About this project
Retrofit Comics is raising money to publish our next 12 graphic novels and comic books!
- We All Wish For Deadly Force by Leela Corman
- Hellbound Lifestyle by Kaeleigh Forsyth and Alabaster Pizzo
- Elf Cat in Love by James Kochalka
- Summerland by Paloma Dawkins
- Libby's Dad by Eleanor Davis
- Our Mother by Luke Howard
- I Thought You Hated Me by MariNaomi
- Canopy by Karine Bernadou
- Lovers in the Garden by Anya Davidson
- Shit and Piss by Tyler Landry
- a currently untitled story by Sophie Yanow
- Babybel Wax Bodysuit by Eric Kostiuk Williams
We've published 45 comics and graphic novels since we were founded in 2011 by New York Times bestselling cartoonist Box Brown. We actually started with a successful Kickstarter, and have been aiming to publish around 12 comics a year ever since.
So why another Kickstarter?
We want to make sure the printed quality of our comics stays as high as possible to match the vision of all of our artists, but we also want to be able to pay our artists more upfront! Creating comics is a slow and difficult process, so more money in advance helps the artists instead of waiting to be paid after their comic has been selling for a long time.
What comics are you going to publish?
We've got a lot of artists we are super excited about! We'll publish 6 in the spring and 6 in the fall.
We All Wish For Deadly Force by Leela Corman
72 color pages, 6x8.5 inches (140x152 mm), perfect bound softcover graphic novel
We All Wish For Deadly Force is a collection of Leela's short stories.
Leela Corman is an illustrator, cartoonist, and Middle Eastern dancer who lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband Tom Hart and their daughter, Molly Rose. Her works include Flimflam, Queen’s Day (Alternative Books), Subway Series (Alternative Books), and Unterzakhn (Schocken/Pantheon).
76 color pages, 5x7.25 inches (127x184 mm), perfect bound softcover graphic novel
Hellbound Lifestyle is a book of Kaeleigh Forsyth‘s private notes and journals, illustrated by Alabaster Pizzo.
Alabaster went to the School of Visual Arts and lives in Queens, New York. She work includes Wool and Gin and Mimi and the Wolves (Hic and Hoc).
Kaeleigh met Alabaster when they both discovered they had been dating the same person for a year. They've been best friends ever since.
Elf Cat in Love by James Kochalka
100 black&white pages, 5.5x8.5 inches (140x216 mm), our first HARDCOVER graphic novel!
When the incredibly conceited Elf Cat goes on a quest for the Ice Sword with his magical friend Tennis Ball, they will face dragons, magical hot dogs, snowflake princesses, and confront their feelings! If you find love in many places, can you see it when it is right in front of you?
James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont and lives in Burlington, Vermont. His works include Monkey vs Robot, SuperF*ckers, the Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher series for children, and his 14-year span of daily diary comics American Elf. He also releases music as James Kochalka Superstar.
Summerland by Paloma Dawkins
48 color pages, 7x10 inches (178x254 mm), perfect bound softcover graphic novel
Summerland is the story of Santana and her cousin Gwen who work on a play with Chucho while all three are vacationing in Summerland.
Paloma Dawkins animates and makes comics in the icy deserts of Canada. Her work includes art for the National Film Board of Canada, Epic Meal Time, Paul Galvin, Booya Videos, Deadmau5 and Imogen Heap.
Libby's Dad by Eleanor Davis
40 color pages, 7x8.5 inches (178x216 mm), saddle-stitched stapled comic book
Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Athens, Georgia. Her works include How To Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books), Stinky (Toon Books), and The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook (Bloomsbury) and Flop to the Top (Toon Books), both of which she created with her husband Drew Weing.
Our Mother by Luke Howard
32 spot color pages, 7x9.5 inches (178x241 mm), saddle-stitched stapled comic book
Our Mother is a comedy about growing up with a parent who has an anxiety order.
Luke Howard received a MFA in comics from The Center for Cartoon Studies, where he now teaches. He lives in Vermont. His work includes Trevor and All Coons Look Alike to Me: The Life of Ernest Hogan, Father of Ragtime. His other new comic Talk Dirty to Me will be published by AdHouse in May!
The 6 comics for the fall are still being finished by the artists, so those will come out throughout the fall as they are finished but should all be finished by December!
When are these coming out?
We will be printing and shipping 2 comics together, to get printing discounts and to save you shipping when they get mailed out! Plus this way you get lots of cool comics in the mail!
- April 2016: We All Wish For Deadly Force & Hellbound
- May 2016: Elf Cat in Love & Summerland
- June 2016: Libby's Dad & Our Mother
The last 6 will come out in the fall in sets of 2 as soon as they are finished by the artists!
Where is the money going?
Our two main costs are printing and the artist advances. We also included an extra 5% for the Kickstarter fees, extra 5% for credit card processing fees, and extra 10% overhead (for unexpected costs or emergencies.)
Your video is great! Who made it for you?
Thanks for all your support! We (and Retrofit Comics) really appreciate it.
- Box & Jared
Risks and challenges
We've run 2 Kickstarters before, and both were successful - it's how Retrofit Comics was started!
5 of the comics for this Kickstarter are already finished and the last 1 is almost done! We have quotes from our regular printer (Marquis Livre in Canada) for the printing costs, and we've published and shipped a lot of comics and graphic novels before!
We will let you know if anything else comes up!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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