Making its debut at Small Press Expo is Beth Barnett’s InfoGraphic Novel Dreamers of the Day. History lesson, travel log, diary, and comic are all rolled into one as Beth takes us on a journey of discovery about TE Lawrence.
It is a common theme among creators that they care about the subject they are taking on. So often they are labors of love. This is clearly another entry along those lines, but, it is so much more. How so? Well, Dreamers of the Day is actually the base upon which Beth will be building her planned three part bio-graphical take on TE Lawrence. The labor of love is evident as this is a take on the journey Beth took in order to research and truly find the story that lay within the life of TE Lawrence. It is her story of discovery about her subject and a bit about herself. The deep dive of a pilgrimage to Oxford uncovers riches of history that are almost exclusively ignored or glanced over as afterthoughts in the many pieces of media about Lawrence of Arabia.
Perhaps my favorite part of this piece is the absolute personal reflection and unabashedly candid peek into Beth’s feelings and the emotional journey she’s taken. What were surely the feelings she was having at the time of the various depicted events, we can see drawn all over the representative Beth on page. While documentative in nature and biographical in scope Beth presents this journey in a story type fashion that her artwork lends very well too. The book is about her search and discovery of TE Lawrence but the entirety is truly about TE. The scenes of running late for appointments or getting lost are related with candor.
The connection with not just herself, but with the importance of the endeavor she’s undertaken allows so much more to come across from the page. Even though there are more installments coming there is already very large pieces of learning for anyone that picks up this book. Most folks only know the Hollywood given bylines but the story of TE Lawrence is so much richer and deeper than most are aware of. The history involved with the man and his involvement in history is a lesson that will enrich your understanding of the world and educate you in ways you’re not expecting. The zest with which the journey is undertaken jumps off the page and brings you along for the ride.
Beth will be at SPX on SEP 14-15th! Dreamers of the Day makes its print debut at the Expo!
Jeff Martin’s web strip is coming to print. That’s the aim anyway as his KICKSTARTER launches on AUG 19, 2019 and will be a 30 day campaign. The KS aim is to get the 84 strips published into print and out to the masses. There will be two books, each with a 42 strip story arc. Published weekly since FEB 2018, the project already shows staying power and has been coming around to more and more eyes lately. So what exactly is Hell, Inc? It’s satire that plays on one of the most well known tropes out there. What’s more of a hell than an office job …?
The timeless reality that is hell on Earth has been used to high success many times over. Martin has added to the ranks of hilarious takes on the horrors and torture of the cubicle world. Humor that recalls the likes of Office Space is sprinkled about but the strip is entirely its own entity. We follow Doug, a hopeless everyman (demon) working for the big corp in literal Hell, Hell Incorporated. The premise itself (the office trope) is ripe with relatable instances and the humor in agony that many people go through day in and day out. While horribly human with his existence, Doug also finds that Hell itself is a multilayered storm. It has got to be exponentially more dire of an existence to be just a cog in the corporate machine when you compound that with the corporate machine being, again, literal Hell.
Keeping the humor relatable is what makes the strip overly funny. Despite being a demon Doug lives through every day human hells. Perhaps he was a corporate cog before the afterlife and is now living out his own personal hell by being condemned to run the cubicle rat race for eternity? That would just add that much more humor to the goings on over at Hell, Inc. The art delivers exaggerated depictions of the every day torture of the office life. From dreaming of doing the unthinkable to your co-workers, running and hiding from the boss, and attempting to feign importance we see Doug navigate his horrifyingly mundane afterlife with the same hopeless indifference many of us have experienced.
It isn’t that Doug doesn’t have an important job. He processes souls for Hell, Inc. Given that that is what Hell is all about one would think there would be a bit more shine to things. Not so much. There always seems to be something that keeps the experience from being what it could or adding to the misery of being just another office worker. The “adventures” have even gone so far as to give Doug an intern [a human one at that] that simply just has to be the secret 10th circle of hell.
Be sure to check out the Kickstarter LIVE NOW! Hell, Inc is a wonderfully done satire. The play on the situation makes it that much more humorous. You’ll thoroughly enjoy your time with Hell, Inc.
From Gary Maloney (the award winning writer/editor of MIXTAPE) and Raquel Kusiak Burgos this spy-thriller is one of the comics that is being serialized in Bun & Tea (highlighted in our What’s Kickin August preview). Described as a “what would happen if Lois Lane had a secret double life as John Wick,” LENS is a story that follows the award winning photographer Jane Danner. She just so happens to moonlight as one of the world’s deadliest assassins.
