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Mine To Avenge: Book Of Layla #1 comes to Kickstarter

Mine To Avenge: Book Of Layla #1, a new Kickstarter which kicked off on the 14th of November, is a futuristic cyberpunk filled with action and a dash of the supernatural. As spoiler free as possible, the first issue is a solid starting point for readers with its fast-moving plot that pulls you in with tight dialogue and snappy banter. Mine To Avenge is a mystery that starts in pre-Civil War New Orleans, then time jumps to Russia in the 22nd century, where we find our main characters rescuing a damsel in distress followed by the return of a dark nemesis.

Written and created by Robert Jeffrey II, keep an eye out for him as a recent participant of the DC Comics Writers Workshop program, you can see the refinement of his writing skills in this creator-owned project. Supporting him is an Italian artist Matteo Illuminati, whose work is new to me, but another one to look out for as he does characters and action amazingly well. Also helping with the visuals of the book is colorist and letterer Loris Ravina, whose color pallet helps to enhance and set the mood of the story.

And for proof of development, here are the first six pages of the book.

Published by Evoluzione Publishing, for more information or character designs, check their Kickstarter or Facebook pages. The campaign runs until December 15.

With 24 Hours to Go on the L.U.C.H.A. Kickstarter we Talk Comics and Wrestling with CW Cooke

Co-creator/writer CW Cooke, alongside co-creator/artist Travis Hymel, are getting into the ring with a Kickstarter for the brand new comic series L.U.C.H.A.!

L.U.C.H.A. is the story of Agente, a luchador detective who spends his life solving low level crimes and murders, taking on any job that falls in his lap. He just so happens to get wrapped up in a murder campaign that involves vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures before the rug gets pulled out from under  him…and the readers! The elevator pitch is: Lucha Underground meets The Truman Show.

With less than 24 hours to go on the Kickstarter, we got a chance to talk to CW Cooke about comics, wrestling, and what’s next.

Graphic Policy: So where did the concept for L.U.C.H.A. come from? It debuted in Kayfabe but how’d the idea start?

CW Cooke: The idea started on Facebook as a Luchador detective in a noir world. Travis and I met through the Kayfabe group and then just started tossing crazy ideas back and forth on what we wanted to do and it started with a Luchador.

GP: How’d the team come together for the series?

CWC: Travis and I met as stated above. I’ve known Micah (Myers) for years and he’s pulled me out of a number of jams with other comics so he’s the first person I always go to when I’ve got a new idea. Jeremy (Kahn) has been working on Solitary vol 2 and building a good and solid rep as a great worker and colorist.

GP: Wrestling seems to have a big following in comic fandom and there’s been a resurgence recently with a bunch of series and graphic novels released. What is it that the fandoms seem to overlap a lot?

CWC: Comics and wrestling both are soap operas. Wrestling is exactly like comics in that the storylines continue and develop over time with new characters joining the story in progress and old characters coming back seemingly lost to the sands of time. The fandoms seem to overlap because there’s a lot of similarities between both. And comics and wrestling have colorful characters doing insane things that seem out of this world.

GP: Luchador wrestling has such a history and some amazing wrestlers. Why focus on that subset of wrestling as opposed to some of the other variations?

CWC: I’ve loved Lucha for a long time, going back to being a kid and loving the El Santo movies. So this is kind of my love letter to that and the 80s and 90s movies and comics I grew up with. I’m a big fan currently of Lucha Underground and think Luchadors have always been something people should know more about. It was more fun to explore that aspect than just a big sweaty wrestler dude yelling at people.

GP: Why did you decide to bring this to Kickstarter?

CWC: Kickstarter is a way to hit an audience that I may not have access to otherwise. Plus I’m broke and need to make sure my team is paid and taken care of for the work they’ve done. So Kickstarter helps us to build a bigger audience and world of followers while ensuring the team is taken care of.

GP: During the campaign it was announced the comic would also be published by Action Lab. How’d that come about?

