Kickstarter of the Week: Boston Metaphysical Society

cover art for BMS #1
cover art for BMS #1

“Before Mulder and Scully, there was Hunter and O’Sullivan.” You’ve probably seen this tagline a lot if you follow Boston Metaphysical Society’s writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing on Twitter and that’s a pretty apt description of the supernatural steampunk adventure comic. I’ve expressed my appreciation for Boston Metaphysical Society’s print comic before so I was overjoyed to learn that issue #3 is one successful Kickstarter campaign away from being available.

Fortunately for me, and the rest of you, Holly-Rosing’s tale of ghosts, revenge, and science will continue on in print form after reaching her goal in just two days. In her second Kickstarter campaign to fund further printings, Holly-Rosing used her past experience to formulate the winning strategy that has her well on her way to reaching her third stretch goal. She identified two factors to her recent success, “First, we had enough backers to have a successful campaign, but at a lower goal. Two, backers have become wary of campaigns that fund art production for large books from relatively unknown creators” and added that she “talked to a number of people at Comic Cons who had gotten burned; meaning they never received their incentives. Or they simply didn’t want to have to wait a year between when they backed the project and when they actually received the book(s).”

That last concern has already been handled. According to the Kickstarter page, issue #3 is ready for print, meaning that once the funds have been collected, backers won’t have long to wait for their copies of Boston Metaphysical Society #3. Additionally, the script for issue #4 is already in the hands of her talented artist, Emily Hu and printing it is the third stretch goal. Holly-Rosing definitely has planned ahead.

With an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and winner of the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting, Holly-Rosing brings her writing experience to her story but also offers it to backers as part of the incentive at the highest tier of her Kickstarter campaign. For $750.00, two lucky backers can have a three hour marketing consultation for their business or comic or get notes on up to thirty pages of script. She says that “many people have been very generous with their time in mentoring me and this was a way to give back while helping the project move forward.”

If it feels like Boston Metaphysical Society is episodic in nature, it’s because it was initially conceptualized as a TV pilot during her Fellowship, but after a suggestion to consider steampunk, the comic as we know it now was born. While Holly-Rosing did not initially know the rest of the creative team before the project began, she had some good contacts to get the right feel for the comic. “I met Emily through a mutual friend (and classmate) and paid her to do some sample pages for me…Dave Elliott (A1/Atomeka Press) arranged for the colorists (Gloria Caeli and Fahriza Kamaputra) through Stellar Labs. Dave has been somewhat of a mentor to me and a tremendous supporter of the project. I met him through a mutual friend from UCLA. Troy, my letterer, I met through Christina Strain (Fox Sister) a former classmate who became a mentor as well.”

Fans of the webcomic, who have been reading chapter three of the six-chapter/issue series online, will be excited to know that the print version of the comic will feature eight pages of extras, though I would hope that they would also support Boston Metaphysical Society’s Kickstarter campaign anyway. The story is fun and exciting and the creative team is wildly talented, deserving to see their work in print. The campaign will end on Friday, February  21, 2014. Swing by the Kickstarter page and support Madeleine Holly-Rosing and her team. It’s a great story being told by great people.

Kristi McDowell

Kristi McDowell

Comics, cats, and (red velvet) cakes enthusiast. What she lacks in social skills she makes up for with pop culture trivia. When she’s not writing her wildly popular blog, Pop Culture Sushi, she’s editing the independent ongoing series Autumn Grey and working on her own mini-series, debuting this fall. She may also, instead, be playing more Fallout 3 than is frankly acceptable. She’s played in a rock band, worked in a comic book shop, and knows enough karate to fight crime – if only she could settle on a theme that goes with pink. No flamingos.That is to say, she has a tenuous grasp of reality and the audacity to think that someone actually cares about what she has to say.