Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: “What Fresh Hell Is This?” 9 Levels of Studio Hell!

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: “What Fresh Hell Is This?” 9 Levels of Studio Hell!

Hey folks. It’s that time again. We search the current Kickstarter campaigns, and when we find one we feels needs a little boost, we let you know about it.

This week we are spotlighting What Fresh Hell Is This!. It is a comic anthology collection that will be published in digital and traditional print formats.

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Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: DEATH TRAP (Interview with Matt Miner AND Laura Palmer)

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: DEATH TRAP (Interview with Matt Miner AND Laura Palmer)

This is a special edition of our Kickstarter boost posts. We were able to speak with the writer of the latest campaign and the musician behind the video theme. This is the perfect combination of what we are about here at Pop Culture Squad.

This week we are spotlighting Death Trap. It is a comic story that will be released digitally in four individual issues and then printed in a collected edition.

What is Death Trap?

According to the Kickstarter campaign page:

Death Trap is the story of a young woman named Ollie who grew up in the Strongin Circus crime family, surrounded by sideshow freaks and weird clowns and a huge albino dancing bear named Wojtek.  Her Dad’s killed by a rival crime family at Davenport Amusements, and ends up haunting his old Mercury Cougar muscle car.  So Ollie and her dad’s ghost team up for some sweet, sweet, revenge.

It sounds super cool and the various reward tiers are full of excellent material. We are stoked to see this project get funded.  At three days into the campaign, they are at about 20% of their goal.

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Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: Return of the TOE TAG RIOT!

Kickstarter You Should Be Backing: Return of the TOE TAG RIOT!

Hey folks. It’s that time again. We search the current Kickstarter campaigns, and when we find one we feels needs a little boost, we let you know about it.

This week we are spotlighting The Return of the Toe Tag Riot. It is a comic story that will be released digitally in four individual issues and then printed in a collected edition.

What is Toe Tag Riot?

That is a great question. This is the second installment of this series. It was originally given life on Kickstarter back in 2014, and was subsequently distributed by Black Mask Studios. You can also find the original on Comixology. Creators Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman are back with a new story about their cursed band of Punk musicians. Rounding out the creative team is colorist Gab Contreras and letterer Taylor Esposito.

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

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.

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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: 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.

TALES OF THE ROCKABILLY RAMBLER

 

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.

 

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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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: