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Crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye – mostly comics.

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Mirabilis – Year of Wonders by Dave Morris and Leo Hartas

Mirabilis - Year of Wonders - Books

Many downthetubes readers will recall  Mirabilis: Year of Wonders – a wonderful, beautifully written and realised graphic novel project by Dave Morris and Leo Hartas, which first debuted in The DFC and which Print Media Productions planned to publish as a series graphic albums. Sadly, although two volumes were printed only the first was distributed, and as far as we know just two copies of ... Read More »

Comics Crowdfunding Spotlight: Nottingham Comic Con Anthology: Forest Tales

Forest Tales 2016

Nottingham Comic Con has launched a modest Kickstarter to fund its first tie-in anthology – a collection of short stories from some of the best comic book creators in the British small press and leading professionals. The Nottingham Comic Con Anthology, titled Forest Tales, will be an all ages, limited edition A5 print comic running to at least 52 pages ... Read More »

WebFind: Junk Head by Takahide Hori

A scene from Junk Head 1 by Takahide Hori

Japanese director Takahide Hori‘s stunning, award-winning debut animated film, Junk Head 1, above, which took four years to make, and was created as a largely solo effort in his spare time, with no budget and released in 2013. I’ve only just come across this (largely) stop animation quite by chance, but it’s a great SF project set in a disturbing ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: TorsoBear – The Final Chapter

Torsobear 3 Promo

Independent comics creator and publisher Brett Uren has just launched the Kickstarter for Torsobear: Back on the Blocks – the third and final volume of the much-praised cartoon noir comic book about toy-on-toy crime in a fantastic city of playthings, created by Brett with many fantastic contributing writers and artists. “What Torsobear does magnificently is transplant the world of creepy crime noir successfully into a ... Read More »

Creating Comics Guest Post: Is the Shine Coming Off Diamond?

Kids reading comics in a US store, in 1952

Comics creator and publisher Brett Uren argues for the need for alternative distribution methods for independent comics into comic shops, outside of US market leader Diamond Distributors – and how, with some caveats, Kickstarter is proving a game changer… Talk to a longtime US comics fan or collector for long enough, and you’ll probably get onto the subject of the Golden ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight and Preview: Cognition Issue One by Ken Reynolds & Sam Bentley

Cognition Issue One Panel Four

Script and Letters by Ken Reynolds Art by Sam Bentley Edited by David Hailwood Pin ups by Rory Donald, Tom Mortimer, Dan ‘Guns’ Butcher, Andrew Pawley, Dan Harris and others to be confirmed for final print date. American Comics format – Black and White interiors The Story: The shadowy organisation the British Occult Secret Service (B.O.S.S.) are assigned to investigate the ... Read More »

In Review: Bust Issue 1

In light of the kickstarter for Bust Issue 3, it seems foolish for us not to go back and review the first two issues, so here is the review for Issue One. The Book: Issue One tells the story of Jack, a master card dealer from Las Vegas. He’s a con-man whose sleight of hand has ruined many lives, but ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Bust #3 by Dave Cook and Chris O’Toole

Bust 3 focuses on a new character Dawn, a young girl hiding a world-changing secret.

Creator Dave Cook dropped us a line about his latest Kickstarter appeal for Bust #3, in which a young girl holds the secret to curing a post apocalyptic world gone insane in this Mad Max-inspired comic. “Bust 3: A Sackcloth Smile follows a group of misfits road tripping across a post-apocalyptic American wasteland to deliver a young girl to safety,” ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Gods of Men

Gods of Men Teaser - Cover

Essex-based writer Michael Phoenix and his print line Mythic Press have just launched a Kickstarter for their new comic Gods Of Men. The artwork by Christian Paris is eye catching, to say the least, and teaser for the comic, sets up the concept of a seemingly god-like hero rather nicely. In Gods Of Men, set in 2045, the Earth and its destiny no longer belongs to ... Read More »

Tiger Crab Studios launches “Nevera Tales” Kickstarter, a new British comic book

Sample art from Nevera Tales

Tiger Crab Studios has just launched a Kickstarter for Nevera Tales – described as The Shawshank Redemption meets Interview with a Vampire, a fantasy horror tale of mutual survival, written by the undead – although, actually, it’s a script by Daniel Bishop, a native New Zealander who was raised in England and now lives in California, hauntingly drawn by Marek Jarocki. “We love ... Read More »

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