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 Shonen-inspired anthology, Cry Punch Comics, the what-if history Typhoon Days, and more.
Let’s get started!
God Summoner – Chapter 1
Creators: Dionysis Zogaris (writer), Manos Lagouvardos (artist)
End date: April 26, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital first issue for just $6, get the physical version for $17, or pledge more for variants, prints, and more.
Images of Gods, Guns, and Inquisitors. A Dark Fantasy Comic Book filled with mythological themes in 28 pages of high-quality artwork.
God Summoner is a dark fantasy story following a young girl named Adelice, who wields the power of the Summoner. That, combined with her family’s connection to the other world known as Zaros, means she’s capable of bringing its God rulers to her own reality – and that makes her very desirable for our antagonist. Lagouvardos’ art is totally finished and everything you want from a dark fantasy comic, so check that out over at the campaign page. It’s the second Kickstarter outing for this crew as they launch the first of six 28-page chapters in the God Summoner series.
Typhoon Days | Act One
Creators: Francesca Carità (artist), Niccolò Favilli (writer)
End date: April 14, 2021
Goodies: The digital version is $12, the physical version is $24, and tiers include artbooks, soundtracks, and more.
A sociopolitical what-if thriller in a fictional distant land, graphic novel, volume one.
Typhoon Days is a historical fiction/what-if story set in 1960’s Hong Kong; a walled city that’s both a Chinese territory and within the boundaries of a British colony. On the macro, everyone from the CIA and the Hong Kong police are vying for control as the Cold War rages. As the story zooms in, Typhoon Days highlights how far these factions are willing to go to get what they want as local kids are tempted into drug-dealing and – stunt acting? Check out a preview of Carità’s animated style, then support this first of two acts.
CRY PUNCH COMICS
Creators: Nouveau Système
End date: April 10, 2021
Goodies: Grab the print copy for $23, or, if you’re a retailer, pay $73 for five copies.
A Fantasy Martial-Arts Comic Anthology made by a new wave of talented indie artists who love a good Round Kick.
Cry Punch Comics is a lean, mean, martial arts anthology, weighing in at 320-pages and a respectable 8″x 10″ stature. Inspired by Shonen Jump comics, creators on this project include Al Gofa, Linnea Sterte, Mikkel Sommer, Mathilde Kitteh, and more – plus each story is available to preview over on the campaign page. In short, whether you’re a Shonen fan or not, this is some of the best-looking comics around, all in a wide variety of styles.
THE TWIN BLADES
Creators: Jarreed Luján (writer), Julio Suarez (artist), Rocco Langg (colors), Gabriela Downie (letterer)
End date: April 15, 2021
Goodies: A PDF is $6, a physical version is $12, and higher tiers include script reviews, creator workshops, and more.
A 44 page action comic that blends sci-fi and Aztec mythology into a story about family, believing in yourself, and magical swords.
In The Twin Blades, the fate of the suns and their subsequent Earths is totally dependent on the will of the gods, and the outcome of their conflicts. This time, things were different. The god Xolotl infused his divinity into two siblings. For awhile, their responsibilities were minimal. One trained hard to live up to her duty, and the other followed his passion for teaching. But that changes when they’re challenged by another warrior whose master wants to create a new universe. See how it all goes down in this 44-page comic.
JEMBER: Becoming Somebody HARDCOVER
Creators: Beserat Debebe (writer), Stanley Obende (artist), Toyin Ajetunmobi (colorist), Bezawit Getachew (editor)
End date: April 8, 2021
Goodies: The fourth issue in physical is $4, you can get the entire first volume as a PDF for $14, upgrade to a hardcover for $30, or check out higher tiers copies of Hawi, poetry anthologies, and more.
112-pg action/adventure story about finding your self-worth & letting go of what others think of you (with foreword by Maaza Mengiste!)
Fan favorite series Jember is returning to Kickstarter to fund issue #4 and its first complete volume, collecting every chapter including this latest one. Inspired by East African mythology, Jember follows the story of an anxious, jobless grad named Amanuel Tilahun, who stumbles into incredible powers. Now it’s up to him to decide how he uses them. Head over to the campaign page for preview art, then either grab the 112-page collected version if you’re new to the series, or, if you like floppies, sign up for the arc’s final issue.
Here are a few funded projects we love:
And don’t forget to check out last week’s projects: