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 a brand new Elsa Charretier artbook, the surrealist dreams of an artist’s muse in MICHELANGELO – oh and a couple monster stories.

Let’s get started!

Devilry: Six Diabolical Stories


Creators: Letty Wilson (author)
Goal: $1,538
End date: October 15, 2020
Goodies: Grab a PDF for $7, upgrade to physical for $13, or pledge higher for a matching notebook, devil drawing, and more.

A book of fiendish tales told in traditional block print and ink drawings.

 With Spooky Season on its way, it seems only fitting to kick off this week’s column with a devil-centric anthology. Wilson’s six-story collection explores the multitude of devil appearances in popular fiction and folklore, as well as how they’re used to express human emotion. She’s fully illustrating the book with a combination of traditional block printing and ink drawings, which makes for an appropriately hellish aesthetic, and the final product will be 60 pages, perfect bound in an A5 sized collection, available in both print and digital. 

Become a backer here.

Elsa Charretier’s new artbook

Creators: Elsa Charretier (artist)
Goal: $10,513
End date: October 22, 2020
Goodies: Grab a hardcover edition of this book for $32, get it signed with a print for $47, or pledge more for an inked sketch, commentary, and more.

Elsa Charretier is a comic artist renowned for her work on DC, Marvel, and Star Wars. She’s back again for a second volume collecting her work, this time delving into storytelling, drawing tricks of the trade, and more. Plus, she’s bringing along special guests Amy Reeder (Amethyst), Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight), and Chip Zdarsky (Daredevil) to volunteer their own talents, along with Matt Fraction, who’ll be adding his own notes on his and Charretier’s comic, November.

Become a backer here.


Creators: March Younglove (author)
Goal: $7,500
End date: November 1, 2020
Goodies: Pledge $15 for a PDF version, $20 for a softcover, or pledge more to claim stickers, a hardcover version, and more.

A 60-page graphic novel of Michelangelo and Tommaso. A retelling of the Renaissance artist’s life and work through dreams.

Like so many famous men in history, Michelangelo had a secret; his was named Tommaso. Although the relationship between the two was never official, their communications are well documented, and include the artist sending poems and sketches made in dedication to the recipient. Younglove’s Michelangelo attempts to understand their bond with a 60-page graphic novel told through the surrealist dreams of Tommaso. What does that mean? Aside from totally enthralling interiors, it explores themes of loving an artist, their art, and how they reciprocate in turn.

Become a backer here.

Vampire Emmy & the Garbage Girl – a horror/rom-com

Creators: Pat Shand (writer), Roberta Ingranata (artist), Carola Borelli (artist), Jim Campbell (letterer)
Goal: $8,000
End date: October 16, 2020
Goodies: A digital version is $10, the paperback is $20, and higher tiers include variants, bookplates, and more.

A graphic novel about a vampire who falls in love with a sanitation worker. 

The time for spooky rom-coms is here, and Vampire Emmy & the Garbage Girl has arrived. This one-shot turned graphic novel follows Emmy (a vampire, in case you hadn’t gathered) whose eternal funk is final busted when she peaks out the window and catches a look at her new sanitation worker, who she knows only as Garbage Girl. Little does Emmy know, she’s not the only one hiding something. Check out this 60-page graphic novel, collecting the original story, along a new, feature-length story, Vampire Emmy & The Werewolf Ex.

Become a backer here.

Sidequest #2

sidequest #2

Creators: Alaire Racicot (artist), Martina Bonanni (colorist), Toben Racicot (letterer), Stephanie Cooke (editor), Brenda Snell (cover artist), Grant Stoye (writer)
Goal: $3,500
End date: October 22, 2020
Goodies: Grab a PDF for $6, get the physical edition for $13, or pledge higher for back issues, pinups, and more.

A campaign starts on the heels of D’arik’s failure, but what happens when a delay alters their mi   ssion?

Sidequest returns with its second issue for more RPG-inspired story. This time, D’arik is meeting up with his crew of adventurers to push away the real a for a little while and do some quests. And push away some more – and some more. Issue #2 is setting out to explore what happens when D’arik dives too far down the rabbit hole, to the point that the choices he makes are exact reflections of his own frustrations. Check it out to see how he deals with the first issue’s revelation, or jump on board with back issues.

Become a backer here.

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