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Help the Hero Initiative with this Comic Anthology on Kickstarter Now

Help: The Hero Initiative Anthology features over one hundred creators contributing one-page stories about what “help” means during the COVID-19 pandemic. Running Kickstarter, the project will raise funds for The Hero Initiative. That organization aids comic professionals in need. You can also donate directly to The Hero Initiative through their website.

The Help anthology project started when state lockdowns for COVID-19 began, forcing many comic shops to close and creating a ripple effect throughout the comic industry, resulting in widespread business and job loss and book cancellations. Help became a way for creators to donate their time and skills to tell one-page stories on the theme of helping others, while ultimately serving to raise money for those in the community in need of help during the pandemic.

Comic book writer Omar Spahi and editor Hannah Means-Shannon teamed up to create the Help anthology and partnered with The Hero Initiative to raise money for comic professionals. This marks the first time The Hero Initiative has ever been involved in a Kickstarter campaign.

Even as conditions improve and publishing schedules become more robust, many people in the comic book industry have been affected by business and job loss, and the impact of that loss will linger. The hope is that even after this initial Kickstarter campaign is complete, this project continues to encourage charitable giving to help support the comic community.

The stories submitted for the anthology were open-hearted, examining what it means to help and how we experience aid and value it in comics. These stories span from fiction to non-fiction, some taking silent approaches, and some engaging in intimate monologues. This collection captures how comic creators felt, and continue to feel, about giving and receiving help within their community and world in a heartwarming and kind way, despite living through a time of crisis.

The Kickstarter campaign allows backers to choose from a number of tiers for rewards, including: $10 for a digital copy of HELP: The Hero Initiative Anthology, $25 for a softcover printed copy, $55 for a hardcover printed copy, with additional tiers onwards up to $1000 for original artwork from select creators of the anthology along with a hardcover copy of the book.

All proceeds from the sale of this graphic novel will support The Hero Initiative’s mission to help comic book creators in medical or financial need.

Help: The Hero Initiative Anthology is designed by Dezi Sienty and features a cover by Charlie Adlard. The anthology features the following contributing creators:

Serg Acuna, Ted Anderson, David Baillie, Nick Barber, Corinna Bechko, Steve Becker, John Bivens, David M. Booher, Conor Boyle, Lizzie Boyle, Nick Brokenshire, Mark Bouchard, Scott O. Brown, Erik Burnham, Caio Cacau, Dennis Calero, Jim Campbell, Mario Candelaria, Richard Case, Peejay Catacun, Michael W. Conrad, Gab Contreras, Joe Cooper, Joe Corallo, Alex Cormack, Jorge Corona, Marcelo Costa, CRANK!, Frank Cvetkovic, Nenad Cviticanin, Tony Donley, Siike Donnelly, Rich Douek, Dave Dwonch, Matt Emmons, Taylor Esposito, Scott Ewen, Eduardo Ferigato, Nick Filardi, Bob Fingerman, Tony Fleecs, Michael Jan Friedman, Antonio Fuso, Alfie Gallagher, Dillon Gemmill, Kieron Gillen, Sina Grace, Frank Gogol, Simon Gough, Mathew Groom, Gabriel Hardman, DC Hopkins, Matt Horak, Mike Isenberg, Van Jensen, Rich Johnston, Justin Jordan, Zack Kaplan, Joseph Keatinge. Gideon Kendall, Dearbhla Kelley, Lovern Kindzierski, D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave, Sean Konot, Piotr Kowalski, Ilias Kyriazis, Jonathan Lang, Christine Larsen, Janet Lee, John Lees, Fabian Lelay, Shawn Lee, Cath Lobo, Marissa Louise, Andrew MacLean, Andy MacDonald, James Maddox, Ariana Maher, Ryan Maniulit, Shaun Manning, Shanna Matuszak, Hannah Means-Shannon, Oliver Mertz, Joe Mulvey, Andrea Mutti, Micah Myers, Mike Norton, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Eric Palicki, Chas! Pangburn, David Pepose, Cris Peter, Troy Peteri, Fred Pham Chuong, Curt Pires, Sebastian Piriz, Ahmed Raafat, Cardinal Rae, Livio Ramondelli, Frank Reynoso, Sean Rinehart, Rafer Roberts, Fabrice Sapolsky, Erika Schnatz, Tim Seeley, Dezi Sienty, Brad Simpson, Arune Singh, Omar Spahi, Mark Stafford, Dave Stoll, Dane Styler, Dave Swartz, Keana Taire, Bryan Talbot, Fred Van Lente, Magdalene Visaggio, and Kelly Williams.

Meanwhile… #10 launches on Kickstarter!

Meanwhile

Meanwhile… #10 is a 128-page comics anthology with work by Gary Spencer Millidge, David Hine, Mark Stafford, Roger Langridge, Sarah Gordon, Ginny Skinner, Michael Doig, and India Swift, Oisin Roche (with Elaine M Will), Laurel Dundee, Chad Boudreau and Butch Mapa, Burhan Kum, Victor Martins, Andy Pearson (with Louise Fellows), Moray Rhoda and Daniel Hugo, Flo Pizzarello and Elisabeth Eudes-Pascal. Funds are currently being raised to print the comic through Kickstarter.

Meanwhile… is Soaring Penguin Press‘ anthology series, bringing together higher profile creators with less established creators who are looking to see their story in print. Each issue is curated to ensure the best quality of comics storytelling.

Meanwhile… combines ongoing series with stand-alone stories, so that every issue provides a satisfying read, but encourages the reader to pick up the next issue, too.

You can get a digital edition for about $13 with the print about $27. The campaign is about 75% of its goal as of this post and runs until July 8 at 2:30 ET.

Karl Kerschl’s The Abominable Charles Christopher Comes to Kickstarter

The Abominable Charles Christopher

Launched in 2007 as an online comic, The Abominable Charles Christopher, Karl Kerschl’s Eisner Award-winning story about a silent sasquatch in a world full of chatty animal characters, is making its way to print in a new volume, exclusively on the Kickstarter. The campaign focuses on the third volume of the series, collecting over a hundred previously unpublished strips from the webcomic. The first two volumes will also be available for readers who want the entire story at their fingertips.

The Abominable Charles Christopher follows the eponymous Charles Christopher, a dim-witted but good-natured sasquatch, on a series of adventures through the Cedar Forest as he helps and hinders the animal residents. At times a slice-of-life gag comic and at other times an epic fantasy, the comic has gained a loyal following of readers and won the Eisner Award for Best Webcomic in 2011.

Abominable Volume 3 is the featured book of the Kickstarter campaign, but there are plenty of other perks for fans of the series. New readers can get all three volumes at a discounted price and Kerschl has not only done one-of-a-kind original art for the campaign, he’s brought on some powerhouse talent to provide depictions of the comic’s cast. Natalie Hall and Creaturebox are among the first to be showcased, with other artists to be announced.

The campaign us currently running and well past its goal. It ends on July 14 at 10am ET.

Fog Line – Henry is haunted by a hit and run and a true crime podcast threatens to expose him

Fog Line is a 36-page noir comic about guilt, shame, and paranoia. Henry, a retired truck driver, begins to crack when his darkest secret is thrust back into his life. A true crime podcast explores the mysterious disappearance of a victim Henry hit. It’s currently raising funds on Kickstarter.

The comic is black and white presented in a landscape format.

Fog Line is written by Mario Candelaria and Andy Michael, with art by Andy Michael, lettered by Matt Krotzer, and edited by Hernán Guarderas.

You can get the standard digital edition for $10 with a print copy costing $18. Other tiers include a deluxe digital edition, signed edition, sketches, original art, and more.

The campaign is over half its goal on Kickstarter. It ends on July 9 at 10pm ET.

Exclusive: Brian Michael Bendis, Greg Rucka, Rachel Pollack, Maggie Downs, and Catherynne Valente announced for Literary Tarot

The Literary Tarot

Brink Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the world through storytelling, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Literary Tarot. This is an ambitious and unusual collaboration with some of the greatest authors and cartoonists of our time who have been asked to pair a tarot card with a seminal book that embodies the meaning of the arcana.

The campaign has been a hit with almost 7,000 backers and raising over $400,000.

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents. We have the exclusive announcement of five new pairings that will be a part of this project.

  • Brian Michael BendisThe War of the Worlds and the King of Ink
  • Greg RuckaThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Knight of Ink
  • Rachel PollackOedipus Rex and the King of Ink
  • Maggie DownsLeaves of Grass and the Eight of Ink
  • Catherynne ValenteCanterbury Tales (Wife of Bath) with the Empress

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents.

Major Arcana card pairings include:

  • Bestselling crime writer Chelsea Cain pairs The Emperor with Agatha Christie’s Poirot Investigates
  • PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist K-Ming Chang (Bestiary) pairs The Magician with Wu Cheng’en’s sixteenth-century novel Journey to the West
  • Amal El-Mohtar (author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning novella This Is How You Lose the Time War) pairs The Star with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Emily of the New Moon
  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy) pairs The World with King Arthur
  • Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Victor LaValle (The Changeling) pairs The Tower with H.P. Lovecraft’sThe Outsider
  • Talia Lavin (the author of Cultural Warlords and the host of the Moby Dick Energy podcast) pairs The Devil with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
  • Isaac Marion (the author of the bestselling Warm Bodies series) pairs The Hermit with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 
  • Bestselling Mexican Gothic novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia pairs The Lovers with Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence
  • The bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, pairs The Hanged Man with T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning novelist Rebecca Roanhorse (Black Sun) pairs Death with Bram Stoker’s Dracula 
  • Quill Award-winning novelist Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy) pairs The Fool with Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote
  • Simon Tolkien (No Man’s Land: A Novel) pairs The Chariot with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
  • Novelist and comic book writer G. Willow Wilson (The Bird King) pairs the Wheel of Fortune with William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

For the Minor Arcana, each suit is renamed to reflect the literary tools that brought them to life (Ink, Quills, Light, and Parchment). Minor Acana Pairings include:

  • Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning writer Charlie Jane Anders (Victories Greater Than Death) pairs the Knight of Light (Cups) with Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones
  • Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) pairs the Queen of Light (Cups) with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
  • Vita Ayala (The Wilds) pairs the King of Light (Cups) with Homer’s The Odyssey
  • Bestselling author Leigh Bardugo (Ninth House and Shadow and Bone) pairs the Ace of Parchment (Pentacles) with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden
  • Tarot reader and host of The Word Witch Podcast Charlie Claire Burgess pairs the Eight of Quills (Swords) with Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick (co-creator and writer of Bitch Planet) pairs the King of Quills (Swords) with Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations
  • Bestselling writer Roxane Gay (The Bad Feminist) pairs the King of Parchment (Pentacles) with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Hugo Award-winning writer of Die, Kieron Gillen, pairs Five of Quills (Swords) with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
  • Bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) pairs the Three of Quills (Swords) with W. W. Jacobs’s seminal, supernatural short story “The Monkey’s Paw”
  • Hart Hanson (creator of the TV series Bones and author of the novel The Driver) pairs the Page of Ink (Wands) with Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain
  • Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning writer Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) pairs the Two of Parchment (Pentacles) with Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  • The award winning writer of Monstress, Marjorie Liu pairs the Queen of Quills (Swords) with Beowulf
  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Millar (Jupiter’s Legacy) pairs the Ace of Quills (Swords) with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Erin Morgenstern (The Starless Sea) pairs the Five of Light (Cups) with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
  • Novelist and biographer Alec Nevala-Lee pairs the Two of Quills (Swords) with Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone
  • Novelist and comic book writer Benjamin Percy (The Ninth Metal) pairs the Seven of Quills (Swords) with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat
  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) pairs the Page of Quills (Swords) with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

The artists for Literary Tarot are:

  • Major Arcana: Samantha Dow
  • Light: Shan Bennion 
  • Ink and Box Design: Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe 
  • Quills: Isabel Burke 
  • Parchment: Bradley Clayton 

The campaign ends on June 30, so back it now!

Michael Uslan’s The Boy Who Loved Batman Comes to Broadway in Darknights and Daydreams

Darknights and Daydreams

With Broadway’s long-anticipated re-emergence just around the corner, Bob Nederlander Jr. and Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC have announced their plan to bring Darknights and Daydreams (working title), a new play adapted by Michael Uslan from his inspiring memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, to Broadway during the 2022 / 2023 season. Michael Uslan, the Originator and Executive Producer of the Batman movie franchise brings his play to life on stage. By-invitation-only development readings are planned for June 29 and 30 in New York.

Fan-owned entertainment studio Legion M will make its first foray into Broadway, as Associate Producer, with Darknights and Daydreams. Legion M will draw on their unique fan-owned business model and community to invite fans and supporters to participate in behind-the-scenes, exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities via the Darknights and Daydreams Indiegogo page. Perks will include copies of the trade paperback The Boy Who Loved Batman, from which the play is adapted, unique signed memorabilia, access to virtual and live table readings during the development process, and many more.

Darknights and Daydreams tells the story of a boy who fought for his dreams to come true. Michael, a self-described comic book fanboy from a blue collar New Jersey family, did not dream of being a superhero, but of saving his superhero. A lifelong Batman fan who amassed a collection of 30,000 comic books by the time he was in high school, Michael viewed the 1960s TV series as a kitschy mockery of the “dark… serious… human” version of Batman; a version that had been personally described to 14-year-old Michael by Batman’s co-creator, Bill Finger, at the 1965 ComiCon. From that moment on, Michael was determined to restore that darkness to The Batman. He held tightly onto this dream when, against all odds, he pitched and convinced Hollywood to make the first Batman film, which then took ten long years to be produced. The wild success of that film proved what Michael knew all along – the world needs super-heroes, both on screen and in real life. That first Batman movie ignited an Oscar-winning, record-shattering global pop culture phenomenon that thrives today, decades later. Michael’s passion unlocked his own super-powers and he shares his “secret origin” in this Broadway show.

The Dead Beats anthology heads overseas for its sophomore release: London Calling

Dead Beats 2: London Calling

A Wave Blue World has announced the Kickstarter campaign to fund Dead Beats 2: London Calling, the sequel to their Ringo Award-nominated musical horror anthology.

After thrilling readers with the mysterious origins of various musical instruments in Dead Beats volume 1, the enigmatic Shoppe Keeper goes across the pond in search of even more haunted artifacts for her record shop, Dead Beats.

The Kickstarter campaign features an exclusive cover by returning artist Lisa Sterle and colorist Stelladia. The exclusive can only be obtained by backing the campaign — the anthology’s subsequent mass-market release in September 2021 will feature different cover art.

Additional campaign rewards include “Behind-The-Scenes” downloadable content, a double anthology pack, as well as a limited signed bookplate. 

Also returning for volume 2 are editors Joe Corallo and Eric Palicki. This dynamic duo also wrote the interstitial storyline, drawn by Val Halverson, featuring the Shoppe Keeper herself as she introduces each spooky tale.

A 168-page anthology, Dead Beats 2: London Calling is composed of 21 stories with contributions by more than 40 creators ranging from industry veterans to rising talent, all ready to give their spin on the musical horror genre.

The campaign runs until July 1. Get a look at what’s coming as well as a full list of creators below.

Legendary Chinese Mythic Figure The Monkey King Heads to Contemporary New York City in A Chinatown Odyssey

The Monkey King: A Chinatown Odyssey

Taiwanese American creator Jerry Ma is supporting AAPI Heritage Month and #STOPASIANHATE this May by bringing one of Chinese literature’s most enduring characters, the Monkey King to modern-day New York in The Monkey King: A Chinatown Odyssey which has launched on Kickstarter. 

Jerry Ma hits home as he shows his native New York City falling apart with the Empress of Chinatown turning her back on the City. Tripitaka the monk must locate Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy to help her make the journey west to Chinatown San Francisco in hopes of finding enlightenment to then go back and save New York from itself!

With the amazing group of people helping with this campaign, Geof DarrowAllan DorisonJim CheungDavid Soto, and Lisa Y. Wu, through Stretch Goals, they’ll be donating money to small businesses in Chinatown New York.

Readers will also get the opportunity to own this title for only $20 during this Kickstarter which ends on Friday, June 4. Along with the book, readers will be able to back these money saving rewards and help unlock stretch goals that will help increase the amount given to local New York City Chinatown small businesses.

Eric Powell and Harold Schechter’s Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? Is Live on Kickstarter

Eric Powell and Harold Schechter are collaborating on an ambitious new graphic novel about one of the most notoriously deranged murderers in American history, Ed Gein.

Powell and Schechter are co-writing Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?, an all-new, 200-page, an original graphic novel illustrated by Powell that delves into the twisted history of the Gein family and the notorious violence that inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs. Painstakingly researched and illustrated, Schechter and Powell’s true-crime graphic novel presents Gein’s infamous story like never before.

Eric Powell’s company Albatross Funnybooks is launching a Kickstarter campaign for Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? Sign Special Edition, featuring a Kickstarter exclusive paperback edition of the book with a cover by acclaimed horror artist William Stout, a hardcover edition with a Kickstarter exclusive dust jacket by Eric Powell, limited edition prints, and more. Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? will be published by Albatross Funnybooks in comic shops on July 21, 2021 and in bookstores on August 3rd, 2021. The Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? mass-market edition, distributed to comic shops and bookstores, will not be available via the Kickstarter campaign.

The signed special edition hardcover is $40, a pledge level of $75 gets a Gein Family Portrait Print Set, the William Stout Cover Paperback Edition is at the $100 level. For $150 backers can pledge to get a Slipcase, $500 is a commission from Eric Powell, and $1,000 nets a Zoom call with Schechter and Powell.

Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno Takes Us on a Stoned Kung-Fu Adventure with Stoned Master

Stoned Master

Aubrey Sitterson returns to Kickstarter, this time with his co-creator of The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling Chris Moreno. Stoned Master is about a burnout martial artist using stoned kung fu to defend his Los Angeles neighborhood of Chavez Heights from a rapacious corporation.

With the project now live, we got a chance to talk to Aubrey and Chris about the comics’ influences and what’s the best way to get stoned and read it.

You can back the project now before it ends on May 20.

Graphic Policy: From wrestling to stoned Kung-Fu. How’d Stoned Master come about?

Chris Moreno: I feel like it was a gradual process rather than a bolt of lightning moment, but I recall Aubrey and I had a blast working on The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling, and I mentioned how much fun I had drawing the action scenes, but because we were covering the entirety of the history of the art form I always had to move on to another subject when I would have loved to draw an entire fight scene. That spurred many discussions about doing an all-action/fighty-type book next, and then that led to talking about our favorite kung fu flicks. That’s when I recommended to Aubrey that we watch a little movie from 1977 called Death Promise, the story of two ass-kicking best friends who use martial arts to fight to save their NY apartment building from a syndicate of evil slumlords trying to force them out. It’s a real schlocky hidden gem (with a great titular theme song and a poster by Neal Adams, to boot!) and one of my favorite types of action movies, where it seems like they just got a bunch of stuntpeople and martial artists together and built a movie around them. But it also has this level that we really responded to, which was that it was basically a story about tenants’ rights, but the tenants using martial arts to fight their landlords instead of, say, starting a co-op. Then we started talking about what the better version of that kind of story could be.

Aubrey Sitterson: I remain immensely proud of what Chris and I accomplished with The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling. However, when you’re doing nonfiction – especially something with as broad a purview as CBSOPW – you’ve got a lot of masters to serve. We knew that our next project needed to be something we could cut fully loose on, leaning into all the action and comedy that we excel at, i.e.,  the stuff that makes a comic truly rip. Stoned Master fits the bill, and, like the best collaborations, exists in the big meaty section of the CHRIS & AUBREY’S INTERESTS Venn diagram.

GP: Be honest, you were stoned while making this, right?

CM: I can only speak for myself, but I was not under the influence of any substances while working on this project. I actually can’t draw while stoned, I just get really chill, sit on my couch, and watch movies like Death Promise all day.

AS: Dude, honestly; look at me. Do I look like a guy who gets stoned? Come on, now.

Stoned Master

GP: I’ve seen some of the art. How’d the visual style come about? I notice from the pages I’ve seen it’s very bright in colors.

CM: I was born in CA, but spent my whole life on the East Coast, which has its own beauty, though it’s kind of earthy and neutral compared to living in LA. There’s a vibrance of color everywhere you look– the buildings and local shops, the neighborhoods, the communities with full-wall murals. Even the clothes people wear or the cars they drive. It’s just a place that embraces color. When we talked about setting the story in LA, I knew I wanted to showcase that vibrance in every panel.

