Folks, the comics this month are weird, varied, and absolutely up-and-down incredible, so instead of listening to me talk about the weather for a paragraph, let’s jump right into the experimental, opportunistic, and entrepreneurial goodness. Here we go!
Jesse Lonergan (Faster), Anke Gladnick (Threshold)
Ends May 19
I’ve been hearing murmurings about Zach Clemente’s incipient indie comics press since at least 2019 (one in-person SPX ago), and I am wildly stoked to link you to the inaugural campaign, featuring two gorgeous experimental comics. Faster is a delightfully paneled story about racers and their inner worlds, riso printed in red and blue, while Threshold is a richly textured black and white comic, printed with a spot color and translucent endpapers. Lonergan and Gladnick have already been paid for their work, so this campaign is designed to get these books printed and set Bulgilhan Press on a path toward sustainability!
8-bit Theater: 20th Anniversary Complete Script Book Do Not Sue Edition
Ends May 21
Listen. I missed 8-Bit Theater entirely when it was happening, and I really haven’t dug into it since. But—wait, no, don’t walk away—BUT trust me when I say that even if you, like me, have read more video game webcomics than you care to remember, you should treat yourself to a perusal through this Kickstarter page, because it is a delight. Sometimes you just gotta make a print collection of all your scripts because you made your 2000s webcomic at an itty-bitty web resolution, and sometimes you gotta blur out your pin designs because your 2000s webcomic is about a franchise from a notoriously litigious developer, and sometimes that’s just, you know, that’s just how it is! We make the best of what we have.
A Howl: A Comics Collection of Wolves, Werewolves, & Rougarou
Lee Francis 4, Elizabeth LaPensée
Native Realities Press
Ends June 8
A Howl is a feast, a cornucopia, an outpouring of wolfish goods, with illustrations, short stories, and comics all about those canine beasties who haunt the woods. The previews on the Kickstarter page showcase the anthology’s fantastic range, from geometric designs in electric colors to softer, painted illustrations and snarling black and white, gorgeously inked work. The more the campaign makes, the more stories Native Realities Press will be able to add to the book!
Glow: Book 1. Ends May 20.
Tommy Dakota: A Queer Western Romance. Ends May 21.
Sensory: Life on the Spectrum. Ends May 27.
Check, Please!: Year Four. Ends May 28. If you’ve been following Check, Please! for years like we have, this is the end of an era!
Comrade Himbo – Comic hunks for the proletariat!. Ends May 31.
LET ME OUT – A Queer Horror Graphic Novel. Ends June 2.
Rusalka. Ends June 8.