Update: We've hit all of our stretch goals!
- All print copies now come with a 100-page PDF of Jill Trent comics from the 1940s!
- We are doubling our bookmark rewards! All print copies now come with a standard-issue bookmark! Rewards that already included a bookmark now come with two bookmarks — the standard-issue and a special limited-edition bookmark!
- All print copies now come with a limited-edition, hand-numbered full-color print of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, and her faithful partner, Daisy Smythe!
Jill Trent, Science Sleuth was a comic book heroine published in the mid-1940s who solved mysteries and caught crooks using her scientific genius, improbable inventions, and the fighting prowess of her faithful partner, Daisy Smythe!
Now, more than 65 years later, we're bringing Jill and Daisy back in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1, a 28-page comic book featuring 5 stories by 5 creative teams! Each stand-alone story reimagines the Science Sleuths in a new way, including a range of racial and ethnic identities and time periods, from the 1940s to the not-too-distant future.
Suitable for all ages, the short stories in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1 include both a mix of "real" science and goofy sci-fi, celebrating women in science with an undercurrent of feminism.
With 5 different versions of the Science Sleuths, the unspoken theme is, hopefully, one of diversity and empowerment. The book celebrates women in science as well as female characters in comics. It's just the first in a planned series of new adventures!
What's the Kickstarter For?
The good news is, the comic book is already finished! You can now pre-order the comic here on Kickstarter in print or digital format. All funds raised will cover the costs of printing and shipping the book to you, as well as compensating the wonderful production team who made the book a reality.
With your help and support, we can't wait to get this very fun little book into your hot little hands!
Beyond that, your contribution will also allow us to continue making comics — including more Jill Trent, Science Sleuth comics!
About the "sold out" $10 and $20 Rewards...
Due to an omission of shipping costs at the $10 and $20 reward levels, we had to mark the rewards as "sold out" and re-post new (duplicate) rewards with the correct shipping cost to Canada. This change does not affect anyone who already pledged at these levels before the error was discovered.
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About the Creators
- Jacqueline Ching (writer, “The Sinister Smokescreen”) is a writer and editor currently working in educational publishing. She has written for Newsweek, the Seattle Times, Parents.com, and Teaching Tolerance. She is the author of DK Publishing's Biography of Thomas Jefferson and was previously an editor at Milestone Media.
- N.J. Coyle (writer, “Hearts of Steel”) is a lifelong resident of Adelaide, Australia, who spends much of his time either reading comics or thinking up his own. He can also be found reviewing comics, video games and more on his YouTube channel, Positively Dreadful.
- Michael R. Hall (artist, “The Sinister Smokescreen”) is a fourth-generation San Franciscan and veteran illustrator who has done lots of posters for various San Francisco punk bands and nightclubs. RED IRON is a self-published comic he’s working on with Declan Fitz.
- D.M. Higgins (editor, JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1; writer, “Science, Like Love...”) is a writer and editor who publishes Superdames Comics and the Superdames blog. Before making comics, D.M. worked for several years as a journalist and news editor in Washington, DC, and earned a master’s degree in visual communication.
- Ryan Incandenza (artist, “Hearts of Steel”) is a Portland, Oregon-based human who writes and draws comics and dances in the supermarket to sweet ’80s jams. His upcoming comics include ADEPT and VENUS IN STASIS.
- Charley Macorn (writer, “The Horror of the Huge Hamsters”) is a native of Missoula, Montana, where she is currently a junior at the University of Montana. Charley is the host of “The Spooky Spooky Spooky Spooky Movie Show,” a late-night horror movie program.
- Rafael Romeo Magat (artist, “Science, Like Love...”) is an award-winning illustrator whose art has been featured on Comics Alliance's "Best Art Ever (This Week)," among other places. He also makes comics.
- Matthew R. McDaniel (artist, “The Horror of the Huge Hamsters”) lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife and two children. He spends his days teaching English and nights drawing comics and changing diapers.
- Kyle Roberts (artist, “The Mystery of the Manifest Volcano”) is a high school art teacher and illustrator of the comic book series THE DARK HOURS. A CSU Fullerton graduate, Kyle’s past work includes: ink assistant at Extreme Studios, watch artist at Disneyland, and conceptual designer in the automotive industry.
- Adam Rowe (writer, “The Mystery of the Manifest Volcano”) is a freelance information writer and science-fiction author. He is the author of Asimov to Zelazny: The Science Fiction Author Manual.
- Also featuring Frank Barbara (colors, "The Sinister Smokescreen"), Declan Fitz (letters, "The Sinister Smokescreen"), Spenser Morris (colors, "The Horror of the Huge Hamsters"), and A.L. Onfroi (colors, "The Mystery of the Manifest Volcano," letters & production assistance, "The Horror of the Huge Hamsters")
New Rewards & Stretch Goals (Feb. 2)!
- $6,500 — Everyone who pledged $12 or more will get a PDF of all original JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH stories from the 1940s currently available from the Digital Comic Museum!
- $7,000 – Everyone who pledged at the $10 level and above will receive a limited-edition bookmark with art by Rafael Romeo Magat! Everyone who pledged at the $15 level and above will receive TWO limited-edition bookmarks — the one by Rafael AND an exclusive alternate with art by Michael R. Hall!
- $7,500 – Everyone who pledged at the $10 level and above will receive a limited-edition, hand-numbered full-color print of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, and her faithful partner, Daisy Smythe! New rewards available!
Risks and challenges
The good news is, the comic book is already finished! Everything has been written and drawn. The main purpose of the Kickstarter is to fund a print run and compensate the production team.
That said, there's always the possibility of delays in printing or shipping. For the print editions, we're using a professional-grade printer that specializes in comic books. We trust their sterling reputation, but there's always the possibility of delays, because humans.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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