Over the past couple of month as I've been preparing my own book for an eventual Kickstarter campaign, I've done quite a bit of research on the crowdfunding site. As it turns out, one of the best ways to get a feel for how a campaign runs is to back others' projects. Not only has it been a great learning experience, it's been so inspiring to see all the high-quality projects out there fueled by passion. Without further ado, here are a few current campaigns I personally backed that I think will appeal to you, my fellow romance comic book fans!
Just because American romance comics faded from the mainstream comic book market quite a few years ago doesn't mean that people don't want to read sequential stories about love. While I've tried to fill the historical gap of knowledge of the genre, Rosy Press has helped to wet the public's whistle for contemporary romance comics with the digital anthology Fresh Romance. Now, the small publisher has decided to take the title to print with a deal with Oni Press and a Kickstarter version.
Not only am I a fan of Fresh Romance, I also had an article about the fashion of the 1960s and '70s romance comics published in Fresh Romance #2. I'm hoping that my article will make it into the print version, but either way, I'm excited to see romance comics making a comeback! The campaign has met and surpassed its $39,000 goal, but any additional funds will certainly help the project out.
The Other Side Anthology
I became aware of The Other Side when one of its editors, Kori Michele, got in touch with me to share news of the campaign. I was immediately sucked in by the cute little ghost in their campaign video. For fans of the short-lived subgenre of Gothic romance comics, this could be quite fun! Like Fresh Romance, the campaign is also fully funded but the stretch goals will help to give extra compensation to the talented creators.
Fashion in Action by John K. Snyder III
Hope Nicholson of Bedside Press is bringing back John K. Snyder III's Eclipse series, Fashion in Action. Not only will the collection reprint the sartorially smart series, it will also feature an article about paper dolls by the one and only Trina Robbins. Now, I know the 1980s are outside the primary time period of interest over here at Sequential Crush, but I just had to share this one because fashion is one of the reasons I'm nuts about the romance genre. This campaign is not yet fully funded, so your pledges are essential to turning this project into a reality!
Whether you decide to back any of these campaigns or spread the word via social media, I hope that you've enjoyed learning a bit about these exciting projects. Best of luck to all those involved! We romance fans are rooting for you!!!
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