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Amazing Arizona Comics is a mini-comic series that satirizes Arizona news and culture with superhero adventure.
Amazing Arizona Comics is a mini-comic series that satirizes Arizona news and culture with superhero adventure.
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Superhero adventure stories have always helped me better understand the world, but when I moved back to Arizona in 2010, I was hard-pressed to find comic books about immigration, fame-seeking sheriffs, and finger-wagging governors.  So, I decided to make them myself.

Amazing Arizona Comics #1, March 2010.
Amazing Arizona Comics #1, March 2010.

Amazing Arizona Comics is a mini-comic book series that satirizes Arizona news, history, and culture with superhero adventure.  The lead characters, like Speed Cameron, June Monsoon, and Dust Devil, interact with real people from the news, like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and even President Obama, explaining the strangest corners of our reality with the very true possibility of superheroes.  The goal is to entertain and inspire thought about the headlines we hear everyday, in a different way, with sophisticated, all-ages stories.  

Amazing Arizona Comics $9, 2013.
Amazing Arizona Comics $9, 2013.

Until recently, Amazing Arizona Comics has been a very fun, fulfilling hobby, and I completed issues at my leisure, usually in time for a local comic con.  Now, I'm in a unique position where I have the time to complete issues quicker, keeping up with our fast-paced news cycle, but I don't have the resources to print and publish as regularly.  This is why I've turned to Kickstarter.  I hope to make Amazing Arizona Comics a monthly series that moves in real time with our state's current events, with relevant satire, and fun storytelling.

Amazing Arizona Comics #10, February 2015.
Amazing Arizona Comics #10, February 2015.

The best superhero comics have been the ones that helped us better understand the world around us.  I hope to continue that legacy with Amazing Arizona Comics.  And if there's any place that could use some help being better understood, it's Arizona!

Amazing Arizona Comics #11, May 2015.
Amazing Arizona Comics #11, May 2015.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I face with this project is the one I've ALWAYS faced: keeping up with the news. Committing to a monthly schedule implies completing an issue BEFORE its intended distribution date, yet my work is best when it's on the heels of a huge headline, or at least a series of trending topics. Posting webcomics allows for this immediacy, but printing comics doesn't. I've dabbled in webcomics, and I may offer supplemental digital stories throughout this year of monthly publication, but my love of printing in the mini-comics format commits me to this vision.

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11, the first monthly issue in 2015. Stories include "The Origin of Sam Brero," "False Alarm at the Phoenix Comicon," and "Speed Cameron's California Adventure," part 1. Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly.

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    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11 & #12, the first two monthly issues in 2015. Stories feature the supervilain group The Warm Front, and "Speed Cameron's California Adventure." Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly.

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    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11 through #14, the first half of 2015's monthly issues. Stories feature the state's towering Paul Bunyon statues, the cantankerous K9 villain Archie Wawa, and "Speed Cameron's California Adventure." Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly.

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    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11 through #18, all of 2015's monthly issues. They'll contain too many great stories to detail here -- and who knows what Arizona will inspire by December! Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly.

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    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11 through #18, all of 2015's monthly issues, and issues #1-3, so you can begin your back issue collection! Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly. Issues #1-3 will come with the first month's issue.

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    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11 through #18, all of 2015's monthly issues, and issues #1-6, so you can begin your back issue collection! Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly. Issues #1-3 will come with May's issue, and issues #4-6 will come with June's issue.

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    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11 through #18, all of 2015's monthly issues, and issues #1-9, so you can begin your back issue collection! Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly. Issues #1-3 will come with May's issue, issues #4-6 will come with June's issue, and issues #7-9 will come in July.

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    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11 through #18, all of 2015's monthly issues, and issues #1-10, so you'll have the complete collection! Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly. Issues #1-3 will come with May's issue, and issues #4-6 will come with June's issue. Issues #7-9 will come in July, and issue #10 (a special 22-page Super Bowl story) will come in August.

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    Includes "Amazing Arizona Comics" #11 through #18, all of 2015's monthly issues, and issues #1-10, AND a bonus Kickstater exclusive issue which will only be published and distributed to $50 donors. That's a story only you'll ever get to see! Cost includes US shipping. Issues will ship monthly. Issues #1-3 will come with May's issue, and issues #4-6 will come with June's issue. Issues #7-9 will come in July, and issue #10 (a special 22-page Super Bowl story) will come in August. The Kickstarter Exclusive will come before the end of the year.

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