About this project
After two successful volumes of Speculative Relationships, we are ready to bring our science fiction romance trilogy to a close with this final volume!
In the mid-twentieth century, romance was the 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. But we’re bringing them back with the help of amazing independent comics artists!
This final volume will be our biggest book yet, featuring more artists than ever before. Join us as we explore love, connection, and the limits of speculative fiction!
Comics are best enjoyed in book form. We plan to release another beautiful book, 6”x9”, perfect bound, offset printed, 180 pages, black and white, with a color cover. This will fit perfectly on the shelf with volumes 1 & 2, making a wonderful collection of sci-fi romance comics to be enjoyed for years to come.
Just like the first two volumes, we have gathered a diverse group of independent comics creators to share their visions with you. Volumes 1 & 2 featured some of the most incredible new creators in comics, and many of them have continued on to become some of the top talent working today. We strongly encourage you to check out this volume, as we are sure that we have found another batch of comic creators with bright futures! With 19 creators, this will be the largest number we’ve showcased yet.
Barrett Stanley, “Priorities”
The work of Barrett Stanley of Greensboro, NC is imbued with a sense of fun and rendered in meticulous line work. He’s already a veteran of one successful Kickstarter campaign for Heartbreak Quadrant, his fun and stylish action sci-fi comic.
John Vestevich, “Kill Me If You Can”
Currently living in Michigan (after a short but welcome stint in Chicago), John is constantly pushing his work into new territories. His comics are marked by experimentation, humor, and stylistic variation. We recommend you check out his mini comics Partners, a. afarensis, and Smelly Hippy Comics.
Drew, of Meaty Comics, “Lunar Tryst”
Currently living in New York City, Drew is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. His work has a firm grounding in figure drawing, but with the kinetic feeling of 80’s action movies and martial arts films. His knack for creating mood and portraying movement have wowed us ever since first seeing his work.
Max & Morrow Dowdle, “Starscape”
Max is the artist behind the successfully Kickstartered comics Shattered with a Curve of Horn and An Unlikely Refugee. His work showcases beautifully rendered figures and mind-bending plots. Check out his work!
Landis Blair, “A Toasted Passion”
The unicycle-riding, bow-tie wearing, cross-hatching genius Landis Blair currently lives in Chicago, IL. Most recently, Landis completed illustrating The Hunting Accident, a huge comic volume to be released by First Second books next year. Additionally, Landis regularly creates twisted dark humor mini comics reminiscent of Edward Gorey.
Beck Kramer, “Reprise”
Beck is another Chicago comicker. She's already been doing a wonderful sci-fi romance comic online called Relativity, exploring what happens to a relationship when FTL travel is involved. Her work is subtle and precise, warranting repeat readings.
M.L. MacDonald, “Blood and Stars”
Joining us from Canada is drawing virtuoso Alchemichael. We were wowed by his work in on Heart of Weirdness and excited to see him contributing to Island from Image comics. His clean and detailed work brings to mind Moebius and Enki Bilal.
Amara Leipzig, “Trustband”
Amara is the creator of experimental comics Other Side, Night Blanket, and The Fifth Window (from Kilgore books). Their work is both meditative and exploratory, reading almost like a poem written in physics. Amara is an alumni of Speculative Relationships Vol 2.
Kawai Shen, “La Dame Bleue”
Both a comics artist and pundit, Kawai’s work explores the surreal, erotic, philosophical aspects of comics. Her clean line style and wonderful prose can be seen in The Book of Mutations & Kawai’s Guide to Cat Calling. Her story for Volume 3 is written in memory of fashion icon Isabella Blow.
M.R. Trower, “I've Got You”
An alumni of Volume 2, M.R. Trower hails from North Carolina and is the creator of the beautiful comics REM & Bad Dog. Their comics feature unique narratives which explore identity and challenge oppressive societal structures. M.R. is also the curator of anthology zines The Future and Encounters.
Roxanne Palmer, “Action At A Distance”
Former science journalist for the International Business Times, Roxanne is currently a student of the Sequential Arts Workshop in Gainesville, FL. Her work draws inspiration from science, but that doesn't stop her from drawing some fantastic monsters.
Kitty Curran, “Meanwhile, Deep in the Heart of the Evil Empire...”
Formerly from ‘across the pond’ in England, Kitty now resides in good ol’ Chicago. Her work is playful and elegant, reminding us of classic romance and the best children’s books of our youth. She is the co-creator and illustrator of the uber-successful mega-hilarious Taylor Swift: Girl Detective.
