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!”
So please, join Joseph’s mother in enjoying the warm, nougaty, comics-filled goodness of The Not So Golden Age by backing the printing of the second issue! You’ll be glad you did.
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.
Body of Work
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
- Christopher Sebela (Heartthrob) / Haley Boros (They Have Issues)
- Ryan Cady (Magdalena) / Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider)
- Ram V (Paradiso) / Caspar Wjingaard (Angelic)
- Alex Paknadel (Arcadia & Turncoat)
- Vita Ayala (The Wilds) / David Stoll
- Ryan King (Nico’s Fortune) / Alabaster Pizzo (Ralphie and Jeanie)
- Kendall Atkins / Page Firby
- Matthew Erman (Long Lost) / Renee Kliewer
- Elaine Will (Look Straight Ahead)
- Tini Howard (Assassinistas) / Caroline Stuart
- Alejandro Aragon (Cult Classic: Sludge)
- Christof Bogacs (Citizen) / Kaska Gazdowna
- Ann Uland
- Ben Khan (Heavenly Blues) / Lilly Taing
- John Robinson IV / Danos Philopoulos
- Akeem Roberts (Life after Grad)
- Cathy Leamy (Geraniums and Bacon) / Judy Leamy
- Jim Gibbons (Mars: Space Barbarian) / Melody Often (Trinadot)
- Erica Schultz (M3) / Kevin Maher (27, A Rock Anthology)
- Cody Sousa (Croak) / Ben D’Amico
- Brian Level (Lazarus)
- Cameron DeOrdio (Josie and the Pussycats) / Eli Neugeboren
- Mady G (Invader Zim)
- Shing Yin Khor (The American Dream)
- Querelle P / Dante Luiz
- Ian Mondrick (Curio) / Elodie Chen (Wayward Sisters)
- Kevin Schaefer / Andrew Herman / Mike Rosenzweig
- Hal Matthews / Olivia Mercurio (The Answering Rock)
- Holly Aitchison / Morgan Perry
- Fred Kennedy (Crude) / Soo Lee (Mine: A Planned Parenthood Anthology)
- Ryan Estrada (Banned Book Club)
- Eliot Rahal (Cult Classic) / Sean Andrew Lynch
- Stephanie Cannon (Bandera) / Emily Pearson (The Wilds)
- Mark Bouchard (H.o.M.C.) / Stelladia VS
- Pat Shand (Destiny, NY) / Ryan Best
- Mister Loki (Until the Last Dog Dies)
- Vicky Leta
- Rebecca Farrow (Ladycastle)
To say the least, there’s a lot packed into this anthology! Be sure to back this Kickstarter campaign. It will be great for your health!
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!
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!
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
- Eva Müller’s In the Future We Are Dead
- Sara Lautman’s Pictures of Bananas and Funny Bugs
- J.T. Yost’s Thonger Dongers
- Jordan Jeffries’s The Complete Matinee Junkie: Five Years at the Movies
- D. Bradford Gambles’s A Lone Deer at the End of the World
- Larkin Ford’s Goat Song
- Stephanie Mannheim’s Nate the Nonconformist Has a Rival!
If you want to discover what indie comics are all about, then definitely back this Kickstarter!
Questing Has Never Been So Wacky
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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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
- Patrick Brown
- Adam Lore
- 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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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”
- “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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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:
- Ed Appleby
- Arden Belfry
- Anthony Biondi
- James Brandi
- Emily Cowan
- Jonathon Dalton
- Jesse Davidge
- Monica Disher
- Jeff Ellis
- Drew Gilmour
- Annalise Jensen
- Sam Keating
- K. Kelsay
- Yashaswi Kesanakurthy
- Reetta Linjama
- Riley Masters
- Tamiko Masters
- Oliver McTavish-Wisden
- Angela Melick
- Sfé R. Monster
- Hannah Myers
- Alina Pete
- Jess Pollard
- Anat Rabkin
- Simon Roy
- G. C. Joseph Seiler
- Karen Shangguan
- Bevan Thomas
- Ian Thomas
- Jason Wilkins
- Jeri Weaver
- Klara Woldenga
- Patrick Wong
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!
This week we wrap up both Tim’s visit to Heliscope Studio in Portland, and the whole three-month string of episodes from Tim’s trip around the US this past summer.
We’ll hear from Fred Chao about the double-edged sword of living in New York and how it informed his book Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero; how his approach to photos is really old-school; and his Kickstarted childrens’ book Alison and Her Rainy Day Robot.
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!
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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!