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Sam Costello Gathers Ten Years of Horror For 'Split Lip'
Sam Costello Gathers Ten Years of Horror For 'Split Lip'
For ten years, the Split Lip series has brought a new sense of horror to comics, influenced not by slasher stories and monsters-of-the-week, but by Gothic suspense and "weird fiction". It's a macabre selection of black and white chills, and for the series' anniversary, writer Sam Costello has brought the series to Kickstarter to publish a collection of his collaborations with artists Iain Laurie, Kyle Strahm, Savannah Horrocks, and more. Back Pages spoke to Costello about how Split Lip first apparated into morbid existence, and what readers can expect from the tenth anniversary collection.
'Scurry' Through The Post-Apocalypse With Mac Smith
'Scurry' Through The Post-Apocalypse With Mac Smith
In a post-apocalyptic world where only animals remain, Mac Smith's Scurry follows two mice as they attempt to keep together and stay alive through the most dangerous landscape imaginable. It's a terrific series that has been running as a webcomic since January, with each page fully painted by Smith. Scurry is a blockbuster success; with the launch of a Kickstarter to bring the series to print, Smith has seen his modest target of $8,000 blown out the water. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter has received almost $70,000 in pledges! The series has hit a chord with readers, so Back Pages spoke with Smith about how the project came together, why he brought it to Kickstarter, and just what readers can expect if they back the comic.
Van Camp, Robertson and LaPensee On 'Moonshot' Volume Two
Van Camp, Robertson and LaPensee On 'Moonshot' Volume Two
Following the huge success of Moonshot, the indigenous comics anthology, editor Hope Nicholson and publisher AH Comics announced a few weeks ago that they'd be bringing a sequel book to Kickstarter. Featuring stories by and about indigenous comics creators, the anthology collects comics from both new and established writers and artists, spreading their voice and stories around the world. With the campaign for the second Moonshot anthology now running on Kickstarter, Back Pages got in touch with Nicholson and contributors David Robertson, Elizabeth LaPensée and Richard Van Camp to find out what makes Moonshot such an important project, and what kind of stories they bring to the second volume.
Joamette Gil Summons 'Power & Magic' [Interview]
Joamette Gil Summons 'Power & Magic' [Interview]
Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology is a collection of stories about witches and witchcraft by queer women of color, including Devaki Neogi, Jemma Salume, and Aatmaja Pandya, curated by editor Joamette Gil. Currently running on Kickstarter, the anthology will be published by Gil's Power & Magic Press. To find out more about this magical project, Back Pages spoke to Gil about how it came about, what readers can expect from the stories, and her future plans for Power & Magic Press.
Kate-mia White Explores the Shadows of 'A Dark Forest'
Kate-mia White Explores the Shadows of 'A Dark Forest'
Leeds-based cartoonist Kate-mia White has been working on a fairytale, a hand-crafted comic set into seven fantastical parts. A Dark Forest is the story of Elizabeth, a young woman who lives with her family in a small house in a tiny village. However, Elizabeth starts to wonder why everyone around her is acting so strangely, and it turns out that her sister, Grace, has a bit of a secret --- and everybody else in the village is suspicious. Now running a Kickstarter for the third issue of the series, White takes elements of folk tradition, myth, and dark fantasy and blends them into a unique, wonderful narrative. Completely hand-made --- every issue is hand-bound --- the sheer level of craft on display with this project is absolutely amazing. A Dark Forest is illustrated in keen detail, with a slowly unravelling narrative that feels like a fresh take on the classic fairytale. Back Pages spoke to White to learn more.
Scandal, Power & Intrigue In Robin Hoelzemann's 'Curia Regis'
Scandal, Power & Intrigue In Robin Hoelzemann's 'Curia Regis'
Robin Hoelzemann's webcomic Curia Regis has been running since 2010, an 18th century battle of wits (and sometimes weapons) centered on a power vacuum that can only be resolved when someone ascends to the throne. Whether that person deserves the throne is not important; the kingdom needs a regent! As Hoelzemann brings the series to Kickstarter to seek a print release of the first volume, Back Pages spoke to her about how the story came about, and how she keeps up her weekly routine of comics intrigue.
Czap Books To Publish New Work by Kwang, Suburbia & Zabarsky
Czap Books To Publish New Work by Kwang, Suburbia & Zabarsky
Czap Books is a new micropublisher from America, founded by Kevin Czapiewski. The goal of Czap is simple: to bring new works to print, and get notable comics in the hands of people who are going to love them. The 2017 line consists of Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky, Don't Tell Me Not To Worry (I'll Worry All I Want) by Kelly Kwang, and Egg Creme #1 by Liz Suburbia, and Czap has taken to Kickstarter to fund the line, and has already hit the funding target of $12,500. That's an impressive feat, and testament to the drawing power of the three cartoonists. Czap Books has huge plans for the coming years, and this Kickstarter is just the start of it. Back Pages spoke to Czapiewski about the publisher's plans and what to expect for the future.
Editor Adam Prosser Conjures A 'Strange Romance'
Editor Adam Prosser Conjures A 'Strange Romance'
People may say that superheroes are still the biggest thing in comics in 2016, but don’t be fooled: romance is where it's at. The comics scene is increasingly packed with different anthologies and stories finding new ways to explore romance, connection, love, and friendship. There’s no end to what you can do with a strong romance story, and that’s evidenced brilliantly in the new comics anthology Strange Romance, which is running on Kickstarter right now. Back Pages spoke to editor Adam Prosser about how the book came together, and what strange, weird love stories readers can find inside.
Margaret Trauth Unravels the Code for 'Decrypting Rita'
Margaret Trauth Unravels the Code for 'Decrypting Rita'
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.

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