It has been a while since we did one of these, but it is time to let you all know about some of the amazing Kickstarter campaigns going on right now. One of the positive side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine has been an increase in creators turning to Kickstarter to get their projects out in the world. There have been some fantastic comics produced over the past year. They range from single issues, to new original graphic novels, themed anthologies, and everything in between.
Today we are highlighting five Kickstarter campaigns that are ending in the next month and we think are worthy of support. We will list them below in the order of the end of the campaign with the soonest end coming first.
Good Boy #1: Old Dog
Campaign Ends: June 24, 2021
This is a campaign for the first issue of the new comic series Good Boy. It is co-written by Christina Blanch and Garrett Gunn. The art is done by Kit Wallis and the book is lettered by Dave Lentz. The premise for the series and synopsis for the first issue is as follows:
Set in a world where humans and dogs are equals, Good Boy is a thrill-packed treat for anyone who loves action, dogs, and good stories.
Flint Sparks and his human Jon, both former mercenaries, have settled down in quiet retirement from an industry where the job is supposed to be forever. But, unlike anyone before, they found a way out. However, this new life, filled with peace and joy is not to be.
In the dead of night, some of their former “colleagues”, who disagree with their decision to retire, break into their home and murder Jon, leaving Flint alive in the bloody aftermath.
That was their FIRST mistake.
But don’t worry – they haven’t seen anything yet.
This book looks like lots of fun and while it is fully funded, there are some stretch goals well within reach. We highly recommend getting in on the ground floor of this series.
Dead Beats 2: London Calling
Campaign Ends: July 1, 2021
This is the second musical themed horror anthology put together by A Wave Blue World. The first installment was Ringo Award nominated. The original editorial team of Joe Corallo and Eric Palicki are back to curate this collection of over twenty new stories featuring over forty creators. Just a few of the creators involved in this book include:
Claudia Aguirre, Nancy Collins, Gab Contreras, Taylor Esposito, Jamal Igle, Jody Houser, Liana Kangas, Ron Marz, Lilah Sturges, Kelly Williams, and so many more.
This book is not yet funded, and we are hoping that it reaches its goal so that we can experience the sure to be wonderful stories collected in it.
Filth & Grammar: The Comic Book Editor’s Secret Handbook
Campaign Ends: July 3, 2021
This is the latest Kickstarter from editor extraordinaire Shelly Bond. Shelly has spent the last few years cultivating wonderful themed anthologies using the crowdfunding platform, but this one is a little different.
“FILTH & GRAMMAR: THE COMIC BOOK EDITOR’S SECRET HANDBOOK is [Shelly Bond’s] 160-page magnum opus, a step-by-step guide to making comic books from cover to cover. It’s the first time Bond reveals the alchemy and method to her editorial madness.”
We are very excited to get our hands on this book. There promises to be tons of great advice for how to make good comics and includes pro-tips from people like: NEIL GAIMAN, MARK BUCKINGHAM, PETER MILLIGAN, SIMON BISLEY, CHRIS BACHALO, MICHAEL & LAURA ALLRED, PETER GROSS, MIKE CAREY, DAVID F. WALKER, SANFORD GREENE, JIM RUGG, CECIL CASTELLUCCI, GLYN DILLON, DUNCAN FEGREDO, SEAN PHILLIPS and more!
The artist on the book are Laura Hole, Sofie Dodgson, and Imogen Mangle. The project has reached its initial goal already. That means that backers are guaranteed to see the finished product, but there are still stretch goals in reach.
The Disasters #1-2 – Relaunch of the D-List Villain Series
Campaign Ends: July 9, 2021
This campaign is the relaunch of series written by Micah Myers. The rest of the creative team is retooled for this new campaign including art from Javier Caba and colors from Meg Casey and Fred Stresing.
Myers has this to say about the book:
The Disasters is a comic about a group of D-List villains that luck into killing a big-time hero and have to deal with the consequences. It’s a mix of big action, colorful characters, awkward situations and zany comedy. If you’re a fan of comics like Justice League International, Superior Foes of Spider-Man or other media like Venture Brothers, Archer, and/or Guy Ritchie films like myself, then I think you will love this comic.
This looks like a fun comic and the reward tiers are invitingly inexpensive. There is plenty of time to help this project become a reality. We think it looks like a fun and entertaining story.
HELP: THE HERO INITIATIVE ANTHOLOGY!
Campaign Ends: July 15, 2021
This is the last campaign on the list for now, but it is very important. This project run by the Hero Initiative is a collection that “captures how comic creators felt, and continue to feel, about giving and receiving help within their community via heartfelt stories that were created during a time of crisis.” Conceived by Omar Spahi and edited by Hannah Means-Shannon looks to be an important time capsule of a year well will all never forget and especially how it affected the creators in the comic book industry. They have brought in over 100 creators to work on this book and the list is as star-studded as you might expect:
Serg Acuna, Ted Anderson, David Baillie, Nick Barber, Corinna Bechko, Steve Becker, John Bivens, David M. Booher, Conor Boyle, Lizzie Boyle, Nick Brokenshire, Mark Bouchard, Scott O. Brown, Erik Burnham, Caio Cacau, Dennis Calero, Jim Campbell, Mario Candelaria, Richard Case, Peejay Catacutan, Michael W. Conrad, Gab Contreras, Joe Cooper, Joe Corallo, Alex Cormack, Jorge Corona, Marcelo Costa, CRANK!, Frank Cvetkovic, Nenad Cviticanin, Tony Donley, Siike Donnelly, Rich Douek, Dave Dwonch, Matt Emmons, Taylor Esposito, Scott Ewen, Eduardo Ferigato, Nick Filardi, Bob Fingerman, Tony Fleecs, Michael Jan Friedman, Antonio Fuso, Alfie Gallagher, Dillon Gemmill, Kieron Gillen, Sina Grace, Frank Gogol, Simon Gough, Mathew Groom, Gabriel Hardman, DC Hopkins, Matt Horak, Mike Isenberg, Van Jensen, Rich Johnston, Justin Jordan, Zack Kaplan, Joseph Keatinge. Gideon Kendall, Dearbhla Kelley, Lovern Kindzierski, D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave, Sean Konot, Piotr Kowalski, Ilias Kyriazis, Jonathan Lang, Christine Larsen, Janet Lee, John Lees, Fabian Lelay, Shawn Lee, Cath Lobo, Marissa Louise, Andrew MacLean, Andy MacDonald, James Maddox, Ariana Maher, Ryan Maniulit, Shaun Manning, Shanna Matuszak, Hannah Means-Shannon, Oliver Mertz, Joe Mulvey, Andrea Mutti, Micah Myers, Mike Norton, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Eric Palicki, Chas! Pangburn, David Pepose, Cris Peter, Troy Peteri, Fred Pham Chuong, Curt Pires, Sebastian Piriz, Ahmed Raafat, Cardinal Rae, Livio Ramondelli, Frank Reynoso, Sean Rinehart, Rafer Roberts, Fabrice Sapolsky, Erika Schnatz, Tim Seeley, Dezi Sienty, Brad Simpson, Arune Singh, Omar Spahi, Mark Stafford, Dave Stoll, Dane Styler, Dave Swartz, Keana Taire, Bryan Talbot, Fred Van Lente, Magdalene Visaggio, Kelly Williams
While this book was easily funded with a low goal, the reward tiers are too affordable to pass up. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to get your hands on this anthology and support Hero Initiative at the same time.
You can search for yourself at Kickstarter.com for other campaigns that you might be interested in.