Following the announcement of their Kickstarter for the first issue of the super-spy comic Thomas River, the creative team of Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner, colorist Michelle Poust, and letterer Ed Dukeshire will release brand new Thomas River comic strips every weekday till the Kickstarter’s conclusion on October 15th. The Kickstarter was funded within 24 hours upon its debut last week.
The new prelude story, “The Bravest Soldier,” witnesses CIA Agent Thomas River attempt to halt a hostage situation involving speeding armored cars and multiple gunmen. The strips will release every weekday via publisher 12-Gauge Comics‘ Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook platforms. This is the first interior art drawn by Stelfreeze since his 2016 relaunch of Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Earlier this week, Stelfreeze also revealed a new variant cover to Thomas River #1, joining already-announced variant covers from bestselling artists Frank Quitely and Bengal.
Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have announced a partnership with author and artist Michelle Czajkowski Fus to release an all new print version of her YA fantasy/sci-fi webcomic Ava’s Demon.
The comic, which has gained a dedicated online fan base, follows a young girl and an ancient queen who make a pact to destroy the most powerful being in the universe.
Skybound will assist in Kickstarter efforts around a special Ava’s Demon: Reborn hardcover, a campaign going live on Tuesday, September 15. The backerkit can be found HERE. The relationship between Czajkowski Fus and Skybound will continue through future Ava’s Demon content, including a mass market paperback of Ava’s Demon down the line.
The webcomic can be found on AvasDemon.com.
As part of a campaign to bring new readers to comics BOOM! Studios has announced that BRZRKR, the new series from the iconic Keanu Reeves alongside New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt, superstar artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins, will be offered in complete graphic novel sets through Kickstarter. The full campaign can be found here at Kickstarter.
Fans will have an opportunity to pre-order all three graphic novel collections of the new series in regular, limited edition and ultra-rare, premium formats through October 1 at 12:00 pm PDT. BRZRKRgraphic novel collections offered through Kickstarter will begin shipping alongside the book market release of BRZRKR Vol.1 in September 2021, with subsequent volumes shipping at the same time as their book market counterparts (unless otherwise noted for later delivery).
The move by BOOM! signals Kickstarter’s continued shift from a crowdfunding platform to a distribution platform. This shifts the site to another socially driven distribution channel. In the announcement, it’s clear that the publisher is working directly with Kickstarter’s Head of Publishing and Comics, Margot Atwell. Kickstarter has been criticized over the years that their platform is no longer for “new projects in need of funding” and instead has shifted to be a pre-order system for product already being released. Kickstarter has in the past pushed back at this claim but with this project, all pretenses are gone.
In this brutally violent new series, the man known only as Berzerker is half-mortal and half-God, cursed and compelled to violence…even at the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the world for centuries, Berzerker may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, Berzerker will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.
Soaring Penguin Press has announced they will be moving to a crowdfunding business model effective immediately, starting with any currently scheduled titles.
Following the publication of the UK Comics Creator Survey, Co-Publishers Tim Pilcher and John Anderson examined their business model to see if there was a way to redress the imbalance in the earnings of comics creators. The two came to the conclusion that the current “royalty-based pay scheme” meant there was no chance for creators to get a living wage. By pivoting to this model, the publisher can provide money up-front to creators.
The company will also continue to focus on publishing alternative voices. That was another thing the survey highlighted as imbalanced. The company realizes that this will require varying commitment from them to make sure titles are funded.
Their first title under the new business model will be the debut graphic novel The Glass Wall by William Robertson and Yulia Lapko, which is scheduled to come out in November.
Lucian’s life is fucked. In a self-obsessed East End London where everyone is snorting, shooting, or smoking, where nights pass in a fog of half-remembered physical and emotional wounds, Lucian’s been advised— no, instructed—that the only defense is to wear an armour of indifference. Then his best friend is accused of raping his ex-fiancee. Should he pick a side? Or is he best to stay out of it?.