I love this “old school” approach that the B&T Magazine is taking with serializing comics. I can remember reading Dick Tracy, Spider-Man (both were reprinted in my local paper growing up), and several other strips when I was younger. There’s something about the serialized approach that adds a dimension to a story that you just can’t manage to get in other forms. The serialized format brings regular installments that have no bounds other than the creators (IE- no larger publishing(er) agendas or irregularities). LENS utilizes the form well and gives a great first impression.
For such a deep character Jane’s motivations seem pretty shallow. She loves creating an outcome. Whether or not those outcomes are for the better or worse is pretty immaterial to her. The outcome itself is the satisfying element. It’s a stark contrast to the clear understanding of power that she yields with the camera. How much a single photo can incite a rage or sympathy isn’t lost on Jane. She’s very aware of the tool that photography can be. To employ an almost ignorant (not stupid) approach with it provides an extra layer that will hopefully be explored as the chapters roll in. It isn’t just the photography though. The other lens through which she shoots is also treated just as flippantly. The attitude that both are treated with will certainly bring about some very difficult situations for Jane. While Danner may not want the answers to her actions (or to even ask the questions at all), I am very curious as to how her affection for being both the creator and capturer of chaos is going to play out. If not from her, then certainly from someone sending her out on assignment, there will likely be a clash of conscience coming.
I’m already wanting to read the second installment. LENS brings a great pulpy feel to it with a modern shine. It will be very interesting to see just how it all unfolds as the broader picture is developed.
LENS is being serialized in The Bun & Tea Kickstarter which closes funding August 15th 2019 @ 2:52 PM EDT. Head on over and get this mag funded!
SINK: BLOOD & RAIN – Closes funding August 6th 2019 11:59 PM EDT The second volume of the award winning crime-horror series from Comixtribe. It’s got murderous clowns for goodness sake. Sinkhill is a place where anything can happen but does have two constants. Blood and Rain. Date night from hell, a gang member having a crisis of conscience, and being in grave danger after moving into a luxury high-rise are all just part of the fun.
FALLEN – Closes funding August 8th 2019 6:57 AM EDT 22 pages of full color from Matt Ringel and Henry Ponciano delving into the synth-pop filled era of 1980’s New York. A mythological detective story, Fallen is the story of the mythological gods using humans as wards to influence the mortal world. As it stands, Zeus has been murdered and his ward must now find the answers. Who killed Zeus, and how? There’s a treacherous underworld to navigate but the Olympian family will be in support.
Digital and physical copy tiers.
BROTHERS BOND – Closes funding August 8th 2019 3:23 PM EDT Ryan Benjamin, and Kevin Grevioux bring the Eisner nominated webcomic to print. Demonic forces have taken over the kingdom and it is up to the exiled prince and his two blind samurai protectors to reclaim it. There’s action, adventure, coming of age, and a little comedy in this tale of fixing past mistakes to restore what once was.
Digital and print copy tiers. Con Preview exclusive and slipcase box set available.
LAD: THE HOMECOMING – Closes funding August 9th 2019 3:00 AM EDT Umar Ditta, Carlos Pedro, Hugo Boylan, Kerrie Smith, and Dearbhla Kelly bring us a neo-noir inspired story about The Family. Running the town, the Family operates out of the Beacon Lodge. One rule only really, and that is “leave the Forest, and the Hermit alone” and all is well. Except it isn’t because the family’s father was found savagely beaten clinging to life just outside the forest.
Great digital and print tier price points. Retailer and t-shirt rewards available.
STELLAR ODYSSEY – Closes funding August 9th 2019 2:00 PM EDT A team of NINE creators has come together to bring a sci-fi anthology of four – six page stories all taking place in the same universe. Serving as an intro to characters with the Stellar Odyssey universe, the stories will be a glimpse into what’s coming. Aliens, shootouts, and escape await! Each story will have its own “cover art” as well.
Sketch card and pin up rewards. T-shirt and custom art available.
COGNITION – Closes funding August 11th 2019 9:30 AM EDT A steam powered automaton with a human soul is spiritually linked with a demonically possessed mouse. They serve the British Occult Secret Service during the height of the Golden Age of the Victorian Era. Ken Reynolds dives into British folklore and riffs on a will o’the wisp, black schuck, and the legend of Bran the Blessed.
Single issue and trade reward tiers. Metal bookmark, collector’s box available.
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TRIGGER MORTIS – Closes funding August 13th 2019 4:00 PM EDT Derec Donovan combines the Spaghetti Western and Zombie genres in this 64 page hardcover. Devil’s Lantern, CO is under siege from a zombie plague that’s spreading like wildfire. Instead of focusing on CO gaining statehood, the cattle rustlers, or the love triange she’s involved in Sarah Mc’Clintock has to help band the living together to stave off the walking dead.
Signed art Remarque and enamel pin tiers. Alternate cover by Dan Panosian available.
