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 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.
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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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