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 dark social commentary on wealth and greed in Final Gamble, the sci-fi Al Gofa-lead anthology Gamma Twinkles, and more.
Let’s get started!
FINAL GAMBLE Issue #1
Creators: Band of Bards (publisher), Bobby Singer (writer), Jorge Santiago Jr. (artist), Harry Saxon (colorist), George Gant (letterer)
End date: September 2, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $5, get the physical version for $9, or check out higher tiers for scripts, variants, and more.
In this unforgiving Hell, people are forced to fight to the death in an elite gamble for their souls.
Final Gamble is not only the debut of a new series – but of a new publisher! Band of Bards’ inaugural series is a dark social commentary, taking place in a world where everyday folks are preyed upon by the richest and most powerful people in the world, and forced to fight to survive. This 24-page comic takes nods from Fight Club, Kakegurui, and Animal Farm, and you can check out a preview on the campaign page right now by following the link below.
Good for Health: a comic anthology
Creators: Justin Morales (organizer, “some dude trying to put all this together”)
End date: September 2, 2021
Goodies: The PDF is $10, the physical version is $35, and higher tiers include lino block prints, commissions, and more.
A comic anthology focusing on America’s failed healthcare system.
Ranging from fact to fantasy, horror to comedy, and more, Good for Health is a new anthology centered on the failings of the United States’ healthcare system. The collection tops up at 150 pages, and brings together more than 20 artists, writers, and designers to provide their own perspectives on the terrors of a health-lacking bureaucracy.
Gamma Twinkles #1
Creators: NOUVEAU SYSTÈME (publisher), Al Gofa (manager, editor, art director)
End date: August 29, 2021
Goodies: Get the physical version for $29 and throw in a t-shirt for $69.
The beginning of a new Science Fiction Comic Book Anthology made by unique artists and writers.
From the crew that brought readers Dagger Dagger and Cry Punch Comics comes an all-new magazine, this time with a focus on science fiction goodness. Gamma Twinkles is a 250-page anthology made possible by 8 creators, each telling a 12-28-page self-contained story. It’s a huge range of talent and styles, and if Gofa’s previous work is anything to judge from, it’s certain to see the genre through a whole new lens.
Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master VOL 2
Creators: Chris Mancini (writer), Fernando Pinto (artist), Troy Peteri, Dave Lanphear, A Larger World (letterers)
End date: September 6, 2021
Goodies: The digital version is $10, the physical version is $20, and higher tiers include volume 1, signed versions, and more.
100 Page Action/Comedy Graphic Novel.
The second and final part of Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master is now on Kickstarter. The story follows a small town LA crook named Rick, who finds himself swept up in a battle between good and evil. Can he muster up his meager martial arts skills and deal with his anger issues to help save the day? Find out in volume 2, and stick around for themes of violence and anger management.
Heavy Issue #1
Creators: Ben Perkins (author)
End date: September 1, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $7, get the print version for $15, or check out higher tiers for buttons, posters, and more.
In a ruined world, Heavy must navigate the wastelands to restore balance to a world he has inadvertently destroyed.
Portland-based indie creator Ben Perkins is shooting off on his own for the first time with Heavy. The series follows the eponymous equine protagonist wandering through the wasteland: the remnants of a world he hand a hand in destroying. Along the way, Heavy will deal with the acceptance of responsibility – and fend off Earth’s new monstrous denizens, and aliens.
Here are some already funded projects:
- Heretics #1: A Wildly Ambitious, Neon Fantasy Comic
- Paranormal: Superhuman Criminals in a Noir Graphic Novel
- Swords and Magic: 2 Books of Fantasy Comics and Manga
- Girls Have a Blog: The Signature Edition
And don’t forget to check out last week’s campaigns: