Category Archives: Crowdfunding

The Peacekeepers is a Twisted Comic Book Love Letter to Crime Dramas

Out now on Kickstarter, The Peacekeepers is a brooding and decidedly wicked crime drama that pulls no punches, that suffers no fools, that repeatedly gets knocked down, but always gets back up again with a smile. It’s an utterly treacherous comic dance.

All hell breaks loose in quaint a northern Michigan community when a team of in-over-their- heads bank robbers kills a beloved Sheriff’s Deputy. In a small town with BIG secrets, local detective Richard Holton races to peel back the layers of a depraved down-home conspiracy before the bungling Federal Agents assigned to the case send everyone involved to ground.

The Peacekeeper is by writer Rylend Grant, artist Davi Leon Dias, colorist Iwan Joko Triyono, and letterer HdE… the same twisted team that brought you 10 rip-roaring issues of Action Lab: Danger Zone’s critically-lauded political action thriller Aberrant. That comic is being developed for television by 24 & Felicity Executive Producer Tony Krantz.

This isn’t Grant’s first Kickstarter campaign. He raised over $15,000 back in July with a high concept sci-fi thriller titled The Jump. This Kickstarter campaign has already passed its goal guaranteeing it will be funded. You can chip in $5 for PDFs of Grant’s past work and $10 gets you the first two issues of The Peacekeepers. $20 will get you the print edition. Other pledges include variants, signed comics, original art, and more. The campaign ends on November 19.

The Peacekeepers

Keep Track of 2021 with Sam Kieth’s The Maxx

Clover Press has revealed an upcoming Kickstarter project featuring Sam Kieth‘s The Maxx, a 2021 calendar!

Each month has different Maxx cover with art by Sam Kieth. Calendars are 11 x 17 0-wire bound and can be ordered on Kickstarter Nov 9th.

Need a gift for that Maxx fan in your life? Well the calendars will be delivered in December!

You can sign up now and be alerted when the Kickstarter campaign goes live.

Enter the Fantasy World of Winds of Numa Sera

In 2015, graphic novelist Morgan Rosenblum burst onto the sci-fi scene with a runaway success. His comic book debut, Treadwater Volume 1, delivered complex characters fighting an unwinnable battle in a pre-apocalyptic scenario. Then, in 2017, the long-anticipated Treadwater sequel was released to even greater acclaim, topping Diamond’s ‘Indie Bestseller’ list and bringing sales to over 10,000 copies.

Now, Rosenblum is back, along with co-creator Jonny Handler, with Winds of Numa Sera, a medieval fantasy graphic novel series. The first volume in the series is currently on Kickstarter looking to raise $15,100. The campaign ends on November 23. The series features art by Eduardo Mello, color by Valentina Taddeo, lettering by Voodoo Bownz, character concept design by Andrea De Dominicis, environments/sigil/lore/logo design by Bark Bark Studio, and map design by Luigi Aime.

Winds of Numa Sera is set in an elaborate fantasy world, which features an expansive cast of multi-layered and, above-all, believable characters. As their disparate backgrounds and motivations put them on a collision course with one another, the protagonists of one story become the antagonists in another. This lends the readers deeper insight into each character as they watch their seemingly separate storylines slowly weave together into a large cohesive narrative.

It is said that truth is the first casualty of war and this holds true for the Empire of Numa Sera, whose glorious founding mythology is slowly peeled apart as the protagonists discover the truth behind the legends. The grand narrative plays out over multiple generations, in which villains become heroes, history is rewritten, the mundane becomes mythical and the truly legendary becomes mere superstition.

The tone of the novel strikes a unique balance between that of a lighthearted adventure story and a ruthlessly realistic political drama, which takes place in a world rich with fascinating lore. Confronted with violence, treachery and political intrigue, the charismatic heroes of Numa Sera do what they can to survive and succeed. As they continue on their journeys, long forgotten truths are rediscovered and ancient forces are reawakened.

Owing to the breadth of its story, the depth of its characters and the splendor of its lore, a graphic novel of this scope is necessarily an ambitious undertaking. Fortunately, the novel’s illustrators, both of whom had worked for Marvel, do it complete justice. Finally, after several years of meticulous work, Rosenblum and Handler are ready to share their newest story.

You can get a PDF copy for $20 and a hard copy for $30. Other rewards include signed editions, collectors edition, and even being able to be drawn into the comic!

Where’s the Beef? Aubrey Sitterson, Tyrell Cannon, Fico Ossio, and Taylor Esposito Bring the Leftist Superheroes Beef Bros to Kickstarter

Writer Aubrey Sitterson, artist Tyrell Cannon, colorist Fico Ossio, and letterer Taylor Esposito are bringing the leftist superheroes, the Beef Bros to Kickstarter. The comic series has superheroes returning to their original origins as working-class champions moving away from the “supercops” they’ve become in recent decades.

Beef Bros is based on the idea that humanity works best when we work together, cooperation over competition. The self-contained 32-page, the full-color comic is about Huey and Ajax Beef, a pair of neighborhood heroes willing to brawl with sadistic police, cruel landlords, and predatory corporations not because of any complicated college-boy theorizing, but because helping people out is simply the right thing to do.

The gonzo, eye-popping story is a revolutionary leftist take on superheroes! It’s everything we love about superheroes, wrestling, action movies, and beat ’em up video games, but with all of the mean-spirited, hateful politics and ideology stripped away and replaced with something kind, aspirational, and revolutionary.

The campaign runs until November 26 with a goal of $15,000. You can get a digital copy for $5, physical copy for $8. Further rewards include commissions, retailer levels, original art, and more.

Check out a preview of the issue below!

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Just in Time for Halloween, Ghost Are People Too by Cartoonist Peter Ricq

Just in time for Halloween, cartoonist Peter Ricq is bringing Ghost Are People Too to Kickstarter. The 42 page illustrated book, about a simple ordinary ghost named Ethan Alby, is written and drawn for spooky living people of all ages and perfect for Halloween.

Ethan has a family—just like you. He likes playing with toys and his dog, Mini Ricky. Sometimes, though, Ethan gets scared. In Ghost Are People Too, Ethan shares what scares him, how difficult it is to share a home with a living girl he’s fallen for (when she doesn’t even know he exists), and why we shouldn’t be afraid of one another.

Ghost Are People Too is a charming spooky book for readers of all ages, especially young readers, adolescents and adults who love Tim Burton’s books and films, as well as the novels and picture books written by Neil Gaiman, and most especially fans of Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until November 20 and has a goal of $15,000 goal (Canadian dollars). You can get a PDF copy for $10 Canadian (about $8 in US dollars). The hardcover copy is $20 Canadian (about $16 US dollars). Other rewards include autographed copies, doodles, more art, and more.

A Luchador is on a Quest for Revenge in La Mano del Destino

La Mano del Destino is a 6-issue mini-series about a Luchador’s betrayal and superheroic quest for revenge and Faustian bargain; set in a swanky 1960s Mexico told in a Silver Age style. It’s currently being funded through Kickstarter.

Created by Jason Gonzalez the project ends on November 3 and is still short of its $39,242 goal. The series is complete and this is to fund the 400+ page, Bilingual collected edition’s printing. The collected edition is a Bilingual flipbook! You get both versions in one book.

La Mano del Destino tells the tale of a once-champion Luchador – who, after being betrayed by his friends and unmasked in the ring, agrees to a Faustian bargain with a mysterious promoter. He gains a new power and the identity of La Mano del Destino in order to exact revenge upon his betrayers. Set in a swanky, 1960s Mexico where Lucha Libre is intrinsically woven into all aspects of society and are the most important events that happen within this world, this tale winds its way through the machinations and motivations of all types who inhabit this unique setting.

Can La Mano del Destino get his revenge while remaining the champion he knows himself to be? – Get the complete arc here to find out!

You can get a PDF of the trade for $15 or the printed collected version (plus PDF) for $35. Other levels include a screen print set, doodles, single issues, and even your own Luchador mask!

La Mano del Destino

Arcade1Up Launches the Infinity Game Table… with Digital Comics!?

Arcade1Up has launched a Kickstarter for the Infinity Game Table, the latest digital board game table.

Partnering with Hasbro, the digital board game table features over 50 games with more to come to start. You’ll also be able to download more. There’s no monthly subscription or hourly fee.

Games mentioned include Monopoly, Pandemic, Battleship, Trivial Pursuit, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, and so much more. Having partnered with Hasbro, it’s many of their classics.

Beyond digital tabletop board games, Arcade1Up has also said the game table features thousands of comics, puzzles, and coloring books. It’s also mentioned a focus on partnering with indie creators as well.

