Welcome back to The Beat’s comics crowdfunding round-up! This week, we have the first Kickstarter project from the nonprofit SAY Sí, which provides free after-school art classes to students in Texas. But that’s not all, we also have some exciting creator-owned projects from more established artists, so check out this week’s noteworthy comics crowdfunding projects below!
Creators: Jeff Martin and Lukasz Kowalczuk
End Date: July 21, 2022
Goodies: a digital edition, trade paperback, signed hardcover, a set of the full series, portrait of you as a hockey mutant, and the Jeff Martin library
The Mighty Ducks meets Goosebumps, with a dash of Mad Max, in all-ages post-apocalyptic hockey horror!
NFL NBA NHL (or CHL) hockey boring, but damn, I do love fictional hockey. It’s the perfect sport to teach the value of hard work… and gore (hey, B-grade horror has saved my sanity more times than I can count, and besides, it has a lot to say about surviving the end of the world). As an all-ages graphic novel set in post-apocalyptic Canada, the fourth Hockeypocalypse story will teach your young-ins how to survive radioactive winters with a slapshot.
Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first three volumes, one of the Zoop campaign tiers includes all of the books.
Journey of A Troubled Mind – Graphic Novel
Creators: Uroš Savic
End Date: July 27, 2022
Goodies: printed or deluxe hardback, digital version, deluxe hardback that’s signed, with a hand-drawn doodle by the artist, original art
Almost a Fairy Tale by Uros Savic
A graphic novel that explores the hero’s journey through the lens of Carl Jung‘s analytical psychology sounds a-okay to me. Well, actually, it sounds better than a-okay. Using a picture book to explore Savic’s relationship with Jung’s final work Man and His Symbols is an innovative way to introduce people to Jungian aesthetics (which argues that symbolic content rises from the unconscious).
Backstory One-Shot Comic
Creators: Ryan K Lindsay, Jen Vaughn, and Teo Acosta
End Date: July 20, 2022
Goodies: physical and digital editions and a superpowered fan pack
Calling all Dancing Daddy Zemo fans! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to party like a superhero (or supervillain)? Are you looking to support a crowdfunding campaign, not on Kickstarter? Well, Haunted Vault Studios’ new one-shot Backstory is the perfect option for you: it promises a story where you can live vicariously through a group of teens who find a superhero’s ring, leading to a wickedly wild night. With a story described as “Lord of the Flies meets Glee by way of Green Lantern’s ring,” what could go wrong?
I know Vaughn’s work best from Archie Comics’ Betty & Veronica: Vixens series (which I love), so I am excited to check out some of her creator-owned work!
Creators: SAY Sí, Emmanuelle Maher (teacher), Stevan Živadinović (teacher), Ned Meneses (teacher), Cassidy Fritts, Diana Lopez, Ed Saavedra, Elias Flores III, Mark Bouchard, Shelby Criswell, Tyrell Solomon (cover art, age 21), Clown Valley by Dan Gaus (Age 17), Only One Body Was Recovered by Julían Estrada (Age 15), Mise en Place by Luci Brown (Age 19), Ree-block by Isabella Carriedo (Age 16), Cardinals by Jelicity Luna (Age 17), Step-Back by Robert Gonzales (Age 15), Loaves and Fishes by Siah Jeffries (Age 16), Rat Trap by Serenity Diaz (Age 16), Rocky Changes the City by Nickolai Blye (Age 16), and Julie and Lex by Natalia Perez (Age 16)
End Date: July 27, 2022
Goodies: a random selection of zines from our back catalog, a collection of 13 mini-posters for a selection of interactive fiction (choose-your-own-adventure),
Anthology of comics about DIFFERENT KINDS OF COMMUNITIES made by the teens of SAY Sí’s HIVE New Media studio in 2022.
SAY Sí is a nonprofit, tuition-free, after-school art program to ignite the creative power of young people as a force of positive change. Over the course of COVID-19, the teens enrolled in the SAY Sí program discussed the meaning of community, which led to the creation of Community Bites, an anthology about the different kinds of communities that are important to the teens of SAY Sí. Backing this project supports a good cause: giving young people a chance to create and sell their art.
The Dancer – a short comic
Creators: Bianca Vuieric
End Date: July 21, 2022
Goodies: digital or print graphic novel
Coming of age, mlm romance between a sophisticated ballet dancer and a jock wannabe!
I love ballet comics, and there aren’t enough of them. Needless to say, it was love at first campaign click when I stumbled upon The Dancer, a spin-off of Vuieric’s slide of life webcomic The Epic Life Adventure of Connor on WEBTOON. However, what makes this campaign one of a kind: Vuieric not only draws dancers well (trust me, it’s a rare gift), but they are also queer (with the anti-LGBTQ+ laws getting passed in the UK and US right now, it’s more important than ever to support the community).
Here are some already-funded projects worth checking out:
- Kawaii Custom Pet Illustrations Art Book
- START AGAIN: Sex & Superheroes
- Blue vol.1
- The Chick Tract Missing Promo Project
- Michael & Margo
And don’t forget to check out last week’s crowdfunding campaigns:
- A LA BRAVA, Latina Superhero Team
- Morgan’s Organs #1-4: The Adult Anatomy Workplace Comedy
And finally, here are some projects that haven’t launched yet, but that look to be worth keeping an eye on:
- Royo Cheeks #1
- Stabbity Bunny Volumes 1 & 2
- Mittens: Space Pilot #1
- Egoraven: Heir of the First Unicorn – Vol. 1 Trade & Prequel
- Art of Chuubibi
Miss any of our previous Comics Crowdfunding Round-Ups? Check out the archive here!