Update: Stretch Goal
Update: New Reward Incentive
Everyone who pledges $5 or more will now receive a FREE 100-page PDF of the original JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH adventures from the 1940s, edited and with an introduction by D.M. Higgins!
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've brought Jill and Daisy back! JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #2 is a 28-page comic book featuring 3 all-new stories by 3 creative teams! By popular demand, these stories are slightly longer than those in JILL TRENT #1 — a full 8 pages each! 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 #2 include a mix of "real" science, goofy sci-fi, classic adventure and mystery — celebrating women in science with an undercurrent of feminism.
With several 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 the long-awaited followup to the Geekie Award-nominated JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1!
• “The Mystery of the Music From Space!” (written & lettered by D.M. Higgins, art & color by Roxanne Bee) The Science Sleuth must investigate a lost signal — in outer space! The greatest mystery of all awaits — but can Jill make it home in time for her anniversary dinner?
• “Who Atomized Professor Van Diana?” (written by N.J. Coyle, art by Ryan Incandenza, colors by Liezl Buenaventura, edited & lettered by D.M. Higgins) A venerated professor crumbles to ash before the very eyes of thousands of scientists gathered at the 15th Annual Ray Gun Convention! Jill & Daisy gather the only three suspects in one room for a classic whodunnit — but all is not what it seems!
• “Fianchetto’s Gambit!” (written by Charley Macorn, art by Michael R. Hall, colors by Frank Barbara, edited & lettered by D.M. Higgins, with thanks to chess adviser Mig Greengard) Amid the fog of World War II, a sinister saboteur smuggles a bomb into the Trent Aeronautics factory. Can the Science Sleuth stay three steps ahead of an evil chess master? The countdown’s begun...
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• "Science Sleuths of History: Cecilia Payne!"(written by D.M. Higgins & Charley Macorn, art by Kelly Phillips, colors by Andrea Scott, edited & lettered by D.M. Higgins) This new feature profiles the life and achievements of a real-world "Science Sleuth" from history — Cecilia Payne, the astronomer who discovered the chemical composition of the stars!
"Love Science" Art Print!
The exclusive Jill Trent "Love Science" art print by Roxanne Bee is available to everyone who selects the $25 reward package!
What's the Kickstarter For?
The good news is, the comic book is pretty much 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 Creators
• Roxanne Bee (artist, "The Mystery of the Music From Space!") is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer based in Lyon, France. She has contributed to a number of independent French comics (bandes dessinées) and zines and has a degree in visual communication from the Lycée Léonard de Vinci, Villefontaine.
• N.J. Coyle (writer, “Who Atomized Prof. Van Diana?”) is a returning contributor who previously wrote the story "Hearts of Steel" in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1. A lifelong resident of Adelaide, Australia, he can also be found reviewing comics, video games and more on his YouTube channel, Positively Dreadful.
• Michael R. Hall (artist, “Fianchetto's Gambit”) is a returning contributor who previously illustrated the story "The Sinister Smokescreen" in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1. He can't stand heights so, of course, he became a Union Ironworker. He is a fourth-generation San Franciscan and veteran illustrator who has done lots of posters for various San Francisco punk bands and nightclubs.
• D.M. Higgins (editor-in-chief, Superdames Comics; writer, “The Mystery of the Music From Space!”; letterer, JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #2) is a writer, editor, and publisher who runs Superdames Comics and is responsible for the JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH series. 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, “Who Atomized Prof. Van Diana?”) is a Portland, Oregon-based human who writes and draws comics and dances in the supermarket to sweet ’80s jams. He previously illustrated the story "Hearts of Steel" in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1.
• Charley Macorn (writer, “Fianchetto's Gambit”; co-writer, "Science Sleuths of History: Cecilia Payne") is a returning contributor who previously wrote the story "The Horror of the Huge Hamsters!" in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1. She is a native of Missoula, Montana, and the host of “The Spooky Spooky Spooky Spooky Movie Show,” a late-night horror movie program.
• Kelly Phillips (artist, "Science Sleuths of History: Cecilia Payne") is a cartoonist based out of West Philly, and the editor of the all-girl comics anthology series DIRTY DIAMONDS. She is the winner of the "Comic Creator of the Year" award at the 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards. She is currently working on WEIRD ME, an autobiographical comic series about her time as a webmaster for a Weird Al Yankovic fan site.
• Frank Barbara (color artist, "Fianchetto's Gambit") is a Toronto-based graphic designer and illustrator who previously worked as a color artist with Michael R. Hall on "The Sinister Smokescreen" in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1.
• Liezl Buenaventura (color artist, "Who Atomized Prof. Van Diana?") is a professional comic colorist and digital painter who has worked on numerous properties with Upper Deck, Zenescope Entertainment, Alterna Comics, and numerous independent publishers. She is currently working on a NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD comic series published by Double Take.
• Andrea Scott (color artist, "Science Sleuths of History: Cecilia Payne") is an artist based in Toronto.
Risks and challenges
While some printing and technical delays are always possible, this will be our second time publishing a comic book via Kickstarter. The comic book is already written and all of the art is already complete or in production. Having already proven ourselves with the success of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1, I'm fully confident in our ability to deal with any challenges that may arise and deliver the book as promised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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