CWC: Pretty much because of the success of the Kickstarter. We had been pitching the book for awhile to no avail and we had been looking for a home, but Travis and I knew our book could make it regardless of who or what happened. I announced my Solitary movie/TV deal which was an amazing thing that I have to imagine helped everything out, the book hit Kickstarter and then in 5 days hit the goal, and then we had an announcement on the Action Lab pick up. It’s been a crazy year.

GP: Did that change your plans at all? You mention you’re working on the second issue, how many do you have planned?

CWC: The first arc is planned at 4 issues and then we have an entire world (or worlds) to explore. After that we have a lot of ideas on where to take the book and the characters and we believe that Action Lab is behind us 100%. The only thing that changed is we know where our home is for the book and we are excited to explore this world fully.

GP: Will those also get Kickstarters?

CWC: No. The plan is to do issues 2 through 4 and beyond with Action Lab. Might need to do another one later for a collection but currently there are no other plans for Kickstarter to be used for our book.

GP: I take it you’re a wrestling fan. What are some of your favorite wrestling moments and wrestlers?

CWC: Big time wrestling fan. Besides El Santo, I’ve been a big fan of Macho Man, Rey Mysterio Jr, Matt and Jeff Hardy, and many many more. Favorite moments? I’ll give you one as some of the favorites might be used for various moments throughout the series. But one of my favorites was Robocop saving Sting. That one I know I can’t utilize so definitely that one.

GP: What else are you working on?

CWC: Solitary continues to move forward both as a comic series and with the TV/movie development (news coming soon), I’ve got more L.U.C.H.A., I’ve got Luther Frankenstone coming from Source Point Press, a sasquatch project with Kelly Williams, Westerly which is an anthology I wrote for Outland, a few more pitches out in the wild, a few more things I can’t announce yet, more Kayfabe, more Always Punch Nazis, and a ton more. I’m keeping as busy as I possibly can and always writing.

GP: Thanks for chatting and can’t wait to get our backer copy!

L.U.C.H.A. is Coming to Action Lab!

L.U.C.H.A., the wrestling sci-fi thriller created by CW Cooke and Travis Hymel, is coming to Action Lab Entertainment! Right now it’s on Kickstarter and you can be a part of bringing it to life. Originally part of the wrestling comic anthology Kayfabe, L.U.C.H.A. focuses on Agente, a luchador detective. He’ll take any case he can get, and in his latest murder mystery, he has to deal with vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures!

Cooke’s comic, Solitary, recently got a movie/TV development deal.

The creative team needed to raise $5,000 to successfully fund their book. They’ve already hit their goal, but they still have numerous mystery stretch goals left to uncover before the Kickstarter ends on November 12, 2018 at 1:01 PM EST.

Shawn Pryor Launches a Kickstarter for Cash & Carrie – Book Two: Summer Sleuths

The all-readers graphic novel Cash & Carrie returns! The first book was published by Action Lab Entertainment back in 2016. In this second book, the kids go on a trip to Summer Camp Sobol. Because nothing bad could ever happen at a cabin in the words! Except when campers go missing, Bigfoot might actually exist, and the ingredients in the coleslaw are… questionable. Middle school detective duo Cash & Carrie must survive with no WiFi and poor mosquito repellent in order to solve these mysteries.

Cash & Carrie – Book Two contains 96 pages of all-new stories and content featuring up-and-coming talents.

BOOK TWO STORIES AND CREATIVE TEAM:
Big Foot, Small Sneakers, written by Giulie Speziani with art by Marcus Kwame Anderson. Lettering by Justin Birch.

Bull’s-Eye! Written by Giulie Speziani with art by Marcus Kwame Anderson. Lettering by Justin Birch.

Lunch Lady Has The Last Laugh, written by Giulie Speziani with art by Marcus Kwame Anderson. Lettering by Justin Birch.

A Yet To Be Titled Culinary Mystery written by Shawn Pryor, Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee, with art and lettering by Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee.

Mason Middle Messenger: Summer Edition written by Shawn Pryor, with art by Tressina Bowling. Lettering by Justin Birch.

