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 Madeline’s Good Dirt and Junk Collection (an objectively funny phrase about a rad comic), the poetry comic, The Wilds, and more.

Let’s get started!

Madeline’s Good Dirt and Junk Collection

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Creators: Madeline Berger (creator), Cloudscape Comics
Goal: $4,927
End date: June 29, 2021
Goodies: Get the PDF for $13, get the physical version for $17, or check out higher tiers for bookmarks, prints, and more!

A Graphic Novel that explores urban treasure hunting, micro-communities and DIY.

If it wasn’t already evident from the title of this project, Madeline’s Good Dirt and Junk Collection is a comic that reminds readers just how beautiful junk can be. Hearkening back to the days when alleyways were spaces for adventure and exploration, this graphic novel recycles that nostalgia with style and tenderness. It’s a 110-page book in a 6″x6″ square format, and printed in a warm 3 color process.

Become a backer here.

BIG MOOD – awkward & anxious comics

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Creators: David Daneman (publisher)
Goal: $15,953
End date: July 1, 2021
Goodies: Get the physical version for $20, get it signed for $30, or check out higher tiers for additional copies, back issues, and more. 

Poorly Drawn Lines, Lunarbaboon, False Knees, Bev’s Boredom, NHOJ Comics, Optipess, Mercworks, Eatmypaint, Toothy BJ & many, MANY MORE! 

Self-proclaimed den mother of webcomics David Daneman is returning to the world of anthologies with Big Mood: a collection of 25 artists’ experiences with anxiety and awkwardness. The final product is an 88-page, full-color collection, with a special foreward from They Can Talk creator Jimmy Craig.

Become a backer here.

Crackle Vol. 1 & 2 BUNDLE!


Creators: Phillip Maira (writer), various artists
Goal: $2,100
End date: July 12, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $4, get the physical version for $8, or check out higher tiers for additional volumes. 

Anthology series of self contained stories that are a mix of slice-of-life, drama, magical realism, with a dash of fantasy.

Phillip Maira continues his annual anthology, Crackle, written by him with a swathe of illustrators, colorists, and letterers. Stories span a wide range of genres, sometimes blurring the lines between slice-of-life, drama, magical realism, and fantasy. Two volumes are available through this campaign: volume 1, which collects 7 stories, and volume 2, which collects 6 stories. 

Become a backer here.

The Wilds: A Poetry Comic

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Creators: Russell Jones (writer), Aimee Lockwood (artist)
Goal: $2,816
End date: July 15, 2021
Goodies: Grab the the digital version for $8, get the physical version for $17, or check out higher tiers for stickers, prints, and more.

The Wilds is a poetry comic about a teenage girl who loses a parent and escapes into a fantastical landscape to process her emotions.

In a time where loss is more and more commonplace, The Wilds proposes one method recovery: interaction with nature. Across 13 poems (separated by 13 chapters), the comic follows a teenager who finds an otherworldly bear in the fantastical Scottish wilderness, and learns about how to survive in nature and how to fight back the dark. This is a 52-page, perfect-bound comic, printed in full-color.

Become a backer here.

Rufus Marigold

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Creators: Ross Murray (creator)
Goal: $8,395
End date: July 15, 2021
Goodies: Grab the PDF for $7, get the paperback for $16, or check out higher tiers for wallpapers, bookmarks, and more.

A heartfelt, relatable, and darkly hilarious tale of a nervous primate tackling life with social anxiety.

Rufus Marigold is an original webcomic turned graphic novel about an anxious primate like you and me, albeit slightly hairier. This is a sort-of magical realism following a literal primate – Rufus – living a mundane life: he goes to work in an office, he creates art, and he’s scared of talking on the phone. Check out the campaign page for a preview of this 200-page, perfect bound book.

Become a backer here.

Here are some already funded projects:

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