TRANSDIMENSIONAL – Closes funding August 15th 3:42 AM EDT TPub Comics is getting the final issue of the mini-series and the collected edition funded here. Project is done so straight to printing when the campaign ends. The story is about an emotionally broken underwater archaeologist that hides his true motivation for chartering an expedition to a sunken Russian submarine that’s been missing for decades. The deeper the crew goes the darker and more horrifying the story gets.
Digital and print copy tiers. T-shirt and commissions available.
BUN & TEA – Closes funding August 15th 2019 2:52 PM EDT Claire Napier is editing a serial comics magazine. Each issue will be approximately sixty five pages (50 pages of graphic narrative content and the rest will be the magazine type trimmings). While each monthly segment will be fun all its own there will be a bigger, whole story being told. There are six creative teams in the first installment from all over the world.
Digital and print tiers.
THE ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST – Closes funding August 19th 2019 2:59 AM EDT Jeff Rider, Davide Puppo, and Anthony Lee come back for issue 2 of the story of Lark Leraar. A powerful sorcerer and the owner of the Arcanist Bar, Lark has discovered that dark magic has crept into the drinks as well as the new guy, Bill. Now it’s up to Lark and her friend Naomi to undertake a dangerous mission and save him. Magical worlds and mystical people are explored alongside flora and fauna that are used to make the most unique libations known!
Catch up tier and enamel pin rewards. Art print available.
DESTINY, NY: STORIES – Closes funding August 23rd 2019 8:00 PM EDT A perfect jumping on point for the Destiny, NY world. Pat Shand continues the world building with this collection of short stories that explores the characters much deeper and closer than ever before. All in all it’s 100+ pages collecting ten shorts that range from slice-of-life to holiday special to magical drama. They’re stand alone and provide a more intimate understanding of the characters of Destiny, NY.
Variant cover, bookplate, art prints. Catch up tier for entirety of Destiny, NY available.
HEART OF STEAL – Closes funding August 25th 2019 3:56 AM EDT This brand new action/crime caper comes from Fraser Campbell. The man behind hits such as Alex Automatic and The Edge Off is bringing the tale of three estranged friends that find themselves on a collision course following an audacious robbery. Loyalty, friendship and ambition are at the core of the story. Did I mention it’s set in Alpha City, on the moon? It is.
Digital bundle, print, commission tiers. Likeness in issue 2 available.
THE SEVEN SAGAS OF SILVERBEARD – Closes funding August 28th 11:31 AM EDT A gorilla warrior battles over seven lifetimes to overthrow the uncaring Gods that betrayed him and would turn his world into a wasteland. Earth is dying and the Gods simply don’t care. Cures, Silverbeard has battled demons, monsters, and the blighted land itself to try and overcome the deities that care not for the plight of the land. Pete Taylor brings the silver age inspired saga to oversized life.
Digital and physical, bookplate, art print. Ink sketch available.
*Time for another round up of projects being Kickstarted that we here at the Driving Creators Network feel you should check out! Some we’re backing but unfortunately we can’t back every project we dig. We still want to highlight and get the word out at the least!*
Ending in 14 Days or Less
Rise of the Goatman – Closes funding July 24th 2019 1:00 PM EDT Afterlight Comics has another horror book book out there. Rise of the Goatman from Joseph Oliveira, Franccesco Iaquinta, and Adrian Garcia is a 29 page one-shot. A family retreat to a cabin in the woods changes dramatically when the daughter finds a diary from the previous owner that reveals the truth about the cabin. This looks to continue the strong line of horror comics from Afterlight (Wendigo Woood, Ghost Island, Stay Awake).
Art card print and poster rewards available.
Warcorns: Combat Unicorns for Hire – Closes funding July 26th 2019 11:52 AM EDT Source Point Press is bringing this fabulously crazy tale from Garrett Gunn,Kevin Stokes,Jeremy Clark, Nicolas Touris, and Hde. This is an entirely new series, but the debut here is a direct tie to the Franklin and Ghost series (Garrett Gunn). Set between VOL 1 and 2 of F&G, Warcorns is a story about this elite Unicorn team being dispatched to bring in Franklin and Ghost dead or alive.
Chromium variant cover, challenge coin stretch goal, and Variant Franklin and Ghost TPBs available!
Facets: Advent Comics 10th Anniversary – Closes funding July 26th 2019 7:14 PM EDT Advent Comics is celebrating its tenth anniversary in grand style. The 100 page graphic novel sees two cosmic beings discussing the fate of this universe. Depending upon how the events unfold on Earth, the Universe’s fate will go accordingly. The Advent Comics Heroes and Villains are featured as they unknowingly play their role in a cosmic game of chance that can destroy the cosmos itself. There’s over 50 creators involved so listing them would be insane. The names do include Andy Smith, Bart Sears, Rich Buckler, and Allan Goldman.
