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Kickstarter Spotlight: Voyage To The Deep by Sam Glanzman

vttdcover72Voyage To The Deep follows the adventures of a shape-shifting atomic sub battling sea creatures, arctic monsters, sonic attacks and more!

Sam J. Glanzman (born December 5, 1924) is an American comic-book artist and WWII veteran, best known for his biographical war stories about his service aboard the U.S.S. Stevens (which I collected into two books earlier this year; the first containing his two A Sailor’s Story graphic novels, originally published by Marvel in the 80s, and the second containing his actual U.S.S. Stevens stories, originally published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s). He is also well known for his work on Hercules (the mythological Greek demigod); and the Charlton Comics Fightin’ Army feature The Lonely War of Willy Schultz (a Vietnam War-era serial about a German-American U.S. Army captain during World War II).

If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, they’ll publish the first ever collection of Sam Glanzman’s epic Voyage To The Deep (which will be project coordinator Drew Ford’s fifth reprint collection of his work). Voyage To The Deep follows the adventures of Admiral Jonathan Leigh, as he commands the mighty Proteus (a shape-shifting atomic sub) through the deepest of Earth’s oceans, battling fanged sea creatures, arctic monsters, anti-mater generators, sonic attacks, and even terrorism!

The project ends on December 3rd at 8:55 EST.

 

 

 

 

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Kickstarter Spotlight: GWAR: Orgasmageddon

standard-cover-jonathan-brandon-sawyer-josh-jensenGWAR: Orgasmageddon, a blasphemous and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series by shock rock legends GWAR, writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (The Paybacks, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).

Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books!  Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series?  Hell no!  There’s loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!

Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.

In addition to the main story, every issue contains extras – shorts featuring X-COPS (GWAR’s cult-favorite 1990s side project, lampooning corrupt police) and the follies of SAWBORG DESTRUCTO, GWAR’s fearsome but mostly incompetent nemesis from Planet Scumdogia.  Each issue will also feature art and story contributions from GWAR members themselves, starting with pieces by BOB GORMAN (Bonesnapper the Cave Troll) and MATT MAGUIRE (Sawborg Destructo).

To entice pledges on the Kickstarter, the team has come up with a treasure trove of goodies to reward loyal backers.  Items range from comics and exclusive Kickstarter covers to limited edition T-shirts, original painted art on drum heads from GWAR themselves, painted baby GOR-GOR character dinosaurs, honest to God STAGE-USED GWAR PROPS, and tons of autographed merchandise, such as posters signed by the entire band, including the late, great Dave Brockie, who graced our puny human lives and made the world a much more fun place as the band’s ODERUS URUNGUS.

I got a chance to talk to Matt Miner and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer about their new project.

Graphic Policy: How’d this project come about? I know you’re a big Gwar fan Matt (Miner).

Matt Miner: Kind of a bucket list item for me, to write this book.  I have multiple GWAR tattoos, I’m winning a mission to collect every variation of every film and music release,  I’ve been into them for more than half my life, and I might have gotten emotional when Dave Brockie died.  I know they have a lot of hardcore fans and I don’t know how I stack up against them, but I consider myself pretty dedicated.  Most folks when they start writing comics probably want to write Spider-Man or Batman. Me?  I wanted to write GWAR, who are about as comic book a cast of characters as you could get.

Right now it’s kind of a weird situation though, because GWAR’s mostly-incompetent nemesis SAWBORG DESTRUCTO has me and Jonathan tied up in a basement and we have to raise this Kickstarter money in order for GWAR to come save us.  It’s a whole thing better explained in the Kickstarter video, but he’s gonna cut us open and play around in our guts if we don’t come up with the dough! Help us out at GWARkickstarter.com!

GP: Jonathan, how’d you come on board? Did you listen to Gwar before?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: I’m a big fan of metal and punk music in general, so of course I was familiar with the name and heard about their legendary stage shows. I had some friends who were big fans and I used to listen to the song “Penguin Attack” a lot back in high school, but I can’t say that I really delved into their stuff that much past that.

