Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A Queer Post-Apocalypse & Urban Fantasy Comic Anthology
A Queer Post-Apocalypse & Urban Fantasy Comic Anthology
1,663 backers pledged $82,247 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

THE BEYOND ANTHOLOGY 2 + THE BEYOND ANTHOLOGY 1 REPRINT project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$82,247

1,663

The Beyond Anthology is back! We’re returning with a brand new volume of the all-ages award-winning sci-fi & fantasy queer comic anthology, and this time we’re bringing you stories with a post-apocalypse and urban fantasy theme!

Featuring 27 stories by 39 contributors, Beyond vol. 2 is a 350+ page black & white queer comic anthology full of renegade city fae, post-apocalyptic bicycle gangs, reclusive monster boyfriends, and mysterious sewer-dwelling mermaids. Each story celebrates and showcases unquestionably queer characters as they explore back-alley faery rings, secret magic markets, and wander the dusty, rust-ragged edges of society after the end of the world!

Art by: Kelly & Nicole Matthews | Cat Parra | Mary Verhoeven | Evan Dahm
Art by: Kelly & Nicole Matthews | Cat Parra | Mary Verhoeven | Evan Dahm

The Beyond Anthology was born from a desire to see stories inspired by queer people like us with diverse backgrounds, genders, and sexualities as the center of their own stories. Queer protagonists searching for cryptids, surviving the apocalypse, learning new magic, getting into trouble, having adventures, and saving the day—without having to look for their queerness between the lines or from a postscript. We wanted to see beautiful, heartwarming, and adventurous stories that reflect and celebrate the many facets of gender and sexuality without having to worry that their queerness would cast these characters as villains or pariahs or turn their inevitable sad ending into a cautionary tale.

In 2015 we Kickstarted, created, and quickly sold out of the first volume of the Beyond Anthology, and now we'd like to do it again…but we need your help!

Beyond is edited by Sfé R. Monster & Taneka Stotts, and features a group of 39 contributors who have created 27 exceptional all-ages stories that showcase and celebrate openly and unabashedly queer characters in post-apocalyptic environments and urban fantasy-based settings. We’re Kickstarting the second volume of Beyond to pay our contributors, printer, and shipping costs, as well as to reprint the sold out Lambda Literary award-winning first volume of The Beyond Anthology!

Alan Capes & Shauntae BallAlexxander DovelinAliza LayneBishakh SomCat ParraEvan DahmGHOULKISS & Katie Cunningham & Chan Chau • Jaylee Warren & Kelly and Nichole MatthewsJen HenkesJenelle Elizabeth & Danae WildingJ. Doyle & Ursula WoodKeezy YoungKiku Hughes & Sara DuVallLevi HastingsMar JuliaMary VerhoevenPaul Reinwand & Steve FoxeReed BlackRia Martinez & Samantha CoxRica MarchSam GarveySarah SternSfé R. Monster & JamShivana SookdeoSonia LiaoStephanie HovdenTaneka Stotts & Genué Revuelta

Art by: Bishakh Som | Sfé R. Monster & Jam | Kiku Hughes & Sara DuVall | Alexxander Dovelin
Art by: Bishakh Som | Sfé R. Monster & Jam | Kiku Hughes & Sara DuVall | Alexxander Dovelin

Our stories are complete! With your assistance we will be able to hire a designer, production, and pre-press technician to finish the design and layout of the book. We're also offering a lot of wonderful rewards and upgrades for Beyond, which you can check out below!

Please note: only our TWILIGHT CORE pack will include a copy of ELEMENTS: Fire and that the random sketches will be by Beyond 2 contributors. A must-have for a complete Beyond Press collection!

  • **UNLOCKED** - $50,000: FOIL UPGRADE FOR ALL THE BOOKS
  • **UNLOCKED** - $55,000: RICARDO BESSA POSTCARD ADDED TO POSTCARD TIERS
  • **UNLOCKED** - $60,000 - PDF COMIC - Road To Porto by Eszter N. Tot
  • **UNLOCKED** - $65,000BLAKLEY INBERG POSTCARD ADDED TO POSTCARD TIERS
*Please note all Postcard & Bookplate art has not been finalized or drawn yet.
For tiers listed as upgrades: if that stretch goal is unlocked the information for that tier cannot be updated in the Rewards section, but will be noted here in this section. 
  • **UNLOCKED** - If the Kickstarter reaches $50,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $50.00.  
  • **UNLOCKED** - If the Kickstarter reaches $55,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $100.00.  
  • **UNLOCKED** - If the Kickstarter reaches $60,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $150.00.  
  • **UNLOCKED** - If the Kickstarter reaches $65,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $200.00  
  • **UNLOCKED** - If the Kickstarter reaches $70,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $250.00

And so on into infinity and... BEYOND!

Special thanks goes to:

  • Christina McKenzie  
  • Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein  
  • Lucia Retamales
  • C. Spike Trotman (Artist Bonus System)

Undying gratitude:  

  • Taneka's Soul (and Chizzi)  
  • Sfé's Mum (and Sealy)

We learned many lessons from the first Beyond, and we're happy to announce the following!

Shipping & Fulfillment:

Music:

Crystals by Silent Partner from the Google Audio Library

 

Risks and challenges

With two other successfully Kickstarted and fulfilled comic anthology projects under our belt, we are confident with our ability to handle this project! At this point our biggest risk would be printing and shipping delays. However, the lineup is settled, the comics are drawn, the book is finished, and we have a printer lined up and ready! Blackboxes will be providing fulfillment!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANK YOU!

