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 gorgeous risograph comics in Violets, a close encounter with death in Noctis (and a closer encounter in Death Tally) and more.

Let’s get started!

VIOLETS- an LGBTQ+ comic


Creators: TooSmallForYou
Goal: $415
End date: July 19, 2021
Goodies: Grab the PDF for $7, get the physical version for $21, or check out higher tiers for signed prints, merch, and more.

A 28 page risograph comic exploring LGBTQ+ relationships and the difficulties with self acceptance some queer people encounter. 

Violets tells the story of a girl beginning to question her sexuality, the impacts that has on her mental health, and an overarching theme of self-acceptance. Looking at the sample pages, this 28-page risograph comic is stylish and evocative in its exploration of LGBTQ+ experiences. To check those out for yourself – and secure your own copy – check out the link below.

Become a backer here.

Sidequest #3

side quest

Creators: Alaire Racicot (artist), Martina Bonanni (colorist), Toben Racicot (letterer), Stephanie Cooke (editor), Brenda Snell (cover artist), Grant Stoye (writing)
Goal: $4,000
End date: July 12, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $6, get the physical version for $13, or check out higher tiers for back issues, pinups, and more.

Following the events of issue 2, we see the gang come together for support, and we see a bit more of Barca’s plan.

Sidequest, the DnD-style series follows a band of adventurers with relatable problems, returns to Kickstarter for its third issue this week. At the center is D’arik, who picks up the sword and shield after the stress of life gets to be too much for him – and maybe spends a little too much time using escapism to cope. Check out a sneak peak on the campaign page, and look for Sidequest to continue later this year. 

Become a backer here.

NOCTIS: Volume One – Collecting Issues #1-#3


Creators: Kai Dylan (creator)
Goal: $554
End date: July 30, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $6, get the physical version for $13, or check out higher tiers for prints, stickers, and more.

The illustrated story following Noctis: a shell of their former self inhabited by Death. Chapters One, Two and Three. 

Noctis: Volume One is a 128-page illustrated short story following the non-binary aro/ace title character as they find themselves unable to remember anything after their encounter with Death, and imprisoned in a flooding, hazy darkness. While there, Noctis meets a handful of friendly folks: a friendly guard named Jules, their pal Orn, and Miridith – but more on them as the campaign gains funding! 

Become a backer here.

The Death Tally #1 and #2

death tally

Creators: Silvia Stevenson (writer), Gabriel Serra (artist), María Santaolalla (colorist), Lucas Gattoni (letterer), Richard Pace (editor)
Goal: $5,000
End date: July 30, 2021
Goodies: Grab a digital version for $5, get the physical version for $13, or check out higher tiers for black-and-white versions, variant covers, and more.

She accidentally killed the Grim Reaper… Now she must replace it. The story continues! Explore this new world with issues #1 and 2.

In The Death Tally #2, the new Grim Reaper is a young woman named Ahva. Not only are her life plans thrown out of sorts, the 19-year-old is possessed by the Death Spirit and, unfortunately, is not the only one who’s realized the Reaper can be killed. In this second issue, the cast expands by one more character, and Ahva finds herself in a strange new place. 

Become a backer here.



Creators: Lyndon White (creator), Cast Iron Books
Goal: $11,081
End date: July 16, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $14, get the physical version for $28, or check out higher tiers for bookmarks, bookplates, and more.

An original graphic novel about magic and monsters by Lyndon White.

Cast Iron Books is working to publish Candles, a 144-page full color fantasy graphic novel, set in a world where magic is taboo. But, when a plague called dark-bark begins to spread over the world and people become infected, Grace is left with no choice but to steal the magic she knows is responsible. It’s influenced by Studio Ghibli and Brothers Grimm fairy tales, and is suitable for all ages.   

Become a backer here.

Here are some already funded projects:

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