Speculative Relationships: A Sci-fi Romance Comics Anthology
In the mid-twentieth century, romance was most popular genre in comics. Comic publishers produced dozens of titles throughout the 1950s and 60s, and many of the medium’s top artistic talents worked in romance comics. For a number of reasons, romance comics all but died out.
We think it is about time for a revival. We thought we'd breathe some new life into romance comics by mixing in some science fiction!
The artists we chose for this anthology proved that we were right. The work that they created is alive, vital, and unlike anything you've seen before.
We think comics are best enjoyed in book form. We would like to deliver a high quality printed book, showcasing the beautiful comics of each contributor. This book will be 6”x9”, perfect bound, offset printed, 80 pages, black and white, with a color cover.
We have a collection of exciting independent artists that we know you will love. We see this as a chance for you to discover some new talent and see what the future of comics has in store.
Mike is the amazing cover artist for Speculative Relationships! Mike’s illustrations are done in beautiful ink washes with touches of color, emphasizing mystery and atmosphere. His art has been seen in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, IDW’s Night of 1000 Wolves, and most recently in The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition.
Mike’s story: “Made 2 Be 2gether”
We’re excited to showcase Mike’s first sequential work! Two robots birthed in a factory are separated by circumstance and must journey to find each other again.
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Isabella is making a name for herself in the independent comics scene with her gorgeous and ephemeral comics. Her work has a delicate sense of sensualism, while maintaining an eerie ambience. Isabella also creates wonderful sex positive comics that inform and entertain. Her work is also featured in the upcoming Maple Key Comics and on the website scarleteen.com.
Isabella’s story: “The Dream Program”
A lush plant-filled ship drifts through space, while the dreams of travelers inside are controlled by the mysterious artificial intelligence known as D.A.N.I.
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Daniel Warren Johnson
Daniel is best known for his sci-fi action comedy webcomic Space-Mullet. His hyper-kinetic artwork is putting him appropriately on everyone’s radar as an artist to watch. His work has been featured in the pages of Brandon Graham/Simon Roy’s Prophet, Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy, Eve: Online- True Stories, and the upcoming series Ghost Fleet for Dark Horse Comics.
Dan’s Story: “The Purest Form”
Find out what lengths the cyborg Malachai will go to for love in the midst of an alien battle.
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Rinko Endo creates personal manga focused on wellness & mental health, exploring her personal experiences as an art therapist. Her super detailed style crosses boundaries between American & Japanese comics. Her manga was recently chosen by Reiji Matsumoto as one of the winners of the Sai Challenge, Tokyo.
Rinko’s Story: “The Same Moon”
An alien girl harbors a secret attraction to her human companion, but the interspecies mating could have dire consequences.
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Scott Kroll is new to the Chicago comics scene, but has shown a fire for comics that is unquenchable. His comics are rich with science-fiction fueled ideas, while featuring humor inspired by everyday life. Scott’s comic A Cramped, Well-Pressurized Space was awarded honorable mention in the Comics Workbook Composition Competition.
“This Thing Called Love”
Finding love on an asteroid mining ship is awfully difficult, but one mechanic is about to get a little help from an unexpected source.
“Four Out of Five”
If you think finding that "one special someone" is hard, imagine if your species had five genders and you have to find those "four special someones".
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Tyrell Cannon has been self-publishing comics for over 10 years. His work exhibits an amazing amount of skill and craftsmanship. He deals with a wide range of themes in his work. With his series Gary, he juxtiposed the mundane and horrifying to explore the human nature of a famous serial killer. In his newest series, Victus, he explores ideas of metaphysics, religion and personal relationships.
Two repair technicians are sent spiraling into space when the massive space vessel Terada explodes unexpectedly. Will this be the end or beginning for them?
In the dying core of Earth 4, a husband and wife scientist team attempt to restart the planet core. But can their love survive a dark secret?
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The book is the main product, but each artist is special, so we wanted you to have the opportunity to get some great art from the artists you love. Each level is designed to offer you more content for more money, with the upper levels tailored to specific artists.
Many of the artists are offering original artwork as a reward for backers. Here are samples of pages from the different artists' stories'...
Mike Manomivibul cover illustration
Tyrell Cannon's "Burning Heart" (includes original pencils & inks!)
Daniel Warren Johnsons "The Purest Form"
Scott Kroll's "This Thing Called Love"
Tyrell Cannon's "Corridor-C" (includes original pencils & inks!)
* Please note, all "original artwork" backer levels are first-pledged, first-served. So the first backers to pledge at the 'original art levels' will be the first to get to choose artwork from their favorite artists!
Making Love Zine:
One feature we’re really stoked for is the ‘Making Love’ zine....
This will be a peak behind the scenes of the creative process, featuring sketches and information from the artists. Take a look at the rewards to the right for more info!
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
The money is all for printing the book, backer rewards, and shipping. If we are lucky enough to surpass our goal, we'd love to compensate the artists for their hard work.
We are proud to be working with a wonderful U.S. printer, Rink Printing Company. Not only does Rink deliver a high quality product, but they are also conscious of issues in sustainability. They practice employee safety, energy-saving processes, minimal chemical usage, low VOC producing activities, maximum recycling efforts and support of the Forest Industries’ commitment to sustainable forestry. It was important to us to not just choose a printer with the lowest cost, but one that will produce a superior product in a sustainable fashion.
Risks and challenges
Artists are all currently working hard on their stories, though many are already finished. One challenge is that we would never want to rush the artists and force work that is uninspired. However, all artists involved have self-published their own comics before and understand deadlines.
Once files are delivered, the printing and delivery process always takes some time. Getting proofs of the book and making it look JUST RIGHT for our backers is very important, so that process could possibly take longer than expected. However, we plan to work our hardest to minimize any delays.
Although shipping is always a challenge, we are confident we can divide and conquer (For example - utilizing Scott's children as child labor) to get the project delivered to our backers by the goal date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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