When Matt and I started working together on Critical Hit, he would always talk about GWAR. I always sneak in album covers and band shirts in my pages when I can, and he specifically asked for GWAR stuff to be included a few times. One day he commissioned me for a GWAR/Spring Breakers crossover piece, and I think that’s where the gears really started turning. He would always talk about how cool it would be for us to do a GWAR comic. One day he came to me and said he was actually taking the idea to the band and wanted me to be a part of it. Even though I didn’t know  a lot of their music at the time, I knew enough about them to know it would be a ton of fun, so I said yes.

Since then, I’ve listened to a lot more of their stuff, and I’ve went on a knowledge-binge a couple of times, researching the characters and storylines. I’ll never be as die-hard as Matt, but I’d say I’m a fan now, for sure.

GP: With the level of detail of some of these characters, what type of work did you do Jonathan in bringing them to the page and getting all of that right?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: I did a lot of digging for visual reference. I collected photos of their outfits from different angles, looked at art from the GWAR guys themselves, as well as other official art and fan art. Every artist that draws GWAR has their own interpretation of the characters, whether it be on an official t-shirt design, album cover, or just a fan doing a piece to show off on their deviantart page. I just looked at all that stuff, and figured out what the key elements of the characters are, visually. I also took each character’s personality and backstory into account, and tried to add my own spin to it without changing anything drastically.

GP: Gwar visually seems to have a lot of influences in there. I see D&D, Kirby, comics, it’s an amazing mix. When designing the world of this comic, is there a challenge of keeping up that eclectic feel of it all?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: Yeah, I’d say there is, but the real challenge for me is more about figuring out what NOT to draw. I actually love drawing backgrounds more than anything else, and I feel like I overdo it on detail sometimes (I’m sure our colorist, Marissa, agrees). I’m always trying to simplify things. That extra control panel or shelf of knick-knacks probably isn’t that necessary.

GP: When I think of Gwar, I also think of social satire. The band has taken on censorship, media violence, and celebrity as examples. I’m guessing we’ll see some of that within?

Matt Miner: Absolutely, and that’s why I’m stoked you wanted to ask us questions about the books, since Graphic Policy has a focus on politics in comics. GWAR has always had a certain brand of nihilistic social conscience – buried under the blood spray, the jizz, and the jokes, is an awareness of the world around us and a lampooning of societal ills.  GWAR doesn’t tackle these problems in any deep way, just drowns them in a sea of blood and bile – they help us to remember not to take everything so seriously, but to care about the things that matter.

GP: With things being so out there now, is it harder to do that social satire? It feels like things mainstream reality just keeps going further and further off the rails.

Matt Miner: What’s great about GWAR is that there’s no real-world problem you can’t behead or monster you can’t ram a sword through or inject with liquified radioactive crack cocaine until it grows and warps and becomes a  twisted monstrous version of itself.  Real life has gotten really crazy lately, and part of what GWAR: Orgasmageddon does is explain how we got to this point: It was all GWAR’s doing, stomping around in our human timeline like a bull on bath salts through a china shop.

GP: The issues will have back-up stories and I saw X-Cops will be a part of it. The idea of corrupt police is a whole other thing now than it was in the 90s. Will it be touching upon some of the more modern issues?

Matt Miner: A little explanation for readers: X-Cops were basically a GWAR side project in the 90s and they put out one excellent full-length album, a music video, and a 7-inch single.  They were maybe even more misunderstood than GWAR, as they’d get up on stage in police uniforms, and lampoon the racist, corrupt, violent cops that we know exist in our society.  Not everyone understood that these horrible, ugly, nazi cops on stage were satire and holding up a mirror to real-life problems – and I think they were chased out of more than one concert by well-meaning folks who just didn’t get it.

So yes, X-Cops will be in the backups and they’ll be taking a look at modern day ills, plus there’s a couple throwback previously-unpublished strips by Bob Gorman that we’ll be running.

GP: Why does the world need Gwar now, more than ever?

Matt Miner: GWAR’s here to roast marshmallows on the dumpster fire of humanity. Who’s up for s’mores?

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Wraparound Kickstarter exclusive: Art and color by Matt Maguire (Sawborg Destructo)

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Make America GWAR Again Kickstarter exclusive: Christian DiBari art, Mike Spicer color, Taylor Esposito design

Kickstarter Spotlight: Loved & Lost. Check out Exclusive Pages!

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“Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you get burned.” The new anthology Loved & Lost collecting 9 stories about imperfect romance launches on Kickstarter.

Maybe it’s because I grew up reading short stories from Roald Dahl and Edgar Allen Poe, but I always thought the format worked best when it had some sort of wicked twist at the end. Not necessarily a tragic ending, but you don’t have a lot of time for development and the point of any story is to have the character change is some way. So pulling the rug out from beneath them is a pretty effective way to punctuate that moment.

So I thought this would work well for love stories too. I mean, isn’t that how it really happens? You set yourself up with expectations that things are going to work out a certain way and then BAM, like a punch to the gut.

When you think about it, there’s far too many stories about true love out there. Look, I get it. That’s the ultimate goal but there’s a lot to be said about what we learn from relationships along the way.

So in a nutshell, that’s how I ended up writing 9 stories about imperfect romance. I’m not going to commit myself to say they all end badly. Some of them end in a situation that you might describe as… well, what’s the term? Complicated.

These are stories about people living in the modern world dealing with pitfalls we can all relate to even if the details of how it went down vary. These are stories about soldiers, techies and artists meeting online, on vacation, or at sporting events.

And it made for some great imagery along the way. I worked with a different artist or art team for each one and these creators may not be big names yet, but they did some great work. Not only are they very talented but their skill set matched each of these stories to a T.

I can’t wait for everyone to see more of this project and that begins with the Kickstarter. There are some great opportunities to grab either the digital or print version of the book, as well as additional prints, art, and a limited bookplate signed by the creative team.

And I did something a little different with the prints this time around. Beyond getting some great artists like Leila del Duca (Shutter) & Toby Cypress (Omega Men), I decided to pair their illustrations with classic love poems. We laid the text right in there with the art and the result was very interesting. I’m going to make sure I print these at the highest quality I can.

So there you have it, a brand new anthology that I’m really proud of. It’s the second one I’ve published and funded through Kickstarter. The first one (the Broken Frontier anthology) came out great, so I can promise you this will be a quality book delivered on time filled with stories I know you’re going to love.

 

 

 

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Roye Okupe Releases the First Chapter to Malika: Warrior Queen Part One, his Next Kickstarter

YouNeek Studios is bringing the graphic novel, Malika: Warrior Queen Part One to their fans. Malika will be a two part series, with part one (a 150-page book), due to be released Spring 2017. In the meantime, to launch the Malika Kickstarter, YouNeek Studios has released the first 20 pages (Chapter One) FREE

Set in fifteenth century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen Part One follows the exploits of Queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of ways, splitting the kingdom of Azzaz in half. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa. But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council and Azzaz has grabbed the attention of one of the most feared superpowers the world has ever known: The Ming Dynasty. As Malika fights to win the clandestine war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attentions to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, 2D/3D animated short films, TV commercials, show openers, music videos and much more. These productions have allowed Roye to attain much prestigious recognition such as being #5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch.

With the superhero genre currently at the height of popularity, Roye has made it a goal to create a connected universe of heroes, with origins from locations that are currently neglected and/or ignored. In August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria. E.X.O. was received with critical acclaim.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Voracious: Feeding Time by Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr

Voracious_Vol.2_01_KS_Variantby Markisan Naso

The team behind VORACIOUS, the critically-acclaimed Action Lab: Danger Zone series, has launched a Kickstarter to help fund their follow-up miniseries, VORACIOUS: Feeding Time.

VORACIOUS: Feeding Time is written by Markisan Naso with art by Jason Muhr. It continues the story of Nate Willner, a chef who unexpectedly rekindles his desire to cook after he inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of the dinosaurs. There, Nate ends up eating a Quetzalcoatlus and gets the idea to open a restaurant in the present that serves ancient meat from the past.

VORACIOUS: Feeding Time, a 5-issue sequel, will pick up right after the huge twist at the end of VORACIOUS #4. The new series takes the story in a bold, new direction as Nate and his friend, Captain Jim, discover that time traveling and making dinosaur sandwiches have consequences they never could have imagined.

By contributing to the VORACIOUS: Feeding Time Kickstarter, fans can help the creators continue their unique series, which has received widespread critical and fan acclaim for its quirky take on time travel, engaging characters, humor, sci-fi action and heart.

Markisan and JasonThe VORACIOUS: Feeding Time campaign started on August 30, 2016 and will end on October 4, 2016. Rewards include physical and digital copies of a Limited Edition VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #1, an exclusive print, a VORACIOUS T-Shirt, an apron based on Nate’s own from the series, fan cameos in the book, sketches, a cover commission for a backer’s own comic, and even a half day in Chicago with Markisan and Jason.

For more about VORACIOUS: Feeding Time, including preview pages from issue #1 and a video about the series, check out the Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markisan/voracious-feeding-time-comic-book

PRAISE FOR VORACIOUS

“I highly, highly recommend this comic.” -Mark Waid (All New, All Different Avengers and Black Widow)

10/10 “This book has quickly become one of the best books of the year and possibly one of the best books I have ever read … period.” –TheBrokenInfinite.com

9.5/10 “You know, you should never judge a book by its cover. I’m sure glad I didn’t because I was in for a surprise.” –OutrightGeekery.com

9.25/10 “Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr have created a story that after four issues has reminded me of why I love comics … A series you absolutely need to read.” –GraphicPolicy.com

9/10 “This is a gem of a book – a unique premise with amazing execution of the concept.” –TMStash.com

9/10 “It’s that rarest of things, a truly unique premise, executed flawlessly.” –TMStash.com

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Red Range by Joe R. Lansdale & Sam Glanzman

Red RangeSam Glanzman and Joe R. Lansdale need your help to publish their graphic novel, Red Range.

After putting together over two dozen reprint collections at Dover Publications over the last two years (one of which was nominated for an Eisner Award, The Puma Blues by Stephen Murphy & Michael Zulli), Drew Ford has launched his own publishing imprint called It’s Alive!

The first book for the new publishing imprint is Red Range and a Kickstarter campaign has been started to bring it to print.

It was originally published in black and white by Mojo Press in 1999. Sadly, Mojo Press went out of business the same year Red Range was published, and it has been out of print ever since.

This new edition will be published in full color, on 70 lb glossy stock, with a newly designed matte cover, and a historical afterword about Red Range and the working relationship between Lansdale and Glanzman, by acclaimed Swamp Thing artist Stephen R. Bissette.

Combining an unusual mix of racial unrest, odd ball characters and strange happenings, Red Range is a unique take on “The Western”, and absolutely deserves to be back in print.

The campaign runs until June 25.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Lonesomes Issue 1

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If you could see your loneliness, what would it look like?

Lonesomes tells the story of a group of lonely kids who discover mystical creatures called Lonesomes that are drawn to their unique loneliness. Together, they delve into the world and lore of these creatures while simultaneously learning about themselves.

The “collectible monster genre”, think Pokemon, Digimon, Yokai Watch, etc, has been thriving for over 20 years. That’s what makes it the perfect framework for this story. You know the world of collectible monsters. You’ve experiences dozens of games and shows that bask in the worlds and conventions this genre has created. Lonesomes riffs on this colorful palate to push the genre to an entirely new space.

Loneliness is one of the most universal emotions. That said, I don’t think we ever really take the time to engage it and learn how to carry it. That’s where Lonesomes comes in. The book is a fantastical adventure story with its core grounded in a real emotional place plenty of us have and will end up in during the course of our lives.  It stares the emotion in the eye and explores the difficult feelings that come with it while maintaining a fun, whimsical tone.

If you’d like to find out more, you can check out the Kickstarter here.

Together, we can find out just what our loneliness truly looks like.