Will Tempest, “Distance”
Will’s art has appeared in Zero and Material, both from Image Comics. He has also worked with Liam Cobb and Tom Kemp on the beautiful risographed anthology Silica Burn. His work is precise as he builds worlds of interesting creatures and environments. We’re stoked to have him on board, representing the UK!
Andrew Miscisco, “Harper Infinity”
Andrew describes himself as a world-builder and that can’t be denied. His work is populated with fantastic beasts and monsters from the mists of a forgotten time. Despite the gritty settings, Andrew’s art is clear, bright, and readable.
Matthew Sargent, “Future Roommate”
Matthew’s work explores many genres, featuring crisp clean cartooning, and a healthy sense of humor. He is most known for his comic Bag Drop, a workplace comedy set on a golf course.
Jacob Bouvet, w/Amanda Johnson & Nikki Sherman, “Dutifully Broken Hearted”
Bringing some mech-love (cuz who can resist that) is writer Jacob Bouvet, illustrator Amanda Johnson, & letterer Nikki Sherman. This super team of creators is active on the website The Comic Jam. We know you’ll love what they have collaborated on for us!
Cover by Jose Moreno
Providing the cover to Speculative Relationships: Volume 3 is the incredible Jose Moreno! Jose is an illustrator and master book-maker living in northern California. His illustrations are immediately striking, featuring unique color palettes and beautiful figures. We think his cover is the perfect closing to our sci-fi romance anthology!
All 3 volumes of Speculative Relationships are 6"x9", offset printed, perfect bound, with black & white interiors and color covers. Volume 1 is 80 pages, Volume 2 is 136 pages, and Volume 3 weighs in at an enormous 180 pages of content!
Volume 1 features stories from:
- Daniel Warren Johnson
- Mike Manomivibul
- Isabella Rotman
- Rinko Endo
- Tyrell Cannon
- Scott Kroll
Volume 2 features stories from:
- Liam Cobb
- Grim Wilkins
- Ezra Claytan Daniels w/Ben Passmore
- Max & Morrow Dowdle
- Rich Foster
- Daniel Warren Johnson
- Beck Kramer
- Amara Leipzig
- Mike Manomivibul
- Isabella Rotman
- M.R. Trower
- Kat Verhoeven
- Tyrell Cannon
- Scott Kroll
None of these stories are available anywhere else!
We've had some incredible cover artists involved in Speculative Relationships, including Mike Manomivibul (volume 1), Sandra Lanz (volume 2), and Jose Moreno (volume 3). Each cover image is printed sans-logo, so you can appreciate the beautiful art on its own. All are 8.5"x11", digital prints, on heavy paper stock.
Tyrell Cannon's print was created specifically for this final volume's campaign and has not been released before! It is printed to the same specifications as the other prints, so they can all be displayed side by side.
The Making Love zine:
Our "Making Love" zines have been a fan favorite since Volume 1. It's your behind the scenes look into the work that goes into creating comics and putting together an anthology. You'll see sketches from the artists, thumbnails for pages, preliminary designs for the cover, and even some candid email exchanges. The zines are printed old school on black & white xerox machines, then hand-bound and numbered by the editors.
Kawai Shen Postcards:
SR3 artist Kawai Shen has presented an intimate reward for you with two tantalizing postcards. Each pair is scented with one of her favourite niche perfumes, all murderously expensive. She will personalize one card per backer, including a small (naughty?) drawing on the back. Only 5 rewards available!
We give you high resolution, DRM-free PDFs for easy sharing across all your reading devices in the household.
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). We have a few stretch goals in mind, all of which will enhance the book. Think spot varnish, embossing, rich black inks, and individual book numbers! We are excited to be working with a well-established and Kickstarter experienced printer: Print Ninja. With their help we hope to bring you the best quality book possible. The books will be printed overseas, so this will make the expected delivery a little further out than a U.S. printer, but we think it’ll be worth the wait.
Risks and challenges
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 on our last two campaigns regarding shipping. Additionally, we have quite a few Kickstarter vets in our book who have also given us lots of helpful advice to make our processes as efficient as possible. Again, the delivery will be slightly delayed compared to our previous campaigns, as we wait for books to arrive from out of the country. However, this wait is completely normal and we will communicate expected delivery dates as clearly as we can as details develop.
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