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The LGBTQ horror comics collection, edited by Justin Hall and William O. Tyler, featuring 30 contributors,
The LGBTQ horror comics collection, edited by Justin Hall and William O. Tyler, featuring 30 contributors,
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Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers

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OMG UPDATE! (Jun 11)

Thank you to everyone who backed the project and recommended it, we've made our minimum goal and THEATER OF TERROR will be rising off the slab in all its fabulous, undead glory!

Our budget is mostly devoted to the printing and shipping of the book, but 35% of our total proceeds after fees and postage goes directly to our creator fund. The extra money we raise will go to boosting their page rates even higher.

Higher funding means good things for backers, too: we're already projecting that we'll have enough extra money to add a dayglo ink to make Michael Wertz' creepy and fabulous endpapers POP even more. If we raise significantly more than our goal—$25,000—then we'll be able to give all our print backers a deluxe hardcover limited edition instead of a paperback!

So please continue to spread the word and send people our way!

We're down to just two ORIGINAL ART rewards: co-editor William O. Tyler and Emeric Kennard are still offering original art pieces to one backer each. We've got just two SHOWER WITH PEACHES rewards left; combining the Peaches Christ video message and the Michael Wertz shower curtain from Magical Shower Curtains. If you want any of these unique rewards, act quickly!

UPDATES (Jun 5)!

We've sold several of the ORIGINAL ART rewards and lined up some with new artists. There are currently art rewards from William O. Tyler, Diego Gómez, and Emeric Kennard.

You can now choose a black or white design for the t-shirt in the T-SHIRT bundle!

We've added a SHOWER WITH PEACHES reward that combines the Peaches Christ video message and a beautiful shower curtain from Magical Shower Curtains, with the Michael Wertz endpaper design.

Scroll down to the REWARDS section to check out images for all these great rewards!

ENTER THE THEATER OF TERROR! 

cover by Phil Jimenez with colors by William O. Tyler and design by Charles "Zan" Christensen
cover by Phil Jimenez with colors by William O. Tyler and design by Charles "Zan" Christensen

Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers showcases a remarkable collection of talented LGBTQ cartoonists illustrating in vivid detail what keeps them up at night. The end result is a tome of shocking queer horror comics we dare you to read!

Robyn Adams
Robyn Adams

Featuring everything from a gay Frankenschwein made from pig parts to a lesbian Mermaid with a bone to pick, from a demonic Culture Vulture to a trans Werekat from 1930s Paris, from a Dyke Witch with a grudge to a Drag Race in Hell, these stories leap from the page and go for the throat! This book contains over 250 pages of all-original material from 35 cartoonists.

Diego Gómez
Diego Gómez

Hosted by the inimitable Peaches Christ in San Francisco's legendary Castro Theater, these terrifying tales of psychological horror, frightful camp, fearsome social commentary, and sexy monsters will leave you shaking in your boots for the inevitable REVENGE OF THE QUEERS!

Ed Luce
Ed Luce
Geov Chouteau
Geov Chouteau

The book will be published by Seattle publisher Northwest Press, a small press specializing in LGBTQ comics and graphic novels. They've teamed up with award-winning editor Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Hard to Swallow) and assistant editor William O. Tyler (The Goth Queen Needs a Mate) to produce Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers.

Dave Davenport and William O. Tyler
Dave Davenport and William O. Tyler
Victor Hodge
Victor Hodge

GOALS AND BUDGET

Our $20,000 budget will cover printing, postage, the cost of additional rewards, Kickstarter and credit card fees, and our creator payment fund. Whatever we raise above our goals will go to increase our creator page rates. So please, support the queer arts!

  • Printing: $9000
  • Creator Fund: $4700
  • Rewards Cost: $2000
  • Postage: $2000
  • Credit card and KS fees: $1800
  • Misc: $500
Maia Kobabe and Rachel Pollack
Maia Kobabe and Rachel Pollack
Ashley R. Guillory
Ashley R. Guillory

Horror has always been a genre full of queer possibilities and potential: misfits and underdogs take on creatures and dark forces often aligned with societal oppression and violence. This diverse group of LGBTQ creators, who represent some of the best of both mainstream and indie comics, take the genre to its limits, crafting stories to frighten, educate, shock and awe. 

Trinidad Escobar
Trinidad Escobar
Alegra Figeroid and Justin Hall
Alegra Figeroid and Justin Hall

The lights are dimming… Quick, grab your popcorn and take your seats in the THEATER OF TERROR!

Steve MacIsaac
Steve MacIsaac
Emeric Kennard
Emeric Kennard

CONTRIBUTORS

  • A.C. Esguerra
  • Alegra Figeroid
  • Ashley R. Guillory
  • Brad Rader
  • Dave Davenport
  • Diego Gomez
  • Ed Luce
  • Emeric Kennard
  • Eric Kostiuk Williams
  • Fiona Smyth 
  • Geov Chouteau
  • Howard Cruse
  • Jen Hickman
  • Jennifer Camper
  • Jon Cairns
  • Joshua Grannell
  • Justin Hall
  • Levi Hastings
  • Maia Kobabe
  • Mariko Tamaki
  • Max Spragovsky
  • Phil Jimenez
  • Rachel Pollack
  • Robyn Adams
  • Sean Platter
  • Sina Grace
  • Steve MacIsaac
  • Tana Ford 
  • Tara Madison Avery
  • Terry Blas
  • Tina Horn
  • Trinidad Escobar
  • Victor Hodge
  • William O. Tyler
  • Yves Navant

REWARDS

In addition to the books themselves, available in digital form or in print, we're also offering a bunch of fun and unique things.

