Discover Comics Anthologies
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Anthologies! Also known as the great, lumbering, difficult beast of just about every industry. As a format, they're wonderful: multiple voices tackle a unifying subject; big names are placed next to rising stars; art is taken on its own terms instead of the names attached to it. The only catch is that, whatever the format, they can be incredibly challenging to assemble. All those voices to juggle! All those deadlines!
Nevertheless, creators at Kickstarter consistently unite to create anthologies, proving that with some tenacity you can realize your vision, even if that vision happens to involve a whole lot of different voices. Here are a few comics anthologies that are live on Kickstarter right now.
Here's an anthology of comics set in Toronto made by Toronto-based creators. Mixing the established with the up-and-coming, you'll get a wide range of viewpoints on the Canadian city, some of which happen to feature giant robots and/or giant skeletons.
Beyond is over 250 pages of black and white queer sci-fi comics. Expect dragons, space, love, astronauts, monsters and a really ornate looking bannister (seriously look at that bannister in the bottom panel right of center.)
Cancer is a heavy topic to tackle, but Celebration of Life, an anthology about cancer and the emotions of those affected by it, looks up to the task. More than just the sad moments, this anthology will take a visceral look at a difficult subject.
Sure, it's impressive how diverse these anthologies can be, but it is doubly impressive when you consider the fact that they focus in on one set topic. That's partly what's going on with Boy, I Love You, a black and white anthology featuring six extended stories about men "who are allowed to live and love outside a fixed idea of masculinity."
They key phrase here is "fantasy themed," which means these stories aren't all just straight up wizards and people in armor going after dragons (though there is plenty of that too). Instead, there will be a blended mix of straight up fantasy along with more esoteric takes. Based on the sample images on their project page, you can also look forward to fantasy-westerns and some scenario where an orc-looking creature is playing a bass in a completely surreal looking club.
One of the most charming anthologies live right now must be Fresh Romance, which will be a digital monthly collection of romance stories made by a number of diverse creators. It's an ambitious move, but it's paying off. Series editor Janelle Asselin has a great roster of creators doing both serialized and one-off work for the anthology.