Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: Shots Fired, A Comic Anthology to Fight Gun Violence

Readers and followers of our site know that we are always looking for crowdfunded projects that are worthy of our support. It appears to be time for a new wave of Kickstarter projects to grab our attention.

A new project that we have been aware of even before it went live is the focus of this spotlight post. The project is called Shots Fired, and it is an anthology of comic format short stories aimed at calling attention to the tragedy of gun violence in America.  While there have been other excellent projects aimed at supporting the victims of gun violence. This collection is committed to using profits from the book to support violence prevention.

Proceeds will be donated to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Community Justice Reform Coalition.  The social action aims of this project are noble and worthwhile, and when you combine that cause with the collection of amazing talent that is participating in this book, backing it is a no-brainer.

The list of comic creative talent that are donating their time to this project is impressive. It includes:

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, Andrew Dalhouse, Emma Beeby, Deron Bennett, and more.

Mitch McConnell hasn’t allowed a vote in the Senate on gun control since 2015. That’s over 140,000 people who have died by gunfire in the U.S. under McConnell’s watch. That’s the equivalent of the entire population of Dayton, Ohio.

The book is being edited by Brendan Wright, former Dark Horse editor, who said, “We simply couldn’t just watch anymore as our fellow human beings are senselessly killed on a daily basis.” There are certainly a lot of emotions that are tied up in the impetus for creating this book, and we at PCS definitely support this effort. Comicker Press, a diversity focused publisher of creator-owned comics, is the company running this project, and the fulfillment of digital and physical rewards will be done by Comixology and Backerkit respectively.

The project is at 35% funding as of June 28, 2019 with 181 backers The campaign ends on July 16. There are no real big money pledge levels for this book, and therefore it will require a lot of individual backers to get funded. Check out the various pledge options and consider backing this project.

In the meantime, we leave you with a few art samples to be included in the completed book.