Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Plaguers Int’l

On this weekend’s Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Max Huffman about his current campaign for Plaguers Int’l. As described on the Kickstarter page, Plaguers Int’l is

a loud, fast comic-shaped comic, with elements of all three genres: madcap romp, slapdash genre pastiche and relationship disaster. A panel or two might be unsafe for work.

And its plot?

Swirving Wildley is the newest member of the world’s most beloved extranational paramilitary death squad. Movement Salon is the leader of a wasteland guerrilla junk cult. They have a long day.

This promises to be a fun project, one that’s right in The Comics Alternative‘s wheelhouse, an alternative look at established genres with a healthy dose of humor and visual panache. While you’re at it, check out more of Max Huffman’s work.

This is definitely something work backing. Learn more about Max’s Kickstarter!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Ada’s Adventures in Science

It’s Poetry in Motion

This week Derek talks with Edward Gomez and Laura Sorvala about their Kickstarter campaign Ada’s Adventures in Science. This project began as a three-comic-book series, starting with the idea, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” The ultimate goal of this Kickstarter is not only to excite children about science, but to empower them to pursue it. Edward and Laura’s protagonist Ada is a believable, relatable character pursuing her interests in science. She functions as both as a role model and as a conduit for the reader.

What is so significant about this Kickstarter campaign is that not only will you be able to get the collected three-issue Ada’s Adventures in Science series in one nice volume, but by backing this project you’ll be providing students around the world with copies of the comic books and encouraging them to pursue their own passions in science.

So help promote this educational tool, and read a great adventure, by backing this Kickstarter!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Birdcage Bottom Books 2018 Publications

Indie to the Max

On this Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with J.T. Yost about his current crowdfunding campaign for Birdcage Bottom Books’ 2018 publications.

This year, Birdcage Bottom Books is hoping to introduce to a wider audience a variety of cartoonists currently flying under many readers’ radar. By pre-ordering through this Kickstarter campaign, you’ll both ensure these publications see the light of day and save money. As J.T. points out, this is also your chance to get custom artwork, original comics page art, exclusive mini-comics, and more. But the core of this campaign is great comics such as

If you want to discover what indie comics are all about, then definitely back this Kickstarter!

 

 

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: The Middle Age

Questing Has Never Been So Wacky

This week Derek talks with Steve Conley about his Kickstarter campaign The Middle Age, based on his Eisner Award-nominated webcomic and offering both enamel pins and print versions of his comic.

Sean and Derek discussed The Middle Age on their webcomics series last year. It’s an old-school and fun kind of adventure comic, a fantasy featuring a slightly older knight, Sir Quimp, who lost his love, his sword, and his job. And he is on a quest to win them all back, and “aiding” Sir Quimp on his quest is a talking sword, Maledicta, which hates him. Steve’s Kickstarter campaign is centered on a limited edition enamel pin set based on the characters in his webcomic, as well as print editions of The Middle Age. It’s part of Kickstarter’s Make/100 initiative.

This campaign ends on January 31, so don’t miss out! Back this Kickstarter now!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Life in Space: A Comic Book Anthology

Spaced Out

This week on the Kickstarter series, Derek talks with Mike Emeritz and Marshall Couture about their current campaign, Life in Space: A Comic Book Anthology. Over the course of their conversation, Mike and Marshall reveal the genesis of this project, how they gathered a variety of creators together, and the process of decided on a particular anthology theme.

This project is coordinated by Mike Emeritz, Marshall Lee, and Chris McQuinlan, with Emeritz designing and editing the book. Kevin Cross provides the cover art, and contributors include:

  • Jerry Gonzalez
  • Carrie Schurman
  • Holly Brown
  • Mike Emeritz
  • Casey Roberson
  • Marshall Lee
  • Chris McQuinlan
  • Noah “Ox” Baas
  • Dalibor Zujovic
  • J. Allen Ratz
  • Yannemal
  • Patrick Brown
  • Adam Lore
  • Gazbot
  • Scott Serkland
  • Karyn Lewis Bonfiglio
  • Lenwood Brown III
  • Sasha Fitzgerald
  • Johannes Vick

Don’t miss out on this Kickstarter. Check it out to learn more about Life in Space!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Loan from the Girl Zone

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For this week’s Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Ari S. Mulch about her project Loan from the Girl Zone. This a collection of the various minicomics that Ari has published over the past couple of years while studying in the comics program of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She talks with Derek about the various short works collected in this volume, the project’s genesis, and the various reward levels for backing her campaign. But Ari also discusses the long-form comic that she currently has underway, Lucritia’s Midlife Crisis.

The stories you’ll find in Lone from the Girl Zone will include:

  • “Angie Has a Bad Day”
  • “Selfish”
  • “Cicadidae” (Unreleased!)
  • “Coming Back to You”
  • “2 Girls and a Caricature”
  • “I Found God in the Mosh Pit” (originally a limited edition hand printed book)
  • “Fat Bitch Nudes”

Check it out, and be sure to learn more about Lone in the Girl Zone!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Swan Song: The Musical Anthology

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Going Out with a Song

For this week’s Kickstarter spotlight, Derek focuses on Swan Song: The Musical Anthology, a campaign underway from Cloudscape Comics. Discussing this project with him are Jeffrey Ellis and Oliver McTavish-Wisden, the assistant director/founder and the executive director, respectively, of the small Vancouver publisher and collective. Swan Song is an anthology including contributions from a wide variety of (mostly) British Columbia-based creators, all of which engage with music in one way or another.

Swan Song will feature a cover by Renee Nault, and creative contributions from:

This campaign will end on Saturday, December 9, so be sure to visit the Swan Song Kickstarter page and back this campaign!

UPDATE SINCE THE RECORDING: Oliver and Jeff have now included a support level for a soft-cover edition of Swan Song!

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from “With My Hand on My Head” by Yashaswi Kesanakurthy & Annalise Jensen

from “Shaman-Hop” by Oliver McTavish-Wisden and Patrick Wong

from “Pier Music” by Sfé R. Monster

from “Tegan and Sara” by James Brandi

 

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: What Now, Bruno?

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An Artist’s Dilemma

On this week’s Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Bruno Oliveira about his project What Now, Bruno? This is an autobiographical work exploring what can happen to a comics artist once he’s established himself in the industry. Bruno has broken into the field, illustrating for such publishers as IDW (Drones), Arcana (Space, MN), and, most recently, Marvel Comics (Amazing Spider-Man Annual, Gwenpool Holiday Special, and Mosaic, among other titles). But now that he’s on his way, how does he manage his work and juggle the necessities in life? What Now, Bruno? is a humorous exploration of that dilemma.

This Kickstarter will end on December 7, so be sure to visit Bruno’s page, see what it’s all about, and back his campaign!

As an extra added bonus, if you discover What Now, Bruno? through this Comics Alternative episode, then contact Bruno directly and tell him that you found out about the project through the podcast. If you do, and you back him at a level that includes a physical comic, Bruno will include an exclusive print in your order!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter

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Crossroads of Identity and Culture

This week Derek talks with Ronald Wimberly, Josh O’Neill, and Maëlle Doliveux about their Kickstarter project LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter. Published by Beehive Books, this will be a tabloid-sized newspaper annual filled with comics, interviews, artwork, cultural criticism, and writings on identity as played out in popular culture. This inaugural #0 issue will include

  • An interview with musician and actor Saul Williams 
  • A conversation with graphic artist Trenton Doyle Hancock
  • James Romberger on Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • A discussion with the poster artist Alexandra Bell
  • A critical analysis of George Lucas’s THX 1138
  • Ronald Wimberly’s visual tribute to Sun Ra
  • A review of BLACK, the new comic from Black Mask Studios
  • Over a dozen pages of comics and illustration by Ronald Wimberly
  • …and much more!

 

Be sure to visit the LAAB Kickstarter page, see what Ronald is up to, and back this project by Friday, December 1. And learn more about the exciting publications coming out through Josh and Maëlle’s Beehive Books!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology, Vol. 2

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For the second episode of The Comics Alternative‘s new Kickstarter series, Derek talks with Andy Stanleigh and Steven Bergson about their project, SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology, Vol. 2. This book will be released by Alternate History Comics (of which Andy is the publisher), and it will follow Steven’s first volume of The Jewish Comics Anthology, also published by AH Comics. What will distinguish this second collection is that each of the retellings from Jewish history, legend, and myth will be set in a science-fiction setting. Contributors to this anthology will include

  • Ty Templeton (Batman, Spiderman, The Simpsons)
  • Rachel Pollack (Doom Patrol)
  • Bill Sienkiewicz (Daredevil, X-Men, Batman)
  • Neil Kleid (X-Men Unlimited, Tales From the Crypt)
  • Adam Gorham (Rocket, X-Files/TMNT, Dead Drop)
  • Weshoyot Alvitre (The Boys Who Became Hummingbirds)
  • Joe Infurnari (The Bunker, Evolution)
  • David Mack (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Fight Club)
  • Katherine Piro (The Chaste Maid)
  • Michael Netzer (Batman, Superman)
  • Clifford Meth (Comic Book Babylon, Heroes and Villains)
  • Jake Allen (Kings and Canvas)
  • Keith Grachow (Concrete Martians, Saltwater)
  • Liat Shalom (A Grave Matter)
  • Shane Kirshenblatt (Dorothy Gale: Journey to Oz, Bleeding Tree)
  • Trina Robbins (The Legend of Wonder Woman, Chicagoland)
  • and more!

To back this project, and to learn more about the many rewards levels, visit their Kickstarter site, or head on over to the Alternative History Comics website.

 

 

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Wayward Sisters

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A Brand New Weekly Series!

The Comics Alternative is launching a brand new weekly series devoted to independent, small-press, and creator-owned Kickstarter campaigns that are comics-related. Every Saturday morning you’ll hear a brief conversation with a creator, or creative team, with a Kickstarter campaign underway, where Derek talks with them about their project, the story behind their ideas, the various levels of support, and why listeners should back their efforts. Since the vast majority of creators on Kickstarter are self-publishing or with very small presses, it just makes sense that The Comics Alternative help give voice to these projects.

On this inaugural episode of the series, Derek talks with Allison O’Toole about TO Comix Press’ Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women. She serves as the lead editor of this collection, which will include 25 stories from 38 writers and artists. As Allison reveals, what distinguishes this anthology is its focus is on non-binary and female monsters drawn and written by creators from all over the world and who identify as women or gender-nonconforming. It’s a fascinating endeavor and worth backing.

Be sure to check out their Kickstarter site, and for more information, visit the Wayward Sisters website. You can learn more about the project by contacting the creators via social media:

Twitter
twitter.com/WSanthology

Facebook
facebook.com/waywardsistersanthology

Instagram
instagram.com/waywardsistersanthology

Tumblr
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