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Brian Hurtt, Marie Enger and Matt Kindt present the HEK Treasury and Launch HEK Studio

HEK Studio

What if the TWILIGHT ZONE and McSweeney’s made a baby? 

And what if the baby was one hardcover treasury of comics — curated and created by three acclaimed creators — featuring over 100 pages of story and art? 

Brian Hurtt, Marie Enger, and Matt Kindt present The HEK Treasury, a deluxe collection of all new epic, experimental science fiction, fantasy and genre short stories. The HEK Treasury will showcase each creator as they unleash new ideas, using experimental art and storytelling techniques. If funded through Kickstarter, pledges will be delivered to backers this fall. The HEK TREASURY Kickstarter campaign is live as of August 12th and runs for 30 days. 

The HEK Treasury will be presented in a large prestige format hardcover (8 ¾  x 11 5/8 )*  and offer readers an immersive experience, featuring full color art, a tri-fold narrative poster and loose-leaf story cards. Hurtt, Enger, and Kindt began sharing a studio in St. Louis in 2015 and have been creating graphic novels and comic books side by side for the last four years. This is their first truly collaborative effort and the inaugural publication by their new collective, HEK Studio.

Matt’s contribution to The HEK Treasury is “The Great Mech Wars,” 3 interconnecting 10-page chapters presenting the tale of an old, sad war-mech.

Marie’s Enger’s stories for The HEK Treasury share a dystopian theme of bleak, fantastical, ruined worlds and great despair —  leading to new, dangerous, beginnings. From death cults to telepathy, her stories push the outer limits of storytelling.  

Brian Hurtt’s stories, like Matt’s, consist of three interconnected dystopian tales, featuring weaponized flora and fauna, suspended animation and mutants.

Last summer, HEK Studio purchased a vintage Route 66 garage (circa 1953). They’ve been working on converting it into the first full-time exclusive comic book studio in St. Louis.

 The HEK TREASURY Kickstarter campaign is live now.

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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.

SDCC 2019: Space Bastards Volume 1, the Quarterly Mature Readers Comic

Welcome to Space Bastards, the new quarterly hardcover anthology created by Joe Aubrey, Darick Robertson, and Eric Peterson. The first volume features the talents of Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, Colin MacNeil, Boo Cook, and Clint Langley and is on Kickstarter now!

The project is a massive one with a huge first volume that’s over 100 pages and a foot in height. But, they didn’t stop there, there’s a year’s worth of content, over 500 pages, already produced.

You can find some of the team at Booth #1806 at San Diego Comic-Con going on this week.

The Kickstarter ends August 2.

Space Bastards Vol. 1

Return of the Toe Tag Riot! A chat with series creators Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman

Return of the Toe Tag Riot

Toe Tag Riot, the comic book series that the infamous hate group Westboro Baptist Church claimed would “split Hell wide open” is back for round 2 and on Kickstarter, with the Return of the Toe Tag Riot.

Guest contributor Adam Cadmon got to talk to writer Matt Miner and penciler/inker Sean Von Gorman about the series which features colors by Gab Contreras and letters by Taylor Esposito.


ADAM CADMON: So, where did the concept for a zombie punk rock band originate?

MATT MINER: I grew up in the punk scene, and never really left, so all my work has a punk rock vibe to it because that’s the world I know and love – some books, like this one, are just a pure love letter to punk rock and the accepting and cool people I’ve known through my life.

SEAN VON GORMAN: I remember at some point at a convention we started talking about what if Matt was a vegan zombie, and what he would eat? Obviously he would have to eat people because zombies can’t survive on grains. And being an ethical punk if he HAD to eat people he would pick the worst people to eat. I think there is a sketch somewhere of a zombie Matt eating a little tofu person.

MM: Oh, yeah!  I think I have that sketch around here somewhere, actually.

Return of Toe Tag Riot

AC: Why did you go with the “thinking” zombie angle opposed to the mindless eater?

MM: The undead-zombie comic has been done to death, pun intended.  With Toe Tag Riot it was kind of like “What if you weren’t always a zombie?  If you knew what you were doing, who would you choose to eat?”  I mean, everyone’s gotta eat, but they can choose a more ethical course.

SVG: I feel no epic kill is ever complete without a snarky comment like an ’80s action movie star. For example, right before a zombie punk bites into a bad dude he says something like “It was nice to EAT you!”  Wait, that was pretty good. Matt, write that one down.

Return of the Toe Tag Riot

AC: Let me springboard a little; the choice to have the band cursed instead of turned always interested me…where’d that idea come from?

MM: I don’t remember how that came about, really, but what really appealed to me about the idea was this way you see both sides of the character – the ravenous zombie and the human toll it takes on them when they eat the wrong skinhead and have diarrhea for hours.

