Thanks for checking out Kilgore's 2018 Kickstarter campaign. In nearly ten years of publishing independent comics, this is our most ambitious effort yet. We're publishing nine comics - four graphic novels and five pamphlet comics, totaling over 800 pages of work from some of the finest cartoonists working today.
For the last few years, we've run these campaigns to help cover the cost of printing and shipping our comics, as well as paying out all royalties to our artists in advance of publication.
Our mission is to find up-and-coming artists and to help their work get out into the world. Since we're a micropress, we rely on these campaigns, direct sales online, and in-person sales at comic shows to get these artists' work out to the public.
To publish this year's lineup, we need to raise $20,000. This will let us pay for the printing, shipping, and royalties. Any funds raised above and beyond will go into the next line of books, cover the costs of going to shows, and other related micropress costs.
Below you'll see the rundown on each of the comics, as well as information on our great reward levels. We really hope you'll invest in Kilgore and these artists, because without your support these comics won't exist!
Blammo #10 - Noah Van Sciver
For ten years, Noah has been putting out Blammo, a one-person anthology in the vein of Eightball. Each issue is made up of 4-6 short stories, some historical, some autobiographical some fiction, and some plain weirdness. Noah is an award winning cartoonist whose work has been published by Fantagraphics, Uncivilized, Retrofit, and many others.
Tinderella - M.S. Harkness
This is the debut graphic novel from M.S. Harkness, who has been self publishing work in Minnesota for a number of years now. Tinderella is an autobiographical comic about online dating, living poor and being a dumb 20-something. Over confident and crude, Harkness's work is hilarious and emotionally agonizing to sit through.
Tommy Time - Tom Van Deusen
Tommy Time is a new collection of messed-up stories from Tom Van Deusen. Continuing his line of books about his horrific alter ego, Tom Van Deusen, fictional Tom is a clod who barrels through life oblivious to everything good. Thankfully, he gets his in the end. Hilarious comics at a time when we really need it.
Baseline Blvd - Emi Gennis
This 64-page mostly wordless autobiographical comic explores grief, and the feelings of anger, guilt, and isolation that come with it. The story depicts the 43 mile drive from Emi's home in southeastern Kansas to a small cemetery in rural Missouri. Her previous work includes The Plunge (also from Kilgore), Trepanation, The Radium Girls, and From the Beyond. Emi currently teaches comics at Columbus College of Art & Design.
Lawns - Alex Nall
Alex is a Chicago based teacher and cartoonist who's previous self-published graphic novels include 'Teaching Comics' and 'Let Some Word That is Heard Be Yours,' a biography (of sorts) of Mr. Rogers.
'Lawns' is the story of a small town mayoral election gone awry. As public tension mounts over the strange behavior of one of its citizens, the town's prejudices, fears, and hidden pasts are revealed to showcase an American landscape that may be all too familiar.
September 12 - Robert Sergel
Rob lives in Cambridge, MA and draws the comic series ESCHEW. His new graphic novel BALD KNOBBER is coming out later this year from Secret Acres. September 12th is a collection of six new comics bringing his typical deadpan style to bear on issues of a more political bent.
Angloid - Alex Graham
Alex Graham's first graphic novel tells the semi-autobiographical story of an artist trying to make her way in the world. Alex's comics contain the best of the 1960's underground comics movement in their approach to philosophical ideas, but without hyper-masculine focus. Full of surreal imagery, aliens, spirits, ne'erdowells, and kind-hearted misfits, Angloid is an incredible story.
Monkey Chef: A Love Story - Mike Freiheit
Mike Freiheit is a cartoonist, teacher and illustrator living in Chicago with his wife and two cats. For a year he lived in South Africa and worked at a primate sanctuary, where he cooked for monkeys every day.
Monkey Chef: A Love Story is an autobiographical account of Mike's time at the sanctuary, dealing with travel, loneliness, romance, toxic masculinity, and our connection to the animals and world around us.
Untitled Inechi Comic (36 pages, b/w) - Inés Estrada
Inés Estrada is one of the most talented cartoonists working today. She self-published a wonderful collection of short pieces called 'Impatience', and her graphic novel 'Alienation' is coming out from Fantagraphics next year. We're thrilled to publish her newest work, a story of a woman with six months to live who takes desperate measures to visit Iceland. This comic is in process, and we'll post updates as they come in - should be 6"x8", and 36ish pages, with b/w guts. Below are some examples of her previous work:
We've got lots of great rewards available, including work from our back catalog, original artwork, prints, and a new custom-designed-for-this-project shirt from the one and only Tom Van Deusen. These will be hand screened on some great colored very comfortable shirt.
Here's the breakdown of our expenses for this Kickstarter. We believe strongly in paying all royalties up front, and printing enough books to stay in print for the foreseeable future. Any money raised above our target will simply be saved for future projects.
One final note - international shipping for books is EXPENSIVE. We're sorry about that. We know that some places are more expensive than others, so if you overpay on shipping by more than $5, we will refund the overage. Canada, for example, is much cheaper than Latvia. If you have any postage questions, please let us know.
We hope you'll invest in the small press -- and, if you have any combination of books you're like to see in a reward their that doesn't exist, just let us know and we'll create it for you.
Risks and challenges
The only real risk is this Kickstarter. We've run four previous campaigns, and have had hundreds of satisfied customers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter