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‘Smut Peddler’ Editor Spike Trotman On Breaking $80,000 In Five Days [Interview]

Smut Peddler 2014, Jemma Salume

In 2012, the first volume of Smut Peddler, the "ladycentric, sex-positive erotic comics" anthology with a roster of female creators ,was crowd-funded on Kickstarter, racking up a grand total of $83,000 after a month of funding. With that kind of success, and with reader interest only growing over the past two years, a sequel is pretty much inevitable. Last week, the second volume launched on Kickstarter and met its predecessor's total in just five days, taking in over $80,000 with 25 days left to go, and passing the money that was raised on to the creators as a bonus to their page rate.

To find out more, I spoke to Smut Peddler editor Spike Trotman about the difficulties of putting together an erotic comic and getting it out to readers, why porn isn't always the answer to how to make a quick buck, and how one contributor's teenage fan-fiction gave a boost to the funding just after it launched.

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The ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie Gets Weirder With Johnny Knoxville As Leonardo And Tony Shaloub As Splinter

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MTV/USA Network

It's starting to look more and more like the new, Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie could be one gigantic exercise in trolling an audience.

The newest evidence of that comes from the casting department. Apparently Jackass star and former Duke of Hazzard Johnny Knoxville will be the voice of Leonardo and Tony Shaloub, who played the title character on Monk for eight seasons, will be Splinter.

I don't know, you guys. I'm just reporting it.

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Kyle Starks Hits Kickstarter To Fund ’80s Action Movie Tribute Comic ‘Sexcastle’

Sexcastle by Kyle Starks

Ever since Kyle Starks finished The Legend of Ricky Thunder, the story of a pro wrestler whose world was shattered when he found out wrestling was fake but who still had to pull it together to defend the world from an alien invasion via single combat, I've been wondering what he was going to do next. He's done some shorter projects -- including a Wild Dog fan comic that was amazing -- and a ton of great illustrations for Tumblr, but I've been holding out hope that he'd announce another big project.

As it turns out, he did even better than that: Not only did he announce a new comic called Sexcastlea 180-page original graphic novel tribute to '80s action movies, but the whole thing is done and ready to print, and he's funding it now via Kickstarter.

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Study Group Comics Opens Spring 2014 Preorders Via Kickstarter

Study Group Comics Spring 2014 Kickstarter

It may be called Study Group, but publisher Zack Soto is ready for Spring Break! Although instead of traveling to Palm Springs to try to get on MTV's The Grind, he's staying in his native Portland, Oregon to raise funds for a slate of new print editions including Farel Dalrymple's It Will All Hurt #2, a square-bound collection of Sam Alden's Haunter, Study Group Magazine #3D and more.

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Corey Lewis Celebrates ‘Metroid’ With New ‘Arem’ One-Shot [Interview]

Corey Lewis Arem
Corey Lewis

Between Sharknife, Seedless and a host of other comics, artist Corey Lewis has expressed his love for a multitude of his favorite music, anime, manga, tokusatsu shows and -- perhaps especially -- video games. This coming weekend at Emerald City Comicon 2014, Lewis will take his affection for a specific gaming icon to the next level with the release of Arem, a one-shot comic that serves as something of a loveletter to the Metroid series of video games starring the cosmic armored bounty hunter Samus Aran. Read our interview with Lewis to get the full skinny on his new fan jam, plus a first-look at its opening pages, after the cut.

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Michel Fiffe Teases The Return Of ‘Copra’ [Video]

Copra #13, Michel Fiffe

If you're a regular ComicsAlliance reader, then you've no doubt seen us talk about Michel Fiffe's Copra before. Inspired by Fiffe's love of the classic 1980s run of Suicide Squad by John Ostrander, Kim Yale and Luke McDonnell, it was one of the most impressive comics in recent memory -- 12 self-published issues that were built on incredible art and masterful craftsmanship that made it something more than just a story about analogues and pushed it to the top of our Best of the Year list.

When the series ended with #12, fulfilling Fiffe's commitment to producing a year of monthly comics by himself, the question everyone was asking was whether the series would eventually continue, and now we know exactly when that's going to happen: as revealed in a video teaser, Copra is set to return in April at MoCCA for another six issue run. Check out the teaser below!

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Zac Gorman And Friends’ ‘Tossed Salad & Scrambled Eggs’ Frasier Zine Can’t Come Fast Enough

Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs Olly Moss Niles Crane Blood King Brandon B
Olly Moss/Brandon B.

Thanks to Netflix, an entire generation has had the opportunity to binge-watch Frasier, the 11-season Kelsey Grammer-starring Cheer's spinoff set in Seattle that chronicled the radio call-in show hosting, café-crawling sitcommery of Dr. Frasier Crane. A sample of this binge-watching population, of course, has been a vanguard of comics talent, including Nedroid's Anthony Clark, Gunshow's K.C. Green and many more. So it's only fitting that I've spent the past 10 months or so stoked to see more of Magical Game Time creator Zac Gorman's upcoming Tossed Salad And Scrambled Eggs zine, which could very well pack tons of oddball Frasier homages into a package -- just miles of Niles, man.

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Jason Fischer To Mash 55 Monsters Into Upcoming ‘Monstroleum: Monsters Of The Dragon’s Keep’ Series [Art]

monstroleum
Jason Fischer

Jason Fischer aka JFish has got his monsters on his mind and his mind on his monsters -- and he's transporting them to paper with Monstroleum: Monsters of the Dragon's Keep, a five-volume encyclopedia of sorts covering the characteristics of 55 total foes (11 per volume) that readers might encounter on a dungeon crawl. But that's not all. To expedite the process, JFish is offering three tiers of subscription preorders that will put even more mythological menaces in the hands of his fans.

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Inkstuds Spotlight – LeSean Thomas & Knowledge

LeSean Thomas Inkstuds
LeSean Thomas

Comics as we know it is wide and fractured. There's Direct Market comics, bookstore comics, webcomics, indie comics, manga, Eurocomics, and several more subcultures. I'm curious about what working under the broad umbrella of "comics" is like for creators, publishers, critics, academics, and more. Over the course of this month, I'm going to interview several people whose work, position, or goals I find interesting and attempt to paint a picture of what "comics" means today.

For the month of February, I'm taking over the Inkstuds podcast in order to introduce Inkstuds Spotlight, a focused look at what it means to be in comics. A comprehensive look isn't my goal. My goal is to show you several different slices of life in comics, as the people I'm interviewing this month play a wide variety of roles in comics. For the final interview in the series, I speak with LeSean Thomas.

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Inkstuds Spotlight: Jay Potts And Comics You Can Believe In

Inkstuds Jay Potts Main
Jay Potts

Comics as we know it is wide and fractured. There's Direct Market comics, bookstore comics, webcomics, indie comics, manga, Eurocomics, and several more subcultures. I'm curious about what working under the broad umbrella of "comics" is like for creators, publishers, critics, academics, and more. Over the course of this month, I'm going to interview several people whose work, position, or goals I find interesting and attempt to paint a picture of what "comics" means today.

For the month of February, I'm taking over the Inkstuds podcast in order to introduce Inkstuds Spotlight, a focused look at what it means to be in comics. A comprehensive look isn't my goal. My goal is to show you several different slices of life in comics, as the people I'm interviewing this month play a wide variety of roles in comics. Today, I'm speaking to Jay Potts, a cartoonist working on his new series and navigating how to respect his inspirations while still making his work his own.

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