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!
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
More preview art can be seen on our TUMBLR
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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