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 deluxe edition of Light by Rob Cham, the debut of Emulator, and more.

Let’s get started!

Light: Deluxe Edition by Rob Cham


Creators: Rob Cham (author)
Goal: $5,500
End date: April 19, 2021
Goodies: Grab the physical version or a PDF bundle of Light and its sequel for $20, or pledge more for additional comics from Cham.

Light ( Deluxe Edition) is a new, improved, and slightly redesigned version of Rob Cham’s ALA nominated graphic novel.

The award-winning Light is back for another print run – this time even better than before. Cham’s silent graphic novel follows two eventual friends named Backpack and Tear, united in a mission to find the five gems said to return color and light to their black and white world. This deluxe version features a new cover, art touch-ups, and redesigns. For more on that, head over to the campaign page.

 Become a backer here.

Emulator #1


Creators: Emiliana Pinna (artist), Tankitha Joy (colorist), Toben Racicot (writer/letterer),
Goal: $397
End date: April 6, 2021
Goodies: Grab a PDF for $6, go physical for $8, or pledge more for additional comics and variants. 

Video games divide a father and son, but when the game villain appears in their world, play time’s over and the truth will be revealed.

In the midst of the pandemic, a fair number of us have probably sunk a few more hours in beloved video games than in the past. That’s true for Emulator protagonist Calvin Jones, too, but he’s got a different set of problems. He’s drifting away from his work-obsessed dad, and with his mom’s recent passing, he looks to friends – and the hot new game, Lionheart 3. By some feat of magic, the game’s antagonist is swept into the real world, and it’s up to Calvin and his friends to set things right. See that sequence play out in a 5-page preview on the Emulator campaign page.

Become a backer here.

The Dusk

the dusk

Creators: Alex Segura, Elizabeth Little (writers), David Hahn (artist), Ellie Wright (colorist), Taylor Esposito (letterer)
Goal: $39,500
End date: April 22, 2021
Goodies: Grab the physical first issue for $10, and add each additional issue up to four for $10 more a piece.

Alex Segura, Elizabeth Little and David Hahn present comics’ next great crimefighter, The Dusk, in an original hardcover graphic novel.

Born out of a desire for superheroes to do better comes Jaime Nuñez, AKA, The Dusk. Gifted with the supreme power of an unexpected fortune, he takes it upon himself to push back against the decades of corruption ailing his city – while raising his teenage daughter. All four issues of this superhero/crime series are available with this campaign, and backers are able to choose any number of those that they wish.

Become a backer here.

Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology

our stories carried us here

Creators: Green Card Voices
Goal: $26,000
End date: April 18, 2021
Goodies: Grab the e-book for $15, get the hardcover version for $35, or pledge with higher tiers for teaching guides, additional copies, and more.

 Ten bold first-person stories written and illustrated by immigrants and refugees living across the USA co-created by Green Card Voices.

Our Stories Carried Us Here is a collection of immigrant and refugee stories aimed specifically at younger audiences for the purpose of creating hope and empathy. The anthology brings together 10 illustrators and storytellers, with each narrative landing in the 15-20 page range and coming in a variety of color schemes. It’s published by Green Card Voices, a non-profit based in Minneapolis focused on using stories for immigrant advocacy.

Become a backer here.

ALL CITY Vol.1 : The Art of Mike Hawthorne!

all city

Creators: Mike Hawthorne
Goal: $10,000
End date: April 15, 2020
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $25, get the hardcover for $35, or pledge more for Volume 0.

A 200 page full color art book featuring sketch art, commissions, process and more from Marvel artist Mike Hawthorne. 

Mike Hawthorne is returning to Kickstarter to publish a prestige artbook of some of his most recent work. The Marvel artist is compiling 200+ pages of full-color art on 100 lb paper stock, available in hardcover or digital. Hawthorne also hopes to add an educational element to this book by including all steps of the art process including sketches and pencil work.

Become a backer here.

Here are a few funded projects we love:

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