About this project
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!
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 Ball • Alexxander Dovelin • Aliza Layne • Bishakh Som • Cat Parra • Evan Dahm • GHOULKISS & Katie Cunningham & Chan Chau • Jaylee Warren & Kelly and Nichole Matthews • Jen Henkes • Jenelle Elizabeth & Danae Wilding • J. Doyle & Ursula Wood • Keezy Young • Kiku Hughes & Sara DuVall • Levi Hastings • Mar Julia • Mary Verhoeven • Paul Reinwand & Steve Foxe • Reed Black • Ria Martinez & Samantha Cox • Rica March • Sam Garvey • Sarah Stern • Sfé R. Monster & Jam • Shivana Sookdeo • Sonia Liao • Stephanie Hovden • Taneka Stotts & Genué Revuelta
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!
- **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** - $65,000 - BLAKLEY INBERG POSTCARD ADDED TO POSTCARD TIERS
- **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)
- 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:
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
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