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Hope Nicholson Shuts Down Bedside Press

Bedside Press

Bedside Press has posted a statement that the independent comic publisher will be shutting down. Earlier this week, owner and comic creator Hope Nicholson admitted that the person in 2018 article about sexual assault was her. While she disagreed with calling it assault, she admitted that the events were largely accurate.

Nicholson’s admission received backlash as it took autonomy from the victim away who kept her anonymous in the original article. Her follow up Tweets and statements centered it all around her.

Subsequently, she deleted her personal Twitter account leaving just the publisher’s account which has Tweeted out subsequent statements including the news of the closing. Some creators who were being published through the company had already announced they were pulling their publications before the announcement.

You can read the full statement below.

Comic Creator Hope Nicholson Named in Sexual Assault

A year ago, writer Tres Dean went public with an article on Huffington Post recounting a sexual assault that he experienced by a female comic creator. While he doesn’t name the creator, he does talk about the events in a broader article about men and sexual assault.

Dean recounts at an industry event he had a fellow comic creator stick “her tongue down (his) throat” and did it twice more. The creator made further “drunken passes” both physical and verbal towards Dean through the night.

Dean’s article focuses on the stereotype of men when it comes to events like this and how men are treated when they come forward regarding allegations of sexual assault.

While Dean doesn’t name the creator and goes out of his way to keep her name anonymous, the story is back in the news as the creator has admitted to the events on Twitter.

Hope Nicholson Tweeted that while she doesn’t “think that’s the case” as it being assault, she does admit to events in that she “hurt” Dean and would indicate the account of kissing him is correct. She goes on to say the article is “largely accurate” saying she was “…rude. An idiot. A messy drunkard. A pest.” And that doesn’t excuse her actions.

Nicholson is the latest individual to be named when it comes to assault in the comic industry.

If you feel you have been assaulted and need help, visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.

Update: The article better reflects the original HuffPo article ran a year ago.

Bedside Press Goes Exclusive in a Distribution Deal with Diamond

Bedside Press

Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise, is pleased to announce that it has signed a distribution agreement with Bedside Press to exclusively distribute their products to comic book specialty store markets worldwide. Diamond was also awarded the rights to exclusively distribute Bedside Press’ new releases to the book market under the banner of its sister company, Diamond Book Distributors.

Located in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bedside Press is an innovative publishing company focused on graphic novels and prose books. Headed by publisher Hope Nicholson, the company is dedicated to promoting history and showcasing uplifting new voices through thoughtful storytelling.

Bedside Press boasts two Eisner Award nominations since its inception in 2014. A Bunch of Jews and Other Stuff, nominated for Best Anthology in 2018, is Trina Robbins’ graphic novel adaptation of her father’s 1938 short story collection that depicts life in a small Jewish village in Belarus along with his later immigration to Brooklyn at the age of sixteen. Enough Space for Everyone Else, which focuses on telling gripping stories about the possibilities of life in space without the common themes of war and colonialism, received a Best Short Story nomination for one of its self-contained tales, “The Transplant,” by Megan Gedris. In addition to these Eisner nominated works from Bedside Press, their anthology Gothic Tales of Haunted Love received The Kirkus Star, which is a prestigious designation in the book industry to mark works of exceptional merit.

Bedside Press has several new publications slated for 2019, including Maiden, Mother, Crone and Love After the EndMaiden, Mother, Crone, releasing in Spring 2019,is an anthology collection of fantasy fiction written by transwomen and transfeminine writers and curated by celebrated poet and author Gwen Benaway. Love After the End, releasing October 2019, functions as a semi-sequel to Bedside Press’s award-winning Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time and imagines a variety of fantastical future worlds as told by Indigenous peoples through the lens of Two-Spirit and queer heroes in the leading roles.

Hope Nicholson, Brian Michael Bendis, Greg Pak, Jenn St-Onge, Tim Seely, Kieron Gillen, Sina Grace, Amy Chu, and more show you the Pros and (Comic) Cons

Editor Hope Nicholson is no stranger to bringing together diverse and talented creators from every corner of the comics industry for humorous and emotional anthologies. Following the success of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and The Secret Loves of Geeks comes a brand-new anthology of personal stories by writers, artists, cartoonists, and professional geeks around the globe.

Pros and (Comic) Cons explores the mad world of comic conventions and the funny, sad, sweet, embarrassing, and heartfelt stories that go along with them. These true-to-life stories showcase surprise celebrity run-ins, fan encounters that changed creator’s lives, costume malfunctions, and practical advice for both new and experienced convention attendees. Featuring comics and essays by Brian Michael Bendis (The Man of Steel), Greg Pak (The Incredible Hercules), Jenn St-Onge (Nancy Drew), Tim Seeley (Hack + Slash), Kieron Gillen (The Wicked and the Divine), Sina Grace (Iceman), Amy Chu (Green Hornet) and many more, Pros and (Comic) Cons paints a picture of the geek culture life that shapes us, encourages us, and exhausts us every summer.

With a beautiful cover by Colleen CooverPros and (Comic) Cons TPB goes on sale May 29, 2019.

ComiXology Originals sponsors SPX 2018 & Spotlights Hit Reblog Print-on-Demand

ComiXology has announced that they will be featuring comiXology Originals’ new Print-on-Demand edition of Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire at Small Press Expo 2018. Megan Kearney, writer and artist of Hit Reblog will be signing FREE copies of the Print-on-Demand edition and a limited edition poster, on a first come, first served basis, Saturday 9/15, and Sunday 9/16, from 1-2pm ET at SPX table # J7A. There will also be a special Hit Reblog signing with Megan Kearny and Shen TFriday 9/14 at 7pm exclusively for SPX exhibitors, special guests, and volunteers. Megan Kearney will be tabling at #J7A all weekend long.

Fans not in attendance at the Small Press Expo can still order the Print-on-Demand edition of Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire, available Wednesday 9/12, exclusively on Amazon.com.

This year, comiXology Originals is the proud sponsor of this year’s Small Press Expo, which includes sponsorship of Programming PanelsComics Workbook Workshops, and more. Small Press Expo takes place September 15, from 11am-7pm ET and September 16, from Noon-6pm ET in Bethesda, Maryland at the Marriott North Bethesda Hotel & Conference Center.

Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire
Written and illustrated by Megan Kearney, edited by Hope Nicholson

Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire showcases the viral sensations of the webcomics world and the true stories behind their creators. Follow the ups and downs of internet fame, from IP theft to book deals, and all the trials of becoming an overnight sensation after gaining 10,000 reblogs in a single night. Learn about the origins behind the hit comic strips “This is Fine”, “All Houses Matter”, “No Take, Only Throw”, and frequently-viral webcomics such as Owlturd, Cyanide and Happiness, False Knees, and Poorly Drawn Lines. Each of the twenty artists featured includes a biographical intro by award-winning comic artist Megan Kearney (Disney Princess, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls).

Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire includes comics by webcomic superstars: Anelien, Joshua Barkman, Rob Denbleyker, Adam Ellis, Reza Farazmand, Nick Franco, Craig Froehle, KC Green, Ryan Harby, Maya Kern, Fran Krause, Dami Lee, David Malki!, Dave Mcelfatrick, Alex Norris, Branson Reese, Nick Seluk, Katie Shanahan, Brandon Sheffield, Shen, Kris Straub, and Zach Weinersmith, Kris Wilson. Edited by Hope Nicholson of the multi Eisner-award nominated publisher Bedside Press.

  • Collection 120pg – $6.99 on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Available in print September 12th for $9.99 as a Print-on-Demand graphic novel exclusively on Amazon.com

SDCC 2018: comiXology Reveals a New Wave of Originals

If you missed our Twitter coverage, comiXology has announced the creative teams and titles for the next wave of comiXology Originals creator-owned comic books and graphic novels, during a press event today at Comic-Con International San Diego 2018.

