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 supervillain family drama, The Antagonists, the Princess of Mars reimagining Prince of the Silent Planet, and more.
Let’s get started!
Prince of the Silent Planet: The Untold Tales of John Carter
Creators: Kelsi Jo Silva (artist), Leslie Foster (writer), Scott Fogg (writer), Full Court Press (letterer)
End date: December 27, 2020
Goodies: Grab a PDF for $5, a physical version is $20, and higher tiers include deluxe upgrades, the Prince of the Silent Planet script, and more.
A graphic novel adaptation and re-imagining of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “A Princess of Mars.”
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars is getting a makeover. As the creators describe, the debut of John Carter is both fascinating and unfortunate. It features misogynistic characters and an imperialist narrative populated by alien races written from the pages of racist playbooks – not to mention Carter’s history as a Confederate soldier. In this iteration, all that is flipped on its head. Now, Carter is reimagined as a Black veteran of the Civil War, and the setting is made to subvert existing power dynamics. Check it out in a 104-page, full-color graphic novel.
Tyler Martin’s The Antagonists: Issues 1-3
Creators: Felipe Dunbar, (editor), Giacomo Guida (artist), Tyler Martin (writer), Brant Fowler (letterer), Godhood Comics
End date: December 31, 2020
Goodies: Grab the PDFs for $15, get the physical versions for $20, or pledge more for t-shirts, pin-ups, and more.
Married supervillains Destructus and Ultima struggle to protect their family and keep their past a secret decades after retirement in The Antagonists.
The Antagonists is an action-packed drama from Godhood comics, a Black owned, independent comic publisher based in Atlanta, Georgia. After a life of supervillainy and attempts at world domination, one married couple decides to hang up their capes and settle down. In the suburbs of Detroit, parents Calvin and Tonya Eval do their best to keep their cool, and stuff the skeletons back into the closet – for their sakes, and their super-powered kids’. Check out a short preview on the campaign page, and look for The Antagonists in May 2021.
Legion of Stars
Creators: Chris C. Hernandez (writer/letterer), Ana Patricia Ramos (artist), Gab Contreras (colorist)
End date: January 7, 2021
Goodies: Grab a digital copy for $7, a print version for $15, or pledge more for stickers, posters, and more.
A space adventure comic book series starring Latinx & Indigenous characters lost and struggling to survive among the stars.
Legion of Stars is an all-new space epic inspired by series like Star Wars and Battle of the Planets, and starring Latinx and Nahua (Aztec) characters trying to make their way. It follows New York PI Iliana Hernandez, a group of warriors, and a sentient robot all banding together to find a way back home and survive in spite of systems intent on abusing them. This campaign aims to fund the first issue, which is 32-pages of full-color art. Head over to the campaign page for a preview and keep an eye out for its April target release.
Tales From The Zones: An Unofficial Danger Days Anthology
Creators: GraveRavers artist collective
End date: January 6, 2021
Goodies: An eBook is $10, a physical version is $21, and higher tiers include posters, stickers, prints, buttons, and more.
Tales from the Zones is a fanzine celebrating colourful punks, found families, laser blasters and the united creativity of a fanbase.
If you’re a fan of My Chemical Romance and its Killjoy universe, this campaign is right up your alley. This post-apocalyptic anthology is a 100-page fanzine celebrating Danger Days fans. It explores themes of community and the lore of the people in this California desert across 34 short comics form a variety of creators. Additionally, this campaign will also fund Letters for the Dead, a shorter 30-page anthology focusing around backmatter like stories, letters, and poems centered around loss in this setting.
DOORMAN – The Graphic Novel
Creators: Marc Diaco (artist, writer), Simon Robins (colorist)
End date: February 7, 2021
Goodies: Get a digital copy for $21, go physical for $29, or pledge more for behind-the-scenes content, prestige formats, and more.
A 4-part limited comic book series adapted from the film screenplay: The Doorman.
The ever-ambiguous doorman, guardian of the threshold, arbiter of entrance and stalwart stoic takes center stage in this graphic novel. Originally planned as a film, Doorman is a story of murder, crime, and conspiracy in a seedy nightlife setting following a man named Jack who finds himself entwined in the middle of it all. The story will take place over 4 full-color volumes, although each should arrive next October. It’s entirely scripted, the first book is halfway completed, and the team is optimistic about its timeline.
And don’t forget to check out last week’s projects: