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A comic anthology of stories about Ohio told by Ohio creators
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 STRETCH GOALS ADDED!

  • $2500 - New Story Added - If we hit this goal, a story written by Todd Zverloff will be commissioned for the anthology.  UNLOCKED
  • $3000 - Vinyl Decals - If we hit this goal, all physical level backers will receive a 3.5" "Keep Ohio Weird" decal. 
Keep Ohio Weird Vinyl Decal
  • $3500 - Creator Digital Bundle - If we hit this goal, all backers will receive a package of digital comics from our creators' other projects. 
Anthology Cover by Matt Horak

Along a Burning River is 72 pages of comic book storytelling based around the fine state of Ohio. Whether it’s about a local myth or legend, or simply a setting, the state of Ohio and its rich history star in every story. Every creator featured on this project lives in Ohio. They have inhaled the fires of the steel mills, waded in the muddy waters of the Ohio, the Cuyahoga, the Scioto, reaped the bounty of sweet corn, and dripped in the blood and sweat that the Rust Belt baptizes its inhabitants in.

We put together this anthology as a labor of love. We all love comics and we wanted to put ourselves out there into the industry. With time and money always being factors, we pulled our resources and created Along a Burning River. It’s a showcase of our passion, talent, dedication, and dreams. A little piece of each of us rests somewhere within these pages. We want to share that with all of you.

Todd Zverloff is a writer from the Akron area. He has written halves of countless novels and stories that you will likely never read. He has finished some things, too. He wrote two early grade chapter books in 2014 and 2015 and has published several articles for various websites and zines. His true passion is comics, and this anthology represents the culmination of his attempts to get his stories published. He lives with his lovely wife, three children, and one very old dog.

David Wilson assumes many roles—illustrator, designer, writer, and filmmaker.

Nicholas J. Marcellus, better known by his pseudonym BrotherToastyCakes, is a freelance digital artist and illustrator incorporating various styles garnered from a lifelong love of animation, comic books and fine art. He made the jump from traditional medium to digital in 2012 and continues to learn and create with a current focus on contemporary fantasy.  Along with wife Michelle and daughter Lucina, he calls Akron home.

Eric VanRaepenbusch is a middle-school teacher, former stay-at-home dad, and family literacy blogger. In Aurora, Ohio they know him best as the author of the Three Ghost Friends series, Baby Beards!, and Five Little Potties.  For more information visit, www.ericvr.com.

Sean Forney is an eighteen year professional illustrator/comic book artist currently working on Marvel Premier sketch cards (Upper Deck), Lyaxia (Alcyone Studios), Delta Dawn (Corgi Press), and a new issue of his creator-owned comic Scarlet Huntress. His recent work includes Pestilence (Aftershock), Franklin & Ghost (SourcePoint Press), Lark’s Killer, Black Flame Archives, Lord of Gore, and Zen: Intergalactic Ninja (Devil’s Due/1First). His recent color cover work can be seen on Bloodstrike (Image), Go West (Alterna), TMNT (IDW), and Back to the Future (IDW). Cover and interior work can also be seen in Cyberines (Red Anvil), Hardlee Thinn, Notti & Nyce, Savage Eve, and Do You Pooh?(Counterpoint). Sean has also worked on commercial art for Tire Discounters, Cut the Rope (Titan Publishing),Lego, Inc., Wonderland Year One, Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Issue, Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 (Zenescope) along with My Adventures with Spider-Man (Marvel/Identity Direct) and the Bakugan toy line for Spin Master. Sean self-publishes the Scarlet Huntress series and Geeky Goddesses: The Pin-up Art of Sean Forney. You can find more information about Sean, his work, and getting a sketch commission at his website: www.SeanForney.com.

Aaron Archer is a veteran toy designer for Hasbro (Transformers, GI Joe, 90s Kenner Batman, Star Wars ep1), Chakan project artist, and Netflix-The Toys That Made Us contributor.

Ethan DeBoard is an illustrator from Columbus, Ohio. He recently graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design where he focused on concept drawing and comics. His art is centered around narrative elements and tends to lean towards the sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres. He and his writer, Joe Wood have been friends and creative colleagues since high school.

Joe Wood is a writer from the Columbus area. A graduate of Hamilton Township High School, he studied Journalism at Ohio University and hopes to one day transition fully to creative projects. He is a fan of action video games, fantasy and science fiction as well as the full spectrum of film, TV and comic books. Joe is a longtime collaborator and friend of artist Ethan DeBoard.

Carrie Arnold is a fresh new face in the industry having made the leap from commercial illustration to comics in 2017. Carrie is the creator and artist behind the series Revel Rhodes - a true to life thriller weaving fiction and history into a dark mirror reflecting what might come to pass if society does not learn to control it’s worst instincts.

Caleb Thusat is the creator and writer of Alter-Life, ZED, and Nook. I'm a former Chicago indie filmmaker turned comic book creator looking to bring unique and exciting stories to the vast world of the independent comic industry.

Jason Christner is an artist based out of Alliance, OH. After a long break from art, he got back into it as as teaching tool for his young daughters. Specializing in likenesses and portrait style art of movie, comic and pop culture icons. You should be able to find him at most Ohio based comic cons!

Adam Fields is the owner and lead illustrator / graphic designer of Midnight27 Studios and the creator of the hit comic book series, PROWL. Raised in Eaton, Ohio, he has always had a passion for art and storytelling. All throughout school, he focused on improving his illustration skills and pushing himself to continually improve to create the most dynamic art that he could.

Scott Bachmann is an Ohio writer that has been publishing comics under his Corgi Press imprint for almost a decade. Originally from Cleveland and now living in Yellow Springs, Scott has worked with many Ohio artists, and loved getting a chance to share a bit of his home in this new story. To date, Scott has published four graphic novels, three illustrated books, two novels, and fifth graphic novel coming out next spring. He has short stories in five different anthologies published by Red Stylo Media and Wannabe Press, all of which became Kickstarter successes. You can catch his online comics and more at https://corgipress.com

Dan Gorman began working as a Sketch Card Artist in 2010 and has since worked on over 120 Licensed Trading Card sets featuring properties that include but are not limited to Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Alien, The Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things and AMC's The Walking Dead. Dan has done sequential work for AC Comics, Empire Comics Lab and Source Point Press. Dan's work can also be seen in 2 issues of the "Grindhouse" Mini-Series published by Dark Horse Comics. Dan contributes cartoons to his local paper, "The Akron Devil Strip Magazine", and is also the co-creator and artist of the webcomic "The Akron Knight" which can be seen at akronknightcomic.com

Chris Kasmar graduated from Youngstown State University with a BFA in graphic design. He is a professional graphic artist and illustrator that currently resides in Akron Ohio.

Kevin Kuder is an artist and writer based in the Akron area.

William and Robbie Bumback are two brothers who try to share their love for storytelling and the visual medium through comics. With William providing the voices to each character through the script and Robbie visualizing the emotions and actions these characters have, and both working on the story as a whole, they are trying to tell interesting and complex stories that, at the core, focus on the characters and their personal and external conflicts with the people and world around them. The best teacher they have is the movies, comics, and tv shows they grew up on, ranging from anime to deep dive character studies. They hope to combine all these inspirations into something uniquely distinct to them.

  • Instagram: @rbumback
  • Twitter: @rbumback & @wbumback

Cory Holliday is an artist based in the Akron-Canton area.

Rodney Fyke is an artist and writer from Cincinnati, Ohio.  His story, Heading West Again, included herein was born from his love of science fiction and history.  He is the creator, writer, and artist of his creator owned comics Peanut, Puddin’ n’ Jelly and Pitter Patter published through Hazzum Productions.  Rodney has two new comic projects in the works, Road Kill Rampage and Here Be Clowns, both with an expected release date in 2020.  In his spare time, Rodney participates as a sketch card artist for Upper Deck and has completed several sets including Marvel and Miramax projects and travels around the Midwest appearing at conventions. Rodney is always open for commissions and new projects.

Aaron Lindeman is an artist living in Ohio. He works on comics, illustrations, and the occasional painting. He cannot cross running water, and is particularly susceptible to weapons made of silver. He loves sloths, and he will protect them until the very end.

Matt Horak is an artist based in the Akron area. He is the artist for Earthquaker Devices, Spider-man/Deadpool, Punisher, Doctor Crowe, The Covenant, and Space Stepdad.

Along a Burning River Print Edition
Minerva Monster Print by Jason Christner
Loveland Frogmen Print by Adam Fields
Ohio Grassman Print by Sean Forney (Color version pending)
Skull-hio Print by Cory Holliday
Red Night Print by Chris Kasmar (Final artwork pending)
Anthology Cover Print by Matt Horak

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