Z2’s diverse fall publishing slate continues to be revealed with projects from today’s biggest names in entertainment. Today, the publisher recruits members of the US military for an ambitious project: share real war stories told by those who lived them in an entertaining and moving work of graphic nonfiction which launches exclusively for presale through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. This unique project pairs veterans with some of the biggest names in comics, as assembled by the multiple-Eisner nominated writer/editor, Alex de Campi and co-edited by Iraq War veteran Khai Krumbhaar.
Vietcong sappers attack a fuel point, only to be foiled by an unusual alert guard dog. An MP guards convoys of mystery bombs in the Thai jungle in 1968. A young Airman copes with post-9/11 paranoia in Okinawa. A Marine sniper in Haiti faces the repercussions of the shot he never took. A team of SEALs help rescue a kidnapped girl in the Philippines. Army interpreters in Iraq battle their toughest foe: the rats of Saddam’s palace. A soldier on a late-night run surprises a motorpool saboteur. A young cavalry lieutenant, fresh off the Battle of Kamdesh, meets the Marine half-brother he’s never known. A Navy ship reacts to an unexpected man overboard. And if you’ve ever wondered what Christmas was like in a war zone, you’re about to find out.
True War Stories is a 260-page full color graphic novel anthology containing fifteen true tales of American service members overseas. Nearly every branch of the military is represented in this collection of stories that are heartwarming, heroic, harrowing, and even at times, hilarious, spanning the globe.
True War Stories will be published by Z2 Comics in time for Veterans Day in November. All profits from the book’s retail release will be donated to military-related charities chosen by our contributors as personally meaningful to them: Objective Zero Foundation, Air Force Assistance Fund, the USO, Armed Services Arts Partnership, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Artists include the great Peter Krause, Ryan Howe, Skylar Patridge (drawing her own father’s Vietnam story), Eoin Marron, Tish Doolin (a former Army medic), Dave Acosta, A. D’Amico, Drew Moss, Josh Hood, PJ Holden, Chris Peterson, Sam Hart, Jeff McComsey, and Paul Williams. Colors are by Dee Cunniffe, Matt Soffe, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Tarsis Cruz, and Aladdin Collar. All lettering is done by de Campi herself.
Imagine that tomorrow the sun simply doesn’t rise. You wait. And you wait, but night just continues…
You can still feel the sun’s warmth – it must be there – but for some reason, light no longer reaches the earth. There’s only darkness. But this new darkness, there’s something strange about it, something terrifying. Because anything – or anyone – that stays in it too long starts to change…
Bestselling comic book writer Scott Snyder, acclaimed artist Tony S. Daniel, colorist Tomeu Morey, letterer Deron Bennett, and editor Will Dennis are collaborating on Nocternal — a new creator-owned comic book series about humanity trying to survive in everlasting darkness — and launching a Kickstarter campaign for Nocternal Collector’s Edition, an exclusive, behind-the-scenes edition of the series’ debut issue. Starting at 72 pages, Nocternal Collector’s Edition is a one-of-a-kind reading experience, with Scott Snyder’s script displayed alongside Tony S. Daniel’s linework to provide a rare look at the process of making comics. If funded on Kickstarter, Nocternal Collector’s Edition will be released to backers ahead of Image Comics’ release of issue 1 this winter and would mark the first time that one of Snyder’s scripts has been published in its entirety.
Nocternal takes place ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous “shades.” Enter Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled “ferryman” who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen-wheeler. When an old man promising sanctuary offers Val a job to drive him and his granddaughter up through the Rocky Mountains, she takes it, hoping there might be some truth to his claim. What she finds in the end, though, is something much more horrifying than any shade…
To showcase Daniel’s line art in all its detailed glory, the creators are printing the collector’s edition in black and white, available in two formats: an unsigned softcover and a hardcover signed by Snyder and Daniel. Both editions will only be available to Kickstarter backers. The funding goal of $37K will cover the book printing, rewards production, and fees from Kickstarter, Stripe, and BackerKit. Any funds that are raised beyond the funding goal will help cover production costs for the first story arc, up until issue #6. Additional pledge tiers include a limited edition lithograph, a sketch by Daniel, a master class with Snyder, and more.