Fistful of Comics: Crowdfunding Roundup January ’19

Fistful of Comics: Crowdfunding Roundup January ’19
It's a small month for crowdfunding this January, but there’s always good stuff to be found. Jump in for activity books, adaptations, and celebrations!

It’s a new year, and a new year brings … a short break from the rush of new crowdfunded projects! It’s a short one this round, folks, but I, for one, appreciate that creators took the chance to spend time and/or deal with their families … or, at the very least, to take a deep

It’s a new year, and a new year brings … a short break from the rush of new crowdfunded projects! It’s a short one this round, folks, but I, for one, appreciate that creators took the chance to spend time and/or deal with their families … or, at the very least, to take a deep breath in preparation for the long, dark winter. All that said, the projects this month are sweet: from an activity book for hospitalized kids to a celebration of fat bodies, there’s always good stuff to be found.

The cover of SuperKids! Inside a round red frame that covers the corners of the cover, four kids in hero costumes dash towards the camera. From left to right: a kid with short, curly black hair, a blue costume, and a cape flies forward; a kid with straight black hair in a ponytail wears a purple costume and zooms forward in a hover chair; a kid with short blond hair and spiky bangs wears a red costume and dashes forward, and a kid with a full head cowl and a yellow costume flies above the red kid. The linework around the kids is cleanly lined with spot blacks, and the coloring on their costumes mimics the look of coloring in with crayon. SuperKids, Janina Scarlet, Lora Innes, Thom Zahler, Pop Culture Hero Coalition, 2019

SuperKids Activity & Coloring Book

Janina Scarlet, Lora Innes, Thom Zahler
Pop Culture Hero Coalition
Ends January 17

SuperKids is an interactive book meant to foster a sense of community, solidarity, and self-confidence in kids who have been hospitalized for physical illnesses. Being super sick is hard enough, but being a kid in a cavernous, isolated hospital presents a whole extra set of emotional challenges. SuperKids hopes to acknowledge that and make it clear to kids that they are seen—and to help them work through the feelings of anxiety, depression, and powerlessness that being hospitalized can bring. It’s worth noting that this book’s audience is meant to be specifically kids with physical illnesses … but, if the team manages to raise enough money, they plan to create more books in the series, each focusing on other psychological and physical challenges that kids experience.

The cover of Knights of Asherah Volume 1. A light skinned woman with long, wavy brown hair stands in front of a gray, cloudy background. She's wearing a loose gray top, cinched at the neck and under her bust, and what look like dark jeans. She's wrapped her arms around the front of her body nervously, and smoke trails from her left hand to spiral around the background behind her. The cover crops at about her upper thigh; the title lettering falls at hip height. Knights of Asherah Volume 1, Anadia, 2019.

Knights of Asherah Volume 1

Ends January 19

Knights of Asherah is an episodic, infinite-scroll-style webcomic about magic, history, and monsters that started in February of 2018 (which is wild given that Anadia’s already got 34 chapters up). This first volume will collect the first several chapters (Anadia doesn’t say exactly how many) of the webcomic, reformatted to fit into 148 full-color pages. The Kickstarter is also crushing it: everyone who backs for a physical book will get a free enamel pin, and as of this writing the campaign just hit the stretch goal to upgrade all the books to hardcover!

Two stacks of three example pages from The Pipers, stacked in a sort of gentle cascade down to the lower right of the image. The pages are watercolored and mostly lineless, with white gutters between panels and no panel borders. The lettering is colored, leaving the page without any black except for parts of the images that are in shadow. The Pipers, Paul du Courday & Beth Haidle, Mascot Press, 2019

The Pipers Graphic Novel

Paul du Coudray & Beth Haidle
Mascot Press
Ends January 25

Paul du Coudray and Beth Haidle are a comic-making sibling duo who have thought a lot about how to bring The Pipers into the world, and that endears them to me. The book is a 92-page, full-color, hardcover beast with beautifully illustrated pages; the story is based on one by Philip K. Dick (my guess is “Piper in the Woods,” though the page actually … doesn’t say), adapted into comic form. Apart from the genuinely arresting artwork, the reason this campaign caught my eye was the fact that du Coudray and Haidle are conducting this campaign with an eye towards financial accessibility and sustainability: backers can get the ebook for a pledge of just a dollar, and the siblings plan to donate the cost of planting a tree for each book they print.

A mockup of the Before You Go graphic novel. on a yellow-to-pink-to-purple gradient covered in sparkles, a strawberry blond woman in a yellow shirt lifts a black-haired woman in a red shirt. Both women have light skin; both are smiling. Their noses are almost touching. The title lettering, In white with a purple stroke, is above their heads; the author's name overlaps their legs at the bottom of the cover. Before You Go, Denise Schroeder, Sparkler, 2019

Before You Go: The Graphic Novel

Denise Schroeder
Ends January 25

Before You Go is a soft, sweet story about two young women who meet on their commute and the relationship that blooms through that time together. Schroeder has been publishing Before You Go through Sparkler Monthly since Sparkler’s very first year, but this is the very first time the comic is coming to print! The book will include all three Sparkler stories, as well as print-exclusive material and (if the campaign hits its stretch goal) a brand new epilogue comic.

A mockup of the cover and spine of Babes with Bellies, on a violet background. The book's cover is powder pink all over, with lettering in bold black text at the bottom of the book and on the spine. On both the cover and the spine, "VENUS LIBIDO" is in larger and bolder text than "BABES WITH BELLIES;" on the front cover, it sits above the title. The front cover features a lined, flat color illustration of a hand holding two fingers up in a V. The hand's nails are purple, long, and sharp; there are simple gold rings on the pointer and ring finger. Babes with Bellies, Venus Libido, Unbound, 2019.

Babes with Bellies

Venus Libido
Funding until complete

Babes with Bellies dives right on into what Paper magazine calls “existential feminine angst,” which is my new favorite string of words. The book is about existential feminine angst as experienced by women—or, at least, as experienced by Venus Libido, the book’s author and illustrator. Libido’s illustrations aren’t concerned with being pretty or socially self-serving but rather with building solidarity by showcasing the weird, gross, and goofy emotions associated with navigating a world that thinks you should be smaller than you are.

Zora Gilbert

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