The comiXology Originals debuting today include: Goliath Girls by writer Sam Humphries and artist Alti Firmansyah, Grave Danger by writer Tim Seeley and Mike Norton, Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire by writer and artist Megan Kearney, along with over a dozen webcomics superstars and editor, Hope Nicholson, and Teenage Wasteland by writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jen Vaughn. Readers can dive in immediately: the books are free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and are also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Also unveiled at Comic-Con International were future comiXology Original titles to be released in the coming months including: The Dark by writer Mark Sable and artist Kristian Donaldson, Delver by co-writers C. Spike Trotman and MK Reed with art by Tish Doolin, and The Stone King by writer Kel McDonald and artist Tyler Crook.

Alongside today’s content announcements comiXology debuted a convention exclusive comiXology Originals 2018 Preview Book, featuring story pages, creator bios and behind the scenes process sketches from current and upcoming comiXology Originals creator-owned series. The comiXology Originals 2018 Preview Book will be given away at comiXology’s panels and during creator signings at booth #2547 throughout Comic-Con International, which takes place at the San Diego Convention Center July 18-22 in San Diego, CA. At the booth fans can also receive a limited edition comiXology Originals enamel pin, free – small quantities of the pin will be available at the start of each day, first-come-first-served. ComiXology will also be hosting 10 panels at this year’s convention and during every panel limited quantities of signed Savage Game Print-on-Demand books along with other giveaways to be given out to attendees. For the full panel and signing schedule check out comiXology’s social media and Tumblr.

More about the comiXology Originals titles available now can be found below:

Goliath Girls 
Written by Sam Humphries with art by Alti Firmansyah
Monsters will rise, cities will fall…but best friends are forever! Zelda, Eunice, and Juliet are three best friends: orphans of the Kaiju Generation, and adoptive mothers to their own baby Goliath! For years they’ve searched for the elusive King of All Goliaths, the one fabled to bring the Forever War to an end. But they’re not the only ones on his trail.

  • 5-issue miniseries – available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • An industry first: simultaneously available in Japanese same day in Japan through Amazon.jp, and worldwide
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

Grave Danger 
Written by Tim Seeley with art by Mike Norton
She is Grave Danger, agent of Headstone, a joint clandestine espionage organization that handles all unspeakable crime! [Unspeakable Crime- Illegal acts committed by paranormal entities such as vampires, witches, demons, and Frankensteins.] Agent Danger leaps into action from the suborbital Mourning Angel base, afraid of nothing! [Except getting her sneakers dirty. And heights.] [Also, her past.]. The first release from Daniel Alter and Jeff Forsyth’s new company Comix AF.

  • 5-issue miniseries – available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

 

Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire
Written and illustrated by Megan Kearney, edited by Hope Nicholson 
Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire showcases the viral sensations of the webcomics world and the true stories behind their creators. Follow the ups and downs of internet fame, from IP theft to book deals, and all the trials of becoming an overnight sensation after gaining 10,000 reblogs in a single night. Learn about the origins behind the hit comic strips “This is Fine”, “All Houses Matter”, “No Take, Only Throw”, and frequently-viral webcomics such as Owlturd, Cyanide and Happiness, False Knees, and Poorly Drawn Lines. Each of the twenty artists featured includes a biographical intro by award-winning comic artist Megan Kearney (Disney Princess, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls).

Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire includes comics by webcomic superstars: Anelien, Joshua Barkman, Rob Denbleyker, Adam Ellis, Reza Farazmand, Nick Franco, Craig Froehle, KC Green, Ryan Harby, Maya Kern, Fran Krause, Dami Lee, David Malki!, Dave Mcelfatrick, Alex Norris, Branson Reese, Nick Seluk, Katie Shanahan, Brandon Sheffield, Shen, Kris Straub, and Zach Weinersmith, Kris Wilson. Edited by Hope Nicholson of the multi Eisner-award nominated publisher Bedside Press.

