It’s 2021 and WWAC’s own comics crowdfunding roundup is back, after an admittedly lengthy nap. Lockdown has gone on long enough that my interests are taking a decided turn for the introspective (we all have our escapisms), and Kickstarter this month was happy to provide.
Rae Epstein, Kaylee Rowena, Mark O. Stack
Ends February 24
A modest and quick reprint of an already-published comic, The Scent of May Rain follows a golem over 100 years as she finds identity and personhood. Kaylee Rowena’s linework is almost linotype print-esque, and the lightly muted palette makes the 68-page story feel like a walk through time. The campaign is straightforward—print 100 books (or more, should more be ordered) and ship them out to backers—so it might be the last chance to get a physical copy of this particular story. [Editor’s note: Rae Epstein is a past WWAC contributor.]
Ends February 25
I was ready to pass 2 for Joy off as just another print campaign for a webcomic, but the gentle rhythm of Watson’s punctuation-light dialogue and the soft melancholy of the preview pages’ color palette snared my mind, and I just kept flipping back to the tab. The campaign is, of course, the thing it is—a print book, an extra story, some bookmarks—but hey, it’s nice to hold a story in your hands. And, I mean, listen. I love ghosts, and I love young adult displacement, and this has those and some weird birds on top.
Ends March 2
ENBY is a magazine created and curated by nonbinary people and for nonbinary people, with an eye towards fair wages and sustainable production practices. The team has already published four issues (all available on their website), but is looking to kick their production up a notch with a podcast and additional pieces to post to their website—in addition to the physical and digital magazine issues. This campaign is also meant to fund the physical production of a joint issue #5-6, “Mind & Body,” featuring covers by Sunmi and Vincy Lim.
Midnight Barista Short Comic. Ends February 13.
Pand[emi]c Sketch. Ends February 18.
Transformed! Book 1. Ends February 21.
Go Get a Roomie! Book 3. Ends February 22.
Beehive Books’ Illuminated Editions: The Great Gatsby, Kwaidan & Shadowings, and A Voyage to Arcturus. Ends February 25. We’ve written about these before!