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A collected edition of the first ten issues of Spiral King Comics.
A collected edition of the first ten issues of Spiral King Comics.
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My name is Guy Thomas, I am a cartoonist and filmmaker from Milwaukee, WI. In February 2015, while studying film and running the comics club at UW-Milwaukee, I attended a lecture called "Your Comics Will Love You Back" by cartoonist Alec Longstreth, creator of the mini-comic series Phase 7. During the lecture, Alec dispelled my long-held belief that comics had to be a certain thing - that they had to fit neatly into some kind of category - and I realized there was nothing holding me back from making my own mini-comics. Over the next two months, I was able to spend time truly studying comics in a way I never had before, and I released the first issue of Spiral King Comics that May. I continued to release new issues semi-regularly for the next two years. Now I have ten comics, over two hundred pages, and I am collecting them into a single book that explores my growth as a cartoonist during that time period.

Cover of the book
Cover of the book

The book is softcover, 238 pages, with black and white interiors and a color cover. I plan to print 100 copies through Keness, a printer I have worked with before (on the This City Press projects Dire and Bowieknife: Meat). The artwork is complete, and the print files will be ready by the end of this 30 day campaign. Based on the turnaround of Kickstarter funds and Keness's printing timeline, the book should be in backers hands by the end of the year.

The printing cost is about $900, the rest of the funds raised will go towards shipping costs and purchasing an ISBN.

Issue 1 was an experiment to see if I could do this. It deals with space and the nature of God.
Issue 1 was an experiment to see if I could do this. It deals with space and the nature of God.

 

Issue 2 is a poem comic about falling into depression.
Issue 2 is a poem comic about falling into depression.

 

Issue 3 is about catcalling and street harassment.
Issue 3 is about catcalling and street harassment.

 

Issue 4 is about my adoption and the importance of names.
Issue 4 is about my adoption and the importance of names.

 

Issue 5 follows my history with my favorite band, and explores the way that music impacts you.
Issue 5 follows my history with my favorite band, and explores the way that music impacts you.

 

Issue 6 is the second part of the story started last issue.
Issue 6 is the second part of the story started last issue.

 

Issue 7 features the things I wish I had known when I had started Spiral King one year prior.
Issue 7 features the things I wish I had known when I had started Spiral King one year prior.

 

Issue 8 is about the red flags of emotional abuse.
Issue 8 is about the red flags of emotional abuse.

 

Issue 9 is about the Milwaukee Riots, and what I learned about being an ally from them.
Issue 9 is about the Milwaukee Riots, and what I learned about being an ally from them.

 

Issue 10 is about dealing with suicidal depression.
Issue 10 is about dealing with suicidal depression.

 

You can find me online at Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Storenvy. If you would like to add any items from the shop to your rewards package, simply add the item price to your pledge amount and send me a message via Kickstarter.

Thanks so much for checking out the Spiral King Collection Kickstarter! This project has meant so much to me over the last two years, and I hope it can mean something to you too. Have a great day!

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    A digital PDF of a single issue of Spiral King Comics.

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    A digital PDF copy of Spiral King Comics 2015 - 2017

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    The book, all ten issues of Spiral King Comics, the Spiral King Comics PDF, plus a piece of original art.

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