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 an anthology featuring creators with autism, Sensory, the African horror graphic novel, Kokou, and more.
Let’s get started!
KOKOU – The World’s First BONZO Graphic Novel!
Creators: Ziki Nelson (writer), Joe Bedregal (artist), Bill Masuku (editor)
End date: May 20, 2021
Goodies: Grab a digital copy for $13, get the physical version for $28, or pledge more for hardcovers, prints, and more.
KOKOU is an African horror graphic novel by acclaimed writer Ziki Nelson, creator of Disney’s upcoming series Iwájú.
Kokou is a dark fantasy comic set in a 13th century world, spanning West Africa to the Middle East. It derives its lore from a huge array of cultures within those boundaries, telling a story about a single warrior trying to prove himself through battle against supernatural beings known as the Djinn. Kokou is set to be around 120-paegs of black-and-white art, available in digital, paper and hardback versions. For more on the lore, and a look at interiors, head over to the campaign page.
SENSORY: Life on the Spectrum
Creators: Bex (organizer)
End date: May 27, 2021
Goodies: The PDF is $12, the physical version is $21, and higher tiers include prints, stickers, and more.
Sensory is an Autistic Comic Anthology.
In anticipation of Autism awareness month, a group of 30 autistic creators have banded together for Sensory, a 140-page anthology raising awareness, dispelling stigmas, encouraging conversation, and more. Stories generally focus on authors’ experiences, and also include information for neurotypical readers as well as those who may be on the spectrum, but don’t know yet. Check out the campaign page for more on the goals of Sensory, as well as a look at reward tiers and previews.
Adventuring Without a Permit #1
Creators: Kacey Flynn (writer), Sam Owen (artist), Dearbhla Kelly (colorist), Ariana Maher (letterer)
End date: May 28, 2021
Goodies: A digital version is $7, the physical version is $11, and higher tiers include DnD one-shots, personal editing workshops, and more.
An all-ages fantasy tale about four bumbling individuals striving to become professional adventurers.
The world is ripe with problems to be solved: monsters to be slain, unknown vistas to be explored and errands to be run – all this and more awaits adventurers, as long as they have the right paperwork. Adventuring Without a Permit follows four goofballs in their efforts to earn all the money they need to get licensed and get adventuring, illustrated with an emotive fantasy style. Check it out over on the campaign page, and see if this crew of misfits has what it takes to go professional.
My Husband’s a Werewolf
Creators: Ko&Atari (creator)
End date: May 26, 2021
Goodies: Grab the updated PDF and physical book for $20, get it signed for the same price, or check out the top tier for a 1-on-1 with the author, a custom page, and more.
An updated, limited edition print of the comic MHAW!
The beloved slice-of-life Webtoon, My Husband’s a Werewolf, is coming to print with this Kickstarter. Jay and his husband Lake – the titular husband, that is – are happily in love, and the story follows them as they navigate the unique world of human/werewolf relationships. Backers will receive the physical version as well as the updated PDF. In the meantime, check out the story thus far for free, over on Webtoon.
The Dead Eyes Art Book
Creators: John McCrea (artist), Gerry Duggan (writer)
End date: May 19, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $14, get the physical version for $42, or check out higher tiers for sketches and more.
A collection of Dead Eyes artwork, script and bonus behind the scenes bits.
Dead Eyes is being reprinted in a special Kickstarter campaign including the comic’s first arc, along with commentary from the creators, a special hardcover, scripts, and all sorts of behind-the-scenes goodies. The series picks back up in 2021, and this artbook – already 80% finished – is due to be in backers’ hands this October.
Here are a few funded projects we love:
- Paper & Plastic: The First 100 Comics
- Check, Please!: Year Four
- Stars, Hide Your Fire
- Eric Powell & Harold Schechter’s Ed Gein Graphic Novel
- Oren’s Forge: A Graphic Novel
And don’t forget to check out last week’s projects: