ELEMENTS is an all-ages LGBTQ+ friendly comic anthology focused on creators of color sharing comics with an EARTH theme. The book will be 272-pages, standard graphic novel sized, printed in black & white with a beautiful Pantone spot color. This book is packed with original stories that show our representation in science fiction, fantasy and more! Brought to you by Ascend Comics.
ELEMENTS: Earth follows in the footsteps of Fire, where we continue to tell the publishing industry: yes, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, but #WeNeedDiverseCreators too! The past few years have only continued to fuel this need as we delve further into the numbers and facts of our lack of representation, not just on the page, but within the industry at large. ELEMENTS is more than just a showcase, it's a place where creators are free to show they're not only the heroes, but how much their amazing voices continue to grow.
So keep up as we race to the finish line, provide a meal for a mountain, discover the truth within our lands, and wrestle to find peace in our hearts and minds.
ELEMENTS: Earth has been a year in the making! It is edited by me, Taneka Stotts, the award-winning Black queer comics creator and animation writer who wishes to see a better future. I'm Kickstarting ELEMENTS to not just make this book a reality, but to also pay the contributors, production staff and all the added contributors who have worked hard to get it this far. I began this journey in 2015 by creating ELEMENTS: Fire, and along the way Shing Yin Khor joined and the book was born. By 2018, Fire became an award-winning success that took home both an Ignatz for "Outstanding Anthology" and the Eisner award for "Best Anthology." Now in 2019 ELEMENTS: Earth will be the second book from Ascend Comics, a new comics publishing company which I co-founded with Der-shing Helmer.
Our fire has cooled allowing new stories to grow!
Amara Sherm ⚫ Ayme Sotuyo ⚫ Blacklimes ⚫ Chan Chau ⚫ Chrystin Garland ⚫ Diigii Daguna ⚫ Genué Revuelta ⚫ Hazel Ng ⚫ James F. Wright ⚫ Jemma Salume ⚫ Kelly Bull ⚫ Luke B Howard ⚫ Melanie Ujimori ⚫ Mira Ong Chua ⚫ Nadia Shammas ⚫ Naomi Franquiz ⚫ Ria Martinez ⚫ Rii Abrego ⚫ Royal Dunlap ⚫ Sadaf Ali ⚫ Sasha Kim ⚫ Shing Yin Khor ⚫ Taneka Stotts ⚫ Tess Stone ⚫ Undram Ankhbayar
⚫⚫ Choose between the high quality softcover book or the high res Digital PDF ⚫⚫
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⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫ A Kickstarter ONLY 3-Pack of 5x7" gold foil art postcards. ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫
UNLOCKED POSTCARD ARTISTS
An Original Gold Plated Enamel Pin | 1.5" in | ELEPLANT | by Shirley Jackson @LionInTheTrees
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- **LOCKED** If the Kickstarter reaches $45,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $50.00.
- **LOCKED** If the Kickstarter reaches $50,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $100.00.
- **LOCKED** If the Kickstarter reaches $55,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $150.00.
- **LOCKED** If the Kickstarter reaches $60,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $200.00.
And so on and so forth into infinity and BEYOND!
So don't delay, back today!
Special thanks goes to:
- Christina McKenzie (the best production tech ever)
- Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (print specialist)
- Lucia Retamales (video maker)
- Genué Revuelta (graphic design support)
- Camila Fortuna (moral support)
- Der-shing Helmer (ascend comics founder)
We use the artist bonus system by C. Spike Trotman
Risks and challenges
My name is Taneka Stotts and this is something around my 12th Kickstarter campaign. The biggest ones to note are the Beyond anthologies, ELEMENTS: Fire, Catarina's Collections, and most recently the ROADQUEEN campaign.
Honestly, our only risk would be a shipping delay from the books being held up in customs. The comics are drawn and we already have a printer lined up and waiting!
Our only challenge comes from backers not filling out their survey. Please note that you'll have six months from the time that fulfillment begins to claim your reward. If your reward goes unclaimed after that time you forfeit your right to collect it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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