 

 

 

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Kickstarter Spotlight: The Creators – Written and Illustrated by Michael S Bracco

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The Kickstarter campaign is set to run the entire Month of May with a close date of May 31st.  The book itself will go off to print at the close of the campaign with an estimated release of August, 2016.

The Creators is a comic about a step in human evolution that gives a small portion of the world’s young population the ability to literally bring their imaginations to life through their artwork.  This power, fueled by raw adolescent emotion can be beautifully awe inspiring or massively destructive and dangerous, depending on the intent of who wields it.  Feared by the world and hunted by the B.C.E. (The Bureau of Creative Enforcement), the creators fight to understand their abilities and carve out their place in the world.

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Was there ever a child who didn’t wish that they could bring their imagination to life at some point?  Whether it’s an imaginary friend they’ve spoken to when no one was looking, a strange and fantastic beast to protect them from a bully or something even more incredible that could deal with a true evil in their life, all kids at some point want to not just escape into their own worlds, but bring them forth to affect the harshness of the real world.  The Creators was a way for me to explore this wish in the ‘real’ world through comics, the narrative form I’ve loved my whole life.  Comics, the place where I fought to bring my imagination into existence for as long as I can remember.

01-05The Creators, which I will be kickstarting during the month of May, is a comic about a step in human evolution that gives a small portion of the world’s young population the ability to literally bring their imaginations to life through their artwork.  This power, fueled by raw adolescent emotion can be beautifully awe inspiring or massively destructive and dangerous, depending on the intent of who wields it.

The story of The Creators is told through the eyes of a young girl named Maya who, after suffering a traumatic loss, brings forth a very special creation named Kardunn (a seven-foot tall bipedal purple unicorn) to serve as her protector and friend as they run from the Bureau of Creative Enforcement, a government agency developed to hunt down and deal with all young creators.

As a father and a career teacher, I have watched imaginations flourish in young minds for almost fifteen years.  I’ve spent time with kids who had to deal with problems so beyond what I’ve faced in my 36 years and they lived with a smile on their face as long as they had their imaginations and a sketchbook.  I’ve watched as my young daughter developed an imagination and began to do the thing that I love to do as an adult; pretend.  I watched as she fought monsters, cast spells and ran through mystical worlds that I never saw in our living room.

Although the comic does look at the world through its protagonist’s eyes, it also takes the time to look at how a diverse cast of people with this power fit into this world and how their imaginations have helped to build up the world or destroy it.  This story has given me the ability to tackle so many social issues in a dark yet fun and imaginative way over the past three years.

The comic that I am kickstarting will be over 200 pages and the first of a trilogy of books that will explore the entirety of the creator universe.

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Help 21 Pulp Make More Great Comics via Kickstarter

Planet of the Dinosaurs21 Pulp is one of our favorite new publishers and their comics Hero Hourly and Imposter have entertained us with each issue released. That’s why I was happy to help promote the publisher’s Kickstarter to help them make more great books.

Today the publisher has launched a Kickstarter to help publish two new comics, Planet of the Dinosaurs and Campisi.

Ray guns, rocket ships, and dinosaurs – Planet of the Dinosaurs is a sci-fi retro tale with a modern twist and fully-painted art! When space travelers become stranded on the deadliest planet in the galaxy – a planet that was only supposed to be a legend – they learn they’re just the latest in a suspiciously long line of doomed ships. To stay alive and escape, they’ll have to figure out the deadly secret the planet is hiding. The book includes the talents of the amazing Christopher Steininger and the astounding Debby Gonzalez.

a76879fe39842f48233b6248bb975cf8_originalCampisi is Goodfellas and Get Shorty meets everything from Exorcist, Lord of the Rings, and Dracula. You get three killer mob tales of terror and the supernatural drawn, painted, and presented like you’ve never seen from multiple artists. Campisi is a professional who likes to lay low and fix problems as simply as possible in his hometown neighborhood of Green Village. Beat your wife, he’ll bust your kneecap. Make bad on a bet, he’ll break a finger. But the neighborhood and the problems are changing. Dragons are wanting a piece of the turf. Vampires are entering the “family.” And Campisi? Well, he misses his old problems. Campisi includes the talents of the stunning team of Jay Brindley and JM Ringuet, part of the creators responsible for books like Death Comes to Dillinger and Image’s Transhuman.

