Welcome to this week’s installment of The Beat’s Comics Crowdfunding Round-Up! It’s June (Happy Pride!), so the focus of this week’s crowdfunding round-up is “Be an Ally, Support Queer Comics.” With that in mind, this week we’ve got five projects featuring LGBTQIA+ creators and characters, from NSFW poly romance comics to an LGBTQ adaptation of King Arthur. Let’s get right into it!
SKYSET KNIGHTS 1 & 2: M/M Bara Gay NSFW Poly Romance Comics
Creators: Aero Zero
End Date: July 1, 2022
Goodies: The printed edition of the book, bookmark, four-pack of stickers, Aero’s complete collection of erotica
An epic set of short stories featuring men, monsters, bara, twinks, demons, action-adventure, romance & consensual kinky colorful smut!
Skyset Knights is an “explicit, beautiful, sometimes introspective erotica comic featuring men and monsters rendered in the handsomely colorful detailed art, with expansive world-building beyond the bedroom!” The Kickstarter is to cover the cost of printing this portion of Aero’s critically acclaimed M/M poly gay bara fantasy erotica series. Aero is an asexual, POC non-binary autistic creator and artist.
Young King Arthur Manga Adaptation
Creators: Cara Aisling (writer), Wooserr (artist), Deep Heart’s YA (publisher)
End Date: June 6, 2022
Goodies: Ebook or print edition of the manga and novel, name at the end, digital wallpaper, sketchbook, wall scroll, and a cameo appearance for 10 backers
A manga adaption of the LGBTQ YA novel, Young King Arthur and the Round Table Knights.
Young King Arthur is the comic book adaptation of a successful YA novel published by Deep Hearts YA, an LGBTQIA+-owned business. The author of this project is also a bisexual woman.
In A Word Trans: Pride Edition
Creators: Justin Hubbell
End Date: July 1, 2022
Goodies: Raffle ticket, digital or print edition, signed edition, and a thank you in the upcoming publication
The early, experimental, and popular comics of Justin Hubbell, reprinted!
In A Word: Trans is a collection of the educational and personal works of Justin Hubbell, a transgender non-binary (they/them) artist from upstate New York. The story covers Justin’s own transition and is perfect for folx learning about trans issues. This is the second edition of Hubbell’s work and it comes with a glowing recommendation by Archie Bongiovanni, who worked on A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns.
Your support on Kickstarter will not only guarantee the reprinting, but will help send this book to libraries, schools, conventions, and bookstores!
M33: Galaxy of Hybrids – An LGBTQ Sci-Fi Comic
Creators: Natalie McKean (creator) and Ivet Hal (colorist)
End Date: July 3, 2022
Goodies: M33: Galaxy of Hybrids #1 printed with high quality, heavy, gloss laminate cover; digital alien portrait, custom artwork (small or large), or custom animation; and postcards and bookmarks
An LGBTQ science fiction epic featuring the intertwining storylines of different aliens spanning across multiple galaxies.
M33: Galaxy of Hybrids is an LGBTQ science fiction comic with an all-alien cast (for UFO true believers out there, they are Grey aliens). The comic not only features an LGBTQ cast who likes to get their freak on, its creator Natalie McKean (they/she) is a self-taught artist that explores themes of extraterrestrial life, queerness, women, and human-technology hybrids.
NIGHTMARE IN NEWARK
Creators: Brett Parson (artist), David Crownson (creator), Courtland Ellis (cover artist), Nikolas Draper Ivey (cover artist), and Sherronda J. Brown (editor)
End Date: July 1, 2022
Goodies: The digital and print editions, variant covers, character sketch of your choice by Parson, a copy of Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer
From the creator of HARRIET TUBMAN: DEMON SLAYER comes Issue #1 of the 80-page KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!
In, Nightmare in Newark, the main character must face her biggest fear, coming out to her parents. Oh, and an alien invasion. It’s billed as having the irreverence, pacing, and levity of Friday with the high stakes scares of Cloverfield. In other words, a queer stoner horror set in New Jersey. I’m sold.
Here are some already-funded projects worth checking out:
- Nick: The Boy Who Would Become Santa Claus
- Black Key Incubus, Volume 1 (SECOND PRINTING)
- Mara: Issue #1
And don’t forget to check out last week’s campaigns:
And finally, here are some projects that haven’t launched yet, but that look to be worth keeping an eye on:
- Bi Visibility: A Bisexual Anthology “Still Bi”
- Never A Straight Answer (N.A.S.A.)
- A Lungful of Brine: Nautical Horror Anthology
- Skyvein: Volume One
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