PINUPS FEATURING THE ARTWORK OF:
Penny Candy Studios
Justin Stewart
Anntonia Jackson
Alex Robinson
Pizzaface
Corey Fields
Ken Kirk
Sean Causley & Matt Herms

FRONT COVER ARTWORK BY:
Caroline Frumento

BACK COVER ARTWORK BY:
Valentine Barker

The creators are aiming to reach $8,000 by November 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. They have stretch goals that go to $12,000; if they reach $12,000, they’ll add more pages to the OGN as well.

Help them make Cash & Carrie – Book Two a reality!

L.U.C.H.A., a Horror Wrestling Extravaganza is Now on Kickstarter!

Co-creator/writer CW Cooke, alongside co-creator/artist Travis Hymel, are getting into the ring with a Kickstarter for the brand new comic series L.U.C.H.A.!

L.U.C.H.A. is the story of Agente, a luchador detective who spends his life solving low level crimes and murders, taking on any job that falls in his lap. He just so happens to get wrapped up in a murder campaign that involves vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures before the rug gets pulled out from under  him…and the readers! The elevator pitch is: Lucha Underground meets The Truman Show.

L.U.C.H.A. was born from a simple idea as part of the Kayfabe anthology (a wrestling comic anthology put together by comic creators and wrestling fans alike, with the emphasis on wrestling as real), this story about Agente took on a life of its own because of the incredible working chemistry Travis and CW had and the unbelievably insane story they came up with. The other creators and fans of Kayfabe voiced their excitement and love for the character and story, leading CW and Travis to move forward on the full series.

On Kickstarter now, CW Cooke and Travis Hymel would love to show you what they’ve got in store and hope you join them on this adventure. There are a number of wonderful reward levels available, including original art and commission sketches, exclusive covers, and so much more. They have plans for the future of the project including stretch levels, but they need your help to get there.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until November 12th.

Imminent Press is Back with Two Issues of their Terminal Pulp Anthology on Kickstarter

Fresh off of successfully funding the OGN Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists, Imminent Press is running a Kickstarter for the next two installments of the two-fisted pulp anthology Terminal. That’s right, TWO
COMICS, ONE KICKSTARTER.

Now, issues #3 and #4 of Terminal come to Kickstarter with an incredible array of talent that includes writers Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Eric Palicki (No Angel), Vito Delsante (Stray), Matt Brady (The Con Job),
and a murderer’s row of artists, colorists, and letterers.

Terminal #3 features:

Stephanie Chan [Colorist]
Steve Ekstrom [Editor & Letterer]
Justin Gray [Writer – FAUSTO COLON]
Dan Lauer [Artist – FAUSTO COLON]
Eric Palicki [Writer – OUBLIETTE]
Bob Rivard [Cover Artist]
Ande Rummel [Artist – OUBLIETTE]

Terminal #4 features:

Matt Brady [Writer – GEMINI XIV]
António Brandão [Artist – STEELTOWN]
Nikola Čižmešija [Artist – GEMINI XIV]
Vito Delsante [Writer – STEELTOWN]
Steve Ekstrom [Editor & Letterer]
Bob Rivard [Cover Artist]
Kirsty Swan [Colorist]

Plus, VARIANT Guest Artists:

Josh Adams (T3 Variant)
Rafa Garres (rear art #3)
Jeff Johnson (T3 Variant)
Vasilis Lolos (T4 Variant)
Richard Pace (T4 Variant)
John Rauch (rear art #4)

Backers have access to an array of excellent rewards, including variants. Retailers have the opportunity to back two distinct packages, one of which includes an in-store appearance from a member of the Imminent Press and Terminal anthology series stable. And if you happened to miss out on Terminal #1 and #2 the first time around, don’t sweat it. A limited number of backer packages will be available so you can score ALL FOUR issues for one reasonable price including shipping.

Check out below at some of the art you can find within the pages of these two new issues!

You have until November 2nd to back this great project!

