By: Henry Barajas
That’s right, Honey Bear not Honey Boo Boo. What do you think this is, The Learning Channel?
Project: DETECTIVE HONEYBEAR: An All-Ages Mystery Comic
Talent/Project Manager: Alex Zalben & Josh Kenfield
Days to Go: 17
“Detective Honeybear is the best detective on the force. He’s brilliant and uncompromising… But also two feet tall, loves sandwiches, and is a cuddly, stuffed wittle bear that drives his co-workers insane.”
“It’s Kojak with less interest in lollipops, and more interest in honey. It’s Columbo with just slightly more fur. It’s Sherlock Holmes, if Holmes was addicted to sandwiches instead of cocaine. Detective Honeybear skewers and parodies the greatest mysteries of our time, while creating a few new ones, and answering the all-important question: just how adowable can cwime-sowving be?”
Zalben is no stranger to the industry; he’s a writer for MTV Geek! and wrote Marvel’s Thor and The Warriors Four. You might know Josh Kenfield from his work on Axe Cop and Scrooge and Santa. This is another example of working professionals using their knowledge on how to publish a book to an undeserved market in comics and (hopefully) make it successful using Kickstater.
The funds are going to pay Kenfield for his work and print 300 copies of the 20 page comic book. If they surpass their goal, Zalben will throw in a ten page Honey Bear story and t-shirt incentives. Click here to help fund this project.
This title reminds me of one of my favorite books growing up, “Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase.” This book hits a nostalgic place in my heart and I couldn’t resist telling you about.
Project: Dark Zoey
Talent/Project Manager: Larime Taylor
Days to Go: 28
The spiel: Larime Taylor is a playwright, director, novelist and comic book creator. He is a disabled artist that lives on $750 from social security and supplements his income with his art. He is writing, drawing and lettering this entire comic book with his mouth.
I haven’t seen any disabled creators launch comic book projects on Kickstarter, but his resume and art displayed on the page totally overshadows the handicap.
“Disabled mouth-artist writes, draws, and letters the story of a young woman with a dark secret – she’s a serial killer.”
Taylor states that in addition to getting “Dark Zoey” printed, this is another way for him to get the book finished so he has a completed book rather than pages to submit to publishers.
“Ever since she can remember, Zoey Aarons has felt the urge to kill. For eighteen years she resisted those urges and fought to be someone better than her base instincts would allow. In a moment of weakness and anger, however, she let go and took a life. That hazy Seattle summer day still haunts her, and as she begins college far away from home, she’s afraid that she will kill again.”
The rewards include sketches, exclusive Kickstarter pin-ups and your likeness on a minor character. Click here to support the project.
Henry Barajas is the co-creator, writer and letterer for El Loco and Captain Unikorn. He has also written and lettered short stories for two successful Kickstarter SpazDog Press projects: Unite and Take Over: Stories inspired by The Smiths and Break The Walls: Comic Stories inspired by The Pixies. He is the Newsroom Research Assistant for The Arizona Daily Star and was nominated for the Shel Dorf Blogger of the Year award for his work at The Beat. You can follow him on Twitter @HenryBarajas and Google+.