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 the return of BUUZA!!, a Café alternate universe anthology, and more.  

Let’s get started!

BUUZA!! Vol. 2


Creator: Shazleen Khan (author)
Goal: $6,184
End date: July 30, 2020
Goodies: A PDF of the second volume runs for $7, while you can catch up and get both for $13, the physical edition for $15, with higher tiers including prints, postcards, enamel pins, and more.

The Award-Winning LGBTQ Slice of Life Urban Fantasy Webcomic, BUUZA!!, returns for a second volume!

Khan’s webcomic is returning to print for a second volume with this campaign: a return to an urban fantasy Middle East setting, where Zach and Sam try get by and re-examine their cultural identity. BUUZA!! launched on Tapas and Webtoon last year, and later funded the series’ first volume, Good Morning Sawla. This second volume will collect chapters 10-17 of the comic across 180+ color pages that won’t be published online until September of this year.

Become a backer here.

Cafe AU Lait Comics Anthology

Cafe AU Lait Comics Anthology

Creators: Holly Adkins, Cameron Davis, Tim Delaney, Michel Gerencir, Phee Hawberries, Jennifer Reuter, Briar Rolfe, Alyce Sarich, Teloka and Miss Pi, Samantha “Mamath” Calcraft, Sid Stones
Goal: $4,842
End date: July 22, 2020
Goodies: A digital version is $5, a bump up to physical is $14, and higher pledges include coasters, tea towels, mugs, and more.

11 short comics of coffee-tinged romance.

Fanfic readers and writers are more than familiar with what this anthology has to offer: it’s a collection of meet-cutes and happenstance in everyone’s favorite hangout spot, the local coffee shop. At 140 pages, the Café AU Lait brings together 12 artists from Australia and New Zealand, with each featuring their own, original characters in a fun, light, romance fanfic. 

Become a backer here.

Later: Illustrated Children’s Book

later children's book

Creators: Curtis Ackie (writer), Constanza Goeppinger (illustrator)
Goal: $7,421
End date: July 15, 2020
Goodies:  For a baseline $25 pledge, you get your own physical copy of Later along with two stickers, while higher tiers include tea towels, fridge magnets, and more.

A tender portrait of Afro-Caribbean family life, written by Curtis Ackie and illustrated by Constanza Goeppinger.

 Later is an illustrated children’s book inspired by a desire to fill shelves with more books featuring Black children. To do that, Ackie looked at his own Afro-Caribbean family – which also means the story features a stay-at-home dad, and a working mum! Goeppinger’s art is bright, colorful, and warm – a perfect pairing for Ackie’s story of a simple day at home, waiting for Mum to get home from work. 

Become a backer here.

Cities of Magick #2 & #3 Double-Sized Special

cities of magick

Creators: Will Tempest (co-creator, artist), Jakob Free (co-creator, writer), AndWorld Design (letterer, designer)
Goal: $5,000
End date: August 1, 2020
Goodies: Catch up on the series for just $3, get the whole digital set for $8, or throw in a few more dollars for more comics from Free and Tempest.

The followup to Cities of Magick #1, a fantasy-western tale set in the post-post-apocalypse! Combines issues #2 & #3 into one book!

Set 150 years in the future, Cities of Magick is a Venn diagram of old west, post-apocalypse and fantasy, marked by humanity’s rediscovery of magic – and its subsequent politicization and mishandling as a new energy source. I missed out on the first issue in this series, but staring at Tempest’s artwork and world design leads me to believe I definitely missed out.

Become a backer here.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s ongoing campaigns if you haven’t already: