This week’s Kickstarter episode is brought to you by the great folks at Kilgore Books and Comics. If that publisher sounds familiar, that’s because the Two Guys have discussed a variety of Kilgore publications in the past…including a publisher spotlight episode back in 2016!
Its current Kickstarter campaign is all about their 2018 releases. Dan Stafford, Kilgore’s head honcho, talks with Derek about the various titles scheduled for this year, and there are a lot. Backers can look forward to:
Blammo #10, by Noah Van Sciver
Tinderella, by M.S. Harkness
Tommy Time, by Tom Van Deusen
Baseline Blvd, by Emi Gennis
Lawns, by Alex Nall
September 12, by Robert Sergel
Angloid, by Alex Graham
Monkey Chef: A Love Story, by Mike Freiheit
And an untitled Inechi comic by Inés Estrada
As listeners of The Comics Alternative know, Kilgore publishes great titles, the kind that define what the podcast is all about. So be sure to back this campaign and get your batch of 2018 releases from Kilgore Books and Comics!
Creator Caleb Thusat is back, and he’s talking about wrapping up his very first Alter-Life storyline! To do this, he’s concluding another successful Kickstarter project, this one in support of the fifth issue and a hardcover compilation! Right now, go to this link to find out more and to participate before it ends on Sunday, April 1, at 12 noon ET! For more about Alter-Life or his other series ZED, be sure to click on this link. You won’t want to miss what this excellent Indie comics talent has to say and has coming for us soon!
This week features the return of Johnathan Lewis from Penumbra, a comic from Shades of Vengeance! He’s got a brand new comic coming out called Blue-Shift about a female speedster—a book he’s proud of, and rightfully so! Once again, he’s focusing on a strong female character, so we examine this speedster and the rest of the interesting cast of characters around her! To support the Kickstarter for Blue-Shift, go to this link until Friday, March 16, until 5:13 p.m. ET. To get more about Penumbra, go to this link! Don’t miss this fun interview with a terrific comics creator!
This weekend Derek talks with Joseph Freistuhler about his current Kickstarter project, The Not So Gold Age #2. This parody of the superhero genre is actually a webcomic, the first physical issue of which Joseph and his co-creator Phil Buck successfully Kickstarted back in 2016. How they’re back to bring the second issue into paper existence.
The Not So Golden Age is the story of several washed up, dysfunctional superheroes. They were once the premier heroes of their generation, but having been unused for so long, they’re relegated to the dreaded public domain. As a result, they now reside in a trailer park outside of Reno, Nevada. That happens.
As Derek’s talk with Joseph reveals, this is a project steeped in humor, from the narrative itself to the mock ads that populate the insides. As the writer reveals upfront in his Kickstarter disclaimer, “This comic may not actually be the best comic you will ever read. However, it is the best comic book my mother will ever read!”
Well-known Star Trek scribe and comics creator Michael Jan Friedman is back in Episode 316! He discusses his Empty Space comic Kickstarter project, which concluded in a few days, so be sure to go there and help make this book a reality. We discuss the main character as well as when and where we can expect to see Empty Space, and delve into his thoughts about The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery. Be sure to check out his website at this link!
On this weekend’s Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Barron Bell and Koi Turnbull about their campaign The North Star: The Emancipation of Frederick Douglass. It’s a graphic adaptation of the memoir, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, and it’s the first of three planned volumes on Douglass’s life.
The North Star is a dramatic retelling of three pivotal moments in Frederick Douglass’s story, bringing to life the legendary figure’s efforts as an abolitionist, a businessman, a politician, and a man of faith. There are a variety of reward levels, some of which underscore this project’s goal as an educational tool.
This week talks with Nadia Shammas about her Kickstarter project Corpus: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments. It’s a collection of comics by various creators all focused on health issues, including physical ailments, mental illness, struggles with disease, and healthcare experiences.
The anthology is in full color and will include over 200 pages of content by a wide variety of artists including
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 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.
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
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 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:
Noah “Ox” Baas
J. Allen Ratz
Karyn Lewis Bonfiglio
Lenwood Brown III
Don’t miss out on this Kickstarter. Check it out to learn more about Life in Space!
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”
“Coming Back to You”
“2 Girls and a Caricature”
“I Found God in the Mosh Pit” (originally a limited edition hand printed book)
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:
Then, veteran comics artist Ron Randall on the right and wrong ways to use photo reference, his experience pencilling from an Alan Moore Swamp Thing script; his creator-owned project from the ‘80s, Trekker, and why he’s reviving it now; attending the nerd Mardi Gras; and why we’re living in a golden age of comics!