About this project
We've made our minimum goal of $15,000, but we still have great stuff planned that you can help make happen!
$17,500: Hardcovers for all - ACHIEVED!
Everyone whose reward includes a print copy of the book will have the option to get a hardcover version instead! Woo hoo!
$20,000: Color section - ACHIEVED!
Hard to Swallow will include a full-color section in the book featuring all the front and back cover art and other color goodies, to make it a truly comprehensive collection!
Thanks so much for your support! Please help spread the word so we can take the project even further!
Hard to Swallow: The Collection
Hey Kickstarter! We are putting together a complete collection of Dave Davenport and Justin Hall's Hard to Swallow series, and we need your help!
About the Series
The Hard to Swallow anthology series was launched with a simple premise: that erotic comics should be great stories as well as being sexy. The series ran from 2006 to 2009 and featured everything from werewolves and skater ghosts to pirates and porn stars.
The authors drew inspiration from punk, tattoo art, indie comics, gei manga, and confessional memoir to create a strong new voice in gay erotica. They brought in guest cartoonists with each issue—BiL Sherman, Drub, Steve MacIsaac, and Brad Rader—who created their own idiosyncratic erotic tales.
Gay erotic comics were a staple in the early queer underground comics scene. They presented sex and sexuality frankly, boldly, delighting in their lasciviousness and inappropriateness for convenience-store spinner racks. These comics, designed to titillate, also became a way for gay artists to find and work with each other, and celebrate the sides of themselves that society wanted kept under the covers.
Now, Northwest Press is aiming to collect the entirety of the original, out-of-print series (plus almost 50 pages of new material!) into one gorgeous book. In the new tales, Dave catches up with the sexy monsters from "Gigantic", his first ever porn comics tale, while Justin delves deeper into his trove of autobiographical sex stories. New guests Victor Hodge and Jon Macy join them with their own remarkable works of sex fantasy.
Hard to Swallow is gay erotic comics made to be edgy, powerful, and personal (as well as smoking hot!). The series transcends smut into art, infusing its stories with wit, longing, and pointed commentary. It skips the stern-faced sex gods and delivers something more full of life, humor, and humanity. Hard to Swallow has inspired readers and cartoonists for 10 years, and now is finally being collected in the format it deserves.
We're offering a bunch of great rewards, centering around—of course—a copy of the Hard to Swallow collection, in digital and print formats. We've got packages for retailers as well, so they can be among the first to carry the book in their stores.
For those of you who want something a little special, we've got an edition of the book signed by Justin and Dave, including a limited edition full-color bookplate tucked inside, and you'll be thanked in the book!
You can also opt for a reward including original art from Justin or Dave, or even the full library of LGBT comics and graphic novels from Northwest Press in print or digital.
We're seeking $15,000 to produce a deluxe paperback edition of Hard to Swallow, which includes approximately $12,000 for printing, $1500 for Kickstarter fees, $1200 for shipping from the printer and to backers, and a few hundred more for incidentals, like printer corrections, shipping proofs, and promotional copies.
Thank you so much for your support of this project! We're excited to get it into your hands.
Risks and challenges
Northwest Press has been publishing quality books since 2010, and we can proudly say that we deliver our Kickstarter books to our backers in a timely manner, with great transparency.
We don't foresee any major hurdles in delivering the book. The vast majority of the artwork is already finished and just needs remastering and preparation for printing, and Dave and Justin are hard at work pulling everything together.
If we reach our goal, we will go to press immediately and hope to have the books at Emerald City Comic-Con in early April, shipping to backers shortly thereafter. We work with a great printer, Marquis in Quebec who consistently delivers quality books with a great turnaround time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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