  • Collection 120pg – $6.99 on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Available for pre-order in print for $9.99 as a Print-on-Demand graphic novel exclusively on Amazon.com

Teenage Wasteland 
Written by Magdalene Visaggio with art by Jen Vaughn
Smart-mouthed Ellie Tweed is the jerkhole new girl in school who falls in with the wrong crowd, who happen to have an explosive secret: they aren’t just jerkhole teenage girls with attitude, they are the Earth’s secret defenders! And Ellie’s their newest recruit. From the creative duo of Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and Jen Vaughn (Betty & Veronica: Vixens) comes this action-packed series where after school activities include transforming into superheroes and fighting monsters!

  • 5-issue miniseries – available monthly – $2.99 per issue will be available on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

Titles arriving in the coming months:

The Dark 
Written by Mark Sable with art by Kristian Donaldson
After a worldwide cyberwar ends technology as we know it, a former super-soldier teams up with a biopunk to fight the rise of a biological internet forcing humanity to connect to it—whether they want to or not.

  • Original Graphic Novel will be available on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • A print edition will be available soon via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

Delver 
Written by C. Spike Trotman and MK Reed with art by Tish Doolin
When the door to a living dungeon surfaces in the tiny hamlet of Oddgoat, village girl Temerity Aster has two choices: abandon the only home she’s ever known to carpet baggers and sellswords, or carve out a place for herself and her family in the new and dangerous world of delving.

  • 5-issue miniseries will be available on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

The Stone King 
Written by Kel McDonald with art by Tyler Crook
A young adult fantasy adventure about finding who you are through taking responsibility for your mistakes, The Stone King explores the life of a teen girl thief, working to determine her future path but instead provokes a giant.

  • 4-issue miniseries will be available on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

These titles join Savage Game an original graphic novelcreated byNFL player Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, with art by Chris B. Murray, Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty issues #1-2from writer Richard Starkings, and artists Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; and Ask For Mercy issues #1-2from writer Starkings and newcomer artist Abigail Jill Harding.

In addition, Superfreaks, a debut seriesfromcowritersElsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, and newcomer artist Margaux Saltel with all5 issues released at once for bingeable reading, is available today as a digital collected edition.

Customers can enjoy comiXology Originals releases on a variety of Amazon’s membership services. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 15,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. All titles are also available as individual purchases on Kindle and comiXology.

comiXology Moves to Print with New Creator-Owned comiXology Originals

After some teasing, comiXology announced today it is releasing creator-owned comic books and graphic novels for the first time as part of its comiXology Originals program. The service announced four new titles which can be read for read through Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. They can also be purchased through Kindle and comiXology.

What’s particularly interesting is these comics are available digitally as well as in print. Yes, the leader in digital comics is moving into the “physical space” with print comics which will be print on demand.

The new comiXology Original releases include: Savage Game created by NFL player Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, and art by Chris B. Murray; Superfreaks from writers Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, with newcomer artist Margaux Saltel; Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty from writer Richard Starkings, and artists Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; and Ask For Mercy from writer Starkings and newcomer artist Abigail Jill Harding.

The debuts feature a host of industry firsts, including:

  • All issues of the Superfreaks series are available to read now – perfect for binge reading
  • In addition to digital, Savage Game is available in print exclusively through Amazon.com via Print-on-Demand
  • Collections of Elephantmen and Ask for Mercy will also be available in print via Print-on-Demand, with future comiXology Originals trade collections and graphic novels also available in print
  • Savage Game sees noted cover and fine artist Chris B. Murray’s interior art debut
  • Superfreaks artist Margaux Saltel also makes her series debut
  • Ask For Mercy artist Abigail Jill Harding makes her series debut

Also noted is the inclusion of Elephantmen from Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin. The series had been released through Image Comics and this is a steal for the digital publisher.