GP: The comic has a burnout martial artist using stoned kung fu to take on a corporation. Aubrey, your recent Beef Bros seems like it’d be somewhat anti-corporation. Going through a phase with that?

AS: I believe that all art is political, even self-proclaimed apolitical work, especially in the polarized time in which we currently find ourselves. But something else I’ve learned is that, when it comes to expressing my political beliefs, I need subtlety, nuance, even ambiguity, along with the space to work big issues out in all their complexity. Personally, I haven’t found a way to get any of that on social media, which is why I’ve been making such a concerted effort to explore this stuff in my fiction work, which is a medium perfectly suited to rumination.

GP: I see a comic of taking on an evil corporation in Los Angeles, and I go to Breakin 2. Is there something about Los Angeles being the location for these battles?

CM: Aubrey and I actually put together a “movie mood board” of films for inspiration and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (one is obligated to say the entire title at all times) is definitely high on that board. Fights occur in our book similarly to how the power of breakdancing could make miracles happen in that film. That hospital scene where those surgeons start poppin’ mid-surgery and bring a dead patient back to life? We hope to hit that level.

GP: So, what type of pot would you suggest while reading this? Would you go CBD? Edibles? Leaf?

CM: Definitely edibles. Grab some gummies or brownie bites, something that allows you to have one hand free to turn the page.

AS: Every time Stoned Master readers open their mouths to laugh or gasp at the intense, hilarious, kung fu action, they should take a healthy bong rip. By my estimation, they’ll be fully obliterated about a quarter of the way through. Increases reread value that way.

Stoned Master

GP: Are you basing the “stoned kung fu” on anything real?

CM: Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master films are the primary inspiration Frankie’s style. Where Jackie had moves that were based off of drunkard’s actions (hands holding the cup, arms carrying the keg, etc.), Frankie’s moves are all based off the pothead’s actions (pinching the joint, rolling papers, lighting the hash pipe, bong rips). Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung’s “anything goes” improvisational styles from movies like the Lucky Stars films, Project A, or Wheels on Meals are a big reference for Frankie’s moves, too.

AS: After The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling, Chris is used to getting copious amounts of visual reference from me and we kept that proud tradition alive here. Most everything you see Frankie do in Stoned Master is his “Blazed Fist” riff on traditional drunken boxing techniques as seen in Drunken Master and other flicks.

GP: Any kung fu films and stoner films this is inspired by?

CM: Definitely the above films, Pretty much all of Cheech & Chong’s oeuvre, Kung Fu Hustle, Half Baked, Harold and Kumar, Big Lebowski.

AS: Obviously the Drunken Master movies and anything with Sammo Hung, but we also took a lot of structural and thematic influence from classic Lau Kar-leung & Gordon Liu flicks like The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Dirty Ho and The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter. Those movies manage to balance aesthetically stunning action, pitch-perfect humor, and a shocking amount of thematic depth and were a massive inspiration for Stoned Master. Also, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a significant amount of Pineapple Express in the mix.

GP: Beef Bros was on Kickstarter, what lessons have you learned from that going into this one?

AS: The BEEF BROS Kickstarter was an absolute game changer for me. No hyperbole, it changed now only how I view the comics industry but what I want out of it. While I love working with my pals at Dark Horse and am so very stoked about The Worst Dudes, Savage Hearts, and my as-yet-unannounced third series launching this year, there are certain projects that, while a tough sell in the direct market for any number of reasons, have a ton of potential with folks on Kickstarter. BEEF BROS was one of those projects and so is Stoned Master.

GP: Any advice you’d give others thinking about doing a Kickstarter?

AS: Calling on my background as an Eagle Scout (shout out to Troop 747!), the absolutely best advice I can give is to BE PREPARED. Running a Kickstarter well is an immense amount of work and the only way to keep from getting overwhelmed during the campaign is by having a firm plan in place and getting all your schedules, spreadsheets, newsletters, Graphic Policy interviews, and sacrificial offerings done before you hit the LAUNCH button.

GP: Thanks so much! We’ll make sure to take a nice bong rip and click back on Kickstarter!

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