A Fistful of Comics: Crowdfunding Roundup, May ‘21

A crop of a page from LET ME OUT. In a scene rendered in the warm light cast by streetlights, four teens or twenty-somethings figure out how to get one of them back into their parents' house. It seems like their ideas are bad. The column title lettering is laid over the artwork, and reads “A FISTFUL OF COMICS” in big yellow text. Below, in red, reads “CROWDFUNDING ROUNDUP, MAY ’21.”

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!

The banners for Threshold and Faster. Threshold is in black and white, with haunting white lettering centered on the banner to the left of a drawing of a person pulling a hood up around their face. The lettering and figure are rendered in white on a dark gray background. The banner for Faster features the title lettering laid over a drawing of a red race car, which is roaring across the pink background. Threshold, Anke Gladnick, Bulgilhan Press, 2021; Faster, Jesse Lonergan, Bulgilhan Press, 2021.

Faster and Threshold

Jesse Lonergan (Faster), Anke Gladnick (Threshold)
Bulgilhan Press
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!

A spread from a mockup of the 8-bit Theater deluxe edition. The book is a large hardcover with four pages of scripts laid out on each page. The pages are gold-edged.

8-bit Theater: 20th Anniversary Complete Script Book Do Not Sue Edition

Brian Clevinger
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.

Splash page art from A Howl. A werewolf is silhouetted in black against a fiery orange sky and yellow moon. Its one visible eye glows red. Art by Ovila Mailhot, from A Howl, Native Realities Press, 2021.

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!

And more!

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.

Zora Gilbert

Zora Gilbert

Zora Gilbert cares a whole lot about words, kids, and comics. Find them at @zhgilbert on twitter, and find the comics they edit at datesanthology.com.