Welcome to the Comics Crowdfunding Round-Up. Are you ready to check out some of the best indie and creator-owned comic projects currently crowdfunding? This week, we have a range of Kickstarter campaigns, from a manga inspired by a Japanese folk tale to a comic inspired by Saturday morning cartoons in the 1980s and Dungeons and Dragon.
Read on to see five noteworthy projects to back on Kickstarter this week.
End Date: October 11, 2022
Goodies: Digital, print, or both, and a retailer option
A science-fantasy comic of sisterhood, magic peach-dogs, and adventure.
From Koguchi Press, Momotekku, inspired by the Japanese folk tale Momotaro (often translated as Peach Boy), will take place in a fantastical and futuristic world of gods, demons, and magic peaches. The 96-page book is a science fiction story that follows Ai after she is dragged on an adventure by a magical creature named “Dog” about finding sisterhood and learning to accept yourself. It is Cook’s debut full-length comic after creating several short-form comics, such as Wednesday’s Child and Kiyomi’s Prequel, which won 2nd Place in the Manga Jiman competition 2019.
Creators: Aaron Losty, JP Jordan, and Becca Carey
End Date: September 29, 2022
Goodies: Digital copy, including a tier with a digital bumper pack (Blaze Beyond the Pale and The Last Scarecrow), print copy, Dan Schkade bookplate, and all-star sticker pack with art by Adam Gorham, Dani, Chris Shehan, Artyom Trakhanov, and Liana Kangas
Irish Fantasy Noir Comic. Agent 5 has crash-landed and only has four days to signal his mythical home of Hy-Brasil or be trapped forever.
I just want to know more about the ‘Irish Fantasy Noir’ genre because, before I discovered the Ploughman crowdfunding campaign, I had never heard of it (although I have heard of Dublin Noir, which I assume is similar but with fewer fae). The 46-page story follows an outlander who has mysteriously crash-landed in the Irish countryside and only has four days left to signal his homeland for rescue, or he’ll be trapped in Ireland forever.
And whenever I see a pull quote from Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou on a project that I don’t know well (Hass reviewed Losty and Carey’s Blaze Beyond the Pale), I immediately know what I am about to back is a quality comic project.
THE AFTER REALM #5
Creators: Michael Avon Oeming (writer/artist), Taki Soma (colorist), and Shawn Lee (letters)
End Date: October 2, 2022
Goodies: Digital or physical copy, digital copies of issues 1-5, Oeming signed vault, Dan Brereton variant cover, and other cover options
Inspired by Saturday morning cartoons and outlandish fantasy! This campaign completes the first arc and offers previous issues.
How can you resist Oeming’s adorable cat? In addition to being ailurophile, Oeming is an Eisner and Harvey award-winning comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of Powers with Brian Michael Bendis and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Red Sonja, and Cave Carson with Gerard Way. His latest project is an ongoing monthly series, After Realm, inspired by his love of mythology, Saturday morning cartoons in the 80s, and Dungeons and Dragons. The cat picture alone is enough reason to back this campaign, but the delightfully fun 80s mash-up should be titillating for people who aren’t cat lovers.
Leo Mancini’s Corrupting The Youth Anthology
Creators: Eva Tuszynski, Luke Henderson, Charlotte Day, Andrew Misisco, Leo Mancini, Michael Allen, Brian Beardsley, Derek Mola, and Nancy Hollis
End Date: October 5, 2022
Goodies: PDF or print copy, stickers, Speckles minicomics, Chompers the Beaver book, Corrupting the Youth t-shirt, button, and commission print
Cute stories, controversial messages
Leo Mancini’s Corrupting the Youth Anthology contains eleven stories for kids with unconventional messages and morals, including a talking sandwich who learns a lesson about bullying, a weird little kid who collects gum for a mysterious project, and another weird little kid who goes to war with the tooth fairy. I don’t have kids, but it sounds like a neat idea.
JAZAM! Coming of Age – die finale Ausgabe
Creators: Christopher Tauber, Matthias Lehmann, David Füleki, Yi “Yinfinity” Luo, Johannes Lott, Martin Rathscheck, Franz Suess, Mike Loos, Adrian vom Baur, Groobert, Natalia Schiller, Zwen, Katharina Netolitzky, Lapinot, and Raphaëlle Roux & Sarah “Schpog” Nieves
End Date: October 4, 2022
Goodies: Only available to comic book fans in the European Union and Germany
Der finale Band der preisgekrönten deutschen Indie-Comic-Anthologie JAZAM!
So I was born in Germany but don’t speak German (my sister, born in the US, learned the language, but not me). I could translate the campaign using software, but then I risk getting something wrong. Instead, I will just say, I think JAZAM! is worth recommending because it grabbed my attention across communication barriers. Sometimes, all you need is love, a love of anthologies and art.
Here are some already-funded crowdfunding projects worth checking out:
- INFERNO: A Quick The Clockwork Knight Adventure
- God Summoner Chapters #1-4
- The Hal Terror Magazine
- The Oswald Chronicles: It Broke Free and Couldn’t Read 1-4
And don’t forget to check out last week’s campaigns:
- Tilt: Six Tales
- Oh, The Things You Won’t Know! & The Phantom of Eternia
- Tales to Enlighten: Volume 1 and 2 (New Testament)
- Lurker #1
- The Return of Johnny Gambit Graphic Novel
And finally, here are some projects that haven’t launched yet, but that look to be worth keeping an eye on:
- Pink Midnight Presents: The Butterfly House
- “Timing/Luck” by Gerry Duggan
- Camp Pock-a-Wocknee and the DYN-O-MITE Summer of ’77
Miss any of our previous Comics Crowdfunding Round-Ups? Check out the archive here!