    Thank you for supporting the second volume of the Beyond Anthology! You will receive a thank you on the website + digital wallpaper pack

    Includes:
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    FAERY RING

    BEYOND 2 PDF TIER

    You will get a Digital PDF of Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    255 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    RUSTED RUNES

    BEYOND 1 & 2 PDF TIER

    The complete digital pack! You get a Digital PDF of volumes 1 and 2 of The Beyond Anthologies + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Beyond 1 Anthology PDF
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    239 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    CRYSTALINE CRYPTID

    BEYOND 2 BOOK TIER

    You get a physical softcover copy of the second volume of Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition. 350 pages of brand new queer comics!

    You will also receive a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website.

    Includes:
    • Beyond 2 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    533 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    ELDRITCH RUNES

    BOOKPLATE + BEYOND 2 TIER

    You get the physical softcover copy of the second volume of Beyond: Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition PLUS a Kickstarter-only Beyond 2 bookplate designed by Kathleen Jacques!

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Bookplate
    • Beyond 2 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    55 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    CITY FAE COURT

    BEYOND 1 & 2 BOOK TIER

    You get the physical softcover copies of the award-winning Beyond: The Queer Sci-fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology and Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition.

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Beyond 1 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Beyond 1 Anthology PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    352 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    MONSTER ROYALTY

    POSTCARDS + BEYOND 2 BOOK TIER

    You get a physical softcover copy of the second volume of Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition, PLUS 3 5x7 silver foil postcards! (available for stretch goal upgrades)

    POSTCARD ARTISTS:
    Sophie Campbell
    Pseudonymjones
    e jackson

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + bookplate + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Postcard Pack
    • Beyond 2 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Bookplate
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    UNDEAD PUB CRAWL

    BOOKPLATE + BEYOND 1 & 2 BOOK TIER

    You get the physical softcover copies of the award-winning Beyond: The Queer Sci-fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology and Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition. PLUS a Kickstarter-only Beyond 2 bookplate designed by Kathleen Jacques!

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Bookplate
    • Beyond 2 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 1 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Beyond 1 Anthology PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    51 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    SUBWAY SANCTUM

    BEYOND 2 HARDCOVER TIER - LIMITED EDITION

    You get a limited edition hardcover copy of Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition. PLUS a Kickstarter-only Beyond 2 bookplate designed by Kathleen Jacques!

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website.

    If you would like the Postcards please add $30 to your pledge.
    If you would like the Enamel Pin please add $15 to your pledge.

    Includes:
    • Beyond Anthology 2 - Hardcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    • Bookplate
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 75 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    SCAVENGERS NEST

    **RETAIL TIER ONLY**

    This tier is for retailers only to back. It is wholesale cost of 5 Beyond Volume 2 SOFTCOVER copies ONLY. You must be a store to qualify for this tier or your pledge will be returned.

    RETAILERS PLEASE NOTE: If you would like purchase additional copies of Beyond 1 or 2, please send us a direct message and we can assist you further.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    RECLAIMED CITY

    POSTCARDS PACK + BEYOND 1 & 2 TIER

    You get the physical softcover copies of the award-winning Beyond: The Queer Sci-fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology and Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition, PLUS 3 5x7 silver foil postcards! (available for stretch goal upgrades)

    POSTCARD ARTISTS:
    Sophie Campbell
    Pseudonymjones
    e jackson

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + bookplate + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Postcard Pack
    • Bookplate
    • Beyond 2 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 1 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Beyond 1 Anthology PDF
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    DOWNTOWN PORTAL

    ENAMEL PIN TIER + BEYOND 2 BOOK TIER

    You get the physical softcover copy of the second volume of Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition PLUS a limited edition Beyond 2 enamel pin designed by Sfé R. Monster! (available for stretch goal upgrades)

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + bookplate + postcards + enamel pin + stretch goal upgrades + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Beyond 2 Enamel Pin
    • Beyond 2 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Postcard Pack
    • Bookplate
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    DISCO BEHEMOTH

    YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK TIER + BEYOND 1 & 2 TIER

    You get the physical softcover copies of the award-winning Beyond: The Queer Sci-fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology and Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition, PLUS your name added to the book as a truly special thank you!

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + bookplate + postcards + enamel pin + stretch goal upgrades + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book
    • Beyond 2 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 1 Anthology - Softcover
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • Beyond 1 Anthology PDF
    • Beyond 2 Enamel Pin
    • Postcard Pack
    • Bookplate
    • Wallpaper Pack
    • Digital Thank You
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    TWILIGHT CORE

    BEYOND PRESS COLLECTORS TIER

    Kickstarter Exclusive Tier - featuring the SOLD OUT Lambda Literary Award-winning Beyond: The Queer Sci-fi & Fantasy Hardcover (first and only edition) along with the new Beyond: The Post-Apocalypse and Urban Fantasy Edition Hardcover. You'll also receive a signed copy of ELEMENTS: Fire by Taneka Stotts and a Beyond 2 Sketch Card by one of the books artists.

    You will also get a digital PDF of the Beyond 2 Anthology + bookplate + postcards + enamel pin + stretch goal upgrades + digital wallpaper pack + a thank you on the website

    Includes:
    • Beyond 1 Anthology - Hardcover
    • Beyond Anthology 2 - Hardcover
    • ELEMENTS: Fire Softcover
    • Beyond 1 Anthology PDF
    • Beyond 2 Anthology PDF
    • ELEMENTS: Fire PDF
    • Sketch Card
    • Your name in the book
    • Beyond 2 Enamel Pin
    • Postcard Pack
    • Bookplate
    • Digital Thank You
    • Wallpaper Pack
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)