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FEATURING guest art by Max Ink, Lee Thacker, Flor de Canela, Dre Grigoropol (Dretime), Corey Bechelli, Anthony Casperite, Brian Payne, Bryan Douglas, and Mike Sgier! While most of our funding will go towards printing the new comic book, we are setting aside a portion to pay these great artists for their work. If we go beyond our goal and reach our stretch goals, we can pay them more. Support indy cartoonists! If we can get this funded and our artists paid, we'd love to be able to do it again!
Below: Some of our contributors---Corey Bechelli, Dre Grigoropol, Max Ink and Flor de Canela, Bianca Alu-Marr and Steve (me) speak about the project
In 2017, we launched Comicverse: Subspace Chatter, a spinoff of The Comicverse in which Rei and his pal Ying the Dragon, owners of a comic book shop in space, do a podcast (in comic book form) about sci-fi, comics, and pop culture.
In this new, second issue of Subspace Chatter, we somehow ended up with an entire issue made up of stories and reviews about either Star Trek or Star Wars. So for our opening piece, we decided to post that age-old question: Star Trek or Star Wars? Bianca wrote responses for many of the Comicverse characters, but we added to the piece by posing the question to followers of the Comicverse Facebook page. Carrying on the tradition started in the first issue, we turned these readers into Comicverse aliens for this piece.
We also turned to our readers for the next story/"podcast"---the Han Solo movie was about to come out and had yet to be given a title. So we asked our readers to come up with a name for the movie using only quotes from the original Star Wars trilogy, with predictably hilarious results!
"Barclay Day" starts out with Rei and Ying doing a podcast entirely devoted to Star Trek's cult favorite character, Lieutenant Barclay. Ying soon finds himself in a Groundhog Day-type situation, reliving the day of the podcast over and over. He finally decides to create a hologram of Lt. Barclay in order to ask him for advice on how to get out of his predicament. This is one of the most story-driven entries we have done so far in Subspace Chatter, which up 'til now has mostly been reviews and podcasts in comic book form.
For our last two pieces, we turned to our artist friends mentioned at the top of this page for guest illustrations, and Steve did a number of illustrations in his finely crosshatched style, many of which are available here as rewards. The first one is a review of the classic Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Mirror Universe episode, "Crossover". As with the Space: 1999 review in Subspace Chatter #1, Ying finds himself experiencing the same events as in the episode---when he sees the normally grouchy Rei with a goatee and in a great mood, he begins to realize he's been transported to the Mirror Universe! Steve's longtime pal Anthony Casperite drew 3 panels in his wonderful Bill Sienkewicz/Jim Mahfood-type style, plus we got great contributions from Lee Thacker, Max Ink, and Flor de Canela.
Finally, Rei and Ying do a review of "The Last Jedi". Much like the fans, they have very mixed feelings about the movie. Dre Grigoropol and Corey Bechelli both kindly delivered several illustrations of various TLJ scenes, plus we got single panels from Lee Thacker, Mike Sgier, Bryan Douglas, and Brian Payne.
If you are a Star Trek and/or Star Wars fan, we think you will enjoy these podcast/reviews and our illustrations of key scenes. Thanks for your support!
I met Brian Payne through the magic of Facebook. Straw Man #10 has a 3-page piece by Brian, as well as a 2-page Sparky jam with several indy comics luminaries that has yet to be reprinted in any of my own books. Brian illustrated a 6-page piece written by Bianca for Behind The Counter #1. In the new Subspace Chatter he illustrated Kanan and Ahsoka from Star Wars: Rebels.
I THINK I met British artist Lee Thacker through the now-defunct Comicspace. He did a lovely color piece for the back cover of Sparky in Love, an amazing Charles Burns-like 4-pager for Tails of Sparky #1, and for the new Subspace Chatter #2 he drew a Yoda as Mickey Mouse and two separate Deep Space Nine characters.
I met Max Ink at the SPACE show in Columbus and we hit it off immediately. He drew several jam panels in Sparky In Love and Tails of Sparky #1, and two separate Deep Space Nine characters for the new Subspace Chatter #2. Add $8 to your pledge and I will include Subspace Chatter #1. It includes a 3-page story about Lex Ink, a character inspired by Max Ink's Thinklings comic.
I met Dre Grigoropol (Dretime) at the Philly Comix Jam 10 years ago. She was in a Philly Comix jam in Tails of Sparky #1, did a full-color jam with me on the back cover of Tails of Sparky #2, illustrated a 2-page piece written by Bianca for Behind The Counter #1, and drew four separate characters from The Last Jedi for the new Subspace Chatter #2.
Same as above, except this set includes YES Fanzine #4, which has photos of YES taken by Max in his home town of Columbus. Add $8 to your pledge and I will include Subspace Chatter #1. It includes a 3-page story about Lex Ink, a character inspired by Max Ink's Thinklings comic.
Like Lee, I'm pretty sure I met Bryan on Comicspace. He drew a couple of jam panels for Tails of Sparky #1, Finn from The Force Awakens for the new Comicverse: Subspace Chatter #2, and did 1-page installments of his adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth for YES Fanzine #2 and #4.
All three comics include work by Brian Payne as mentioned above, and all four YES Fanzines feature Payne's YES Paper Dolls. In the course of these issues he did the entire classic lineup: Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, and Rick Wakeman.
Every Comicverse to date---The Comicverse #1-5, Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1 and Comicverse: Subspace Chatter #1 and #2, PLUS a Comicverse Fridge Magnet, 2 Comicverse stickers and 9 random Comicverse Trading Cards.
Risks and challenges
Let's face it, if I announced on Facebook that I had a new comic available and that it could be ordered from me, no one would buy it. The fact that people support my Kickstarter campaigns has been a pleasant mystery to me.
Diamond Comics stopped distributing my comics about 10 years ago. Not long after, I discovered Kickstarter, and have never looked back. Kickstarter has been vital to my development as an artist, and in reaching my audience and even finding new audiences. While the outcome of my Kickstarters has been modest compared to those of many of my friends and associates, I am still extremely grateful to have the cost of my projects paid for and to be able to pay a commission to my guest artists in thanks. While I do hope to distribute through Diamond again someday, Kickstarter has been vital in keeping Awakening Comics going.
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