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Writer and Letterer Joe Caramagna on the History and Mystery of ‘Wyatt Earp’ [Interview]


Joe Caramagna is a writer and letterer best known for his work at Marvel, where he writes much of their all-ages line and letters titles including Amazing Spider-Man and Daredevil. His newest project is the Kickstarter-funded miniseries The Further Travels of Wyatt Earp, with artist Scott Koblish. The history of the infamous cowboy --- much of which is myth, some of it legend, and maybe even some of it true --- is a tangled knot, which Caramagna slices through to provide readers with some of the most interesting Wild West stories in recent comics history.

To find out more, Caramagna spoke to ComicsAlliance about the series, the man behind the legend, and how the Kickstarter process developed for him. We also asked him about his role as a letterer, to learn what makes a great letterer, and what life is like as a lettering pro.

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With ‘The Stripling Warrior’, Brian Andersen Brings the First Gay Mormon Superhero to Comics [Back Pages]


Just funded on Kickstarter, The Stripling Warrior is a new superhero character created by Brian Andersen and James Neish. A gay Mormon hero, the character is a personal project for Andersen, who is himself gay and a Mormon --- and also, perhaps, a hero. The series follows Sam Shepherd, who is approached on his wedding night by the Angel Abish --- one of the few named female characters in the Book of Mormon --- and asked to become the Hand of God on Earth.

The Mormon Church has a reputation for not being accepting of homosexuality, making this a comic that directly addresses some quite powerful taboos within the religion. Coming from Brian's own personal experiences, this seemed like a project well worth exploring further, so we spoke to him about how it came together, and why he wanted to tell this story.

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The Challenges Of Publishing And Crowdfunding


ComicsAlliance senior editor Janelle Assellin has wanted to start her own publishing company for a long time. When she finally decided to pull the trigger at the end of 2014, she had no real idea just how much work it would take, and to make matters more challenging, she decided to do a Kickstarter as well! With so many people out there who want to do similar things, Janelle has decided to explain how it all happened for her, and to share what she's learned.

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A Return to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with Illustrator Janet K. Lee [Back Pages]


It is a truth universally acknowledged that a comics fan in possession of a good fortune must be in want of new illustrations. Or so the saying almost goes. Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice remains one of the most loved and widely-read books of all time, and this year Silence in the Library Publishing will be collaborating with Eisner-winning artist Janet K. Lee for a new edition of the story.

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Zoe Coughlin Spurs on ‘The Last Cowboy’ to Kickstarter [Back Pages]


Following three women whose lives revolve around a strange alien planet, Zoe Coughlin's webcomic The Last Cowboy headed to Kickstarter just last week, looking to fund a print edition. A project that jumps out at you, its lush colors race across each page of the series, creating a distinct and vibrant world for her characters to inherit. The series takes place following humanity's first contact with alien species that, somewhat inevitably, contracted the human race with a disease that now leads them towards extinction.

As the Kickstarter picks up steam, ComicsAlliance spoke to Zoe about how the project came about, why she wanted to tell this story, and her intense love for drawing weird aliens.

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Sarah Millman’s ‘The Heart of Time’ is the Story of One Time-Traveller and Her Pug [Back Pages]


Written and drawn by Welsh cartoonist Sarah Millman, The Heart of Time is a time-travelling adventure series starring Amelia, a teenager who steals her father's time-travelling Vespa and goes about causing incredible time-damage to the universe as she revs from time period to time period leaving devastation in her wake. The webcomic has proven hugely successful over the last few years, as fans have watched Amelia... well, not grow up exactly... but certainly grow better at not causing such extreme levels of wreckage to the space-time continuum.

The story has now come to Kickstarter, as Millman seeks to fund a print run of her time-travelling series' first four chapters --- and she spoke to ComicsAlliance about how the project first came about, what readers can expect if they pledge to the project... and also pugs!

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Queerness Without Question: Sfe Monster Brings the ‘Beyond’ Anthology to Kickstarter [Back Pages]


Created by comics writer and editor Sfé Monster, Beyond is a planned collection of all-ages stories across all kinds of different genres, tones, and styles featuring contributions from at least 26 writers and artists. The book heads into fantasy and sci-fi in ways you don't often get to see in comics --- and also features a brilliantly-realized central conceit; all of the stories are about reflecting and celebrating diverse presentations of gender and sexuality, and presenting queer characters in a positive light.

Sfé and assistant editor Taneka Stotts are now running a Kickstarter, to make the anthology a reality, and has already easily exceeded its initial target of $22000! We spoke to Sfé to find out more about the project, and where it might go from here.

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A Monstrous Case of the ‘Munchies’ from Katie Longua [Back Pages]


A year ago, cartoonist Katie Longua --- best known for her ongoing Viking comic Rök --- started making a gag comic, mainly for herself, called Munchies. It's fairly simple to start with: it follows a girl who gets high one afternoon, then gets hungry, and then.... gets into universe-endangering trouble as she turns into a giant wolf monster who can only be stopped through the judicious application of pizza rolls and/or Cheetos.

Vivid, vibrant and very funny, Longua's comic has now come to Kickstarter as she looks to fund a print run of the story. As huge fans of her work as a writer and as an artist --- take a look at her coloring in the preview pages below --- ComicsAlliance got in touch to find out more about her plans for Munchies as part of our regular crowdfunding Q&A, 'Back Pages'.

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Feminist, Queer, And Lots of Fun: ‘Cassius’ from Emily Willis and Ann Uland [Back Pages]


We're always looking for new comics to champion, and Cassius, from Emily Willis and Ann Uland, immediately caught our attention with the promise not only of Romans, but ass-kicking Roman lesbians. The proposed three-arc series plots a bloody course through the back-stabbing politics of Rome (and given the setting, we mean that literally), following our hero Junia as she attempts to come out the other side in one piece.

Is there a single part of the phrase "ass kicking Roman lesbians" that is not absolutely perfect? And even better, the whole thing is based on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, so you're getting cultured at the same time. To find out more about the series, we spoke to both Willis (who writes) and Uland (who pencils), as we continue our new crowdfunding Q&A feature, Back Pages.

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Jurassic Meets Assassins in Jason Horn’s ‘Ninjasaur’ [Back Pages]


Here at ComicsAlliance, Jason Horn's webcomic Ninjasaur has been a firm favourite for quite a while. Mixing ninjas and dinosaurs might be part of why we like it, although Horn matches the silliness with first-rate artwork and some of the most enjoyable comics storytelling around.

And happily enough, Horn is currently running a Kickstarter to bring volume one and volume two of his series to print. We're big advocates for anything that forcibly mashes dinosaurs and noble assassins together, so we spoke to Horn about the Kickstarter and his work on Ninjasaur for the first installment of our new crowdfunding Q&A feature, Back Pages.

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