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 action-packed new series, Good Boy – and a whole slew of horror anthologies and series, including Dead Beats, Crow and the Eternal Night, and Code 45.

Let’s get started!

Dead Beats 2: London Calling

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Creators: A Wave Blue World, Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner
Goal: $25,000
End date: July 1, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $12, get the print version for $25, or check out higher tiers for the previous Dead Beats anthology, signed book plates, and more.

A Musical Horror Anthology.

Dead Beats is back for another stab at a musical horror anthology. This second edition is set in a record shop that just opened its doors in London, and is chock full of mysterious curiosities. This time around, publishers Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner have signed on talent including Lisa Sterle, Val Halverson, and Jamal Igle to contribute to the 160-page, full-color comic.

Become a backer here.

Code 45 #1-5 Urban Fantasy ft. Dragons, Drugs, Raves

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Creators: Joe Ng (artist), Benjamin Hunting (writer), Angela Hodge (graphic designer/letterer), Josh Perez (colorist)
Goal: $12,449
End date: July 1, 2021
Goodies: Grab PDFs of issues #4 and #5 for $9, get physical versions for $17, or check out higher tiers for back issues, wallpapers, and more.

Urban fantasy blending dragons, drugs, and underground raves in the metro tunnels of Montreal – FULL SERIES! 

There are dragons beneath Montreal, or so Vanessa hears from her subway-driver co-workers. When she’s transferred to the nightshift, they try to warn her about the terrors they’ve seen in the tunnels under the city – but it’s not long before she sees it for herself. Code 45 is a 5-issue series of surreal horror, and the entire story is available in this campaign, with the first 8-pages available as a preview. 

Become a backer here. 

The Legend of La Mariposa – The Climb and Other Stories

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Creators: James Lawrence (creator)
Goal: $5,664
End date: July 1, 2021
Goodies: Grab the PDF for $9, get the physical version for $17, or check out higher tiers for back issues, stickers, and more. 

Bombastic Lucha Libre Comic Action! The Legend of La Mariposa continues!

La Mariposa is here to fulfill your fun, light-hearted action fix; “a colorful all-ages romp” described as Nacho Libre meets Samurai Jack. Although the series is heavily influenced by wrestling, Lawrence assures readers that all fans can enjoy it, as long as they like high-energy fight scenes, and silly jokes. It’s a 124-page graphic novel collecting stories originally printed in black-and-white, and now making a return in color.

Become a backer here.

Crow and the Eternal Night – Comic Book

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Creators: Colleen Palmer (writer/illustrator), Ludie Sexton (editor/publisher), Rio Burton (artist/illustrator), Jaleh Afshar (artist/illustrator),
Goal: $2,000
End date: July 2, 2021
Goodies: Get a digital copy for $10, get the physical version for $15, or check out higher tiers for stickers, commissions, and more. 

When an undead apocalypse threatens our world and humanity has lost control, it’s up to one crow to embark on a journey to save us all.

The undead have plunged the world into chaos, attacking humans and animals alike. Nothing has stopped them, yet, but Crown, the story’s titular avian hero, knows what to do. After discovering the undead only feast in darkness, it becomes clear that the Moon has to stop shining. It’s a 53-page, black-and-white graphic novel, ready to print as soon as the campaign wraps.

Become a backer here.

Good Boy #1: Old Dog

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Creators: Garrett Gunn (writer), Christina Blanch (writer), Kit Wallis (artist), Dave Lentz (letterer)
Goal: $9,000
End date: June 24, 2021
Goodies: Grab a digital copy of Good Boy for $5, get the physical version for $10, or check out higher tiers for variants, coins, and more.

They killed his human. He wants revenge. 

In a world of assassins and mercenaries, one hired gun and his canine companion found a way out of the business. Retirement. But when some former colleagues show up in the dead of night leaving the man dead, his dog is left with two things: grief, and guns. A parody of the John Wick franchise, Good Boy is the debut issue of what looks like a gorgeously illustrated action series. 

Become a backer here.

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