Welcome back to The Beat‘s weekly crowdfunding comics round-up! Each week we’ll spotlight comics projects we think would be a great investment, whether it’s a one-shot story or a sprawling anthology. This week’s round up is short and sweet, but there’s animals, diary comics, and more, including a new book by Sarah Graley: Our Super Canadian Adventure.
Let’s get going!
1. Dani and Ramen: A Nomad’s tale VOL. 1
Goal: $5000 USD
Ends: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 11:12 AM EST
Creators: Jake Morrison
Best Value Tier: $15 USD for a digital edition and three postcards
This is the first of a thrilling saga, telling the story of two young heroes- a frog and a red panda on a quest to avenge their home, and eventually, save the world! It begins the way any story should, with gathering some yams. But as they return home to cook those delicious sweet potatoes up, they discover their home is completely in shambles, and their trees have been taken!!
Dani and Ramen is an adorable adventure tale with an environmentalist bent. A frog and red panda best friend team? Writer and illustrator Jake Morrison’s style and colors have an Adventure Time vibe that suggests the 280 page, full-color graphic novel will be a delight for fans of all-ages fantasy. Morrison has already put the book into production, so barring shipping delays on the printing side, this seems like a fairly safe bet.
2. Nia Caler
Ends: Friday, August 30 2019 7:30 PM EST
Creators: Dorphise Jean (Writer/Co-Creator), Brian Lambert (Editor), Julie Anderson (Artist), Laurie Foster (Inks), Kate Colors (Colorist)
Best Value Tier: $10 USD for three PDFs
Nia Caler was part of an experimental military program gone wrong. Now she must protect her loved ones and ascertain the true reason for the disappearance of her father. Unfortunately, just like Destiny (aka Spirit), Nia was also injected with the mysterious serum. Why was she used as a test subject? What are the effects of the serum?
Honestly this one’s worth an extremely cool print of the titular Nia Caler by A Lee Jones, available at the $25 tier that will get you two prints, a signed physical copy, and a digital copy of the book (though as of this writing, there’s a $20 early bird tier with the same rewards). If you’ve got a hankering for original superheroes, Nia Caler co-creator and writer Dorphise Jean is an experienced hand at comics Kickstarters, and offers an affordable $10 tier that will net you PDFs of Nia Caler and two issues of the sister series, Spirit’s Destiny to check out.
3. Our Super Canadian Adventure: A Comic Travelogue
Goal: Approx $7275 USD
Ends: Mon, August 12 2019 11:00 PM EST
Creators: Sarah Graley, Stef Purenins
Best Value Tier: Approx $30 USD plus shipping for two physical copies, two PDFs, a box set sleeve, a patch, and two enamel pins
The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund a cute square hardback book documenting our trip to Toronto, Canada back in 2018! The book will feature gold foiling detail on the cover, and will be 64 pages long, containing 40 all new comics, and a whole bunch of semi-illustrated photos from the trip! (If you have my previous travel comic, Our Super American Adventure, you’ll know what I mean!)
Sarah Graley, her fiance Stef Purenins, and their sweet cat Pesto are internet superstars — and comics superstars! Graley’s webcomic Our Super Adventure has funded several prior volumes successfully through Kickstarter and been republished through Oni Press, where Graley also created Kim Reaper. Sarah and Stef return for a new volume following a recent trip to Toronto, aptly titled Our Super Canadian Adventure. The best value tier may seem a little pricey, but for two books in physical and digital format, a patch, and a pin, $30 USD plus shipping (roughly $40) is a solid deal. $6 USD will get you just the PDF, and $10 USD plus shipping will get you a physical copy and a patch! This one’s too cute to pass up.
4. Crescent City Monsters: Issue #2 will Break Kickstarter
Goal: $3500 USD
Ends: Friday, August 23 2019 1:00 AM EST
Creators: Gian Carlo Bernal (Art, Letters), Newton Lilavois (Creator, Writer)
Best Value Tier: $5 for two PDFs
What if everything important in your life is violently taken from you? Your family, friends, and your magical powers are gone. You awaken to a familiar but different world. You don’t know why this is happening. The only thing you know is that the monsters of New Orleans are involved.
Haitian-American writer Newton Lilavois has created a spooky, monstrous thriller centered around Haitian Voodoo legends. This campaign will fund the second issue of Lilavois’ series, hauntingly illustrated in moody greyscale by artist and letterer Gian Carlo Bernal. The first issue funded on Kickstarter in late 2018 and seems to have been fulfilled smoothly and on time — if you’re itching for some new supernatural stories in your life, Crescent City Monsters is worth the $5 for digital copies of issues #1 and #2.
The following campaigns from previous round-ups are still running: