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MOONSHOT is an incredible 200 page collection of short stories from Indigenous creators across North America, in comic book form!
MOONSHOT is an incredible 200 page collection of short stories from Indigenous creators across North America, in comic book form!
1,569 backers pledged CA$ 74,792 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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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!

Who's Who?

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!

From "Tlicho Naowo: The Return of the Spirit" - an original story written exclusively for MOONSHOT by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Nicholas Burns.
From "Tlicho Naowo: The Return of the Spirit" - an original story written exclusively for MOONSHOT by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Nicholas Burns.

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 Book

Original painting by Stephen Gladue.
Original painting by Stephen Gladue.

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!

"Water Spirit" illustrated exclusively for MOONSHOT by Haiwei Hou.
"Water Spirit" illustrated exclusively for MOONSHOT by Haiwei Hou.

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!

Page 2 of "Tlicho Naowo: The Return of the Spirit" story by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Nicholas Burns.
Page 2 of "Tlicho Naowo: The Return of the Spirit" story by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Nicholas Burns.

Rewards!

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!

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    THANK YOU! Your backing of our project is so very much appreciated, and for your contribution you will receive a personal thank-you email from the President of AH Comics and MOONSHOT'S Editor Hope Nicholson!

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    SPECIAL EDITION DIGITAL BOOK Thank you for your amazing support for this project, and for this pledge you will receive a special edition digital version of Moonshot (viewable on all devices) including all the original content created exclusively for this volume!

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    DIGITAL BOOK + 5 BOOKMARKS For this honourable pledge you will receive the digital download as described above, PLUS a set of 5 custom made bookmarks adorned with original artwork from the pages of the book! *Free shipping to anywhere!

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    THE MOONSHOT BOOK! For your generous pledge of $30 you will receive the complete Moonshot book, INCLUDING all of the above rewards!

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    BOOK + CUSTOM COLLECTIBLE POSTAGE STAMPS This special reward package includes the complete book with all of the above goodies PLUS a set of 5 real usable Canadian Collector Stamps featuring original artwork by internationally acclaimed, award winning artist Jeffery Veregge! *Note: these are real usable stamps custom made by Canada Post that you can use to send mail from Canada, within Canada, or to the US!

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    THE GIFT OF GIVING! This unique reward package comes with 2 x 200 page softcover MOONSHOT BOOKS - one to keep for yourself, and one that we will package and send to another person or institution on your behalf :) You will also receive a digital copy of the book and a set of bookmarks that will be sent for both copies (when the campaign successfully closes you will be asked to provide the name/address of where the second package will be sent). *Note: This is a stand-alone package that is not included in the other rewards above or below.

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    LIMITED EDITION 6"x10" ART PRINT SIGNED BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST JEFFREY VEREGGE This incredible backer reward includes ALL of the previous awesomeness PLUS a special high quality limited edition (only 100 made) art print with an original signature, signed and numbered by internationally acclaimed, award winning artist Jeffrey Veregge! *Makes a one-of-a-kind present!

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    LIMITED EDITION 6"x10" ART PRINT SIGNED BY FILM MAKER, ANIMATOR, SCREENWRITER, AUTHOR AND FINE ARTIST NICHOLAS BURNS This incredible backer reward includes ALL of the previous awesomeness PLUS a special high quality limited edition (only 100 made) art print with an original signature, signed and numbered by Nicholas Burns! *Makes a one-of-a-kind present!

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    LIMITED EDITION 6"x10" ART PRINT "Water Spirit" SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR HAIWEI HOU This incredible backer reward includes ALL of the previous awesomeness PLUS a special high quality limited edition (only 100 made) art print with an original signature, signed and numbered by Haiwei Hou! *Makes a one-of-a-kind present!

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    LIMITED EDITION MOONSHOT IN HARDCOVER Only 250 books will be made as a special limited edition casebound hardcover run. You can be one of the lucky few to have one! This backer reward also includes the exclusive digital edition, collectible Canadian postage stamps and bookmarks!

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    MOONSHOT IN HARDCOVER + SIGNED ART PRINT By popular demand, this reward package includes EVERYTHING - the digital book, bookmarks, collectible stamps, one of the limited edition HARDCOVER books + PLUS YOUR CHOICE of one 6"x10" art print that will be signed by the artist! *You will select the specific print/artist at the end of the campaign, before your rewards are shipped.

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    THE ULTIMATE GIFT PACKAGE! This special reward package comes with 2 x HARDCOVER MOONSHOT BOOKS - one to keep for yourself, and one that we will package and send to another person or institution on your behalf :) Included with BOTH packages will be the limited edition hardcover casebound book, the exclusive digital edition, a set of bookmarks and the collectible Canadian postage stamps! (When the campaign successfully closes you will be asked to provide the name/address of where the second package will be sent). *Note: This is a stand-alone package that is not included in the other rewards above or below.

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    RETAILER INCENTIVE For retailers and shop owners, pledge here to receive 10 copies of Moonshot for your store! *This reward also includes a package of 10 bookmarks to give to your customers with each copy of Moonshot!

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    FRAMED CANVAS ART For the art lover! This pledge reward includes a 16" x 20" beautifully float-framed canvas art print of THE WATER SPIRIT by Haiwei Hou! Only 10 will be made! *You will also be sent a Hardcover copy of the book, digital version, bookmarks, collectible stamps, and your choice of one signed art card!

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    FRAMED CANVAS ART For the art lover! This pledge reward includes a 16" x 20" beautifully float-framed canvas art print of CARIBOU by Nicholas Burns! Only 10 will be made! *You will also be sent a Hardcover copy of the book, digital version, bookmarks, collectible stamps, and your choice of one signed art card!

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    FRAMED CANVAS ART For the art lover! This pledge reward includes a 16" x 20" beautifully float-framed canvas art print by acclaimed, award-winning visual artist Jeffrey Veregge! Only 10 will be made! *You will also be sent a Hardcover copy of the book, digital version, bookmarks, collectible stamps, and your choice of one signed art card!

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