Welcome to The Beat’s crowdfunding round-up: a collection of some of our favorite campaigns from the week including one-shots, on-goings, anthologies and everything in-between! This week, we’re checking out Beef Bros, a leftist superhero take, Winds of Numa Sera, another epic fantasy series to keep an eye on, the final volume of Ship Wrecked, and more.

Let’s get started!

BEEF BROS: The aspirational leftist superhero comic

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Creators: Aubrey Sitterson (writer), Tyrell Cannon (artist), Fico Ossio (colorist), Taylor Esposito (letterer)
Goal: $15,000
End date: November 26, 2020
Goodies: Grab a PDF for just $5, a physical copy for $10, or pledge more for stickers, original black and white art, and more!

In Beef Bros, two happy-go-lucky himbo bodybuilders stand up for their community, pushing back against sadistic cops and greedy landlords!

The flavor text says it all when it comes to Beef Bros. It’s a fun, critical take on superheroes as we know them, following two himbo vigilantes as they fight against the systemic issues that create disparity in our capitalist society. Written and co-created by No More Heroes’ Aubrey Sitterson, with art by Tyrell Cannon, it’s a 32-page, stand-alone comic that leaves a door open for potential sequels. Plus, it helps that the campaign video is very fun. Check that out, along with a short preview, at the link below.

Become a backer here.

Winds of Numa Sera: Graphic Novel Book One

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Creators: Morgan Rosenblum & Jonathan Handler (writer/creators), Eduardo Petrovich (illustrator), Eduardo Mello (illustrator), Valentina Taddeo (colorist), Voodoo Brown (letterer)
Goal: $15,100
End date: November 23, 2020
Goodies: Grab a PDF for $20, a physical copy for $30, or pledge more for a signed version, a look at the script, series bible, and more.

An epic medieval fantasy GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES designed for audiences 16 and up.

Following the assassination of its ruler, Numa Sera is now under rule of a child emperor and thrust into uncertainty. That’s where Winds of Numa Sera kicks off: it’s the start of an all-new fantasy epic in the vein of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, following four protagonists across three different kingdoms, each pulling against the chains that keep them down. This first entry will be 60 pages, and you can check out a preview on the campaign page with illustrations by Eduardo Petrovich, Eduardo Mello, and colors by Valentina Taddeo.

Become a backer here.

SHIP WRECKED: The Full Collected Comic

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Creators: Katie Fleming (artist), Rebecca Nalty (colorist), Zakk Saam (letterer), Aaron Fever (writer)
Goal: $3,428
End date: November 22, 2020
Goodies: A PDF is $6, a print copy is $18, and higher tiers include back issues, buttons, prints, and more.

The 5th and final volume of the SHIP WRECKED comic series. Fully collected into a bumper trade paperback format.

The Office meets Star Trek in this fun webcomic about working in the accounting department of an intergalactic spaceship. Ship Wrecked is available to read for free online here, but this campaign is meant to fund the unpublished fifth – and final – volume in a physical run, along with an omnibus collection of the entire series, and 12 pages of short stories. The campaign itself will go towards paying the creators for their work, and is hopeful to deliver rewards in May of next year. 

Become a backer here.

Tasty! A Short Comic Anthology


Creators: Let’s Make Comics!
Goal: $2,400
End date: November 26, 2020
Goodies: A PDF is just $5, a physical version is $20, and higher tiers include back issues, buttons, prints, and more.

A scrumptious anthology of short comics by nine Chicago-based artists. 

Let’s Make Comics! Is a Chicago-based comics collective, and its back with its fifth anthology, Tasty! As you might guess from the title, this time around the crew is telling short stories related to food, adding up to 44 black and white pages. The comics are already complete, and campaign funds will go directly back to the people who made them through page rates, as well as by going directly into the collective itself.

Become a backer here.

Smithers & Wing

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Creators: Heather Palmer (writer), Kirsty Hunter (illustrator)
Goal: $6,111
End date: November 27, 2020
Goodies: A PDF is $8, a physical version is $16, and higher tiers include prints, enamel pins, and more.

Smithers & Wing is a magical, queer graphic novel written by award-winning team Heather Palmer and Kirsty Hunter.

Partners and wives, Smithers and Wing are on the case in a supernatural crime story in which the former is an ex-guard magician, and the latter is a detective who’s left the force to freelance. Now, they’re on a missing persons case in Edinburgh – a cold case – but to find the kid, they’ll have to deal with their own history first. Brought to you by an award-winning queer comics team, this 62-page mystery is set to arrive in April of 2021.

Become a backer here.

Here are a few more worthwhile campaigns:

And don’t forget to check out last week’s projects: