The Oath Anthology of New Heroes is a comic anthology introducing new queer/lgbt superheroes, andshowcasing the talent of queer creative teams.
The goal of this project is to highlight the work of queer creators, to introduce brand new heroes across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity, and to create a book that does all that through exciting and engaging stories anyone can read.
We gave a team of queer creators the chance to make their own superheroes — heroes they’d be proud to share with an all-ages audience, in a thoughtful response to a big press-dominated genre.
Our heroes aren't cautionary tales. Stories in the anthology will empower unquestionably queer characters and creators, and saturate heroic plots and settings with new perspectives.
Learn more about Oath and keep updated on our website!
The book will be a black-and-white, 240+ page comic anthology, appropriate for any reader old enough to tackle standard superhero genre angst and action.
We’re Kickstarting to pay our contributing writers and artists and to cover print and shipping costs. With your help, we can get this book made!
Who is involved?
Edited by Audrey Redpath, the Oath Anthology is brought to you by teams of talented comic book artists and writers who identify as queer/lgbt.
Steve Foxe (Artifacts) and Rian Sygh (Stolen Forest); Tini Howard (Poseidon IX, Magdalena: Seventh Sacrament) and Vaneda Vireak (Solomon Webb); K Van Dam (Minor Acts of Heroism) and Adriana Ferguson (Minor Acts of Heroism); Camila Fortuna (Gunkiss); Katherine Verhoeven (Verwho); Sara Goetter (Boozle); Theo Nicole Lorenz (Mer World Problems); Alex Law (Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You); Sarah Searle (Fresh Romance) and Carey Pietsch (Gleam, Adventure Time).
Megan Rose Gedris (Yu+Me = Dream, Meaty Yogurt) and Rachel Dukes (Garfield, Frankie Comics); Jenn St-Onge (Illustrations); Jon Erik Christianson and E.A. Denich (Ghost Green, Broken Telephone); Lee and Ty Blauersouth (Studio Interrobang); Apollo Pop and Milkrainn (Gomorrah); Blue Delliquanti (O Human Star); Aud Koch (Phlox); Kori Michele Handwerker (Prince of Cats); Steve Foxe and Allison Paige (Whispering Ash); Sfé R. Monster (Eth's Skin); and Mildred Louis (Agents of the Realm) and a few surprise additions!
This Kickstarter is to raise money for the production and printing of the Oath Anthology of New Heroes, a 230+ page, black-and-white perfect bound anthology, and to pay our creators for their contributions.
We need at least $23,000 to pay everyone their base page rate for the book and get it printed.
25% will go to printing the book: This is for one thousand 6.625x10.25 (standard comic size) perfect bound copies of Oath.
48% goes to paying Oath’s contributors: This portion of our goal is going directly to the writers and artists involved in the project right after funding, to pay them a professional rate for their work.
15% will go toward shipping and packaging: This covers shipping fees, bubble mailers, boxes, and everything else we need to make sure your books and rewards get to you in awesome condition.
11% will go to cover fees: Kickstarter and their payment processor take a cut of the project’s funds, and we’ll be using a service to automate our digital rewards and help with pre-orders.
1% is for safety: This is for any unexpected expenses, so regardless of setbacks we can get the book to our backers.
Why are we making Oath?
Comic fans and scholarship have seen queer themes in superhero comics since they were first published - comic books full to bursting with secret identities and self discovery. These stories can inspire and motivate, and kids and adults alike can step into the mask of their favorite hero and feel empowered.
Today, it’s vitally important to recognize that the representation in our books - from the identities of the characters in our stories to the makeup of our creative teams - has an impact.
Queer voices have always had a formative influence on the comic industry, but for many creators the superhero genre seems inaccessible or unfriendly, and it's important to us that that continues to change.
You can expect multiple trans and genderqueer heroes from Oath, just as you can expect gay, bisexual, pansexual, ace, and lesbian heroes. We hope that their stories will be exciting and fun to read, and that they can be shared with entire families of people.
Why should I pledge?
In this anthology, Queer and LGBT identifying creative teams have taken the chance to explore the superhero genre and populate it with protagonists that don't normally get to see the light of day.
Your pledge acknowledges the importance of this work, and reflects your commitment to the representation of trans, genderqueer, gay, bisexual and lesbian characters in the media we care about - it also helps pay every contributor a professional rate for their work!
Even more, for every $10,000 raised above our funding goal, each and every creator gets a 10% or $100 bonus (whichever is higher). So, the more successful the Kickstarter is, the more everyone earns!
There's a lot involved in the creative process. Each creator goes through pitches, script drafts, concept art and thumbnails to get to a finished comic. We're collecting every step of our process into ebook resources and references, along with interviews and advice from our contributors.
Starting with a script book, a guide to pitching, and a developmental art journal, each short ebook will have our professional and novice perspectives on producing paid comic work. We'll also collect our updates and experiences printing and fulfilling the physical copies of Oath.
You can read about our rewards and pick your tier on the sidebar! Keep an eye as our campaign goes on for special exclusives and stretch goal updates.
Our first stretch goal has been met! Look out for updates and a new comic announced for the book. Next up we're pushing for higher quality stock and bonuses for creators.
Because our focus is getting the book printed and distributed to individuals, comic stores, libraries, and LGBT organizations, most of our rewards to start are focused on just that: the book!
Higher reward tiers include all our resources; postcards and prints from creators and volunteers; being added to a special section in the finished book (or featured as a portrait 'superhero sponsor'); and getting original artwork from the comics in the book.
If we reach our goal and continue to fund, new and exciting rewards will be added as we can afford them for you! So check back here for details on stretch goals and new additions if we reach our funding goal.
Want to see more of the book? Check out these preview pages from our comics, and be sure to keep an eye on this page and on our social media pages for more previews throughout the campaign.
Thank you to all the creators who have signed onto the project, and to each of you that choose to support, for helping us make this book a reality. With your help, this project can be a success!
Kickstarter and cover art by Camila Fortuna/Gunkiss. Our campaign video features page previews from the book. Special thanks to Taneka Stotts and Isabelle Melançon for guidance and support, and to the Broken Frontier and New World/Iron Circus for the bonus structure inspiration.
Risks and challenges
Most of Oath's stories are already finished. Once print files are put together and updated with interior/exterior art and sponsor portraits and names, we'll move onto getting proofs of the book and making sure it's at its best quality before we print. We've already got our printer chosen and we're ready to get started!
While shipping is a new challenge, we've laid out our schedule and budget to support the project's success, and we'll work hard to minimize any delays. If we have any, backers will be keep fully in the loop!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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