4 COMIC BOOK KICKSTARTER PROJECTS TO WATCH (FEBRUARY 2015)

 

 

Over the past year, I've really come to love Kickstarter. I can't speak for every medium, but comic books can really thrive on the crowd funding platform. Perhaps this is mostly due to the fact that the budget needed is usually pretty low so it's easy for an independent creator with little to no name recognition to raise a few bucks to publish his or her book. In my travels as a writer for HorrorTalk, I come across a lot of Kickstarter projects. They tend to fall everywhere on the spectrum, from the great to the truly horrible. I've pulled a few recent ones together that are definitely worth checking out, some from established creators, others from brand new voices.

 

 

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Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft and Ben Templesmith – Every so often a big name comes into Kickstarter and gets some news with his project, but it's not always good. Look at the negative reaction that Zach Braff got when he took to the platform to fund his last movie. Artist Ben Templesmith sits squarely on the other end of that big name equation. He's got some great comics under his belt already, such as 30 Days of Night, Fell, and Welcome to Hoxford, but he has some pet projects that are near and dear to his heart. Last year's The Squidder was one of them, which was a tremendous success and a damn impressive book. It was hard to believe that it was released independently with the amount of quality that went into that release. It also made my Top Ten list for 2014.

 

Templesmith has turned to Kickstarter once again to adapt Dagon, a story originally written by H.P. Lovecraft. His artwork is a perfect fit for Lovecraft, so I'm really excited to see what he comes up with. The goal of the campaign was to raise $14,800. At the time of this writing, he's already raised over six times that amount. As a result, Templesmith has doubled the length of the book and all copies will come with a free H.P. Lovecraft portrait print.

 

Although Templesmith has created this Kickstarter project himself, it looks like it's still a part of the larger 44FLOOD artist collective that he founded with menton3 and Kasra Ghanbari, which was responsible for The Squidder and a number of other high quality projects. Just reading the updates from Templesmith on the page is inspiring and shows that his tentacle-covered heart is really in this book. Rewards for this include the book itself, t-shirts, prints, original artwork, and more. The Dagon Kickstarter ends on March 12th, 2015.

 

 

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The Adventures of Luna the Vampire: The Comic Book - Space vampire Luna is a monster after my own heart. She struggles with the kind of things that I deal with every day, such as what to do when I run out of snacks and what I'll wear to the zombification of my great uncle. Luna is definitely different, but she's dealing with the same everyday crap that we do and piles on the attitude for good measure.

 

Luna originally saw print in the monthly magazine "Strips2Go", but creator Yasmin Sheikh began translating the strips to English and posting them on Tumblr last year. She now works on new stories to expand this universe and hopes she's still doing it when we're all finally living on the moon.

 

Sheikh's artwork is very reminiscent of Ren & Stimpy, which is not a bad thing at all. Just check out some of the faces in her artwork. They're simultaneously adorable and a little gross. Luna feels like something you'd find in the old school MTV Animations with The Head and The Maxx. At the time of this writing, Luna the Vampire is €650 away from its goal. The Kickstarter campaign ends on March 3rd, 2015.

 

 

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Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon Deluxe Hardcover Collection – Writer Dirk Manning is one of the hardest working people in the comic book industry. Last year he went to something like six hundred conventions and even got into a fist fight in New Jersey. His comic through Devil's Due Entertainment, Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon (the second volume of the Mr. Rhee series), will have a special Kickstarter exclusive hardcover release, but you can only get it by being a backer to the project.  Since I missed the Kickstarter for the first volume, I am definitely not missing this one.

 

Karmageddon has been a helluva good read so far, packed with emotional horror and centered on an anti-hero that just can't catch a break. It takes place in a version of the world where the apocalypse has already happened, but people are still kicking. They're occasionally attacked by demons or other monsters, but Mr. Rhee can hold his own. Saddled with five orphaned siblings, he has to figure out what to do with these kids to keep them safe while dealing with a ton of supernatural (and human) stuff along the way.

 

Manning has already raised more than twice his original goal of $6,666 and the first wave of stretch goals including a bonus comic, bookplate, button, and print. New stretch goals have been added that will include even more stuff. Other rewards include single issues and trade paperbacks of the book, as well as exclusive glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, and to even appear as a character in the next volume of Tales of Mr. Rhee. The Karmageddon Kickstarter campaign ends on March 4th, 2015.

 

 

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The Samurai Slasher – It goes without saying that everyone loves a good slasher movie. It's why the likes of Jason and Michael Myers are still so popular to this day. Mike Garley has crafted a comic anthology based on a fake '80s slasher flick called "The Samurai Slasher", which is basically exactly what it sounds like. It's much more than a weirdo hacking up co-eds in the woods (although that is certainly in there). Garley put together an anthology comic that includes four stories, each with a unique art team to look at this legend from various times, including the origin and the future.

 

I have a love / hate relationship with anthology comics. I love what they're capable of, especially for up-and-coming creators to tell a story, but there's often not a cohesive theme. The anthologies that I've found work the best are those helmed by one overall theme or storyline (see also Nightmare World). That looks to be the case here.

 

Rewards for The Samurai Slasher include the book, a soundtrack, posters, and even an adorable plushie. Right now, Garley is £322 away from reaching his goal. The campaign ends on February 26th, 2015.

 

 

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BONUS: Ghostbusters: The Board Game – OK, this isn't strictly comics, but it ties in a bit. Cryptozoic Entertainment is releasing a board game based on the Ghostbusters. It features artwork and by Ghostbusters comic artist Dan Schoening, so that's the link. However, I don't even need that because it's a friggin' board game based on Ghostbusters! I love everything about this. It's an episodic game for one to four players where you'll bust ghosts and close the gates to the Spirit World.

 

The game comes with a hefty price tag. The cheapest version is $80 and the special edition comes in at $125. Cryptozoic Entertainment has had no shortage of backers though, with over 3,600 people raising more than double the $250,000 goal. Stretch goals including additional game pieces, cards, and even a special Janine Melnitz character. This campaign will end on March 12th, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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