Laser masks. A thief that interrogates ghosts. Talking pocket watches. Drunk Lemurs moonlighting as skeptical investigators. What do these thing have in common?
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
CURIO: 100 pages, over 20 creators, 8 stories, all from one tiny brain.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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