie soundtrack. Please check out her website if you enjoy her music:

Again, we can't thank you enough for your support and encouragement. Please continue to get the word out and get all your friends to join in.



P.S. Don't forget about our next 25K milestone, let's make it happen!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Carbon Grey Kickstarter reaches $10,000

The Kickstarter for volume three has passed $10,000 after two days! Thanks so much to all of you who have contributed so far. There's still a way to go, so please continue to help us spread the word! 

To acknowledge the $10k milestone we're uploading new Carbon Grey wallpapers to Kickstarter for contributors to download. Here's one for you!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Kickstarter trailer for Carbon Grey

Music by April Gee.

Kickstarter for Carbon Grey Volume 3 is live!

Hello Everyone,

We just launch the final chapter of Carbon Grey:

I’m hoping that all those who generously contributed before will once again lend us their support and help me to bring the story of the Sisters Grey to a conclusion.”

Please help me spread the words.

Thank you

Carbon Grey Vol. 3 Kickstarter launching 13th May 2013

The Kickstarter campaign for Carbon Grey Volume 3 will be launching on Monday 13th May! We're really excited about the rewards we have to offer, and over the next couple of days we'll be posting details and pictures of them here and over on our Facebook page, along with a preview of our Kickstarter trailer. Get ready!

Monday, April 15, 2013

One:Hitotsu - raising money for tsunami relief

One:Hitotsu are artisans, art professionals/students, and crafters who want to help children who lost their families and parents during the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan. To help raise money for the organization Hoang has donated some signed prints of one of his pieces. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Carbon Grey volume 3 - update

The first draft of the script for Carbon Grey volume three is complete! We all got together today and read through it - it was a lot of fun, and Hoang and Khari are excited to start work. We'll try and keep you updated on our progress, and hopefully give you an insight into the production of the final volume as we go.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

French-language edition of Carbon Grey, Sept 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Character Biographies and the Story of Carbon Grey

Look up! We've added a menu bar at the top of the page, linking to two new pages. The first is a biography of Carbon Grey's main characters, the other is a summary of the series so far. We'll be adding pictures to both soon. Take a look!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Gottfaust - Man of Stone

By P. Tuinman and K. Evans. First published 07-05-1907 in Die Wache.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kickstarter #1 update

Ready to ship! 

We're getting ready to send out the final packages! if anyone has moved, please sign into Kickstarter and send me your new address. Your items will include issues 2 & 3 along with the alternate covers. 


Carbon Grey vol.2 issue 3 out today!

As arc two draws to a close the Queen declares war on her homeland, and things thought long buried return to haunt her. In Caul the true purpose of Giselle's mission is revealed, and both sides realize too late that the power of Gottfaust's stone is not so easily tamed.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Issue 2-3 preview

Preview copies of issue 2-3 arrived today! These are the copies to be signed and sent out as Kickstarter rewards. We have 10 boxes here, and a lot of signing to do...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Gottfaust - Man of Stone: the adventure continues

By P. Tuinman and K. Evans. First published 05-05-1907 in Die Wache.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Carbon Grey 2-3 release date confirmed for 02/27/12

Image have confirmed that Carbon Grey volume 2, issue 3 will be released on the 27th February 2012!
It's coming...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Carbon Grey issue 2-3 approved!

Carbon grey 2-3 has been approved and sent to the printers! We'll let you know the release date as soon as we get confirmation from Image, but expect it in the last week of February!

A message from Hoang

Phew! The second chapter of Carbon Grey has been pretty rough for us. Unfortunately things never go as planned. You might have noticed(!) that we missed our original release dates. This was due mainly to scheduling conflicts with other projects. But the team rallied and we pulled through. We’re proud of what we have accomplished and as ever we thank you for your understanding and support.

We lost a dear friend (Josh Simpson) while working on the book, he was a big fan and a huge supporter of CG. We miss him dearly and dedicate this volume to him.

As we draw a close to this 2nd chapter, we're already prepping for the third and final volume - the conclusion to this epic saga. It'll be a while before we can solicit the next story arc, but you can keep track of our progress online at:

As artists we are always striving for the best. Our goal from the start has always been to give our readers the best entertainment possible, and that has not changed.

Join us later this year for the final volume of Carbon Grey; it will be glorious!

Hoang Nguyen Feb. 2013

Carbon Grey Bootleg?

Amazing Ukrainian (we think) trailer for Carbon Grey.
Fan sub? Bootleg? Who knows, but it's pretty cool.

Giselle's necklace

Giselle Grey in 3D

Beautiful Z-brush model of Giselle Grey by Bryan Johnston. Take a look at the rest of his site for more amazing work.



Marshal and Marshall

Gottfaust - Man of Stone #601

By P. Tuinman and K. Evans. First published 14-10-1905

Gottfaust - Man of Stone #600

By P. Tuinman and K. Evans. First published 13-10-1905

Gottfaust - Man of Stone #599

By P. Tuinman and K. Evans. First published 12-10-1905

Gottfaust - Man of Stone #598

By P. Tuinman and K. Evans. First published 12-10-1905