SVG: I remember part of the initial conversation on this was that the group’s bodies would start to physically breakdown as they rotted. A punk band in a tour bus smells bad enough when they aren’t zombies.

AC: You’ve had several guest stars in the past, can you give us anything–anything at all–in terms of who we should expect as either allies or foes in volume 2?

MM: Sean and I have some rock star pals, and we like to drop them in here and there.  Andy Hurley, from Fall Out Boy, is a returning regular and the band’s number one roadie, and I sure would like to sneak GWAR into the pages at some point since they’re such a huge inspiration for this book.

AC: Are there any plans to expand the Toe Tag universe, i.e., web series, movies, etc.?

MM: Sure, why not?  Would love to see a B-movie a’la Troma Films, but, you know, money and all.

SVG: I would love to see a big screen Toe Tag Riot!  I want toys of Toe Tag Riot!  We had considered the idea of doing a series of comic shorts. There are so many horrible people out there that it’s hard to keep up with in print.

AC: Are there any upcoming projects that you’d like to talk about?

MM: I have Lab Raider out currently from Black Mask Studios – it’s the story of these 2 women who take on dog fighters and animal abusers.  These are characters I’ve written in a few series now, and this particular volume gets really weird.  Also, the new GWAR graphic novel is in production and you can pre-order that at gwarcomic.com right now!

SVG: I have School Lab Raider, basically Lab Raider but for they are kids. Which may possibly come out as a back up in an upcoming issue of Lab Raider. I also have a story in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force from Devils Due that is going into its 2nd printing.

MM: I think that Lab Raider backup is scheduled for issue 3, as long as we get it in time.  Issue 1 is on stands now – get it! HEY! The Kickstarter for Return of the Toe Tag Riot is live! Click the link to learn more!


Adam is a writer, an explorer of consciousness, a dog owner (times 2) and a decent fellow if you ask him. He currently lives in a suburb about 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

Toe Tag Riot Returns! The Comic Westboro Baptist Church Hates is Back!

Toe Tag Riot, the comic book series that the infamous hate group Westboro Baptist Church claimed would “split Hell wide open” is back for round 2 and on Kickstarter, with returning fan-favorite guest stars and a whole slew of new bad guys on their plate.

Cursed by a witch to become zombies whenever they play their music, Toe Tag Riot uses their “zombie superpowers” in the most ethical way possible: by murdering and eating bigots, homophobes, racists, sexists, and the like. The band broke up shortly after their mid-2000s tour, but have maintained a cult following in the punk rock scene. Their reunion tour, 15 years later, is being met with jubilation from the fans and fear from those who know they’re on the menu.

Created by writer Matt Miner and artist Sean Von Gorman, The Return of Toe Tag Riot is a 4-issue digital-first offering, with a physical trade paperback accompaniment. The campaign is seeking $19,000 to pay creators, fund rewards, and assorted fees. Rewards include copies of the books in both digital and physical formats, original art sketches, the chance to be drawn in and murdered within the pages of the comic, and a limited edition 2-song cassette single of songs recorded by the band (but really by Matt and Sean’s musician friends).

Rounding out the creative team are rising star colorist Gab Contreras and all-star letterer Taylor Esposito.

The creative team of Return of the Toe Tag Riot believe in positive and progressive values, and vehemently reject racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia in all forms.

The Return of Toe Tag Riot
Cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer with colors by Josh Jensen

Comicker Press Announces Shots Fired, a Charity Comics Anthology

Comicker Press logo

Comicker Press is back with Shots Fired, a revamped version of the comics anthology formerly known as Every Day. As with its previous iteration, Shots Fired will raise funds for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Community Justice Reform Coalition to help end gun violence in America via a Kickstarter campaign that will pay for printing and shipping of the comics anthology. Once printed, all proceeds from additional book sales will go directly to the CSGV and CJRC.

Comicker Press co-founder Sean E. Williams said,

Since Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing, when it became apparent that our last one wasn’t going to reach its goal, we decided to regroup and try again as quickly as possible. This issue is too important to not do this book, and the stories the creators are telling are truly unparalleled and need to be read.

With the upcoming 28-day campaign for Shots Fired, Comicker Press has capped the size of the book to around 168 pages and is limiting shipping to the United States to keep the budget down. They are also adding a Kickstarter Exclusive limited-edition hardcover, which won’t be made available after the campaign.

The talent donating their time to Shots Fired include Scott Snyder, Kelly Thompson, David Lafuente, Phil Hester, Ariela Kristantina, Jamal Igle, Devin Grayson, Joe Keatinge, Doselle Young, Marguerite Sauvage, Ron Marz, Stuart Moore, Shannon Wheeler, Steven Grant, Roger Langridge, Matt Miner, Ray Fawkes, CW Cooke, Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Williams, Emma Beeby, and more.

