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‘Rooster Tails’ Cartoonist Sam Orchard Documents Real Life LGBT Stories In ‘Family Portraits’ [Interview]

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Sam Orchard has been making his webcomic Rooster Tails since 2010; a series of weekly autobiographical strips about life as a transguy in New Zealand. It's an honest, sweet, nerdy, funny, and charming insight into one person's experience with transitioning.

Orchard has expanded his canvas to look at the experiences of other queer and transgender people in his new book, Family Portraits, and he's turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund the book and an American promotional tour. Rewards include PDF and print copies of the book, postcards, art prints, and custom comics. ComicsAlliance spoke with Orchard to find out more about the project.

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Hire This Woman: Cartoonist Jules Rivera

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

You may know cartoonist Jules Rivera from her successfully Kickstarted graphic novel Misfortune High which is about to launch a volume 2 Kickstarter campaign. She also has a webcomic called Valkyrie Squadron and has contributed to the anthologies Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women and Oxymoron.

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‘Cape Creator’ Documentary Aims To Give Batman Co-Creator Bill Finger The Credit He Deserves [Video]

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If you've been paying attention over the past few months, you've undoubtedly noticed that we here at ComicsAlliance are pretty passionate about Batman's uncredited co-creator, Bill Finger, and we're far from the only ones. There's been a surge in recent years of people trying make the public aware of the truth behind Batman's creation and that the legally mandated "Created By Bob Kane" tag on every Batman comic book, film and television episode doesn't tell even half the story.

The latest effort on that front: A Kickstarter-funded "tribute film" from the Comic Arts Council called The Cape Creator that not only looks back at Finger's considerable contributions to Batman, but also features interviews with his surviving descendants.

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‘Comic Book People’ Kickstarter Offers Hundreds of Candid Photos of Legendary Creators

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Eisner Award administrator and longtime comic book industry presence Jackie Estrada recently launched a Kickstarter to publish a book collecting hundreds of pictures of legendary writers, artists, editors and other comic book folks at various conventions and other functions in the '70s and '80s. Featuring rare candid photographs of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Carl Barks, Bob Kane, Harvey Kurtzman, C. C. Beck, Wally Wood, Moebius, Alan Moore, Osamu Tezuka, Gardner Fox, Curt Swan, Joe Kubert, John Romita, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Francoise Mouly, the Hernandez brothers and many more, it's no surprise that the Kickstarter has already met its goal. But you still have time to contribute so you can get your hands on a copy, and there are plenty of other great rewards.

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‘Strange Kid Comics Magazine’ Hits Kickstarter For A 24-Page Satanic Teddy Ruxpin Story

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I don't want to get all "'80s/'90s Kid" on everybody, because God help me if I ever start speaking in BuzzFeed/Facebook status update phrases, but if you're of a certain age there's a pretty good chance that you have a lot of nostalgic affection for stuff like Teddy Ruxpin, Stretch Armstrong and those Troll dolls with the hair. If you do, you have of course wondered what would've happened if those toys were possessed by demonic spirits unleashed by the power of Heavy Metal.

Now, at last, you can find out. For their fourth printed issue, the Strange Kids Club website is putting out a Kickstarter-funded magazine featuring not only the art of MadBalls designer James Groman, but also a 24-page comic written by Benito Cereno.

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Ross Campbell, Ming Doyle, Declan Shalvey and More Contribute Art to ‘Storykiller’ Kickstarter

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we obviously have a vested interest in seeing comics bloggers do well with their various projects. That said, it's a lot easier to get behind stuff when it looks like it's going to be amazing, which is why we're all pretty excited about Kelly Thompson's Storykiller and the roster of incredible artists she's gathered to illustrate the special edition of her new novel.

As you might imagine from the title, Storykiller follows the adventures of a young woman named Tess Battle, who possesses both a giant black battleaxe and the ability to kill fictional characters, and it's set to be illustrated by CA favorites like Ross Campbell, Ming Doyle, Declan Shalvey and more. Check out the video and the full roster below!

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Link Ink: International ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Trailers, Bravest Warriors Toys And ‘Attack On Titan’ LEGO

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Link Ink: Power Rangers Art, ‘Attack On Titan’ Shoes And Christmas In A Can

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Periscope Studio Launches Kickstarter For Six Art Books

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When's the last time you got six art books for five bucks?

Well, here's your chance. Portland, Oregon-based Periscope Studios' new Kickstarter, "Maiden Voyage," offers six 32-page art books by artists Erika Moen, Ron Randall, Paul Guinan, David Hahn, Natalie Nourigat and Ben Dewey, and all donors have to contribute to get PDFs of all six is a fiver. A $50 donation will even get contributors print copies of the six books. That is, provided the project meets its $25,000 funding goal.

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‘Compiler’ Kickstarter Aims To Bind Single Issues For Easier Display And Sharing

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Even in a comic buying era increasingly defined by digital comics and "waiting" for trades and hardcovers, very few readers will ever completely be able shed single issues or standalone print releases. But that doesn't mean singles must be relegated to the shelfless and largely share-less purgatory of storage. Alex Rodriguez has devised a customizable binding platform called Compiler that allows comic owners to effectively collect the books of their choice (like, say, Jack Kirby's 2001: A Space Odyssey books or Archie's Mighty Mutanimals minis) into a sturdy tome that can be switched up on the fly. Like Iron Man's mid-1990s armor, Compiler is modular.

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