96 people are killed with guns in the US every day. We know some of the things we should be doing to prevent this, but many solutions are still to be found, because politicians and lobbyists block research into gun violence. Organizations like the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Community Justice Reform Coalition are working to change that, and you can help.
SHOTS FIRED is a comics anthology that will raise funds for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Community Justice Reform Coalition to help end gun violence in America. This Kickstarter campaign will pay for printing and shipping of the books themselves. Once printed, all proceeds from additional book sales will go directly to the CSGV and CJRC.
SHOTS FIRED is being published by Comicker Press. With this 28-day campaign, we've capped the size of the book to 168 pages, and are offering a Kickstarter Exclusive limited-edition hardcover, which won’t be made available after the campaign.
SHOTS FIRED is available in three formats: Digital, Trade Paperback, and Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover, with CSGV Limited Edition and Retailer tiers available as well.
Comicker Press is also offering its previous trade paperback books in the Complete Comicker Collection tier and as Add-Ons. These include THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK: Volume 1 by Kate Sherron, LOST ANGELS: Volume 1: Paradise High by David Accampo & Chris Anderson, CHIMERA: Book 1: The Righteous & The Lost by Tyler Ellis, and WAKING LIFE: Book 1: Pleasant Places by Ben Humeniuk (who is also drawing a comic in SHOTS FIRED).
See below for how Add-Ons work and pricing (including ordering additional copies of SHOTS FIRED).
The talent donating their time to SHOTS FIRED include:
- Emma Beeby (Judge Dredd, Mata Hari)
- Tom Beland (True Story Swear to God, Chicacabra, Fantastic Four)
- Deron Bennett (Batgirl, Excellence, Assassin Nation)
- Caleb Bollenbacher (Marlin & Percy, Monsters)
- Ivan Cohen (Teen Titans Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series)
- CW Cooke (Solitary, Always Punch Nazis)
- Nikola Čižmešija (Way of the Spider)
- Colleen Coover (Bandette, Small Favors)
- crank! (Rick and Morty, Curse Words, Grumble)
- Kat Crow (Nectar)
- Andrew Dalhouse (Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, Batman Beyond)
- Alex de Campi (Archie vs. Predator, Mayday, Grindhouse)
- Ryan Dunlavey (The Secret Loves of Geeks, Action Presidents, Comic Book Comics)
- Ray Fawkes (Black Hammer '45, Batman Eternal, One Soul)
- Tom Feister (GI Joe, Ex-Machina, Grand Passion)
- Tom Fowler (Sandman Universe: Books of Magic, Rick & Morty)
- Steven Grant (The Punisher, Two Guns)
- Devin Grayson (Nightwing, Marvel Rising, User)
- Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Mythic)
- Benjamin Humeniuk (Waking Life)
- Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Molly Danger, Black, The Wrong Earth)
- Josh Jensen (GWAR, Adamant)
- Ben Kahn (Gryffen: Galaxy's Most Wanted, Heavenly Blues)
- Stipe Kalajzic (Shock)
- Joe Keatinge (Flavor, Glory, Ringside)
- Neil Kleid (Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim, Tales from the Crypt)
- Ariela Kristantina (Mata Hari, Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy)
- Monica Kubina (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, DC Super Hero Girls)
- David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man, Runaways)
- Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown, The Muppet Show, Thor: The Mighty Avenger)
- Ron Marz (Green Lantern, John Carter: Warlord of Mars)
- Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy)
- Micah Myers (Wyrd, Hellicious)
- Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit, GWAR)
- Stuart Moore (Deadpool, Captain Ginger)
- Huseyin Ozkan (Clive Barker's Hellraiser, Five Ghosts)
- Eric Palicki (Guardians of Infinity, Mine!, No Angel)
- Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman, Wimmen's Comix)
- Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Snagglepuss: Exit Stage Left)
- Zakk Saam (Kim & Kim, Calamity Kate)
- Marguerite Sauvage (Archie, Faith)
- Alex Segura (Archie Meets Ramones, Down the Darkest Street)
- Scott Snyder (Batman, Justice League, American Vampire)
- Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, Lazarus: Risen, Jack of Fables)
- Hannibal Tabu (Scoundrel, Waso: Gathering Wind, Ricanstruction)
- Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool, Old Man Logan)
- Kelly Thompson (Captain Marvel, Jessica Jones, Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
- Anne Timmons (GoGirl!, Graphic Classics)
- Paul Tobin (Colder, The Witcher, Made Men)
- Matt Triano (Grimm Fairy Tales, The Devilers)
- Fred Van Lente (Archer and Armstrong, Action Presidents, Comic Book Comics)
- Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump)
- Eva Widermann (Star Wars Rebels)
- Kelly Williams (Creepy, Metaphase)
- Doselle Young (Star Trek, The Authority, Creepy Comics)
- And more!
The book is being edited by Dark Horse alumnus Brendan Wright.
“We simply couldn’t just watch anymore as our fellow human beings are senselessly killed on a daily basis,” said Brendan Wright, editor of SHOTS FIRED. “96 people per day. That would make every single day the worst mass shooting in the US in modern times—by 38 people. To put that into another perspective, as of June 10th the Washington Post has counted 1165 people killed in mass shootings in the US since 1966. So between suicides, accidents, crime, law enforcement, and other causes, there are more people killed with guns in two weeks in the US than in all the mass shootings over the last fifty years combined.”
“Consistently, over 90% of Americans believe in common sense gun laws such as background checks,” Wright said. “But the gun lobby, the NRA, and Mitch McConnell have kept them from passing. Mitch McConnell hasn’t allowed a vote in the Senate on gun control since 2015. That’s over 140,000 people who have died by gunfire in the U.S. under McConnell’s watch. That’s the equivalent of the entire population of Dayton, Ohio.”
Acting as a companion to volumes that have raised money for victim funds, SHOTS FIRED focuses on the prevalence of gun violence in everyday life in the United States and supports advocacy groups working with communities to reduce gun violence, seek criminal justice reform, and enact common-sense regulations. With these goals in mind, Comicker Press has partnered with the Community Justice Reform Coalition, a community-based coalition that sponsors intervention programs to prevent violence in communities of color, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a data-driven advocacy group focused on passing legislation at the state level.
"It’s truly an epidemic facing this nation, and it especially and disproportionately impacts communities of color," said Amber Goodwin, Executive Director of CJRC. “Once again, we want to thank everyone for their support to make gun violence rare and abnormal,” said Chelsea White, Director of Development and Events at CSGV.
We are using backerkit and comiXology for our physical and digital fulfillment.
How do you add an Add-On? Simply click the "Manage Your Pledge" button, then add in the amount of the Add-On you want to add to your pledge. For example, say you backed for an SHOTS FIRED trade paperback edition, but want a CHIMERA trade paperback as well. Simply add $20 to your Pledge, and once we're funded, we'll ask you which Add-On you wanted in a Survey. It's that easy! We're using BackerKit as we did with our previous Kickstarters, to make it even easier! (First additional book ships free, add $2 for each additional book beyond that.)
- SHOTS FIRED Trade Paperback - $20
- THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK Trade Paperback - $15
- CHIMERA Trade Paperback - $20
- LOST ANGELS Trade Paperback - $20
- WAKING LIFE Trade Paperback - $15
- COMICS COMICS Hardcover - $25
- COMICS COMICS SIGNED Hardcover (Patton Oswalt, Jackie Kashian, Sara Benincasa) - $40
Due to ongoing increases in shipping costs, we're shipping books via USPS Media Mail domestically. For international shipping, costs have risen exponentially to the point that we can't offer to include it as part of the campaign. If you're outside the US, your best option is to use a domestic/international shipping service like Shipito - we haven't used them ourselves, so we can't vouch for them.
Since all proceeds after the books are printed are going to charity, we've built in a slightly larger contingency than we normally would, to cover any unexpected expenses. If unused, this contingency will be used to print more books.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS
The Coalition Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms. Our role is to formulate bold new ideas, assume the risks of innovation, and lead by example so that other groups can learn from and adopt our successful tactics. In recent years, we have:
Organized more than 20 of the nation’s leading mental health and public health professionals to make evidence-based recommendations to address the difficult issue of guns and mental health. In December 2013, under the name “Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy,” this group of experts issued detailed policy recommendations for both state and federal lawmakers. The Consortium has met four times and will meet for a fifth time in 2019.
In 2014, with CSGV’s assistance, California legislators passed one of the Consortium’s recommendations, the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) policy. Since then, CSGV has led the implementation process for the GVRO, which went into effect on January 1, 2016. To this end, we worked with the California Judicial Council to develop the forms and processes necessary to initiate a GVRO, held a press conference about the GVRO’s implementation, hosted a pro bono attorney training in California, and launched a campaign to inform the public about how to access a GVRO.
Worked with stakeholders and advocates in 11 states and the District of Columbia to pass Extreme Risk Laws, which are modeled after the GVRO.
Created fact sheets, presentations, and other materials to make Extreme Risk Law policy recommendations accessible to the general public. These materials helped us educate and activate a network of stakeholders and grassroots supporters to advocate for innovative policies.
The Community Justice Reform Coalition, a collective action fund of Tides Foundation, addresses the intersection of gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform in urban communities of color.
Comicker LLC was founded by Saori Adams and Sean E. Williams, and launched in 2015 with its Comicker Digital imprint. Comicker LLC is designed to bring diverse creator-owned comics series to readers any way they want them (as ad-supported webcomics, collected as digital issues, and in print as trade paperbacks), and to give creators the flexibility to tell their stories exactly how they want to. In 2016, Comicker LLC began bringing its digital series to print as trade paperbacks via its Comicker Press imprint.
Diversity Focused. Digital First. ComickerPress.com
NOTE: List of creators involved and sample art may not be final, and may be subject to change.
Risks and challenges
We print books regularly, and we have vendors and shippers we trust already in place. Possible reasons for delays include storms, port strikes, or other weather-related shipping delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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