Years in the making, AH Comics is thrilled and honoured to bring you Volume 3 of the multiple award-winning MOONSHOT The Indigenous Comics Collection series! Here are 15 brand new comic book and graphic novel stories by Indigenous creators from across North America!
INTO THE BEYOND
Editors Dr. Elizabeth LaPensee & Michael Sheyahshe are at the helm for this exciting third volume. Together with our incredible team of Indigenous authors and artists, they have set the theme for the 15 stories to be focused on Indigenous Futurisms. Written and illustrated exclusively by Indigenous authors and artists, this epic volume will be unlike any comic book collection we've produced before!
In Indigenous storytelling the concept of Indigenous Futurisms - a term coined by Anishinaabe scholar Grace L. Dillon - tells of the past, present, and future as being a nonlinear reality. Using the knowledge of the ancestors, it is possible to experience history, be in the present and witness the future at once.
The intelligence of those who came before us is to be honoured - for through the eyes of their past we recognize the truth of our present, and are able to envision many possible futures or alternate realities.
With this, events created by the authors contained in this Collection are made of a fabric that includes traditions, ancestral memories and the utmost respect.
The 15 stories in MOONSHOT Volume 3 will illustrate the Indigenous Futurisms concept in striking, intriguing, dramatic and dynamic ways. Will there be space and time travel? Yes! Will we encounter parallel dimensions? Of course! Advanced technology, post-apocalyptic settings, robots, aliens and more. It's all here! But this is not fantasy, and time is not a straight line with a definitive beginning, middle and end.
100% INDIGENOUS CONTENT
This third volume of the multiple award-winning collection will be written by Indigenous authors only, and illustrated entirely by Indigenous artists. Along with two award-winning editors, this exciting new volume of the MOONSHOT Collection will be created exclusively by Indigenous voices and hands!
Here is a list of the amazing Indigenous authors and artists creating work for Volume 3:
Author David Alexander Robertson (Strangers, Will I See?)
- Authors Sean & Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley (Why the Monster, Qallupiluk)
- Author Jay Odjick (Kagagi: The Raven, The Hunt)
- Author Richard Van Camp (Three Feathers, Tlicho Naowo)
- Authors Gerard & Peta-Gay Roberts (Creator Tamosi, OKAMA)
- Author Darcie Little Badger (Black, Their Regalia, Worst Bargain in Town)
- Author Alina Pete (Weregeek, Who Calls)
- Author Daniel Heath Justice (Our Fire Survives the Storm, Hummingbirds)
- Author Lee Francis (Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers)
- Author Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning - The Sixth World)
- Author Jen Storm (Fire Starters, This Place: 150 Years Retold)
- Author Jon Proudstar (Tribal Force)
- Artist Weshoyot Alvitre (Hummingbirds, Native American Classics)
- Artist Richard Pace (Pitt, Doctor Strange, The Clock)
- Artist David Cutler (Hacktivist, Northern Guard)
- Artist Kim Hunter (Do Wild Turkeys Dream of Electric Drums)
- Artist Stephen Gladue (Cree Dancer)
- Author/Artist Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf, Transformers, G.I. Joe)
- Artist Jerry Thistle (Remember Resist Redraw)
- Artist Kyle Charles (Heavy Metal, '68 and Roche Limit)
- Artist Dimi Macheras (Guttertown, Harbinger, Dallas Merchant)
- Artist Ray Caplin (Traditional Healing, Skindigenous, Boy and the Shadow)
- Artist Gabrielle Grimard (When I was Eight, Lila and the Crow)
- Artist Roy Boney Jr. (Trickster: Native American Tales, Dead Eyes Open)
- Artist Maria Wolf Lopez (Deer Woman: An Anthology)
- Artist Dale Ray Deforest (Rez Luv, Hero Twins)
- Artist Steve Keewatin Sanderson (Darkness Calls, Journey of the Healer)
- Artist Sadekaronhes Esquivel (Blacklight)
ABOUT THE EDITORS
That's right - we've brought on board two editors to curate Volume 3! Their expertise, experience and energy is going to make this volume of the MOONSHOT Collection the best one yet!
Dr. Elizabeth LaPensée is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe from Baawaating with relations at Bay Mills Indian Community, Métis named for Elizabeth Morris, and settler-Irish. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University.
Michael Sheyahshe is a Caddo artist, author, developer, and technologist. He has been published in Illusions journal, Trauma Magazine, Native Peoples Magazine, Games for Windows, & New Plains Review. Michael holds two degrees, cum laude, in Native American Studies and Film Studies, is a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. He is the former appointed Tax Commissioner for the Caddo Nation, and held a seat on the Board of Trustees for the Caddo Heritage Museum. Michael is the author of Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study, speaking of the representation of Indigenous characters and creators in the comic book industry.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
For readers who are not familiar with previous volumes of the MOONSHOT Collection, this is what's been happening:
In 2015, with the help of over 1,300 Kickstarter backers, MOONSHOT The Indigenous Comics Collection Volume 1 was created. The first of our award-winning series was named "The Best Book of 2015" by the School Library Journal - the largest book reviewer in the world. Volume 1 of the Collection also won the Bronze Medal for "Best Graphic Novel" at the 20th Annual Independent Publisher Awards, was included in the prestigious Canadian CBC Holiday Gift Guide, and awarded a spot as one of the Top 10 Best Book for Teens by the Toronto Public Library Association.
Volume 2 was published in 2017 with the generous support of over 1,500 Kickstarter backers. This volume was awarded the Gene Day Joe Shuster Award - the largest comic book awards program in Canada. This volume also won the Bronze Medal again for "Best Graphic Novel" at the 22nd Annual Independent Publisher Awards, and was greatly honoured with a 2018 PRISM Award at San Diego Comicon, presented for the story "The Boys Who Became The Hummingbirds" by author Daniel Heath Justice and artist Wehsoyot Alvitre (both back again contributing to Volume 3). The PRISM Awards are given to outstanding works focusing on LGBTQ2I characters and content.
SPEAKING OF REWARDS...
For backing the Kickstarter campaign for MOONSHOT The Indigenous Comics Collection Volume 3 you can get books (softcovers & hardcovers), digital editions by Comixology, bookmarks, exclusive signed art prints and more! See the full list of the custom packages in the Reward/Support section, and be sure to select a package - or just grab a single reward item - when making your pledge today!
SIGNED ART PRINT SELECTIONS
Below is the artwork that you can get as signed prints at certain reward package levels. After the Kickstarter closes successfully, you will be asked via email to confirm which art print you would like to receive from the list below:
As is tradition, we're keeping the campaign going and are introducing some exciting Stretch Goals that will be available to backers when the funding reaches certain levels above the minimum. Here's what we have to look forward to:
Stretch Goal #1 | +$18,000 *UNLOCKED*!!!
- If the campaign receives $18,000 in pledges above the minimum goal we will produce an all new, original Indigenous Futurisms song/art book. This will include lyrics and poetry from a handful of the top Indigenous recording artists today. Each of the songwriters will be paired with an artist to create original splash art to go with their words. This book will be a wonderful companion to Moonshot Volume 3 and every backer of this campaign who has pledged for a digital book or higher will automatically receive a PDF copy of the song/art book for free!
Stretch Goal #2 | +$25,000
- If the campaign receives $25,000 in pledges above the minimum goal we will have an additional story written, illustrated and included in the Volume 3 book!
By popular demand, here are a few a-la-carte style options that you can add on to your existing pledge/package today:
+$5 BOOKMARKS - Add $5 to any pledge that already includes a physical book and you will receive a set of 5 bookmarks with your package!
At any time during the campaign you can increase your existing pledge to receive the Add-On options listed here. Just follow these three quick steps:
- Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' Button;
Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total value of the options you want to add;
When the Kickstarter campaign ends successfully, you will immediately be sent an email asking you to confirm which add-on item(s) you will receive!
Risks and challenges
AH Comics has a history of bringing successful Kickstarter projects to life. This being our fifth major anthology, we can't wait to dive into production! The most common challenge that occurs in a large collection like this is balancing the schedules of the authors and artists. That is why we build in some buffer time to the schedule, so we run smooth all the way through and we go to print as close to - or earlier - than the estimated date as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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