PRINT (with prints!): Some of the movie-poster pinups in the book are being turned into signed art prints; you can get one of your choice, or the complete set of four signed prints!

Howard Cruse, Trinidad Escobar, William O. Tyler, and Ed Luce
Howard Cruse, Trinidad Escobar, William O. Tyler, and Ed Luce

T-SHIRT bundle: We're offering a bundle that features a delicious, all-over-print t-shirt, featuring Michael Wertz' endpaper art from the book, in your choice of either black or white.

Design by Michael Wertz
Design by Michael Wertz
Design by Michael Wertz
Design by Michael Wertz

SHOWER WITH PEACHES! At the $150 level, you'll get a shower curtain adorned with that beautiful endpaper design, provided by Magical Shower Curtains!

design by Michael Wertz; shower curtain produced by Magical Shower Curtains
design by Michael Wertz; shower curtain produced by Magical Shower Curtains

Also, the one and only Peaches Christ will record a personalized video for you, good for any occasion where you want fabulousness mixed with menace! Whether it's a birthday message, congratulations on graduating from college, sorry about your demonic possession… the possibilities are endless. (Also comes with bonus "Peaches cackle" ringtone so you can have Peaches in your pocket always!)

Peaches Christ
Peaches Christ

ORIGINAL ART bundles [UPDATED x4]: Throughout the campaign, we're going to be offering original art bundles featuring pages from the book and brand-new art pieces from some of the talented artists in the book. We've already had backers snap up rewards with art by Justin Hall, Ashley R. Guillory, Dave Davenport, Brad Rader, and A.C. Esguerra.

Our current lineup is Emeric Kennard, William O. Tyler, and Diego Gómez, who is offering a handmade art print. These rewards are extremely limited—usually just 1 piece will be offered per artist!—so act fast.

Sample images; actual artwork may vary.
Sample images; actual artwork may vary.

Risks and challenges

This is the 15th Kickstarter campaign we've run (or co-run) and we've gotten very familiar with the pitfalls that open up along the way. If we run into any delays in printing or shipping, we will be transparent and make sure backers are aware of the situation.

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    Show your support for the THEATER OF TERROR by becoming a "fiend" with benefits! Get updates and exclusive previews from the book during our campaign.

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    DIGITAL edition

    Visit the THEATER OF TERROR in virtual form: you'll get a trio of digital formats so you'll be able to read it on your favorite device.

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    PRINT edition

    Get a beautiful print copy of THEATER OF TERROR, plus the digital editions.

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    PRINT (with print) edition

    You'll get the print edition of THEATER OF TERROR, plus your choice of exclusive, limited edition signed print. (Plus the digital editions!)

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    PRINT (with set of prints!) edition

    Get the full set of four exclusive, limited edition signed prints to accompany your print edition of THEATER OF TERROR. (Plus the digital editions!)

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    RETAILER bundle

    Get SIX copies of the print edition of THEATER OF TERROR—five for your store at wholesale price, and a bonus copy for yourself—with free shipping.

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    T-SHIRT bundle

    Not only will you get the print edition of THEATER OF TERROR and the set of four signed limited edition prints, but you'll also get an exclusive, dye-sublimation-printed t-shirt featuring the dazzling endpaper artwork by Michael Wertz.

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    SHOWER WITH PEACHES bundle

    When it rains, it pours… BLOOD! You'll get the print edition of THEATER OF TERROR and set of four signed limited edition prints, plus a custom video message recorded for you by our hostess, PEACHES CHRIST! You'll also get a shower curtain from Magical Shower Curtains (featuring the beautiful endpaper artwork by Michael Wertz) and a Peaches "cackle" ringtone!

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    • Michael Wertz Shower Curtain
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    ORIGINAL ART bundle — William O. Tyler

    You'll get everything in the PRINT (with set of prints!) edition, plus a piece of original art from William O. Tyler!

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    (EARLY BIRD) PRINT edition

    Be one of the first 100 people to back the project and get a beautiful print copy of THEATER OF TERROR at a discount, plus the digital editions.

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    ORIGINAL ART bundle — Brad Rader

    You'll get everything in the PRINT (with set of prints!) edition, plus a page of original art from Brad Rader!

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    ORIGINAL ART bundle — Justin Hall

    You'll get everything in the PRINT (with set of prints!) edition, plus a page of original art from Justin Hall!

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    ORIGINAL ART bundle — Ashley R. Guillory

    You'll get everything in the PRINT (with set of prints!) edition, plus an original art piece by Ashley R. Guillory!

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    ORIGINAL ART bundle — A.C. Esguerra

    You'll get everything in the PRINT (with set of prints!) edition, plus an original (painted!) pinup from A.C. Esguerra!

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    ORIGINAL ART bundle — Dave Davenport

    You'll get everything in the PRINT (with set of prints!) edition, plus an original art piece by Dave Davenport!

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    ORIGINAL ART bundle — Emeric Kennard

    You'll get everything in the PRINT (with set of prints!) edition, plus a piece of original art from Emeric Kennard!

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    ORIGINAL ART bundle — Diego Gómez

    You'll get everything in the PRINT (with set of prints!) edition, plus an original handmade print from Diego Gómez!

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