The Shots Fired campaign launches on Kickstarter on June 18th, and runs through July 16th.

Battle Chasers Returns… Sort Of

Battle Chasers Anthology cover

The Battle Chasers: Nightwar Kickstarter went out an update to backers concerning the new Battle Chasers comics that were part of that fundraising effort.

Created by Joe Madureira, the series launched in April 1998 and saw the last issue published in September 2001. It ran just nine issues, and one prelude issue, and suffered extreme scheduling issues and delays which made publisher Image Comics infamous in the 90s. There was an average of about six months between issues.

Madureira penned the update of the status of the new comics and said that responsibility with his video game studio has once again delayed the series. He has come to the realization he needs a team to help him on the series to complete it, so while the comics will be written by him, with as many pages as he can manage, it won’t only be by him alone. No team has been announced yet.

Starting at the $90 tier, the Kickstarter pledge included all-new comics, issues #10, #11, and #12 as well as the video game Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a soundtrack, and more.

The response online has been negative as some backed the project for the comics to be done by Madureira himself and only by him. Others see this as just a continuation of the original series’ delays.

The new issues are to pick up where the originals left off focusing on Garrison and his past relationship with Red Monika.

If you’ve never read Battle Chasers or want a new copy, the anthology is getting a reprint in an affordable softcover format. It’ll collect all nine issues as well as short stories, pinups and covers. It’ll be out in September. A giant-sized hardcover was released years ago and is not only hard to find but if you do, can be rather pricey. The hardcover anthology can easily run into triple digits.

Help Kickstart the Princeless Book 3 Deluxe Hardcover

Princeless Book 3: The Pirate Princess Deluxe Hardcover

Read the volume of Princeless that launched the critically acclaimed spinoff, Raven: The Pirate Princess, now in deluxe format with never before seen behind the scenes special features!

Princeless is an empowering story of a princess who saves herself and goes on a quest to save all of her sisters. The series has been nominated for two Eisner Awards, including “Best Single Issue” and “Best Comic for Kids Ages 8-12”. It was also nominated for five Glyph Comics Awards, winning in the categories of “Best Female Character”, “Best Writer”, and “Story of the Year”! 

In Princeless Book 3: The Pirate Princess Deluxe Hardcover, Adrienne and Bedelia stumble upon an unknown princess trapped in a tower and decide to save her! But they’re about to find off they’ve bit off more than they can chew when they rescue Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the pirate king. Adrienne has met her match and if she’s not careful, Raven may steal the dragon right out from under her.

With the introduction of Raven in Princeless Book 3, the series added to its roster of empowering character a pirate princess. She would go on to form her own all-female pirate crew in Raven: The Pirate Princess, which is praised for its LGBT+ themes. 

The goal of the Kickstarter is to raise $20,000. Help Action Lab reach their goal by pledging one of the numerous reward tiers, including Princeless hardcovers, Raven softcovers and Kickstarter exclusive covers for Raven the Pirate Princess Year 3, which has previously been digital only!

Northwest Press announces Theater of Terror

Credit: Art by Phil Jimenez, color by William O. Tyler

Comics publisher Northwest Press, an LGBTQ comics publisher founded in 2010, today launched a crowdfunding campaign for its newest anthology, Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers.

Edited by Justin Hall and William O. Tyler, the project will be a full-color, 250-page book, and will feature work by 33 comics writers and artists. It also features cover art by comics superstar Phil Jimenez and features a connecting storyline featuring Peaches Christ, a real-life drag horror hostess.

In addition to Jimenez’ cover, the book has contributions from a lot of prominent comics creators, including Mariko TamakiSina GraceBrad RaderRachel PollackTana Ford, and Terry Blas.

The Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the book launched on May 17th and runs until June 16. It offers rewards such as print and digital editions of the book, signed limited edition pinup prints, an all-over-printed t-shirt based on the endpapers designed by Michael Wertz, custom video messages from host Peaches Christ, and original art from contributors to the book.

Arledge Comics acquires Strange Waters anthology from Haunted Cosmos Press

Strange Waters

Arledge Comics has announce they’ve acquired Strange Waters, a queer fantasy comic, from Haunted Cosmos Press. The acquisition was finalized earlier this week and the publisher hopes to restructure the volume and turn the previously failed anthology into a success.

Strange Waters is an anthology that is incredibly on brand for Arledge Comics as the publisher strives to elevate queer voices, creators as well as stories. Although it had failed two Kickstarter campaigns, Arledge Comics is positive that with some restructuring of the anthology, it can become successful. The indie comics publisher will also be working closely with the original creators as they edit and restructure the volume.

Jenn Arledge and Bryce Beal will be the editors of the anthology, with other credits being given to previous editors of the Strange Waters anthology before the acquisition.

Strange Waters will be launching on Kickstarter winter 19/20.

The guests for the anthology include the following:

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