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From Puerto Rico Strong to Strange Encounters, a New Kickstarter

Strange Encounters

Strange Encounters is a 64-page comic book Anthology about magic, mystery and the Strange Encounters that happen when you meet beings of the supernatural kind.

The graphic novel is from the team that brought you the Eisner Award-Winning and Diamond Gem Award-nominated, Puerto Rico Strong Anthology, Marco Lopez, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz

The anthology is made up of original tales, and stories adapted from some of the most popular novels and novellas from some of the most talented female authors in the supernatural prose genre today.

The team is aiming to bring you the next must-have anthology and it’s coming from the brand-new boutique label, King Skull Comics.

Just look at some of the talent involved.

Brett Booth variant cover
Brett Booth variant cover

Brett Booth is illustrating a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE variant cover.

Mentioned earlier were prose authors. We’re talking Rue Volley (Hellhound, 13 Ways to Midnight), Kim Alexander (Pure, The Demon Door Series), JD Brown (Athena’s Oracle, The Ema Marx Series), and Rachel Rawlings (The Maurin Kincaide Series, Rotten Luck). Excited yet?

Let’s talk about some of the other artist’s and creators involved. We got Jose Marono, Ally Cat (Spread, Spook House), Jess Taylor (Catalyst Prime Summit, Adventure Time), Puis Calzada (Hatchet: Vengeance, Zorro: Rise of the Old Gods), Jamie Jones (The Baboon, Kicking Ice), DC Hopkins (IDW, Lion Forge, DC, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite) and Bryan Arfel Magnaye (Titan Comics, Chido Comics).

And if that’s not enough here are some character sketches from two of the stories in the anthology.

Hellhound Character Designs by Jose Marono
The Institutes Character Designs by Puis Calzada

The Kickstarter campaign offers a softcover trade in print and a digital PDF. Prints of both covers to hang on your wall and the option to be drawn in the short story, I Hate the South (From the Case Files of Izzy Desoto) as a monster of your choice. And for the amazing retailers out there because they love retailers, they’re also offering a Strange Encounters Retailer Pack at a fantastic discount.

But wait there’s more!

There are STRETCH GOALS! If the goals are met everyone that pledges will get a bookmark, a Strange Encounters Pin, a King Skull Comics Pin, mini prints by the incredible Leila Leiz (Alters, Horde) and Ariela Kristantina (Mata Hari, Adora and the Distance), a BOOKPLATE by Sweeney Boo (Marvel Action Captain Marvel, Eat and Love Yourself) signed by the prose authors and last but not least a PREMIUM sketch card by Brett Booth of his variant Kickstarter Exclusive cover. It’ll feel like the 90s all over again when holding that card in your hand.

Puerto Rico Strong to Benefit Hurricane Maria Victims

In September we reported about a comic anthology to raise money for those impacted by Hurricane Maria. Just over two months since the hurricane plowed through Puerto Rico with a destructive force that left island residents desperate for survival or forced to flee to the U.S. mainland, the island is still struggling to rebound. Yesterday, more details were announced as Lion Forge Comics has announced their commitment to relief efforts by publishing Puerto Rico Strong!

Puerto Rico Strong is a comics anthology that explores what it means to be Puerto Rican and the diversity that exists within that concept, from today’s most exciting Puerto Rican comics creators. All profits will go to towards Disaster Relief and Recovery Programs to Support Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Strong is co-edited by Lion Forge’s own Desiree Rodriguez, alongside Marco Lopez, Neil Schwartz, and Derek Ruiz.

Puerto Rico Strong features art and writing by Rosa Colón, Vita Ayala, Naomi Franquiz, Javier Cruz Winnick, Sabrina Cintron, Tristan Tarwater, Fabian Nicieza, Joamette Gil, and many more!

Puerto Rico Strong will be released at finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere in March 2018.

Comic Creators Coming Together to Help Puerto Rico

As our nation mostly sits on its hands to help our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico devastated by hurricanes, a group of creators are coming together to create a charitable anthology “highlighting the beauty, culture, and history” of Puerto Rico.

Its been a week since Hurricane Maria’s devastation and the island is still waiting for aid. Millions await the basics of fuel, food, and water with 97% of the US commonwealth’s 3.4 million residents still in the dark as of this Wednesday. All of this has led to rationing as there’s not enough food to go around and individuals are being forced to drink rainwater. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have seen fewer personnel since Hurricane Marian hit than Texas and Florida during their recent hurricanes. Lack of supplies are leading to tragic and tough choices everywhere. Hospitals don’t have enough energy to properly care for individuals who rely on ventilators to survive as an example.

Marco Lopez, one of the individuals spearheading the anthology, wrote on Facebook:

Puerto Rico is an island of 3.5 million American citizens with a rich history that goes back hundreds of years. To those Boricua that live on the island and across the U.S. it is not only their home or home away from home it is an essential part of their very being of what makes them and their families who they are. Puerto Rico doesn’t just hold a special place in the hearts of Puerto Ricans, the island, people, and culture hold a very special place in the hearts to other people in the Latinx community and those of non Latinx origin.

When news of Hurricane Maria made airwaves, so soon after Hurricane Irma many of us saw the writing on the wall. Puerto Rico, for all its beauty, life and culture, also has a history of colonization and oppression. Currently suffering in massive debt and due to the Jones Act unable to receive aid from other countries, it is up to us, the public, to offer aid and support.

There are many ways to donate and support the islanders who are currently without water, food, electricity, and supplies. The four of us, Marco Lopez, Derek Ruiz, Desiree Rodriguez, and Neil M Schwartz, have decided to use our collective creativity to organize a charitable anthology that highlights the beauty, culture and history of Puerto Rico told by the voices of Puerto Rican creators along with other Latinx and non-Latinx allies.

All proceeds for this anthology will go directly to aiding the people of Puerto Rican who desperately need all the help they can get. More information will be released in the following weeks. We hope you will support this endeavor and more importantly, support the people of Puerto Rico.




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We’ll have more details when they’re released and of course you can always donate to those organizations to help out now.