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An anti-thematic comics anthology featuring stories written by Ian Mondrick and drawn by a host of talented creators!
An anti-thematic comics anthology featuring stories written by Ian Mondrick and drawn by a host of talented creators!
72 backers pledged $2,227 to help bring this project to life.

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Laser masks. A thief that interrogates ghosts. Talking pocket watches. Drunk Lemurs moonlighting as skeptical investigators.  What do these thing have in common?

Nothing, really.

Despite everyone telling me to make sure my anthology had a “clear, accessible theme” I goofed and wrote a genre-fluid anthology of styles, topics, and art! Eight stories, over twenty creators, and 100 beautiful full-color pages to slobber over! (slobber-proof pages NOT available)  

Vanquish by Sam Blanco and Quico Nogueira
Vanquish by Sam Blanco and Quico Nogueira

This project came about when I realized I had curated all this talent into a variety of comics that no one was looking at. That I had made a personal museum of sequential art, and that maybe I owed it to these talented individuals to get their hard work out in front of some eyeballs. So CURIO was born, the anthology with no theme.

cover art by Matt Kehler
cover art by Matt Kehler

All we’re asking for is enough to print the book and get it in your hands. So many people have contributed time and artistic energy into this book, and I just want you to share in their hard work. If we hit a stretch goal we’re hoping to print a script book that will feature all the original scripts from CURIO, additional pitches and other short comics.

Win Tremendous (WIP) by Ben Fiilby
Win Tremendous (WIP) by Ben Fiilby

In 2016 I printed a few dozen ashcan copies of CURIO, a rough build that I was looking to get feedback on. Without any cover art, I printed blank, matte sketch covers, and sent copies to the artists that worked on CURIO. They’ve done one of a kind sketches on them, and I’m making them available at the $75 level!

like these, but with awesome stuff drawn on 'em
like these, but with awesome stuff drawn on 'em

There's original page art available, and two different prints, one by Blacky Shepherd (Voltron: From The Ashes and the BRAWLER kickstarter) and Adam Ferris (the Undigenous kickstarter, and the upcoming The Good Fight: An Anthology against Hate). There's a digital package with over 300 pages of material, including the full copy of CURIO and short comics, single issues and a full graphic novel.

Ratchetmaster by Quico Nogueira
Ratchetmaster by Quico Nogueira

CURIO: 100 pages, over 20 creators, 8 stories, all from one tiny brain.

costs for CURIO
costs for CURIO

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest problem with this (or any) project is: why should I care? There’s lots of comic anthologies. What makes yours stand out? What justifies spending your thick-sliced provolone on our anthology?

Variety and quality.

I was always a fan of anthologies growing up. Creepshow, Tales from the Darkside, even more recent offerings like the VHS series have grabbed my attention. I like options. There’s more room to surprise if you’re doing different things, moving between genres. The upside to all this is CURIO is 90% finished, and delivery is expected before the end of 2017. We’re waiting on a few pages of final art and some finalized design, and we'll wbe ready to print! Best estimates are digital copies get sent out within a week of the successful end of the kickstarter, and Physical copies in hand around the holidays.

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    CURIO: Do it digital!

    Get the 100-page volume of Curio in a formless data cluster that will arrange itself into a readable anthology on your computer or personal smart device!

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    Digital Comics Explode-a-palooza!

    You like comics? how about, like, a metaphorical TON of comics?! Well, you're gonna get 'em at this level! Includes:
    -the entire volume of CURIO
    -WOLVES OF SUMMER graphic novel by Tony Keaton and Andrew Herbst
    -Corktown By Mario Candelaria and Scott Ewen
    -Monday Morning By Christof Bogacs
    -Forest Day by Cameron Levins and Amanda Johnson
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    CURIO: Now in touchable form!

    Are you NOT convinced we're living in a simulation? If so, youre probably a fan of holding physical material in your hands. Get the incredibly real, printed copy of CURIO delivered directly to the address of your choosing!

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    Swag unlocked: The One Print reward!

    We're sweetening the pot with this incredibly delicious pot-sweetener! You'll get a full color print from CURIO artist Adam Ferris as well as all previous rewards. Help protect an artists' fragile ego!

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    Swag level maxxed!: TWO Print edition!

    BLACKY SHEPHERD: CURIO contributor and artist of VOLTRON: FROM THE ASHES adds his own full-color print to the mix! That's BOTH prints and all previous rewards!

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    CURIO: Ashcan sketch cover extravaganza!

    Own a piece of original art! last year Ian printed CURIO ashcans with matte covers, and had artists sketch on them for YOUR Pleasure! Super limited quantities available, and we'll give first pick to the first person who donates! The Ashcan features a pitch from Ian & artist Adam Ferris and is a unique look at the early stages of this project.

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    OMEGA-LEVEL FUNDING

    ORIGINAL PAGE ART! You're a damn fine person, indeed. Get both prints, the physical copy, the digital package, and a page of original art from the curio anthology! (like the sketch cover reward, this will be a first pledge, first pick reward)

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