Thrilling Nostalgia Comics Debuts at Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con has announced a show exclusive: Thrilling Nostalgia Comics is debuting the #0 issue of their new comic series, The Liberty Brigade.The Liberty Brigade features brand new World War II adventures of many of the heroes of the 1940s. As part of the launch, you’ll find a gorgeous Sean Chen illustration of The Liberty Brigade on the cover of the Program Guide and as the official Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirt. Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Ringo Awards are now available.

The Liberty Brigade is launching as a 100+ page graphic novel on Kickstarter with a 500 print-run original prequel story available at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The Liberty Brigade consists of:

  • The Blue Flame
  • Cat-Man
  • Kitten
  • The Mad Hatter
  • Johnny Patriot (formerly Johnny Rebel)
  • The Green Turtle (the first Chinese Super-Hero in American comics)
  • Mr. Freedom
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The National Anthem

You’ll also find guest appearances by 1940 stalwarts TNT Todd (called TNT) and The Spark Man, as well as some major Golden Age villains including Professor Fenton, Mastermind, and the Rat.

The 24-page #0 issue sports a cover by Barry Kitson, interior art by Garry Gastonny and Joe Rubinstein and preview art from the graphic novel by Ron Frenz and Mark Buckingham. It also includes encyclopedia entries on several team members from Temporal Comics.

On Friday at 3:45pm in Room 339-342Michael FinnMark WaidMark BuckinghamBarry Kitson, and several other members of The Liberty Brigade creative team will be holding a panel to discuss the debut of the new comic.

This Golden Age revival story is a true passion project, as is evident in each and every panel and page. Aside from the 80+ page story, the graphic novel features one page origins of many of the heroes and villains by an amazing array of guest artists including: George Perez, Alan Davis, Mark Buckingham, Doug Braithwaite, John Totleben, Paul Renaud, Garry Leach, Ron Wilson, Mark Morales, Steve Conley, Mike Lilly, Jim Steranko, Sal Buscema, and many more!

To support this amazing project please back the Kickstarter or head on over to the official site where you can find a link and join from there. Many of the artists working on the project have individual tier levels to earn commissions, signed issues, and many more amazing rewards are available.

Death Sentence Returns with a Kickstarter

The Kickstarter campaign for Death Sentence Liberty starts today, written by Monty Nero with art by Martin Simmonds . It’s the third story in the series and both were fantastic and entertaining reads.

Death Sentence Liberty tells of three characters afflicted by an STD that kills them in six months but gives them superpowers.

Verity’s the beating heart of the story. Frustrated and unfulfilled she longs for something more than cheap thrills and empty sex – to be a great artist and achieve something timeless. With no fuck’s left to give she’s a dangerous maverick rallying against an increasingly aggressive government.

Weasel is a rockstar drug-addict desperate to reconcile with his family and record a legendary album before he dies. His G-plus powers are as unreliable as he is, spreading chaos or comedy – which is why Verity dumped him.

Roots is half-woman, half-plant, and 100% badass – an ex drug dealer using her burgeoning G-plus powers to protect her hood from police and gang violence.

Additionally, Jeb is an FBI agent infiltrating the UK’s top-secret G-plus research facility to steal their secrets – a family man in far worse trouble than he realises.

Monty Nero is an award winning Comics Masters graduate from Dundee University. He co-created the hit graphic novel Death Sentence with artist Mike Dowling (2014), and its sequel Death Sentence: London (2016) with Martin Simmonds. He’s also written for 2000ad, Vertigo and Marvel, including Hulk, Amazing X-Men, and X-men Gold.

The campaign runs through October 2.

It’s Comics Comics from Starburns Industries Press on Kickstarter

Starburns Industries Press has launched a Kickstarter for their Comics Comics anthology which is completely written by stand-up comedians.

Backer rewards include the comic in print and digital, two Kickstarter exclusive editions, Starburns swag, our other comics, retailer tiers, and even a tour of the studio that produces Rick and Morty, HarmonQuest, and Animals.

Comics Comics is an ongoing collection of original stories with each issue containing at least 48 pages of brand-new stories written by headliners, cult favorites, and newcomers drawn by artists from every corner of the comics world.

Comics Comics features such voices as Patton Oswalt (MST3KHappy!), Paul Scheer (How Did This Get Made?The League), Sam Jay (SNL), Jackie Kashian (The Dork Forest), Quinta Brunson (BrokeUp for Adoption), Megan Koester (Coming to the Stage, Corporate), Sara Benincasa (Real Artists Have Day Jobs), Carolyn Main (Pitch, Please!), Eliot Rahal (New Comic Book Day), Rose Matafeo (Funny Girls), Nick Giovannetti (Bad Guys), with more announced throughout the campaign.

The comedians have the freedom to write whatever they want in any genre resulting in comics featuring slices of life, flights of fancy, and journeys into genre.

Teaming up to make these stories into comics are such comedy fans as Troy Nixey (Vinegar TeethThe Black Sinister), Robert Hack (Chilling Tales of Sabrina), Evan Dorkin (Milk and CheeseBill and Ted’s Excellent Comic Book), Rick Altergott (ViceCracked), Brent Schoonover (Gregory Graves), Sarah Burrini (Nerd Girl), and more, with double threats like comedian/cartoonist Carolyn Main writing and drawing! A set of Kickstarter-exclusive covers are painted by cartoonist and HBO artist Richard P. Clark (The BoysHouse of Gold & Bones).

The Comics Comics Kickstarter runs through September 19. Backers can get copies of the comic in print and digital, an exclusive hardcover version, prints, and more.

You Should Always Punch Nazis and Back this Kickstarter

It’s 2018 and we’re debating whether it’s ok to punch Nazis, the evil scum who were “defeated” in World War II. If Captain America and Indiana Jones have taught us anything, it’s that it’s more than ok to punch them and with a rise in hate and those who are siding with the scum, it might be more important to than ever.

Always Punch Nazis is a 44-page anthology comic book focused on our country’s battle against racism. It’s the next best thing to actually punching Nazis and a Kickstarter campaign is running until August 23 to raise funds to print the comic (it’s well past its goal).

We got a chance to talk to some of the team behind this relevant, and needed, comic project.

Graphic Policy: Where did the idea for Always Punch Nazis come from? What’s the story of how it came together and folks joined the anthology?

Ben Ferrari: I’ve known Silas for a long time. He’s helped out inking my Pilot Studios books and contacted me asking if I wanted to make some sort of comic to push back against all the Nazi crap happening in our country, specifically right after the Chartlottesville incident. I said “Sure, so long as we can call it always punch Nazis. He agreed and the call went out to contributors.

GP: There’s a lot of contributors, how did they join the graphic novel?

CW Cooke: I was one of the contributors who jumped in very quickly as I am extremely outspoken about things that bother me or about the way the Alt-Right and the Nazi movements have started to grow again. I’m a loudmouth, to say the least, and it’s well known how I feel about the world right now and America as it stands. A bunch of us came together, post Charlottesville, to tell stories about fighting back in a world gone mad, a world where Nazis seemed to be blossoming again and where racism and anti-LGBT folks were trying to gain a foothold in America. I didn’t like it then and I still don’t like it now, and I’m going to keep fighting against these people any way I can. This time? It was in a comic book.

GP: From their beginning, comics have been political. What do you think it is about the medium that makes it so popular for political discourse?

BF: Pictures. People like awesome pictures and in this case they like the awesome pictures of Nazis getting teeth knocked out.

CW: I think it’s the visual medium aspect of it but it’s also the wish fulfillment aspect. I’d love to be Captain America punching Hitler out or taking action against Nazis and various other super-villains. I think it’s also because comics are sometimes seen as a childish medium, so creators tend to create stories that tell of the bigger world around us, without talking down to children. We love the idea of the superhero in the bright colors or the X-men wearing their costumes, but politics has been a part of comics since the very beginning. Superman is an immigrant living the American Dream. The X-men is a story about the civil rights movement. It all ties together to create a better world and a much deeper story than just hero punches villain.

GP: The Kickstarter has gotten a lot of support but also some detractors including some high profile articles decrying it. Has that surprised you at all? Were you all prepared for it?

BF: I wasn’t expecting that sort of pushback at all. I realize Breitbart News is an alt right website no question there. But did I expect them to come out with an article defending Nazis from getting punched? I can safely say “No I did not.” I think it’s indicative of the negative influence trump has had on this nation. You can now come right out and defend Nazi opinions as worthwhile of consideration of something to be allowed into the town square of debate. That’s insane and what we’re doing here is, instead of turning the other way as they chant, we’re telling people to realize what is happening and to shut them down ASAP. We’re doing it in a comic book because that’s what we do best.

CW: I was very prepared for it. I’ve been arguing with the alt-right since Trump took office, whether it be online or in person, and I’ve been trying to get people to see that the world has gone mad. I’ve also taken crap from these people for standing up against other alt-right creators bringing their brand of insanity into comics publishers that I was going to work for, going so far as to quit a job or three because of it. I’m not going to stand around and do nothing. Carrying Tiki Torches into townsquares because Civil War monuments are being torn down doesn’t make the world seem like a normal place. Chanting Nazi mottos and burning swastikas do not make these people seem like “good people on both sides.” Charlottesville should have been a wakeup call for everyone, but looking at the Breitbart article and some of the other chatter seen on Twitter and elsewhere, I’m not surprised at all. We aren’t calling anyone a Nazi who doesn’t support the Nazi beliefs, but seeing Breitbart out and out defend Nazis and tell us we were the bad guys for being mean to Nazis just is the most absurd thing I’ve seen this year. They’re essentially self-identifying at that point, and it just has to make you laugh.

GP: Part of that crying was attempting to get Kickstarter to pull the project. Did you hear from the platform at all or get crapped on in other ways?

BF: Breitbart was able to get the SPLC to drop their support. Had SPLC done their support in the correct way, it may not have mattered. But because they had messed up their policy, they pulled support. In the end though, it helped. Breitbart attacking the comic allowed more people to take up arms in the form of buying our book. We’ll do something really cool with this money, we have no hard feelings toward the SPLC.

CW: Beyond the SPLC situation, we’ve heard nothing from Kickstarter and have just kept rolling along. The Breitbart article and the continued focus on our message helped push the Kickstarter into the stratosphere, going well above and beyond what most of us ever expected. There have also been alt-right supporter comic creators and fans who have railed against us on social media and attempted to start fights or arguments with us, but again, it just makes me laugh because then it feels like they’re self-identifying as Nazis and that’s a bigger problem for them.

GP: While the right-wing creators have seemed to have banded together in support and putting out material in hopes of triggering and owning others, this feels like the first we’ve seen that’s about punching Nazis and stopping the rise of right-wing ideology. We’ve seen a lot of anthologies in recent years on other issues, why do you think it’s taken so long for something like this to come about?

BF: I think a bit of complacency can be blamed. The right feels the America they have always known is disappearing, meaning the white dominated America. They feel threatened when they see minorities, women, LGBT, all gaining influence and a place of acceptance in America. So they suddenly feel “underserved” (I quote that from the Trump Space Force kickstarter) and organize in big ways around books that see the world the same way. On the left, we cheer when we see minorities better represented or when gay men and women gain the right to marry the people they love. We are on the right side of history here and we are the majority. So these types of projects are few and far between for us. For example, when Nazis rear their ugly heads, that’s a time when the left puts out an anthology like this and is on the offensive.

CW: There have been other liberal leaning comics anthologies that have come out, focusing on the world we live in now, but like Ben said, we don’t feel underserved as white men. I’m never afraid to see a woman or minority or LGBT person in a comic shop or working in comics, I champion it as much as I can and want comics to have a place and a space for everyone willing to share that space with others. If you’re a good person and you look out for others, people will join you. That’s a personal motto I have, the essential Do Good Things from My Name is Earl motto. Nazis deserve to be punched. Any man who wants to silence women creators and LGBT creators and minority creators because they think that doesn’t belong in comics…it just boggles the mind. They missed how much of an SJW Captain America and Superman have always been. They missed the social commentary of the X-men. They missed the entire point of comics and focused solely on the muscles and the punching. When this whole thing started and they attacked women editors for their tribute to Flo Steinberg, I knew that something had to be done. And I’m never going to shut up and sit back and let others take the heat for this.

GP:  Can you tell us a bit about some of the stories and comics that’ll be in the anthology?

CW: I have a story about a Luchador fighting Neo-Nazis at a wrestling match. There are superhero stories, there are how to guides on punching Nazis, there are stories that run the entire gamut of genres. A little bit of everything by some names you might not know yet but you will know soon. And there’s an incredible Hilary Barta pinup/back cover that we just added that makes me incredibly happy.

GP: The comic is completed and ready to go. How long have you all been working on this?

BF: Over a year. I sat on it for a while after it was completed and finally Jay Huwer told me he’d run the Kickstarter if I wanted. I’ve been burnt out for a while after a decade of regular comic book making, so doing a second Kickstarter (our first was last year’s Saturn & Orion Book One) sounded like hell. I’m glad Jay stepped in and made this thing happen.

CW: I wrote my story awhile back and moved on to continue fighting the fight and writing other stories, so probably about a year ago I wrote my story. Once the Kickstarter hit, we all jumped into the deep end to promote and push and get the book out there for people to see, which they have definitely seen in huge numbers.

GP: What made you all decide to go to Kickstarter as opposed to just selling it directly, selling digitally, or some other service?

CW: Kickstarter is a great way to crowdfund and get the book seen initially by a large audience. Which is has and which has helped us see the value in this moving forward.

GP: You’ve kept this Kickstarter pretty simple without add-ons and no real stretch goals (though you’ve including a sticker and print for printed copies). Was this always the plan? Did you ever consider doing add-ons?

BF: Not really. People suggested it, but simplicity was the key here, in my opinion.

CW: I pushed hard for add-ons and stretch goals, but I was wrong, and I’m willing to admit that. It’s more fun to just have the book, the art rewards, and then offer prints and stickers to everyone who supported us and helped us go higher and higher. Stretch goals could have meant added stories and pages, but there’s always the potential for another volume after this.

GP: Another thing that’s stuck out to me is that this is really focused on punching Nazis. You’re not using this to pitch your other projects in pledge levels. It feels like this project is a bit more personal in that way.

BF: It’s true, we rarely mention all the other books we’ve got going on. It doesn’t seem appropriate. I also think we’d open ourselves to accusations of not really being in this for a greater cause, which we are. More on this idea after the Kickstarter.

CW: I agree. I’m a shill most times, but my point while this was running was to stay as focused on this as I can without announcing other projects or saying “Hey go buy this book if you like this.” It’s not the nature of the Always Punch Nazis anthology.

GP: It feels weird asking this concerning the last question, but I always like to end interviews this way, beyond this, what else are you all working on?

BF:Well if you insist and since you asked, I have many Carriers books in progress along with a Pilot Studios Annual, a book called Doc Odyssey with Kurt Belcher and Stuart Berryhill. I’m drawing a new Son Chasers #1, based on a finished Son Chasers: Hitler’s America OGN we did a few years ago. A big story called Zion Wars from Jay Huwer, and a trade paperback of other Pilot Studios books that lead into ZW.

CW: I have so many cool things coming up it’s insane. I think we announced a volume 2 of Always Punch Nazis that we are in the early stages of working on. I have volume 2 of Solitary from Devil’s Due that is going through some finishing touches before we decide what method to take on it, I have a new series coming soon from Action Lab, I have a couple brand new things I just picked up writing wise over the last week or two that are in very early stages and can’t be announced, as well as various other pitches that are ongoing and getting closer to fruition. You will be seeing a lot of me soon.

GP: Thanks so much and can’t wait to get my copy of the comic (of course we’re backers)!

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