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We are back with more science fiction romance, after our first successful Kickstarter for Speculative Relationships: Volume 1!
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THE IDEA 

After our first successful Kickstarter for Speculative Relationships: Volume 1, we are back with more science fiction romance!

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 are bringing Romance back to comics, with a science fiction twist!

Our first campaign proved how powerful stories of love and connection can be, showcasing exciting independent talents. We are returning with MORE artists to explore themes of love and connection in a BIGGER book!

THE BOOK 

We think comics are best enjoyed in book form. We plan to release another beautiful book, 6”x9”, perfect bound, offset printed, 136 pages, black and white, with a color cover. This should sit on the shelf nicely next to Volume 1!

THE ARTISTS 

As with Volume 1, we have gathered a diverse, talented group of independent artists to share their visions with you. We expanded the number of artists this time around, showcasing a plethora of art styles and visions of romance.

Tyrell Cannon, “Amplifier” 

Tyrell is a proud member of the Chicago alternative comics scene, with work spanning the genre of true crime, science fiction, and experimental narratives. 

Known for: Gary, Victus, Simon 

tyrellcannon.comtcannoncomics.tumblr.comtwitter@tcannoncomics

Liam Cobb, “Pollen” 

Resident of South East London, Liam has been gaining attention with his poignant and lusciously detailed short science-fiction comics. 

 Known for: Death of a Crow, guest artist on Image Comic's The Spread

liamcobb.tumblr.com , twitter@liamcobbcomics 

Ezra Claytan Daniels w/Ben Passmore, “The Haze” 

Ezra has been making hard-sci-fi comics for over 10 years, from the amazing graphic novel The Changers to the innovative iPad comic Upgrade Soul. 

Known for: The Changers, Upgrade Soul, featured in Dark Horse Presents digital. 

www.ezracdaniels.com , twitter@ezracdaniels

From New Orleans, Ben is the creator of the insane DAYGLOAYHOLE, showcasing his playful art and trippy storytelling. 

Known for: Daygloahole 

daygloayhole.tumblr.com

Max Dowdle & Morrow Dowdle, “Thaw” 

Max is the artist behind the graphic novel Shattered with a Curve of Horn, full of classically-flavored art and a mind-bending plot. He is joined by his wife Morrow, who penned Thaw

Known for: Shattered with a Curve of Horn, Greasemonkey

artagem.com , MaxDowdle.com , twitter@maxdowdle 

Rich Foster, “UNIT.E” 

Rich is an independent comic creator specializing in incredibly detailed and vast sci-fi comics, hailing from San Francisco. 

Known for: Floyd Solar, Reflex 

www.rfcomics.com , richfostercomics.tumblr.com , twitter@RF_Comics 

Beck Kramer, “Comfortbot” 

Beck is a Chicago comic maker turning heads with the smart & touching sci-fi romance webcomic Relativity

Known for: Relativity, Somewhere in the Middle 

relativitycomic.com , beckkramer.com , twitter@beckkramer 

Scott Kroll w/Tyrell Cannon, “The Right Leg” 

Native Chicagoan Scott Kroll is a sci-fi idea factory, bringing humor and a slice of life to his comics. 

Known for: Speculative Relationships, A Cramped Well-pressurized Space

scottkroll.tumblr.com , twitter@krollcrow 

Amara Leipzig, “Kestral” 

Amara is an artist known for their mind-bending experimental comics and printmaking, exploring iconography and philosophy. 

Known for: The Ruins, Flash 

 www.amaraleipzig.com

Mike Manomivibul, “Reflect” 

Living in San Francisco, Mike is a Bangkok raised freelance illustrator whose work thrives on mystery and atmosphere.

Known for: The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition, featured in Spectrum art book.

mikemanoart.com twitter@mikemanoart 

Isabella Rotman, “A New Shittier Moon” 

Isabella is a Chicago based artist who creates beautiful sex-positive and educational comics, along with personal stories of love and loss. 

Known for: Animal Sex, Dig, featured on Oh Joy Sex Toy & Maple Key Comics 

isabellarotman.com , twitter@IsabellaRotman 

M.R. Trower, “The Other” 

Hailing from North Carolina, M.R.’s comics feature intricate narratives which explore identity and challenge oppressive societal structures. 

Known for: REM, EIK, featured in The Future and Encounters

mrtrower.com , inkmaggot.tumblr.com , twitter@inkmaggot 

Kat Verhoeven, “Fingers” 

Kat is a Toronto based cartoonist with a lively and delicate style seen in her webcomic Meat&Bone and her graphic novel Towerkind, to be released by Conundrum Press this year. 

Known for: Meat&Bone, Towerkind 

verwho.com , meatandbonecomic.tumblr.com , twitter@VERWHO 

Grim Wilkins, “Years for Gustave” 

A Bay Area resident, Grim's beautiful dream-like comics showcase a mastery of ink, while pushing the boundaries of the comics language. 

Known for: Ellipses, Image Comic’s Prophet: Earthwar & Strikefile 

www.grimwilkins.com , grimwilkins.tumblr.com , twitter@grimwilkins

SECRET ARTIST: Daniel Warren Johnson

We're excited to have Volume 1 alumni, Daniel Warren Johnson back!  Dan has been making waves in comics with his kinetic action and heartfelt stories.

Known for: Space-Mullet, Ghost Fleet, Green Leader

www.space-mullet.com, www.danielwarrenart.com, twitter@danielwarrenart

Cover by Sandra Lanz 

The stunning cover to Speculative Relationships: Volume 2 was created by Sandra Lanz, a Portlandia artist whose delicate and striking paintings recall the best of sci-fi and romance. 

Known for: Yonderling, Image Comic’s Prophet: Earthwar & Strikefile 

sandralanz.com

twitter@sandilanz

More preview art can be seen on our TUMBLR

THE REWARDS 

PDF of Speculative Relationships Vol 2
PDF of Speculative Relationships Vol 2
PDF of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + Vol 1
PDF of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + Vol 1
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print
 
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + Vol 1
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + Vol 1
 
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + Vol 1 + both 8.5x11" cover prints
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + Vol 1 + both 8.5x11" cover prints
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + Printed Making Love Zine
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + Printed Making Love Zine
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5" x 11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 8.5x11" Isabella Rotman artist print
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5" x 11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 8.5x11" Isabella Rotman artist print
Here's what the Isabella Rotman Print looks like!
Here's what the Isabella Rotman Print looks like!
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 8.5x11" Liam Cobb artist print
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 8.5x11" Liam Cobb artist print
Here's what the Liam Cobb Print looks like!
Here's what the Liam Cobb Print looks like!
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 8.5x11" Liam Cobb AND Isabella Rotman artist prints
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 8.5x11" Liam Cobb AND Isabella Rotman artist prints
Retailers only, please! Reward includes 5 copies of Speculative Relationships: Vol 2 + an incentive 8.5x11" print of the cover.
Retailers only, please! Reward includes 5 copies of Speculative Relationships: Vol 2 + an incentive 8.5x11" print of the cover.
Retailers only, please! Reward includes 5 copies of Speculative Relationships: Vol 2 + 5 copies of Vol 1 + an incentive 8.5x11" print of the cover.
Retailers only, please! Reward includes 5 copies of Speculative Relationships: Vol 2 + 5 copies of Vol 1 + an incentive 8.5x11" print of the cover.
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 5x7" Sandra Lanz original sketch
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 5x7" Sandra Lanz original sketch
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 1 page of original art from Tyrell Cannon's story
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 1 page of original art from Tyrell Cannon's story
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 1 page of original art from Liam Cobb's story
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 1 page of original art from Liam Cobb's story
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 1 page of original art from Grim Wilkin's story
Print edition of Speculative Relationships Vol 2 + 8.5x11" cover print + PDF of Making Love Zine + 1 page of original art from Grim Wilkin's story
Here are snapshots of what Grim's original artwork looks like
Here are snapshots of what Grim's original artwork looks like

WHERE THE MONEY GOES 

The money is all for printing the book, backer rewards, and shipping. And then some extra to go to Kickstarter & Amazon (as usual).

Much like our last campaign, we feel that money raised in excess of our goal should be passed on to the artists as compensation for creating these wonderful stories (all artists have created their stories for FREE).

The only stretch goal we have in mind is a spot varnish on the cover. Cuz … that’s HOT.

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 based on cost, but one that will produce a superior product in a sustainable fashion. 

Risks and challenges

All Volume 2 stories are complete! 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. We learned a lot last time regarding shipping. We will be sure to budget in both extra time and extra money. We will avoid using bulk mailing services to ensure that no one’s book arrives mangled (as is sometimes the case with Media Mail). However, there is always a challenge when shipping, as the predicted time it takes to ship out multiple orders can vary.

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