The company also teased the next wave of comiXology Original titles to be released in the coming months, announcing an impressive list of creators, including: Tyler Crook, Kristian Donaldson, Alti Firmansyah, Sam Humphries, Megan Kearney, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, Mike Norton, MK Reed, Mark Sable, Tim Seeley, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, and Magdalene Visaggio. More details on upcoming releases will be unveiled during Comic-Con International San Diego 2018.

Check out the details on all of the launch series below:

Savage Game

Created by Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, with art by Chris B. Murray

From NFL player Ryan Kalil and his company Strange Turn comes an original 60-page sci-fi graphic novel that is a high tech version of The Island of Dr. MoreauWhat happens when a rogue titan of Silicon Valley creates his own island nation with no laws to hold him back? You get the Savage Game, where audiences watch genetically modified hybrid creatures fight to the death in a fantastic gladiator-style battle. But Conner Bowen isn’t having it. He’s on a quest to stop his mad father and the Savage Game. But is it too late?

  • Original 60pg Graphic Novel – $4.99 on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Available in print for $6.99 as a Print-on-Demand graphic novel exclusively on Amazon.com

Superfreaks

Written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet with art by Margaux Saltel

An all-new 5-issue superhero mystery debuting digitally in its entirety – a thrilling story perfect for binge reading – with art by rising star Margaux Saltel. All the world’s superheroes have disappeared overnight, and it’s up to their untrained, largely overlooked teenage sidekicks to find out what happened – while dealing with the biggest crisis Earth has ever known — much to the public’s displeasure. Can they save the day?

  • 5-issue series – all issues available to binge read now
  • Issue are $2.99 each on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited

Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Axel Medellin and Boo Cook

The iconic Elephantmen debuts as a comiXology Originals title with issue 1 of Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, a 5-issue monthly mini-seriesDescribed by J.J. Abrams as “An Awesome and Unexpected Story. You Must Check it out!” and lauded by Andy Serkis as “Bold, mythic and heartbreakingly cool, Starkings’ universe is a breed apart!”, Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, is the next adventure of the pulp science fiction series Elephantmen, which debuted nearly 15 years and 80 issues ago from Image Comics. This all-new story is a whodunit that draws our heroes, Hip Flask and Jack Farrell, into the curious death of an Elephantman known to his friends as “Shorty”.

  • 5-issue miniseries – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

Ask For Mercy

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding

An action-packed and artistically stunning dark fantasy story from Elephantmen creator, Richard Starkings and breakout talent, Abigail Jill Harding. Ask For Mercy is a World War II fantasy horror story in the tradition of John Carpenter’s The Thing and Sandman. Mercy is snatched from her own place and time to join a team of Monster Hunters who are actually Monsters themselves, and together they have to take on a Pantheon of Hideous Creatures summoned to our world by Nazi evil!

  • 6-issue series – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand on Amazon.com

Femme Magnifique Gets a New Print Through IDW’s Black Crown

Femme Magnifique, the wildly successful Kickstarter comic book anthology, is headed back to print for a beautiful softcover edition this September. It is a celebration of 50 iconic women who shattered glass ceilings and changed the course of history in the process.

Told by over 100 of the most talented creators in comics from around the world, Femme Magnifique features 3-page short stories about women from the world of music, art, politics, and science. Explored from a personal angle, the subjects of these mini-biopics include Kate BushOctavia ButlerRumiko TakahashiAda LovelaceMisty CopelandMargaret SangerMichelle ObamaUrsula K. Le GuinSally RideHarriet Tubman and more!

Femme Magnifique was conceived and co-curated by Shelly Bond and Kristy Miller & Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design. It features contributions from such comic book luminaries as Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite BennettBill SienkiewiczJen BartelMike CareyKelly Sue DeConnickTini HowardElsa CharretierTess FowlerRafael AlbuquerqueTee FranklinGilbert HernandezMing DoyleMatt WagnerJim RuggGail SimoneMags VisaggioMarguerite SauvageGerard WayPhilip BondHope NicholsonSanford GreeneSonny LiewJen HickmanMark BuckinghamPeter GrossTyler CrookDan Parent, and Kieron Gillen, among many others.

