What’s Kickin

Hello folks! Time for another WHAT’S KICKIN! We’ve got a little preview of SIX projects currently funding on Kickstarter that we feel are more than worth your time and pledge. Take a moment and do a little window shopping here and then head on over to the projects for a full on look at the goods!

NEXT DOOR: A Neo-Noir Crime Comic

A neo-noir story of paranoia, privilege, and walking the dog gone wrong.

Next Door is the debut comic for writer/journalist Zack Quaintance, and the second Kickstarter for artist Pat Skott (The Space-Wolf). They’re joined by star colorist Ellie Wright (Bettie Paige, James Bond) and star letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Black Stars AboveJoin The Future). It’s 30+ pages of crime comics meets the housing crisis, told through the dual perspective of a trendy privileged couple moving into an “up and coming” neighborhood…and the long-time residents they’re pushing out. This neo-noir tale has hints of The Dregs, some BTTM FDRS, and just a bit of Stray Bullets.
Funding through SEPT 4th

Knights vs. Pirates

The search for a legendary relic ignites a battle between two of the most fearsome warriors of all time.

On a quest from God, King Arthur has dispatched three of his most trusted Knights to search for the Holy Grail. Unfortunately for the King, he is not the only one that seeks the sacred prize.  The King of the Britons will be tested like never before. He will put his life on the line for the sake of his country and for the sake of his people. The infamous pirate Blackbeard is on the hunt for the ultimate power, power that will allow him to rule over the seven seas for all of time. But, his reward won’t come easy. Blackbeard will have to use all of his cunning and brutality if he has any hope to defeat some of the greatest warriors that the world has ever seen. Written by Jay Martin, art by Chris Imber and colors by Chris Jenkins.
Funding through SEPT 7th

Ninja Nuns: Bad Habits Die Hard

The Metalshark Bro Spin-Off the world has been waiting for! The Ninja Nuns are here to cast out the wicked in this 40-page one-shot.

WHO ARE THE NINJA NUNS! MSB fans from all over the world clamored for more stories, more adventures staring the Church’s swift arm of justice that protected the flock from the gathering wolves! So Metalshark Bro co-creators Kevin Cuffe and Bob Frantz put their heads together and cooked up a few ideas for short stories. The duo invited Metalshark Bro editor Chas! Pangburn (who is a great writer) to submit a story and wa-la! The dudes had 30 some odd pages of Ninja Nun Stories broken into 4 short stories. Scripts are cool but ART is better! Kevin, Chas, and Bob contacted a few of their favorite artists (Tony Gregori, Josh Jensen, Dann Franco, Gabriel Calfa, Angela Sprecher,and John Bergin) and BAM! They got themselves a comic book.
Funding through SEPT 9th

PROJECT: STARLESS DAYDREAM

Over 30 comic creators come together to create the finale to a mech anime that never existed!

It is the dying days of the 10 Years War between Earth and space colony Saturn Sigma. With resources dwindling, the desperate Saturn Sigma forces press their advance against the weakening Earth Federation Alliance. Ace Ringer Fuku Basara has become disillusioned by this years long strife against the EFA.  After defeating their rival Jester Rollins, Fuku steals away with their best friend and giant mech, BG-BY. They are tired of fighting in a war they didn’t sign up for and want to fight for themself…but the wounds of war take long to heal and Fuku will not be able to outrun the ripple effect of their actions. Featuring the talents of:
AHG – C. Thomas Anderson – Julia Cartales – Dave Chisholm – Alex Delgado – Sachi Ediriweera
Ivan Fiorelli – Minerva Fox – Colm Griffin – Rupam Grimoeuvre – Henry Guerra – Matt Harding
Matthew Harrower – Salvador Hernandez Jr – DC Hopkins – Fell Hound – John Jack – Liana Kangas
Jonathan La Mantia – Fabian Lelay – Danny Lore – Elizabeth Malette – Adam Markiewicz – Mike McGhee
Gary Moloney – Dan Morison – Jenny Odio – Skylar Patridge – Sebastián Píriz – Simone Ragazzoni
Benjamin Sawyer – Shaun Sunday – Artyom Trakhanov
Funding through SEPT 16th

THE O.Z. #1 – A Fantasy Classic Reimagined for Comics

Haunted by her past, a disillusioned Iraq war veteran must survive the war-torn land of Oz.

Decades ago, when a young girl defeated the Wicked Witch of the West, she said farewell to the magical land of Oz… but unwittingly plunged the country in a vicious power vacuum leading to years of brutal civil war. But a generation later, the name of Dorothy Gale lives on in her granddaughter, an Iraq war veteran grappling with disillusionment and PTSD — yet when a tornado strikes Dorothy’s quiet Kansas town, this former soldier finds herself in the war-torn battlefield known only as The O.Z. Forced to navigate warring factions led by the Tin Soldier, the Scarecrow, and the Courageous Lion, Dorothy must come to terms with her legacy and her past if she ever hopes to bring peace to the Occupied Zone. Brought to you by David Pepose, Ruben Rojas, Whitney Cogar, and DC Hopkins.
Funding through SEPT 16th
We spoke with David Pepose about the project, have a listen here:

God Puncher Vol. 1 “Tim Finnly: Wanted!”

A TPB of the comic God-Puncher!

From artist and writer, Lane Lloyd, God-Puncher is a high octane, off the wall Fantasy-Comedy about a man named Tim Finnly, the titular ”God-Puncher.” Betrayed by the gods he protected, Tim Finnly now hunts them down with his talking fists. This kickstarter is to fund a collection of the first five issues of God-Puncher. In this arc, Tim Finnly is being hunted by his arch nemesis, the lord of time, Syrem. Tim not only has to worry about Syrem, he now has to worry about an entire nation out for his head! He’ll need all the help he can get from a few strange characters if he hopes to make it out of this alive. 
Funding through SEPT 24th

What’s Kickin – July 2019 Edition

*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 GoatmanCloses 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 HireCloses 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 AnniversaryCloses 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.


BeastlandsCloses 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 1Closes 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 LossesCloses 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 AngelsCloses 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 GameCloses 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 BrosCloses 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.