Artema is the story of a young woman who abuses her powers to protect her home. In her zeal, she violates the most sacred rule of her people, the Koma'i: only fight in self-defense. In Artema 3: The Lover, Artema’s made some allies and is going to see more of the world—and build some special connections. The story follows the same nonlinear timeline as Artema 1: The Exile and Artema 2: The Beast, allowing us to understand Artema's past and future. Haven't read Artema before? Click HERE for a preview of issue 1!
With dynamic art from Awesome 'Possum's Angela Boyle and a script from snappy country music journalist Rachel Cholst (Adobe & Teardrops, No Depression, Wide Open Country, The Boot), Artema 3: The Lover continues with the rich world-building and narrative structure of the first two issues.
At the end of the day, Artema is about recovering from trauma. Your support will further Artema's journey and those who can gain strength from it.
If you order a physical copy of the Issue 3, you'll get a 4.25 x 11" zine with a full-color, glossy cover and black-and-white pages! (We just prefer it that way.) It'll contain a 28-page story, plus a 4-page BONUS story thanks to reaching our last Kickstarter's stretch goals! Here's what Issue 2 looks like -- we're happy with our printer and our looking for more of the same.
Wait...didn’t you just have a Kickstarter?
We did. And it was huge! Thank you to everyone who contributed! Not only did we reach our goal within 12 hours, we made 500% of our initial goal. Even after unexpected shipping expenses, we have enough leftover to give Angela a significant increase in her per-page rate—and that includes the bonus story.
Really, all we need now is to make a color cover and pay for printing and shipping. We feel this goal is very achievable! We want to run the Kickstarter before beginning issue 3 so we know what we’re working with.
And now the part everyone cares about: presentssssss! There's lots to love with the Kickstarter rewards for this campaign! Get properly recognized for supporting Artema on our thank-you page; get your face in issue #3; get a linocut print from Rachel; score some of Angela's original artwork for the comic, or get this pin that Rachel designed.
Praise For Artema :
"Artema is a true creation of love." -- The Valkyries
"Cholst and Boyle...do a lot of nice character work with Artema. She's an iconoclast who's quick to anger. She finds it hard to accept her people's law that they can never strike first or fight in anger. She beats up a guy who says women are inferior warriors. Boyle gives her great backgrounds to work against: craggy mountains, gloomy caves, and vast deserts. ... [She has a nice sense of the dramatic when it comes time to the battle scenes, with several striking poses that set the tone for what was at stake." -- Rob Clough, High-Low Comics
"It’s an intriguing start, that’s for sure. Rachel has a great grasp of pacing and leaving breadcrumbs to be uncovered later (who is that painted warrior?), and Angela does some solid work letting the faces tell the story in some otherwise silent panels. ... Get that second issue out quick!" -- Kevin Bramer, Optical Sloth
"The art in this book made the world feel large and the territories vast, which really made the Chengoll feel like an all encompassing force to think they could claim it. As the book goes on we see Artema violently battle with enemy troops but we also see some really cool environmental visuals. It’s clear that Boyle has an understanding of emotions. Cholst’s dialogue for Artema is brash and leads to visceral reactions and Boyle illustrates in pace with that. I also thought that throughout the non linear timeline Boyle was able to make the different ages feel as varied yet connected as Cholst wrote them to be." -- Drew, For the Love of Indie
We've got quite a few stretch goals!
- Write a Tinder bio for any character so far from Artema! Enter your (PG-rated) bio and we'll send a PDF of everyone's entries to all contributors. Swipe right here!
- Color cover for issue 1—$750
Didn’t the cover for issue 2 look awesome? Let’s give issue 1 the same love! Here’s what it looks like now:
And here’s an idea of what the colors could look like:
- Extra bonus story—$950
All contributors can vote on the content! Want to learn more about Artema's past? Future? Maybe one of the other characters'?
- Double-length issue—$1500
I heard Kickstarter fired union organizers? Why are you working with them?
It’s a complex and evolving situation. Rachel is a proud union member and would never cross a picket line. Both Rachel and Angela support the union organizing efforts of Kickstarter employees.
However, union organizing and negotiating is a delicate process where compromise is fundamental. Kickstarter organizers have not yet called for a boycott, which is always a tool of last resort. Should things change during this Kickstarter campaign, we will cancel this campaign immediately. In the meantime, we want to get our book made and financially support the amazing Kickstarter employees who are creating opportunities for indie creators.
Angela Boyle is a freelance illustrator, editor, and designer (flyingdodopublications.com). In 2016, she graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies. She runs the natural science comic anthology Awesome ‘Possum (itsopossum.flyingdodostudio.com). For more information on Angela's work, see angelaboyle.flyingdodostudio.com
Rachel Cholst is a New York-based educator and activist. She also writes about alt-country and punk for No Depression, The Boot, and at her nationally-recognized blog and podcast, Adobe & Teardrops.
Risks and challenges
We ran a successful Kickstarter for issue 2 and have a relationship with a printer as a result! The only risk we anticipate is writer's block!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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