Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: PUNK TACO Vol. 2: Giant Problems! An All-Ages Graphic Novel

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: PUNK TACO Vol. 2: Giant Problems! An All-Ages Graphic Novel

Hey there PCS Fanatics. This is the latest edition of Kickstarter That You Should Be Backing!! From time to time we get wind of really interesting or worthy Kickstarter campaign, and we are just compelled to let you folks know about it.

We like to bring you projects that we find are in need of and worthy of our support. The project we are bringing you this week fits both those categories.

It is a project that will hit all the right notes. It is a solely creator owned project that is originating from a veteran comics creator, Adam Wallenta, and his son. Punk Taco has already had a Volume 1 release and this is the second attempt at Volume 2. It is almost there for a successful campaign.

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Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: Mark Wheatley’s Giant… Songs

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: Mark Wheatley’s Giant… Songs

I’ve known comics creator and illustrator Mark Wheatley since he emerged from the pupae stage. We were handed a proposal for a project called Mars – “we” being the late and lamented real First Comics. Said proposal was given to art director Joe Staton and production manager Bruce Patterson. Joe and Bruce were raving; this, in and of itself, was nothing new but they were raving about this specific project. So I read the proposal, and as the kids say, I immediately green-lighted it.

Mars was the work of Mister Wheatley and his studio-mate Marc Hempel and they were advocating a story that was unlike anything I could remember in American comics, and they were telling that story in a manner that was equally unique. Silly businessman that I am, that’s exactly the sort of venture that I find most appealing. No, I have never thought about being wealthy enough to retire. As work progressed and we started to promote Mars, the head of one of the largest comic book distributors (there were many back then) asked me, quite politely, if I were out of my mind.

Well, if I wasn’t sufficiently excited before that moment…

A couple years later, Mark and Marc pitched a project called Breathtaker. By then I was at DC Comics, still ignoring my savings account. My feelings about Breathtaker were like those I had about Mars, and I pitched it to DC. They agreed, but “they” did not include the publisher who was not part of that approval process. She thought we were somehow making fun of concentration camp inmates. Decades later, I’m still scratching my head over that one, but I was comforted in the knowledge I was still upsetting apple carts. And I maintained those feelings some time later at the premiere of the first graphic novels exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, where Mark, Marc and Breathtaker commanded the real estate of an entire wall – and sundry staff curators came out with copies for us to autograph. Pretty heady stuff for a bunch of comics guys.

I’ve worked with Mark on various projects ever since, and we’ve maintained a friendship that no one can rend asunder, unless that person is disgusted by puns. Mark and I can flip them back and forth with a fervor that could empty out Camden Yards.

I’m not involved in Mark’s current project. Perhaps it was something I said. Or didn’t say. You can ask us April 12 – 14 at the Windy City Pulp show in Lombard Illinois; we’ll both be there, but the part you’ll enjoy is gawking at Mark’s massive… exhibit.

So… what, you might ask, is this brand-new project of Mark’s? How can you become part of it? And why did I bury the lead so deeply?

Mark has just launched a new Kickstarter called Song Of Giants: The Poetry of Pulp – Illustrated. It’s got 72 pages of “mind-blowing illustrations by all of Fame artist Mark Wheatley,” as the back cover so intriguingly states. He’s limited himself to three such giants: Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and H.P. Lovecraft. Oh, yeah, them again!

Of course there’s a website in addition to the Kickstarter page. Grow up! It’s 2019! It’s like gravity! Check it out for more info and even more pretty pictures.

Mark’s also coming out with an audio book, and he’s teamed up with noted producer / voice actor and all-around swell guy Mark Redfield. What can I say? He’s got a thing for guys named Mark. Or Marc. Yup, this is an audio book of a book of illustrations. Mark is still boldly going, I see… In these difficult times, it’s nice to see that somethings do not change – abruptly.

Check out the Kickstarter. Help make it happen. Tell ‘em Groucho sent you, particularly if you’re happening by a DeSoto dealership.

