Hotdog Water is like gumbo. It's got a lot of things that are incredible on their own, but combined they stimulate your senses in a way that'll hopefully inspire you to cook up your own creations.
Early 'Hotdog Water' praise
"Editors who prefer ambition, listen up. If “The Rapture” is any indication of the kind of stories we’ll see in Hotdog Water, here comes a new class of creators." - Adrian Wassel, Editor-in-chief of Vault Comics
What Your Money Gets You
Every cent you toss our way will go towards three things, publishing, printing, and getting it out to all you wonderful people.
Outside of a few minor tweaks, our art is done. This Kickstarter is strictly for printing and shipping. And maybe a little bit of clout.
This is the first of a three part anthology because we're #BrokeBoiz. Issue one is roughly 30 pages and it'll have three vastly different stories from three different creative teams. We're really leaning into this potluck thing.
The Rapture - Written by Morgan Hampton, Illustrated by Dave Law
Sidney Jennings is your normal teenager. She questions the state of the world and the seemingly arbitrary rules that govern it. But there's not really a world to complain about anymore. As Earth ends, and people start ascending into the sky, Sidney will have to confront her idealistic views and face whether they're practical or not in a real life setting.
"Morgan Hampton and Dave Law have accomplished the daring feat young, hungry voices have not yet been scared away from—in eight pages they build an entire world, forgoing its unnecessary details for sake of the stories within it." - Adrian Wassel, Editor-in-cheif of Vault Comics
Stone to the Mountain - Written by Nate Lawler, Illustrated by Anne L. Boydston
A lone traveler walks the open plains of a midnight desert. A coyote, a snake, a spider, a chorus, and a stone to the mountain. The night is long, but I think I'll walk a while longer.
*ASSTM is a comic in black and white. Though final pages will include a gray wash (and dialogue).*
12 Dead Men - Written by Anthony Mauro, Illustrated by Spencer Mauro
12 Dead Men is a story about violence, anger, and regret in the old American West. It’s a journey that explores the bitter catharsis of revenge and the realization that no matter how hard you try to make amends for your past, repentance isn’t redemption. And redemption can only ever be personal.
Born in Chicago, and raised in Los Angeles, this head full of hair now resides in San Francisco. I have a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, but my parents are still proud of me. I also write for Black Nerd Problems where I get to talk about comics. And now I'm making some! Were you thrown off that I wrote my bio in first person? Yeah? Well good. I do what I want.
Nate Lawler is a young writer currently residing in a small bathroom sized apartment in Southern California. He is survived by a loving partner, several small plants, and the voices inside his head. For Nate, Comics is the most exciting medium bar none. It's what gets him up in the morning and keeps him painfully awake at night. To make Hotdog Water with the people he discovered comics with has been a dream come true. Please don't wake him.
Raised up and down the coast of California, Anthony moved to Portland, OR after earning his degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. While not responsible for the rising cost of living in the Pacific Northwest, he is still somewhat part of the problem. Since moving to “Comic City, USA” Anthony has fully immersed himself in the industry he loves, and has started to make a career for himself in comics. When he’s not writing you can find him sitting in his back room with a cup of coffee, his two dogs, and a good book.
Dave Law is a visual artist and illustrator. He is the co-creator and artist along with writer Chris Calzia for the scifi/fantasy comic book series 'The Space Odditorium'. He balances this with contract illustration and concept art for comic books and film as well as the bicycle and coffee industries. Dave draws upon his knowledge and passion for mechanics, alternative sports, and space opera to create the fantastic and explore the unknown, all while keeping a light heart and a sense of humor.
Anne L. Boydston
Anne L. Boydston, BA in Art, Cal Poly. A member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and recipient of their Work-in-Progress Award. Recently addicted to paper cutting, fine black lines, and fantasy landscapes.
Spencer Mauro is a sound designer by trade. Though his love for comics and brother made him agreeable to contributing to Hotdog Water, this will be the first and last comic he illustrates. Ever. Seriously, this was stupid hard to do. I don’t know how people do it professionally. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
A Look at the Goods
A7 Prints From Each Story
Risks and challenges
This is a Kickstarter about firsts. First time making comics. First time getting published. First time crowdfunding. We're new to this and we're still learning. But we'll make sure to be as transparent as possible. We'll be posting updates regularly to keep you all informed. And the line of communication will always be open if you have any questions. Thank you for helping this be the first of many times we do something like this. We appreciate it more than you know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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