Bevy of rewards offering up the entirety of the Advent Universe in addition to the 100 page 10th anniversary graphic novel. Hardcover reward tier available.
Beastlands – Closes funding July 26th 2019 8:00 PM EDT Curtis Clow, Jo Mi-Gyeong, and Toben Racicot are back with their action adventure story set in a beautiful medieval fantasy world where some people have companion beasts known as Keepers. The exploration into what Mac’s (the main character) father was searching for cnotinues but now here’s a tyrant king that is looking to outlaw the Keepers This is for Issue #2 as #1 was successfully funded, and we can personally verify that the book is great.
Collector’s edition foil stamped covers. Variant and virgin covers for issue 2 available.
Wretches VOL 1 – Closes funding July 27th 2019 9:00 PM EDT A 150+ page sci-fi graphic novel about family and the lengths we’ll go to save the ones we love from James E. Roche, Salo Farias, Chunlin Zhao, and Chas! Pangburn. On the rough streets of an alien planet, far from the one they’d called home, Shea and Sean were forced to grow up with nothing but each other. Forever outrunning the horrors of their past, they survive the only way they know how: by hunting and killing robots for profit! Brother and sister have to fight against all odds to be reunited in an epic set to the tones of Blade Runner, 5th Element, and Battlestar Galactica.
Original art and commissions. Charity tier with “4th Monkey Anthology” pdf that benefits efforts at the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, NJ.
Gorilla My Dreams: Gorilla Tails – Closes funding August 1st 2019 8:00 AM EDT Ahmed Rafaat, Big Tim Stiles, S. Greenleaf, and Nathan Kelly bring and exploration of Struggle-Town and its residents. Spotlights shine on KNOCKAROUND-GUY as well as some of the other characters who cross paths with him; The cops, the crooks, even wannabe superheroes. Sure there’s Struggle-Town’s famous masked defender, but there are others who help keep the streets safe.
All stretch goals add to the stories and pin ups. Variant and blank covers & t-shirts available.
More Than Two Weeks Left
Acceptable Losses – Closes funding August 3rd 2019 3:00 AM EDT From Joe Glass, Danny Flores,Moose Baumann, and Michael Stock comes a self-contained 32 page comic detailing the last official mission of the USA’s sole superhuman military operative, the US Eagle. It’s some parts superhero, some parts revenge fantasy, and focuses on the grim action and cycle of violence in the war on terror and those fighting it on both sides.
Focus on digital copies but you’ll find some print TPB reward tiers for Joe’s THE PRIDE VOL 1. There’s also some great sketch rewards as well.
Everglade Angels – Closes funding August 11th 2019 7:00 PM EDT From Scott Lobdell, Blake Northcott, and Roc Upchurch a tale of a girl’s softball team taking a shortcut through the Florida Everglades that sees them end up in a trap set by a murderous cult. They’d hope to have one last blow off before college and their inevitable parting of ways. Instead they’re caught smack dab in middle of murder and mystery. Facing unspeakable evil emerging from the darkness these girls are ready to fight back.
T-shirt and original art rewards. Buy one get one 50% option available.
The Game – Closes funding August 14th 2019 12:05 PM EDT Charlie Stickney, Conor Hughes, and Triona Farrell beg the question “So just what is The Game?” Well, it’s a hell of a question. The team describes it as Quantum Leap, if Sam happened to jump into the body of The Highlander and then got dragged into a sexy noir thriller. This is the team that has brought us White Ash so I’ve no doubt about the pitch.
Something is going on and it has been going on for centuries. An epic game has been and still is being played. By whom? For whom? Purpose? Yeah, all of that is shrouded in mystery. You can go to the campaign and read the first 10 pages of the story and get hooked.
Original art, dice, and SDCC exclusive ashcan rewards. Chance to get White Ash VOL 1 HC available.
Metalshark Bro: Isle of Misfit Bros – Closes funding August 15 2019 11:00 AM EDT The Bro is back thanks to Bob Frantz, Kevin Cuffe, Walter Ostlie, and Chas! Pangburn. The raunchy ride of dudes, bros, and anthrapamorphic folks carries on thanks to MSB whacking Beelz! Lots of weird ass demon creatures want revenge on MSB which means there’s oodles and oodles of gory deaths ahead! It’s an action filled, toilet humor laden comic that is just fun as hell. How could it not be with super pissed dude-bros that admired a douchebag demon dude gunning for revenge against our favorite bro?
Catch up tiers, enamel pins, and t-shirts. Kickstarter exclusive art book available.