Content Warning: The fifth and final entry in this week’s round-up (Fieldmouse Press Presents: Clutter) is a reflection on the author’s experience with sexual assault.

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 Días De Consuelo, a retelling of the author’s family history in the Mexican Revolution, Social Fiends, a punk/horror story of vampires and werewolves, and more. But before that – a hearty thank you to Joltin’ Joe Grunenwald who stepped in for me last week!

Let’s get started!

Días De Consuelo

dïas de consuelo

Creators: Dave Ortega (author)
Goal: $15,000
End date: August 2, 2021
Goodies: Get the physical copy and a bookplate for $20, get it signed for $10 more, or check out higher tiers to get single issues, additional comics, and more. 

An intimate graphic novel by Dave Ortega about family and migration during the Mexican Revolution as told to him by his abuela.

For Días De Consuelo, author Dave Ortega is digging into his family history around the time of the Mexican Revolution. The story is assembled from various interviews with his grandmother and follows being forced to immigrate north as violence threatens her family’s safety. The graphic novel is appropriate for middle grade and adult readers, and is especially so for introducing revolutionary figures.

Become a backer here.

Social Fiends #1-2 — Vampire and Werewolf Anarchist Mayhem!

social fiends

Creators: John J. Pérez (writer), Javier Martín Caba (artist), Micah Meyers (letterer), Abby Denton (editor)
Goal: $5,000
End date: August 5, 2021
Goodies: The digital copy is $5, the physical version is $12, newcomers can check out additional tiers for back issues, and longtime fans can check out prints, variants, and more.

V for Vendetta meets Underworld in Social Fiends: a 38-page dystopian, punk rock, horror comic.

In the wake of global climate change, fallout blotting out the sun, and the collapse of contemporary civilization, who’s left? Werewolves and vampires, obviously, and they are not friendly. Social Fiends is back for its second of eight issues. The series explores themes of anti-establishment ideology and structures of power, and boasts an enticing preview over on the campaign page.

Become a backer here.

Kay and P: The Final Kickstarter!

kay and p

Creators: Jackie Musto (author)
Goal: $3,600
End date: August 11, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $10, get the physical version for $25, or check out higher tiers for back issues, original art, and more.

The final kickstarter for Kay and P! Books spanning volumes 5 & 6, taking us to the end of the story.

Jackie Musto’s long-running webcomic, Kay and P is sunsetting with its final Kickstarter campaign. Beginning in 2009, it follows the two title characters (the former a regular college-age the student, the latter a regular, invisible-to-everyone-but-Kay skeleton) as they uncover P’s origins and try to have normal lives on the side. Newcomers can grab previous volumes, and old fans can look forward to an exclusive bookmark.

Become a backer here.

Pilgrim’s Dirge #1

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Creators: Matteo Leoni (artist), Martina Bonanni (Artist), Toben Racicot (writer/letterer)
Goal: $2,799
End date: August 12, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $7, get the physical version for $13, or check out higher tiers for more Racicot comics, variants, and more. 

A defector trying to return to his family fights for survival on a frozen Earth after a cataclysm manifests aliens and ancient secrets. 

Pilgrim’s Dirge is the story of a man named Orin, and his quest to unite all alien races of the galaxy in an effort to eliminate an ancient evil capable of ending them all. If you’ve been playing the Mass Effect trilogy like I have, that probably sounds both enticing and familiar – and that’s on purpose! The series is aimed at fans of games like Mass Effect, Destiny, Borderlands, and even Star Trek. If that’s not enough for you, check out the five-page preview on the campaign page.

Become a backer here.

Fieldmouse Press Presents: Clutter: A Scatterbrained Sexual Assault Memoir


Creators: Ariel Bordeaux (author)
Goal: $8,000
End date: August 10, 2021
Goodies: The digital high-res version is $10, the physical version is $20, and additional tiers include Bordeaux’s Deep Girl, original art, and retailer packages.  

A beautiful graphic memoir from Ariel Bordeaux, the author of Raisin Pie and No Love Lost, brought to you by Fieldmouse Press.

From SOLRAD and Fieldmouse Press comes Clutter: A Scatterbrained Sexual Assault Memoir by Ariel Bordeaux. The ~70-page comic was originally created as her Center For Cartoon Studies senior thesis, but has since been updated with new illustrations as well as an epilogue. Her story directly confronts trauma, its unexpected effects on brains and emotions, and her own search for comfort and answers.

Become a backer here.

Here are some already funded projects:

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