Of course the mention of comics has interested us. In the promotional video, you can see a Comics Plus icon front and center indicating this is the initial platform you’ll be able to read digital comics on. It’s unknown if more digital services will come and we have reached out for more details.

The table can be used by 1 to 6 players and features wifi for ease of connection.

The Infinity Game Table has two main models, a 24″ and a 32″ screen. The 24″ version costs $499 at its basic level with the 32″ being $699. The project has crossed its goal of $50,000 and well on its way to $500,000. It ends on November 30 with a projected delivery of April 2021.

Infinity Game Table

Simon Stålenhag Delivers a Unique Vision of a Dystopic Future with The Labyrinth

Simon Stålenhag is running a Kickstarter for The Labyrinth, a brand-new narrative art book. Past works of Stålenhag’s has been adapted into roleplaying games and for television.

The Labyrinth introduces us to a world covered by ruins and ash, the few survivors that remain take shelter deep underground. But the time has come to venture out into the wastelands of the surface world. Are you prepared to confront dark secrets from the time before civilization’s fall?

The Labyrinth will be a thick, oversized artbook of over 150 pages. There are two versions, a standard, and a limited edition. The limited edition features an exclusive and beautifully embossed cloth cover, is unique to this Kickstarter, and will never be printed again.

The standard edition starts at about $40 US plus shipping with the limited edition at $80 plus shipping.

The project runs until October 30 and has already passed its goal.

The Labyrinth

They Were Cast Aside, But They May Be the Ones to Save the World in Foundlings

Foundlings

John Stanisci and Emma Kubert have teamed together to create Foundlings, a brand new dystopian young adult comic book series in the vein of Stranger Things and The Goonies, tackling issues of diversability and empowerment. The series follows a group of children cast aside by their families and society…until they were possibly the only ones capable of saving it. Funding exclusively on Kickstarter, and if successful, planned for a full graphic novel, Foundlings is a timely story tackling themes of global politics and ableism in a story that will keep readers on immersed for 28 pages.

The comic is currently being offered through Kickstarter. The campaign ends on November 13 and has an $8,000 goal.

Years in the future, a virus has been weaponized by a Russian government hell-bent on destroying America from within. This deadly new strain has been perfected to kill within 24 hours of contact, and only small groups of children carry immunity to the effects. They are the Foundlings; a diverse group of children under the age of 16, who alone carry the hope for a possible cure, and a solution to extinction.

Foundlings centers around one very special group of kids, all who still dream of the families that long ago abandoned them, and instead find family in each other in order to survive and find a way to save the Earth from destruction. The story is inspired by The Foundlings Hospital in New York City, which is a real-life home to children, many of whom are challenged with physical and emotional issues. The story is rich with themes of empowerment and inspiration for teenagers and adults alike, in a fun adventure story that recalls some of the most beloved films and television series.

Funding exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign is a self-contained comic book story, published in a 28 page, full-color comic format, written by John Stanisci, and drawn by Emma Kubert, with two covers available.

Currently on Kickstarter, $5 gets you a digital copy of the comic with $10 getting a “Kickstarter Edition” physical copy. Other tiers feature pins, variants, signed copies, and even the ability to be drawn into the comic.

Black Eye Books Kickstarts Jay Stephens’ First Comic Series in Over 20 Years

Dwellings

Black Eye Books has launched Harvey and Eisner-Award nominated cartoonist Jay Stephens first ongoing comic book series in over twenty years. The first issue is currently available on Kickstarter. The project has already passed its goal and ends on October 31.

Blending retro cuteness with classic small-town horror, Dwellings will feature one complete and self-contained story each issue. The first issue features a tale of murder and crows entitled They Know.

Set in southern Ontario, Dwellings is a series of horror tales, lovingly drawn in a vintage comics style to most perfectly invoke those half-remembered terrors of youth. The true meaning of the word nostalgia is, ‘to return home in pain’. So lets get nostalgic, shall we?

Dwellings will be printed for a December release as a 36 page, full-color, stapled comic book, and is being offered to readers as a pre-order via crowdfunding. The digital edition starts at $5 Canadian (about $4 in US dollars) with a print copy being $10 Canadian (about $8 in US dollars) plus shipping. Also available are signed copies, previous releases from Stephens, inked blue-line production art, and more.

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