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: TALES OF THE ROCKABILLY RAMBLER

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: TALES OF THE ROCKABILLY RAMBLER

Hey there PCS Fanatics. This is the latest edition of Kickstarter That You Should Be Backing!! From time to time we get wind of really interesting or worthy Kickstarter campaign, and we are just compelled to let you folks know about it.

Today’s highlighted campaign is the result of an intensive creative process and is called.



The folks behind the 48 Hour Comic Project are bringing their fourth comic anthology to life in this campaign.  According to campaign creator Aaron Allen, “The 48 Hour Comic Project is a crazy and sleepless weekend in which a writer and artist create a comic book- write, illustrate, color, and publish- in just 48 hours!” This project went beyond the 48 Hour limit, but we don’t think you will hold it against them.

We were able to get together with artist and participating creator Ryan Morrow, and he had this to say, “The idea started when Artist and publisher Aaron Allen visited Graceland with his wife and they came upon a display chronicling Elvis’ Law Enforcement fascination. Standing there staring at all that police ephemera and the beautiful turquoise handled colt 45 he was inspired. What if Elvis had pursued that life? Why not create short fictional stories of his time as a police officer; better yet a police officer in space, or any adventure through the multiverse: western, noir, pirates, intergalactic travel, espionage, horror?”

TALES OF THE ROCKABILLY RAMBLER is a psychedelic selection of original short form comics focusing on a rock ‘n’ roll icon and his adventures through a multiverse of time and space. Each team of creators was challenged with a given theme and genre; all focusing on the king of swivel’s fictional tales of law reinforcement.

Allen to put together teams of creators and the project started to gain momentum. In all 9 teams of writers and artists created 9 original stories focussing on Elvis as a law enforcement officer or some flavor of that.

We have had the extraordinary opportunity to take a look at the completed comic stories, and they are wonderful. A complete array of art styles and storytelling approaches will great you in the pages of this wild comic anthology. There is something for everyone.

This campaign ends on March 31st. So make sure you go and check it out.

Kickstarter: Tales of the Rockabilly Rambler

Below is the cover for the printed edition that was done by veteran comic legend Bob McLeod.


Spotlight Interview with Comic Artist: Joe Rubinstein

Spotlight Interview with Comic Artist: Joe Rubinstein

We were able to get together with a legendary comic book creator recently. Joe Rubinstein began his career in comics as a teenager in the 1970’s. He has been an excellent and prolific inker for a very long time.

He has worked on some truly important pieces of comic history including the original Wolverine limited series written by Chris Claremont and laid out by Frank Miller; Joe did the finishes. He was the inker on Infinity Gauntlet. An interesting claim to fame for Joe is that he was the inker for 99.9% of the character pin-ups for the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe over at twenty year period.

In 2016, Joe was inducted into the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame which is attached to the Inkwell Awards.

Joe is also a part of a team of well-known comic professionals who are producing a graphic novel called The Liberty Brigade. It was funded using Kickstarter in late 2018 and is in the process of being produced.

Recently, Joe has begun to put together a website to display his art and offer services directly to the public. You can find it at and below is our conversation with Joe about his career and what he is doing now.

Pop Culture Squad: I know that you are excited about the new website, what can you tell us about that?

Joe Rubinstein: It is still being filled, but it is up and running. It has a lot of my art, and also information about commissions and convention schedules. This piece is not up yet, but since a lot of my comic book work has become movies, we are going to be linking to trailers that have come from my stuff, like Infinity Gauntlet and Captain America and things like that. We will also have art lessons and tutorials. I will be posting instructional videos that will have free previews and a subscription service or something like that for full videos.

PCS: What can you tell us about the Liberty Brigade and how that is going? How did you get involved with that project?

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Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: THE GOOD FIGHT: A Peaceful Stand Against Bigotry and Racism by Adam Ferris

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: THE GOOD FIGHT: A Peaceful Stand Against Bigotry and Racism by Adam Ferris

It has been a while since we highlighted a Kickstarter campaign. This one is important.

