BUN&TEA #1, a story comic for adults. According to Kurt Busiek, ”A very odd project, but one that could attract very loyal followers”
Do you ever want to take a minute and just be told a story? I do. All the time!
BUN&TEA is approximately sixty-five pages long per month (that's about three times the usual length of an American monthly issue), but—! It's a magazine! So while B&T has plenty of comics stories (fifty of those pages will contain graphic narrative), it comes with all the magazine-y trimmings. Like a quiz. Who doesn't want a quiz?
Yes: the bulk of the thing will be the comics story segments. These stories are optimised for their page length: B&T is a celebration of the serial narrative format, so I've been working editorially with each involved contributor—six solo cartoonists, six teams—to make sure that
- they have a whole story to tell you, no trailing off or changing direction midway,
- each chapter of that story will be fun to read in its own, isolated right, and
- six chapters of these perfect, jewel-like segments are fully planned (written outline, basic dialogue, and drafted layouts) before production begins.
BUN&TEA's comics come from an array of creators in the United States, Australia, England, Ireland, Spain, Chile, and Wales-via-Finland. We are a trans-friendly publication, and contain several queer romances of varying tone.
I'm Claire Napier, the editor of BUN&TEA, a comics project that's designed to make people who want the things that I want happy. I've been a voice in comics criticism since 2012, largely at WWAC where I was also the long term Features Ed and, from summer 2017 to spring 2018, the EiC. I know what I want and what I don't want from comics, and so having retired as an editor of criticism I'm giving it a whirl as editor of a comics fiction magazine. I say it's for adults, but younger people will enjoy it too—as long as they've heard the word "fuck" already, and don't get too upset by doom and death.
Emi Foster: Mystery at Meteor City High: Cartoonist Mathew New and artist Courtney Hahn's teenaged super-scientist (and orphan) Emi Foster tries to balance their professional heroism with their need for friendship
True Name: Scripter Nola Pfau and artist Willow Tomeo show us a young witch trying to avoid her powers being bound by the predatory elite
STOMP ON ME!: After giant monsters overrun the earth, one half of cartoonist Tom Lake's fearsome kaiju tag-team starts to wonder if his feelings for his partner could be... romantic?
The Origin of Rubies: A Bengali fairytale about love and jewels is re-told by cartoonist Priya Huq, full of family feeling and discovery
LENS: Scripter Gary Moloney and artist Raquel Kusiak Burgos follow an award-winning photojournalist on her missions... which just happen to coincide with a lot of high-priced assassinations
The Tide: As the Tide closes in on their dead-in-the-water spaceship, cartoonist Marianna Learmonth's heroines figure out how to keep their tender feelings alive as they try to stave off oncoming oblivion
The Common Wealth: Cartoonist Kumail Rizvi's master thief, just out of prison, builds a heist team for the richest man in Pakistan. What's the score they have in mind? You'll want to find out
Perspective: Scripter Terrence Sage & artist Quinton Myricks' young hero picks the reality (and the family) that suits him... and tries to pretend he deserves it
Maidens All: Cartoonist Lindsey Richter's survivor-heroine goes back up against the forest Lady who misled her and meets a girl she can deeply relate to, in a queered adaptation of Tam Lin
Bishop Takes Queen: Daria left love and country behind when she came from Russia to America, in Henry Barajas and Alexis Shi's Bishop Takes Queen. But she still has chess, and chess is all about taking the queen.
Lazer Bird: ALL-SEEING: Cartoonist Nick Marino's psychedelic mind quest asks the trees how we should best get on with aliens who can't read our thoughts.
Backup lettering is provided for Perspective by Bernardo Brice, and support colour for Perspective by Anastasia Longoria.
Each chapter is between one and six pages, and they're all introduced by our mascot Bunton Cuppasham (a rabbit who loves hot drinks and stories) and with cosy additional interest pages. Quizzes will be produced by professional quizmaster Rosie Knight.
This Kickstarter will bring the first fabulous issue of BUN&TEA to you, reader, in digital and print format. As a digital-first project, print copies of BUN&TEA will be available through the Kickstarter only (mostly! there's a retailer bundle). So cozying up with the print comic means you've got to back us now - or else!
This campaign has been designed to maximize returns to our creators, so every stretch goal means another raise for them - and new rewards for you. At $7,800 you unlock the Bunpin: an adorable Bunton Cuppasham of your very own. At $10,000 you unlock even more!
Risks and challenges
BUN&TEA #1 is Bleating Heart Press' third crowdfunding campaign. Throughout production and fulfillment we will rely on existing relationships with printers and other vendors in Canada and the United States. But like any crowdfunding campaign, delays can happen. With finished pages already coming in, publisher Megan Purdy and project manager Christina "Steenz" Stewart have put together a generous production and print schedule to get the magazine into your hands by Fall 2019.
Production of future chapters of BUN&TEA relies on the success of this Kickstarter - so back now!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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