Produced by AH Comics Inc. (Titan: An Alternate History, Delta, Hobson's Gate, Jewish Comix Anthology) and edited by Hope Nicholson (Brok Windsor, Lost Heroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights), MOONSHOT brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling.
From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work in North America. MOONSHOT will be an incredible collection that will amaze, intrigue and entertain!
Here are some of the talented artists and writers who will be creating original stories for MOONSHOT:
Claude St-Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Green Lantern, Captain Canuck), Jeffery Veregge (G.I. Joe, Judge Dredd), Stephen Gladue (MOONSHOT cover artist), Haiwei Hou (Two Brothers), Nicholas Burns (Arctic Comics, Curse of Chucky, Super Shamou), Scott B. Henderson (Man to Man, Tales from Big Spirit), Jon Proudstar (Tribal Force), George Freeman (Captain Canuck, Aquaman, Batman), Mark Shainblum (Northguard, Corum: The Bull and The Spear), Elizabeth LaPensee (Survivance, The Nature of Snakes, Fala), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Fire & Fleet & Candlelight, Coincidence & Likely Stories), Richard Van Camp (Path of the Warrior, Kiss Me Deadly), Ryan Huna Smith (Tribal Force), David Robertson (The Evolution of Alice, Stone), Steve Sanderson (Darkness Calls, Journey of the Healer), Michael Yahgulanaas (RED), Michael Sheyahshe (Native Americans in Comic Books, Dark Owl), David Cutler (The Northern Guard), Menton J. Matthews III (Monocyte, Memory Collectors, Three Feathers), Jay Odjick (Kagagi: The Raven), Ian Ross (Heart of a Distant Tribe, Bereav'd of Light, An Illustrated History of the Anishinabe), Lovern Kindzierski (X-Men, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Spiderman), Arigon Starr (Super Indian, Indigenous Narratives Collective) and more!
Editor Hope Nicholson was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a graduate of York University in Toronto. She is a professional researcher specializing in comic book history, and reprinted the first major female comic book superhero “Nelvana of the Northern Lights”. She was recently the associate producer of the documentary “Lost Heroes” for Superchannel, and is a member of the fan-news organization GEEKPR0N. She has presented at conventions and conferences on Canadian comic book history throughout the US and Canada. Her last project - a highly successful Kickstarter campaign - was a reprint of the 1940's comic book character Brok Windsor.
The Publisher AH Comics Inc.'s debut publication, Titan: An Alternate History, was named "The Best in New Graphic Novels" by The National Post in 2011, and entered into the required reading curriculum for a contemporary Canadian literature course at Western University. Their second project, Hobson's Gate, is a 3 part graphic novel series that also been named for an Association of Arts & Social Change Publishing Award, as well as an AASC People's Choice Award. A portion of every sale of Hobson's Gate is donated to mental health charities in Canada. Their third book, the concept graphic novel/musical album with The River Pilots was in the selection process for a Juno nomination in 2013. Their latest publication, the Jewish Comix Anthology: Volume 1, which raised over $52,000 on Kickstarter, is a 256 page collection of ancient tales, myths and legends with contributions from some of the biggest names in comic book history including Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner, Harvey Pekar, Robert Crumb, Michael Netzer, Clifford Meth, Joe Kubert and Stan Lee.
The cover for this beautiful collection was painted by Stephen Gladue, a Cree artist from Vancouver, Canada. The image is based on a traditional Cree dancer with crow motif embellishments. The crow in many communities is a pathfinder with the power to speak, bringing messages of wisdom and acts as a spiritual storyteller.
MOONSHOT will be printed as a 200 page, full colour, high quality volume showcasing a wide variety of stories and artistic styles, highlighting the complex identity of indigenous culture from across North America. Most of the original stories created exclusively for this volume are between 5-10 pages, including pinup art and prose passages.
The traditional stories presented in MOONSHOT are with the permission from the elders in their respective communities, making this a truly genuine, never-before-seen publication!
The Work Ahead
The samples you see on this page are just a small part of the MOONSHOT collection, with more being posted as the campaign progresses! The funds from your pledges will be going directly to the writers and artists involved to create the original works, purchasing rights to republish some of the rare stories previously told, print the first run of books and fulfilling all of your much anticipated reward packages! Any amount raised above our goal will go towards additional marketing and special programs related to the book!
What we have for you in return for your pledges will amaze and delight, including digital copies of the book, custom bookmarks with original art, 200 page books, Canadian and US postage stamps custom made by Canada Post with art from the book, limited edition signed and numbers prints from acclaimed artists artist Jeffery Veregge & Nicholas Burns, retailer specials and more!
*Note: when the campaign successfully closes, you can have these rewards mailed to anyone you like - the perfect gift :)
Risks and challenges
There are a lot of moving parts with a project of this size, including managing dozens of creators, editing, rights, print production and more. But with AH Comics' award winning publications, including a successful Kickstarter-funded hardcover comics anthology of over 40 creators from all over the world, MOONSHOT is in excellent hands and we couldn't be more excited for the work ahead!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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