Gabi Mendez, Cowhouse Press
Ends April 7th
I’m particularly excited about Lemonade Summer, an anthology by Gabi Mendez of short stories about queer, transgender, and non-binary youth going on summer adventures and learning important things about themselves on the way. The monochromatic art is cute, the stories look adorable, and comics for queer kids about queer kids are important and too rare. If you agree that it’s important to get stories like this in front of the kids that need them, there are pledging options to donate additional books to libraries and youth centers!
Ends April 7th
Weekend Warrior, by Mark Stack, also features a non-binary main character, who also happens to be a space-traveling superhero! The artist, Anne Marcano, is new to comics but her colors in particular pop right off the page. Tackling themes of work-life balance, long distance relationships and deciding whether to risk a comfortable life to achieve one’s dreams, this comic—which will be an ongoing webcomic—looks to be poignantly relatable.
The Kugali Anthology
Etubi Onucheyo, Gbenle Maverick, Juni Ba, The Coker CoOp, Ziki Nelson, Bill Masuku
Ends March 28th
A true comics anthology by an impressive spread of artists, The Kugali Anthology aims to tell stories and create art inspired by African culture and aesthetic. Featuring six stories, this anthology is separated into two wings, with three stories that are kid-friendly and three aimed towards a more mature audience. It looks to be a truly great tribute to African storytelling, giving voice to fifteen talented African creators from all over the world.
The Idols of Solarşehir
Vera Greentea, Miyuli
Ends April 12th
The Idols of Solarşehir is only looking to fund the first issue of their book, which is about family, demons, and magic. Its list of influences is particularly intriguing, citing Amélie, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Sandman. The author, Vera Greentea, is known for Recipes for the Dead and Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits, while the artist, Miyuli, is famous for her webcomics Hearts for Sale and Lost Nightmare. The art for this new project looks stunning and their campaign also features an artbook with behind-the-scenes sketches, designs, and tutorials.
Ends April 17th
Mare Internum is already an award-winning webcomic by award-winning webcartoonist Der-shing Helmer (The Meek), about human perseverance in the face of struggle for two scientists stranded in the otherworldly environment of subterranean Mars. Scheduled to conclude next month, this Kickstarter is hoping to fund hard copies of the book, including a beautiful limited edition hardcover. Art this beautiful definitely deserves to be held in your hands and this campaign also includes some fun bonus levels, including extra art prints and a very cool enamel pin!