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 community-oriented mecha series, MechaTon, the sphinx slice-of-life series, My Cat the Oracle, and more.

Let’s get started!

MechaTon, Issue #1


Creators: Wells Thompson (writer), Dalton Shannon (writer), Fernando Pinto (artist), Mayday Trippe (colorist), Nathan Kempf (letterer)
Goal: $6,000
End date: June 19, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $6, get the print version for $14, or check out higher tiers for signed covers, lentil soup, and more.

A rule-of-cool comic about robot mechs punching mutated insects, fighting for your community, and flying by the seat of your pants.

What if you had a weapon that could turn anything it punched – even a hotdog stand – into a monster-fighting mecha? If you’re the characters of MechaTon, you would use this power to protect your community from corporations, the military, and even space fascists. This campaign kicks off the first issue of MechaTon, a fully-colored, 28-page debut packed with action, laughs, and robots. 

Become a backer here.

BUMP – A Horror Anthology


Creators: Joseph S. Farrar (writer), Joel Saavedra, Gica Tam, James Killian, Elizabeth Malette, J. Schiek, Rebecca Ollerton, Barry Renshaw (artists), Haley Rose-Lyon (letterer)
Goal: $1,311
End date: June 23, 2021
Goodies: Grab a digital issue for $5, get a physical version for $8, or check out higher tiers for variants, a hardcover copy, and more.

A single issue comic book anthology, featuring 7 different horror stories illustrated by 7 different artists.

Bump is an upcoming horror anthology written by Joseph S. Farrar with black-and-white artwork from a variety of artists and styles. While all stories will be appropriately creepy, each one pulls from its own influences, so each 3-page story is unique, with tones ranging from depressing to adorable to terrifying. Check out the campaign page for a preview of each of the seven stories, and look for Bump to arrive this December.   

Become a backer here.                                 

My Cat the Oracle! A Mythical Cat Comic

my cat the oracle

Creators: Sam Taylor (author)
Goal: $778
End date: June 24, 2021
Goodies: The digital version is $8, the physical version is $12, and prints are available with higher tiers.

A comic anthology following the Sphinx, wise oracle of the Temple on the Sea!

From the creator of Debtquest, comes a new slice-of-life anthology taking a closer look at the daily life of a wise sphinx and the temple priest she lives with. She challenges heroic champions with riddles and belly rubs, interprets visions (once coaxed with treats), and chases various pests. My Cat the Oracle is a 44-page full-color comedic anthology, and is available as a high quality A5 staplebound comic, or as a PDF.

Become a backer here.

HAUNTING/Like Father, Like Daughter Crossover #1

haunting like father like daughter

Creators: Phil Falco (writer), Kat Calamia (writer), Rafi de Sousa (artist), Fabi Marques (colorist), Brant Fowler (letter)
Goal: $10,000
End date: June 24, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $5, get the physical version for $10, or check out higher tiers for indie comic bundles, back issues, and more.

ZOMBIES, GHOSTS, and POWERS! Superheroes meet the Supernatural in this 44-page epic CROSSOVER!

Indie comics collide in the Haunting/Like Father, Like Daughter Crossover, a collaboration that’s accessible for anyone, not just longtime fans of either series. It kicks off as Casey’s Halloween dance is suddenly overrun with ghosts and zombies – and luckily Bram is there to help. This 44-page full color comic is a bit of high school drama, spooky vibes, and superhero action, and there’s also a 7-page preview over on the campaign page.

Become a backer here. 

Bad Medicine: A Horror Anthology Comic

bad medicine

Creators: Christopher Twin (author)
Goal: $4,537
End date: June 25, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $9, get the physical version for $17, or check out higher tiers for commissions.

A horror anthology with stories inspired by Cree folklore and contemporary Native issues/events. 

Not enough horror for you? Not to worry, Christopher Twin is prepping a 100-page anthology inspired by Cree folklore, and Native issues. Across three stories, readers will bump into ghosts and mystical creatures in their intersection with reality, all framed with characters passing stories around a campfire. For a preview of Twin’s artwork, head over to the campaign page.

Become a backer here.

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