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 Is’nana one-shot, Birthday Day, the pagan goddess adventures of Brigantia, and more.

Let’s get started!

Is’nana the Were-Spider: Birthday Day


Creators: Greg Anderson Elysée (creator/writer), George Gant (artist)
Goal: $10,000
End date: July 19, 2021
Goodies: The PDF is $5, the physical version is $10, and higher tiers include additional comics, prints, shirts, and more.

It’s Is’nana the Were-Spider’s birthday! A prequel to his adventures, meet Is’nana as a little spider on an adventure with his buds.

 The Glyph award-winning series, Is’nana the Were-Spider is turning back the clocks. This prequel is a horror-fantasy one-shot; an all-ages comic for the non-arachnophobic Halloween fans out there. This story follows Anansi’s son, Is’nana, as he strikes out with a handful of his best friends to celebrate his birthday with an adventure. As Is’nana has in the past, Birthday Day sets out to introduce Black cultures and beliefs to new audiences.

Become a backer here.

Johann Wier – The triumph of Death

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Creators: Enrico Nebbioso Martini (writer), Giulia Giacomino (artist),
Goal: $1,191
End date: July 17, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $6, get the physical version for $24, or check out higher tiers for YEP! Subscriptions, posters, and more. 

And behold, there appeared an horse. The one who rode it was called Death, and Hell followed him: the hell of despair, mistrust…

The Italian comics publisher YEP! Comics is gearing up for its second Kickstarter: a historical fiction/fantasy series about the real-life Dutch physician – and one of the first to publish against the persecution of witches – Johann Wier. This campaign will create digital and hardcover versions of the comic to compliment the YEP! App’s version. To check out some Johann Wier’s gorgeous art, check out the campaign page. 

Become a backer here.

Astro & Inéz: La Novela

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Creators: Lewelin Polanco (writer), Paul Allor (editor), Juan Romera (art/colors), Sean Rinehart (letterer),
Goal: $3,000
End date: July 18, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $6, get the physical version for $10, or check out higher tiers for variants, bookmarks, and more.

A slice-of-life comic following the shenanigans of Astro, a troublemaking pup, and his “slightly” dramatic human, Inéz. 

Astro & Inéz is a slice-of-life comic following a six-year-old pup and his owner, Inéz, a twenty-six-year-old, queer, Dominican woman living in NYC. Across five short stories, this one-shot collection follows the pair getting lost camping, going to the vet, and – in general – cleaning up after a troublemaking, but adorable, pup.   

Become a backer here.

Brigantia (Volume 1)


Creators: Chris Mole (writer), Harriet Moulton (artist), Melissa Trender (artist), Nikki Foxrobot (letterer),Aditya Bidikar (letterer), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer), Limnaia Areia (pagan consultant)
Goal: $4,179
End date: July 22, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital single issue for $3, get the entire first volume physically for $20, or check out higher tiers for bookplates, script edits, and more.

Collecting issues #1-#3 of acclaimed indie fantasy/pagan comic series Brigantia as a 128-page graphic novel.

Following up on the successful funding of its first two issues, Brigantia returns triumphantly for its third entry, and a first volume collecting the entire series. The fantasy/pagan story follows Brigantia, a pre-Roman, British goddess who finds herself abruptly thrust into modern London. Pick up the story now to discover how she drums up support to defeat her spiteful brother, who’s spent centuries gaining power through fear.

Become a backer here.

Modern Mythology: Folklore Retold

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Creators: Caleb Palmquist (editor), various artists/writers
Goal: $5,500
End date: July 24, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $9, get the physical version for $35, or check out higher tiers for variants, trading cards, stickers, and more.

A series of myths from around the world retold in the modern day. 

Gear up for an anthology filled with education and entertainment with Modern Mythology: Folklore Retold. As you might guess, this collection brings together 20 creative teams of various backgrounds, not only turning myths into comics, but also providing background information bookending every story. It’s a 180-page volume and will be ready to ship this September. Check out the campaign page for previews.

Become a backer here.

Here are some already funded projects:

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