200 years ago, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, little realizing that it would become one of the most influential novels in the English language, and credited with creating the science fiction genre. Artists, writers, scientists, and thinkers of all kinds have continued to return to this book as inspiration over the past two centuries.
Rather than reinterpret or update the novel, we want to celebrate our creators' personal histories and relationships with Shelley’s landmark novel. We know firsthand the impact Frankenstein can have on readers, as both editors, Allison O'Toole (Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women) and Megan Purdy (Bleating Hearts Press), are longtime fans. In this collection, we're excited to explore the places were our lives and literature connect.
With a cover by Richard Pace (Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, Imaginary Fiends), we’re excited to bring you 100 pages of personal essays, illustrations, and comics by a fantastic team of creators.
The zine will be printed in Canada, and will be 6x9", black and white, and perfect bound.
Inside You'll Find:
- Anatomy of a Creature, a comic by Keith WTS Morris and gillian blekkenhorst
- Becoming Dr. Frankenstein, an essay by Christine Prevas with an illustration by seren krakens
- Bride of Frankenstein, Mother of Monsters, an essay by Kayleigh Hearn with an illustration by Clara Meath
- Confronting God, a comic by Nadia Shammas and Sam Beck
- Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Relatable, an essay by Véronique Emma Houxbois with an illustration by Amy Spaulding
- Frankenstein's Snowman, an essay by Billy Seguire with an illustration by Saffron Aurora
- From Among the Trees, a comic by Tess Eneli Reid
Mary Shelley’s FrankenDNA: Science Responsibly, an illustrated essay by Maddy Beaupré
"My Sweet Arabian:" Finding Clarity in Frankenstein as a Muslim, an essay by Safiyya Hosein with illustrations by K. Guillory
Neighbours, a comic by Matthew McGrath and Jon Berg
The Other Indugled, an illustrated essay by Laura Neubert
The Postmodern Prometheus, a comic by Sam Noir and Gwen Howarth
Reanimating Bones: Reading Frankenstein in Skeleton Park, an essay by Lindsay Young with an illustration by Sara Julia Campbell
Son of Frankenstein, a comic by Miike and Sunny Go
- Home Body, an essay by Andrea Ayres with an illustration by Cleopatria Peterson
- Trash Mirror, a comic by Steven Andrews and Helen Robinson
- (Un)Bury Your Gays, an essay by Nicholas Gambone with an illustration by Quintin Dixon
$5 CDN - Frankenstein Meets Abbott and Costello
This charming horror parody gets you a thanks for helping us make our monster. You'll get a shout out of thanks from the editors on Twitter!
$8 CDN - Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
This late-era Hammer shlockfest offers a PDF copy of the zine!
$14 CDN - Frankenstein's Bloody Terror
This inaccurately-titled Spanish werewolf flick presents a print copy of Called into Being. Ships anywhere in the world!
$17 CDN - Frankenstein Conquers the World
This kaiju brawl gets you two monsters for the price of one: the digital and print copies of the zine. Ships anywhere in the world!
$21 CDN - A. Shay Hahn Bundle
Get one of the prints designed by A. Shay Hahn (Homeless G-Men, Crypto Zombic) specifically for our Kickstarter campaign! Package also includes digital and print copies of the zine, and ships anywhere in the world.
$21 CDN - G.M.B. Chomichuk Bundle
Get one of the prints designed by G.M.B. Chomichuk (Infinitum, Babymetal)! Package also includes digital and print copies of the zine, and ships anywhere in the world.
$21 CDN - Clara Meath Bundle
Get one of the prints designed by Clara meath! Package also includes digital and print copies of the zine, and ships anywhere in the world.
$22 CDN - Chip Zdarsky Bundle
Get a signed copy of Chip Zdarsky's Monster Cops. Package includes 1 issue of Monster Cops, signed by Chip, as well as print and digital copies of the zine. Package ships anywhere in the world.
Meet Our Artists!
This is not the final art for the zine.
Where Your Money is Going:
The bulk of our costs are going to creator compensation, as well as the costs to print and ship the book. We've built in a buffer in case of any unexpected expenses, but we're looking for support to get the book made and into your hands.
If we surpass our goal, each creator will receive a bonus. We'll add further bonuses as we hit the goals.
$5500 - All contributors will receive an additional $10!
$6000 - All contributors will receive an additional $20!
Risks and challenges
Between the two of us, we have edited four comics anthologies and published many zines.
We're using a new printer, but they come highly recommended so we don’t expect any problems! We’ve deliberately kept this campaign light on physical rewards to help expedite the fulfillment process when the book is ready.
Barring accident, injury, or dismemberment by galvanic monster, the book will be printed by December, and we'll begin fulfillment the moment the book arrives.
- (30 days)