The world of SOME STRANGE DISTURBANCES explores contemporary LGBTQ issues using Victorian England as a backdrop. Featuring three characters who are crafty, testy, and human, SOME STRANGE DISTURBANCES situates itself amongst Victorian horror legends like Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe and others.
This series is dear to my heart, as it is incredibly important for members of the LGBTQ community to see themselves as thriving, surviving characters in fictive works, but it is also incredibly important for members of the LGBTQ community to understand the history of oppression we have faced & overcome & continue to struggle against. Straight allies, we'd love to have you along for the ride, too; there's a lot for you here. You can equally enjoy & learn from this series as well.
For those of you new to the series:
The setting of Victorian London opens a lot of avenues for social commentary about the present day. In addition, the story is populated with characters who are indelible:
Prescott Mayfair, a closeted homosexual hiding from his family in America AND from the police in London, where being gay is an arrestable offense. Prescott comes from a line of psychics (usually the women in his family), and he is still not sure he accepts this gift.
Delilah Quinton, a black choral performer now in London as part of a sponsored choral group. Performing nightly, she uses her experiences from travelling across the United States with the Great Negro Mesmerist, Lord DuBois. In Victorian London, race is handled differently: as long as you are of a certain class, skin color is irrelevant. So as a celebrity, Miss Quinton has many privileges not afforded to others of her culture.
The Comtesse, a young woman thought to be possessed by her parents. They hire Prescott to investigate if she is lost to them. But the Comtesse has a deeper story that would be spoiled here.
PLAN OF ACTION
Here are a few reviews of Volume 1, The Rat King of Bedlam:
Volume 2, THE LUNCHROOM UNDER THE ARCH, will be a 100-page, b&w graphic novel written by Craig Hurd-McKenney and illustrated by Gervasio & Carlos Aon, Cover by Tyler Smith Owings, Graphic Design by Keeli McCarthy, and Editorial Assistance by Shon Bacon. NOTE: All funds raised in the campaign will go to pay Gervasio and Carlos for their artwork. You & your pre-orders are vital to this project's growth! UPDATE: If we go over the proposed $6000, all extra funds will go to the artists, up to $10,000 total. Beyond that, funds will go to paying the graphic designer. I will cover any remaining costs, like the cost of the cover artwork, editorial & design fees, printing, and marketing/ shipping/ distribution that we do not make in the campaign.
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Lovely canvas tote with the Headless Shakespeare Press logo, designed by Constance Kwinn.
Paper Dolls by Gervasio & Carlos Aon
With this tier, you'll get a paperdoll set of all three main characters!
You have four prints to choose from, and they are all wonderful interpretations of the SSD world!
Print 1 is by Dietrich O Smith, artist on "Victor LaValle's Destroyer," a modern "sequel" to Frankenstein.
Print 2 is by Katie Skelly, creator of "My Pretty Vampire." Katie's women are smart, sexy and not taking your >bleep<.
Print 3 is by Richard Case, artist on Grant Morrison's "Doom Patrol," "Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme," and others. Richard creates immersive worlds, filled with unease and horror.
Print 4 is by Dame Darcy, creator of "Meat Cake." Darcy's work is incredibly playful, and she has created one of my favorite characters ever in Strega Pez.
Sample BRONTES Pages by Rick Geary
Rick has also drawn "Doom Patrol" and his creator-owned "Victorian Murder" and "XXth Century Murder" series are phenomenal.
BRONTES Painted Art by Rick Geary
We reach $7000: everyone will get thanked in the back of the book because it truly takes every single one of you helping in order to make the project happen. I can't thank you all enough!
I will also include the 4 original art prints in a pin-up section in the book.
Risks and challenges
This will be my 8th comic project, so I have the project management down to a science. The only possible challenge would be delays in shipping since I am a one person operation. I plan to resolve any such occurrence by calling in help as needed.
I also know that shipping looks a bit daft, but I am using a carrier that offers insurance and tracking. While it is more expensive, it allows for the package to arrive in a secure, pristine condition. No fold-ups, mash-ups or crush-ups for you, dear readers!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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