Maxing out at nearly $100,000 raised for the Kickstarter edition, earning over 240% of its initial goal, Femme Magnifique found its audience swiftly. Now, those who missed out on the first go-round can add this collection to their library packed with new bonus material including a foreword, behind-the-scenes process pages, and more.

The new paperback edition of Femme Magnifique will become available on September 4, 2018 and can now be pre-ordered using ISBN: 978-1684053209

Around the Tubes

So, how about those elections!? While we recover from all of that… it’s new comic book day! What are folks excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

Kotaku – Telltale Games is laying off 90 people, or about 25% of its staff, the company said today. – This could impact some of your comic based video games.

CBR – Mark Millar’s First Netflix Comic Is a Fantasy Crime Series With Olivier Coipel – Sounds interesting.

The Beat – Nicholson’s Bedside Press to be distributed via Renegade Arts Entertainment – Some solid news.

 

Review

Comic Attack – Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1

Newsarama – Coyotes #1

CBR – The Jetsons #1

Flickering Myth – Penny Dreadful: The Awakening

Quickstarter Roundup: Three Comics Campaigns to Back This Week

Welcome to the inaugural Quickstarter Roundup, a shortlist of currently-running comics crowdfunding campaigns that are worth your time and money. If you have tips about current or upcoming comics crowdfunding projects, you can reach out at quickstarter at ckstewart dot com.

On to this week’s round-up.

MINE! A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood

Top literary and artistic talents are coming together to support the constantly besieged Planned Parenthood with a brand new reproductive rights anthology. Mine! features stories from writers like Tee Franklin (Bingo Love), Rachel Pollack (Doom Patrol), and Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), with art by illustrators Fabian Lelay (Jade Street Protection Services) and Devaki Neogi (The Skeptics). Already more than 50% backed with two weeks to go, and promoted by some of the biggest names in comics right now, Mine! is a safe bet for full funding. The project is up front about its communication with Planned Parenthood and what’s most likely to cause delays, meaning it’s easy to understand where your money is going, how the project works, and reasons for potential delivery date changes. Reward tiers start at $5, with a digital copy of the book available for $10 and a digital/softcover bundle available for $25. This campaign ends on September 15.

The Sun and the Wayward Wind

Managed by the Dandelion Wine Collective, The Sun and the Wayward Wind is a full-color anthology focused on reimagining North American legends and lore. This anthology includes some incredibly talented illustrators, including Ashanti Fortson (Galanthus) and e. jackson (Baby, Summer Fright Nights). Donation tiers start at $15 for a DRM-free PDF, which includes a digital wallpaper. This is the Collective’s first project, and they’re only at $8k of $32k with two weeks left to go, but the campaign states they have all materials and vendors lined up to start production as soon as the project wraps, and the sample art is so beautiful it’s worth at least chipping in a dollar or two for the lower-level reward tiers for a shot at purchasing the full anthology at a later date. For those looking for innovative and original indie comics to add to your shelves, this Kickstarter is worth chipping in for and signal boosting. This campaign ends September 14.

Gothic Tales of Haunted Love: A Comics Anthology

This is one of the safest bests in this round-up. Gothic Tales of Haunted Love is already fully funded and managed by Bedside Press founder Hope L. Nicholson, who has a number of high profile, successful campaigns under her belt. Gothic Tales brings together powerhouse creators like Sarah W. Searle (Ruined), Mel Gillman (As the Crow Flies), and Hien Pham (It Will Be Hard, an 18+ “choose your own gentle smut” graphic novel also currently funding on Kickstarter) for tales of heroes and villains, romance and tragedy, across worlds and decades. If you backed The Other Side anthology last year, this is a great (though unrelated) companion to that, with genre-hopping tales for romantics of all stripes. The PDF is available for $15CA, and the digital/physical bundle is a little pricier at $30CA but includes a 4×6 print and exclusive bookplate. This campaign ends on September 12.

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