The Kickstarter has incentives like comics, prints, t-shirts, original art, and more. And if these comics are like what 21 Pulp has already put out, they’re well worth it. Support them today!

Godhood Comics Introduces Mega Woman

god_hood_comics_logo_by_godhoodcomics-d7eka9vIt’s unlikely you’ve ever head of Godhood Comics. The publisher has just launched their Kickstarter campaign for their inaugural graphic novel Keisha Carter Is Mega Woman, but they’ve already got a full slate of characters ready to make the jump into your awareness. Godhood‘s roster is one of the most inclusively diverse cast of characters from any publisher.

While having a diverse cast of characters is impressive, what’s more so is the care that has gone into crafting those same characters. The idea of a blind archer has me very intrigued, and personally I want to learn more about the former Olympic gold medalist turned hero Sharpshooter when the first trade is released, but it’s Mega Woman that’s getting me excited right now, and luckily for me, she’s featuring in the first graphic novel release from the company.

We had a chance to chat with the man behind Godhood Comics, president and comic overlord Tyler Martin on the eve of their Kickstarter campaign to launch Keisha Carter Is Mega Woman.

Graphic Policy: What drove you to start Godhood Comics? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Tyler Martin: I’ve always been like this secret nerd. Where I come from (Atlanta, Georgia) reading comics and watching cartoons isn’t the norm after what? Thirteen? Still I found myself well into my teens loving superheroes and just that whole genre. Soon everybody knew my interest and respected me for it. I’m such a nerd and that in part defines so much
kesha carter mega womanof who I am. I mean there isn’t a better time to be a nerd right? Look at pop culture, you can’t turn on the T.V or log unto social media without seeing a guy in tights trying to save his city.

I started Godhood because even from an early age I was drawing and creating my own super heroes. Soon that roster grew well into the hundreds. I loved comics and the imprint they made on the worlds cultures in general. I mean, mythology and old legends are ancient man’s way of creating Heroes to save them. Despite my interest I was bothered by something. The lack of diversity. I just didn’t see enough characters that looked like me that I could relate to. If I was a comic book fan and couldn’t find a lot of characters to relate to, then what does that tell you about someone who may be interested but just can’t find something they identify with. And intern never pick a comic book up. Godhood Comics is their answer. Diversity in main stream media is our end game. Our characters come from all walks of life. Culture, ethnicity, gender and religion and we love it! Our universe is literally what you’d see walking down the street of New York City…..diversity.

 IMG_7585GP: You’re obviously a company that prides yourself on diversity; can you tell us a bit about the heroes you have in your library?
TM: We currently have a roster of about two hundred and sixteen characters. I know right? Childs play compared to the big two huh? No, I think that’s why our supporters dig us. We’re not in the business of competing, our characters and stories will attract who they need to and that’s comic book fans who are ready for new and original stories jam packed with action, character development and diversity. A few fan favorites of coarse are…

Mega Woman: The black daughter of Zeus, Sharpshooter: The blind archer, American Angel the great-grand daughter of JFK, and Black Mamba: A Japanese assassin turned hero. A few characters we’ve got coming are…

Dragon Boy: Direct decedent of King Arthur, Ghost Girl: Death’s apprentice, Jet: the boy IMG_7601rocket and The Energy man: A Living star.

 GP: What has the response been like so far from the community?
TM: Awesome!! It just goes to show that people are ready to see new material. The support via social media has been astounding, I keep stressing that without our fans and supporters were really nothing and I mean that literally (lol) I hope that the support continues as our Mega Woman Kickstarter launches soon!

GP: The Mega Woman Kickstarter; can you tell us anything about that ahead of launch?
TM: 
Well, I will tell you we have a goal of raising 15,000. We’ve put a lot of work into the Kickstarter and we’ve got a lot more coming even after its launch.


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