For the past year, I've been writing reviews and essays for the magazine PanelXPanel on the comic series Mister Miracle as written by Tom King and drawn by Mitch Gerads. The comic tells of the titular Mister Miracle, Scott Free, coping with the war between New Genesis and Apokolips ramping up to the climax in the midst of having a family and depression. The reviews covered themes from the implications and horrors of love to the complex nature of abuse to the ways in which we cope with the cruelty of the world.
One Must Imagine Scott Free Happy is not a collection of reviews. Rather, it's a series of essays, one for each issue, based on the themes and ideas explored in those reviews as well as a few that were not realized were relevant to the book until it was complete and there was no room to talk about them. Additionally, there will 12 essays looking at works that aren't directly related to Mister Miracle, but carry a thematic echo of the ideas explored in that comic.
Funds raised through this Kickstarter will go to paying professional editing, cover designs, research material, and printing and shipping costs for rewards.
If, for whatever reason, you want an additional copy of the book, please add $15 to your pledge for each copy you want. If you want it personalized, add $25.
$100- The list of side essays revealed
$500- Preview excerpts from all of the side essays
$750- Backer access to the unedited, over 9,000 word version of the final Mister Miracle review
$1,000- Fully funded (Reach by 12/26 or hit 50 backers and the original reviews will be included as an appendix.)
$1,100- The Gift: A Redemptive Reading
For those unaware, The Gift is an arc from Tom King's Batman run wherein Booster Gold goes back in time, prevents the death of the Waynes, and returns to the present to find everything has gone to the toilets. It's reviled by many fans, but I think there are some interesting ideas worth picking at.
$1,350- An Examination of The Omega Men and Space Wars
The Omega Men was Tom King's breakout comic about Green Lantern Kyle Rayner being thrust into a cosmic war while trying desperately to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. This is a very popular theme within science fiction, albeit one typically written poorly. The chapter will contrast the Omega Men with other works of Science Fiction in this style and why The Omega Men works where others tend not to.
$1,500- On The Visions, Race, and Love
The Visions is about the Vision creating a family for himself and how that all goes horribly wrong. The chapter will explore the theme of the horrors of love, what it means to be human, and the melding of the epic and the mundane. Additionally, this will be a look at Tom King's approach to race. To give you an idea of what that means, there's a gag about violent red skins in this comic.
$1,750- A Commissioned Essay by Jen A. Blue on an Arc of Tom King's Batman
Jen Blue is perhaps one of the more influential critics on this book. Her current work focuses on the DC Animated Universe and looks at themes of super heroism as traumatic affect, the ways in which the apocalypse is both necessary and terrifying, and the nature of the protector fantasy and how it prevents Superman from fighting the government. If this goal were reached, I would commission her to write an essay on Tom King's Batman, which deals in most of those themes. Linked above is an example of her work, which highlights why she's a great fit.
$2,250- A Commissioned Essay by Andrew Hickey
Andrew Hickey is perhaps my biggest influence in terms of criticism. His work ranges from deep dives into Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers to an examination of the history of the Monkees. His current major project is a podcast detailing the history of Rock music. In truth, I don't know what he'll do for this essay, but given his past work I'm sure it'll be amazing, as the linked essay from seven years ago shows.
$2,750- Fearful Symmetry Ebook Edition
While I was writing the PanelXPanel reviews, I was also working on a blog project called Fearful Symmetry on JM DeMatteis and Mike Zeck's seminal Spider-Man story Kraven's Last Hunt and the historical context it came out in. Should this goal be reached, I will revise and edit the project (as well as add and remove an essay or two I felt didn't work) and release it as an Ebook. This will be a sparse release without cover art and will be made available to all Kickstarter backers who ordered the ebook edition of One Must Imagine Scott Free Happy.
$3,250- Fearful Symmetry Paperback Edition
As with the previous stretch goal, but were this to be reached, I would commission an artist to do the cover of the book as well as three interior images to split up the acts of the book. This will be made available to all Kickstarter backers who ordered the paperback edition of One Must Imagine Scott Free Happy. Personalization of this is optional for all whom that would apply.
Risks and challenges
While I have gotten word from an editor and a cover artist, both of whom have expressed excitement for this project, the cover artist has informed me that they might have to drop out depending on their work load (but has said they would help find another artist were that to happen).
Additionally, this is my first Kickstarter campaign as well as my first self published book. I will be in conversation with people who have self published works through Kickstarter, but there may be some things that will be fixed in a later reprint a few years down the line.
There may be some schedule slip down the line (the October 2019 expected date should be read more as Late 2019) due to sickness, family emergencies, or other work getting in the way. But I promise you there will be a book. I will write all your essays and short stories and other such things.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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