THE GOOD FIGHT is a comics anthology taking a peaceful stand against racism and bigotry. It was originally concieved as a reaction to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. According to Adam Ferris, the curator of this project, “It has since evolved into a more timeless commentary on the ongoing struggle against hate. Because hate itself will adapt to survive.”

There is a fantastic group of writers, artists, colorists, letterers and editors involved in THE GOOD FIGHT who donated their effort to create a collection of more than 40 full color stories across a broad spectrum of genres.

While the campaign is already fully funded, there are only 6 days left from this publication to get in on this great project.  According to the creators all post-campaign money will be donated to The Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Breaking: Top Cow Teams with Humble Bundle to Aid California Wildfire Victims

Breaking: Top Cow Teams with Humble Bundle to Aid California Wildfire Victims

Top Cow has just announced a new program that allows people to get access to digital comics and donate to humanitarian causes at the same time.  When you purchase a Humble Bundle of new and classic Top Cow titles, you can designate funds to go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization is that is helping California residents affected by the deadly wildfires in meaningful ways.

These comics can be downloaded in multiple formats to be viewed on multiple platforms. Donations range from $1 to $15, and you can get access to up to $760 worth of comics. There is a sliding scale that gives you more comic goodness for the more you donate.

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WIth Further Ado #008: Kickstarting A Killer

WIth Further Ado #008: Kickstarting A Killer

(Bill Cunningham’s quest to restore the Lost Charles Bronson Film, except that it doesn’t have Charles Bronson in it and it’s not a film.)

I love old movies. When channel surfing, I especially love it when I stumble across an actor I like in a movie I don’t know anything about. In our over-informationalized world, that’s when the magic happens. “What is this movie?” I might ask.  “When did this actor make it?” “Is it treasure or trash?”

This happened to me just the other day when I spotted Leonard Nimoy in BAFFLED! At first I thought it was an old episode of MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE, but soon I realized it was something weird and wonderful. Well…weird and maybe not so wonderful. If you haven’t seen it, I implore you NOT to seek it out. It goes into that: I”ll never get that 90 minutes back” category. 

On the other hand, having just been so snarky, I do wonder if the further adventures of the protagonist, an occult detective, and his beautiful sidekick, could make an interesting comic…

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Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: The Adventures of Parker Reef-TO SAVE A SOUL by Christopher Campana

Hey folks! Here is another Kickstarter that we are excited about!!


Comic book writer and artist Chris Campana is running this campaign to self-publish a graphic novel called “The Adventures of Parker Reef – To Save a Soul”. The story is meant to be a tool for getting through loss. The preview art looks amazing and the story sounds breathtaking and heartfelt. The funds raised are intended to print the book and fund a foundation for children.

I want this book to be the kind of thing therapists have in their offices. The kind of book, people who have suffered tragedies, can look to for some kind of comfort. – Chris Campana

There are only 10 days left to support this amazing project. So get out there and do that thing!!

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: Comics Comics #1 by Patton Oswalt & pals!

I mean, Patton Oswalt is helping to make this. Seriously, what are you waiting for, you leptons!? A flying spaghetti monster to invite you to Black Angus for a mixed green, buddy?!

Seriously though, this looks like a hip (but not too hip) anthology that should totally not be only half-funded with 5 days to go. So, Pop Culture Squad (that’s you guys)… go do that voodoo that you do so well*!



*In this case voodoo is a combination of you backing this cool project, and sharing it out to your respective social media accounts so that we might see gentle Patton and his amazing friends succeed in the independent endeavor.

Still Time to Back ‘The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini’!

Still Time to Back ‘The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini’!

Hey kids! Do you like comics? How about when they turn into immersive theater? What do you mean you don’t know what that is… Poppycock, I say!

For real though, check out this killer Kickstarter from Cynthia von Buhler. She’s already funded, but you can score some slick rewards as she turns her hit graphic novel into a play. Want to be turned into a pulp character? How about tickets to a gala? Or to see the show itself? It’s all there, kiddos. So, put on your best flapper, and check it out: