Decrypting Rita is a singular vision for what comics can be. The invention of Margaret Trauth, this story of a lesbian robot whose perception of reality slips across multiple dimensions is highlighted by a bizarre, incredible, all-digital artistic style that throws you straight into the story without any excuses, hand-holding, or frills. This is pure glossy adrenaline, with a story that unravels and unfolds in unstoppable, unpredictable, yet memorable fashion. It's utterly fantastic work, and Trauth is currently running a Kickstarter to help fund the third and final volume.
As the Kickstarter wings towards the funding target, Trauth spoke to Back Pages about her inspirations and aspirations for the story, and offers some in-depth advice for anybody who might be considering crowdfunding themselves. Get ready for a lesson in how to do it, everyone.
Keith Champagne, a comics writer and artist known for his work on Aztek, Green Lantern Corps, and JSA, recently suffered a broken leg while camping with friends and family and will be unable to work for the foreseeable future. In effort to relieve the Champagne family's troubles, his collaborator Tom Nguyen has started a GoFundMe page to help them with medical costs and Keith's recovery period.
Two years ago, we got really excited at the announcement that Fresh Monkey Fiction was creating a wave of superhero action figures based on classic Golden Age superheroes such as The Black Terror, Captain Action and Stardust The Super-Wizard. With that campaign a success, Fresh Monkey is returning with a second wave of heroes that features more Golden Age classics and several creator owned fan-favorites.
Joining Golden Age heroes and villains such as The American Crusader, Puzzler and Wonder Man (not that Wonder Man) are joined by the likes of Mike Allred's Madman, Mike Grell's Jon Sable, and Steve Rude's Nexus in a new Kickstarter campaign.
Castle Waiting is one of the best indie comics of the last twenty years. It's high fantasy by definition, but rooted in relatable characters rather than epic quests and magic (although it also contains those things). And it's all the work of one spectacular writer/artist named Linda Medley.
Castle Waiting, for those who may not have had the pleasure of reading it, is an ongoing story about characters plucked from fairy tales who find a home and make lives for themselves not by having their wishes granted or being Blessed with Good Fortune, but by coming together in a community to cooperate and support each other. And it's very much in that spirit that Linda Medley recently approached her fans and readers on the internet.
Ladies' Night is a comics book club for women that grew into a collective determined to make their own comics. That vision was realized in the form of a series of anthologies, with three volumes currently in print. Now the fourth Ladies' Night anthology is raising money on Kickstarter. The project is a huge undertaking, and one that has built up a dedicated and passionate following. Back Pages spoke to editors Lauren Burke, Megan Byrd, Summer Sparacin and Caitlin Rosberg about what to expect from volume four, "Eat it Up!"
“A dragon, a faun and a young troll boy are on the run from the United States government.” That’s how Paul Allor describes the premise of Past the Last Mountain, the comic book he created with Imaginary Drugs artist Louie Joyce. After being initially published on Comixology this year by Comics Experience, Allor and Joyce are now funding a deluxe print edition via Kickstarter.
The Elements Anthology is the latest comics anthology spearheaded by editor Taneka Stotts, who you should know as one of the fine folks who brought Beyond to life last year. A collection of comics by people of color, Elements is planned to be the first in a series of books --- each one of which, no surprise, will focus on an element. First up? Fire.
That should gives you an idea of just how hard the series plans to hit straight out the gate; the emphasis is on passion, rage, emotion, raw power. You should expect to find all of that in the pages of Elements if it reaches it's Kickstarter goal. ComicsAlliance spoke to Stotts about her role as editor, why she wanted to strike the match and start the anthology up, and what people can expect when the Fire hits this year.
Enough Space for Everyone Else is a space and sci-fi themed anthology with a difference: the book promises to feature absolutely no stories about war, imperialism, or anything that looks to turn the grand unexplored majesty of space into yet another battleground. With the galaxy stretching out infinitely, why do so many authors seem intent on using that canvas as merely another place to do a war story?
Editor J.N. Monk's PG-13 anthology looks to truly make use of the endless possibility of space, widening the types of stories that can be told within its limitless scope. ComicsAlliance stopped to explore the galaxy with J.N., and find out what they have in store for the project.
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