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Brian Stelfreeze & Doug Wagner Release Daily Thomas River Comic Strip Prelude

Following the announcement of their Kickstarter for the first issue of the super-spy comic Thomas Riverthe 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‘ TwitterInstagram, 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.

Thomas River #1

Michelle Czajkowski Fus’ Ava’s Demon: Reborn is Live on Kickstarter

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment are partnering 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.

The campaign is live on Kickstarter now and ends on October 14.

In addition to the Kickstarter going live, Michelle also launched new pages on www.avasdemon.com today. The new installment features a bit of horror involving Odin’s backstory, and Ava’s guilt and fears. Art from the update, attached, can be used as an asset.

Skybound Entertainment recently announced a partnership with Michelle Czajkowski Fus to assist in efforts around the Ava’s Demon: Reborn Kickstarter and future projects, including a mass-market softcover of Ava’s Demon down the line.

Warning Michael Cohen, this Kickstarter is Full of Spoilers

What’d comic writer Matt Miner do!? For the year that Michael Cohen was in prison, Miner sent postcards where he discussed random things… and then spoiled television shows and movies. Now, those postcards are being collected in Spoilers for Michael with new art by Sean Von Gorman imagining how Cohen reacted to the spoilers. The book is brought together with design by Matt Krotzer.

This Kickstarter is a literal spoiler alert!

Miner has done prisoner support for individuals arrested for political activism and what he learned is US prison life is filled with loneliness and boredom making letters a cherished thing. Cohen’s also an asshole, so, why not take advantage?

Despite his attempt at rehabilitation, Cohen is partially responsible for the state of things helping to lie, cheat, steal, and commit crimes. He’s not a friend not matter his willingness to throw Trump under the bus.

The Kickstarter is currently running and ends on October 15. A digital copy begins at $15 with print copies starting at $35.

Warning… spoilers….

Brian Stelfreeze and Doug Wagner Explore Racial Identity and Politics in Thomas River

Brian Stelfreeze and Doug Wagner have announced Thomas Rivera new ongoing spy blockbuster comic series. The pair joins colorist Michelle Poust and letterer Ed Dukeshire for a white-knuckle thriller that explores race and identity through political upheaval. The debut issue is currently available for backing on Kickstarter.

The first chapter introduces the titular character, a construction engineer who also serves as the United State’s top spy operative. The narrative winds through Thomas River’s past and present to illustrate a man with brutal efficiency and drive, navigating horrendous acts of destruction as his foundations of truth crumble away.

The comic roots those weighty themes in pure, relentless action—an approach both Stelfreeze and Wagner honed together on titles such as The Ride and Gun Candy. But the creative team deviates from standard cinematic fare by adding an autobiographic element to River’s identity.

Publishing plans for Thomas River will be announced later this year.

Digital copies begin at $10 with print starting at $20 and numerous limited edition covers are $30.

Image, Skybound, and Michelle Czajkowski Fus Team to Bring Ava’s Demon to Kickstarter

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.

Ava's Demon

BOOM! Kicks Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney’s BRZRKR to Kickstarter

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 Switches to Crowdfunding

Soaring Penguin Press

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?.

Alex De Campi and Z2 Comics Return to Kickstarter for True War Stories: Tales From Deployment

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.

Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey, Deron Bennett, and Will Dennis Kickstart Nocternal from Snyder’s Best Jackett Press

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.

Head Back to a War-Torn Oz in The O.Z.

Writer David Pepose heads to Kickstarter for his latest series with The O.Z., a re-imagining of the classic story that sees a disillusioned Iraq War vet surviving in a war-torn land of Oz.

Described as The Hurt Locker meets The Wizard of Oz, Pepose teams with artist Ruben Rojas for a 44-page first chapter. Along for the fantasy ride is colorist Whitney Cogar and letterer DC Hopkins.

The Kickstarter is for the first issue of the series and features digital copies as well as variant covers. Some tiers also include behind-the-scenes material like scripts, inks, and colors. Higher tiers include original art, the chance to be drawn into the comic, and even plush dolls from Pepose’s Spencer & Locke!

If you’ve wanted to check out Pepose’s past work, this is your chance as well with numerous print and digital editions of Spencer & Locke and Going to the Chapel.

The comic has a goal of $6,000 and runs until September 16.

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