If you aren’t sure where to start in the comics section on Kickstarter, look no further. The Beat rounded up 11 projects, including Planetside Anthology and Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer, among several others, that we think are worth your time and money. Check out the list below and pledge the ones you like, if you can. If you don’t have the funds, that’s OK! You can also help these projects by boosting them on social media or telling your friends and family.
Ends: Friday, Apr. 26 at 9:47 a.m. ET
Contributors Include: Thea Ferrara, Annie Stoll, Barbara Perez Marquez, Kata Kane, Mike DeCosta, Ryan King, Emily Cheeseman, 37 others
Planetside is a full color, 200+ page all-ages comic anthology that looks beyond the grandiose scope of more traditional science fiction stories and into the quieter moments set in those worlds. We’ve all heard tales of rebellions fighting against empires, robots rising against humanity, missions of grand exploration, and all of the heroes and villains that go along with them, but this anthology asks the question: what about everyone else? The purpose of this book is to find the people in these worlds just living their lives without taking a role in galactic conflict, and to tell their stories.
Hardcore Anxiety: A Graphic Guide to Punk and Mental Health
Ends: Friday, Apr. 26 at 11:33 a.m. ET
Creator: Reid Chancellor
Hardcore Anxiety opens with Reid about to go on stage with his band in a bar in Evansville, Indiana. Some writing on the bathroom wall sends him into a downward spiral that results, ultimately, in this thoughtful, well-researched story of the connections between punk rock and mental health, in his own life and for well known bands.
Under the Cottonwood Tree
Ends: Wednesday, May 1 at 1:55 p.m. ET
Creators: Paul Meyer, Carlos Meyer & Margaret Hardy
Under the Cottonwood Tree: El Susto de la Curandera, is a full color 166 page New Mexican/Latinx folklore adventure graphic novel for readers of all ages, written by Paul Meyer and Carlos Meyer and illustrated by Margaret Hardy.
Local Haunts Anthology
Ends: Saturday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Contributors Include: Kara Love, Emily Riesbeck, Melissa Capriglione, Ryan Estrada, Samantha Knapp, Ian McGinty, Sunny Go, 43 others
Local Haunts is an anthology of spooky stories from our hometowns to yours. Featuring over 120 pages of full color comics, Local Haunts collects small town legends, family ghost stories, and fears that span across cultures.
La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo #2
Ends: Saturday, May 11 at 2:59 a.m. ET
Creators: Henry Barajas, J. Gonzo, Claire Napier, Bernando Brice, Eva Cabrera
La Voz De M.A.Y.O. is the true story of Ramon Jaurigue, an orphan and WWII veteran who co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization, which successfully lobbied the Tucson City Council to improve living and working conditions for members of the local Pascua Yaqui tribe. Largely due to Ramon’s activism, both in M.A.Y.O. in and with Model Cities Program, Yaqui were successfully integrated into the expanding metropolis of Tucson: families bought property, roads and sidewalks were built, and sewage systems installed. Ramon and his colleagues even founded a night school to help adults learn English and established the region’s first low-cost clinic to offer birth control.
Ends: Thursday, May 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Creators: Andre Frattino & Kate Kasenow
Tokyo Rose: Zero Hour is a proposed graphic novel based on the true story of Iva Toguri, a Japanese American from Los Angeles, California who visited distant relatives in Tokyo, Japan shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor, that saw her country not only at odds with Japan, but with her family and herself.
Camp Cutlery: A Hunger for Justice
Ends: Friday, May 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Creator: Robin Carnilius
Camp Cutlery: A Hunger for Justice is a graphic novel series set in a world of LGBTQ anthropomorphized food. The series follows a transgender, genderqueer teen named Peanut (they pronouns), who is an unapologetic social justice warrior. When Peanut is falsely accused of bombing their high school during a protest, they are sentenced to a conservative military-style correctional facility for troubled teens where LGBTQ people and issues don’t exist. While serving time at Camp Cutlery, Peanut must fight for freedom and expose the truth about Camp Cutlery reconditioning straight conversion therapy program.
Ends: Thursday, May 9 at 8:59 a.m. ET
Contributors Include: Lisa Sterle, Ivy Noelle Weir, Steenz, Joe Corallo, Sally Cantirino, Kwanza Osajfeyo, Vita Ayala, Marie Enger, Danny Lore, Magdalene Visaggio, 40 others
Dead Beats is a 160-page full-color anthology of music-themed horror comics centered around the curiosities for sale at one peculiar record store by its enigmatic Shoppe Keeper. Edited by Joseph Corallo (Oh S#!t, It’s Kim & Kim, Mine!) and Eric Palicki (This Nightmare Kills Fascists, All We Ever Wanted), Dead Beats features more than twenty comics stories and more than forty up-and-coming creators and industry veterans, as well as cover art and interstitial narrative illustrations by Lisa Sterle (Long Lost, Submerged).
I Am Hexed: Issue #2
Ends: Wednesday, May 15 at 10:34 a.m. ET
Creators: Kirsten Thompson, Christianne Gillenardo-Goudreau, Paulina Ganucheau, Taylor Esposito & Becca Farrow
I Am Hexed is a supernatural political thriller. There’s magic, mystery, personal drama and an accidentally carnivorous plant. Witches have been a part of the political fabric of Washington D.C. since it was founded. It’s only since the 1960s that witches stood together and fought to take back the word “Hexed”. A movement was ignited when witches came out of the shadows and proudly showed off their broomsticks. Now with the struggle for equality ongoing, Charlotte “Charlie” Helm, a junior staff member for Senator Royce, has been thrust into the murky and dangerous waters of political games between witches and their adversaries.
The Return of Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer!
Ends: Thursday, May 23 at 11:30 p.m. ET
Creators: David Crownson, Courtland Ellis, Ashley A. Woods, Joey Vazquez & Sylvain Repos
Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer is a comic book series based on the true life of the freedom fighter with genre liberties that mirror Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. When slave owners can’t stop the formidable ninja warrior Harriet Tubman, they call on the help of Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, & Demons to stop her. Harriet Tubman must lead a family of slaves to freedom while battling an army of darkness.
My Kingdom for a Panel: A Shakespearean Anthology
Ends: Thursday, June 6 at 2:33 p.m. ET
Contributors Include: Jenn Arledge, Beth Barnett, Ben Pyle, Safiyya Hosein, Maria Carvalho, JD Boucher, Michi, Zakk Saam, 36 others
My Kingdom for a Panel is a flavorful (or flavourful) collection of stories re-imagining classic Shakespearean tales and comics honoring (or honouring) the Bard himself. Featuring nearly 200 pages and 26 original stories from writers and artists all over the world, sharing their love and appreciation for William Shakespeare.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bitch Media, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.