One of my New Year's resolutions for 2016 was to spend less money on Kickstarters.
I failed. Spectacularly.
I had a completely different set of resolutions this year, but I realized that I haven't done a great job of plugging projects that I like and believe in that are looking for funding, so...introducing a new semi-regular feature: This week in Kickstarters. My goal is to pick a couple projects from comics creators that might be of interest to the folks that follow my writing.
First up is Eisegesis: Kings + Queens from the Sun Bros Studios.
Eisegesis: Kings + Queens is a full-color, all-ages comics anthology written by the Sun Bros and illustrated by Ali Cantarella, exploring the thin boundary between our everyday interactions and the unexpected inner worlds we inhabit.
A royal couple quarrels while their kingdom falls under siege by monsters. A lonely old shopkeeper rules his gift shop with an iron fist. A late night chance encounter leads to an unlikely journey across rooftops and donuts.
These tales dare us to infuse our own perspective into each of them. They're not meant to teach us lessons. Instead, they simply invite us to wonder.
Wes, one of the two brothers that make up the Sun Bros, and Cantarella are both local to Chicago and pretty involved in the independent comics community. They're great folks, and super talented, so seeing them work together (with Brad) is really exciting to me. I love the David Lynch-ian sensibility that a lot of the Sun Bros books have, twisting and psychedelic with a wry sense of humor, and it'll be neat to see that translated into an all ages book. As of the time of writing, they were less than $100 away from their goal.
Next is Simon Says: Nazi Hunter.
I'll be honest: I'm super motivated to punch Nazis in the face right now, so this book is speaking to my lizard brain is all the right ways.
From the creators:
The comic is inspired by the true story of the famed Nazi Hunter, Simon Wiesenthal. Written by Andre Frattino and Illustrated by Jesse Lee, this comic is intended to be the prototype first issue for a potential graphic novel.
Wiesenthal was an Austrian architect who survived the Holocaust thanks partly to his artistic skills (he was spared from execution when he was employed to paint swastikas on train cars). After the war, he discovered that he and his wife lost over 80 members of their family. Wiesenthal dedicated the rest of his life to hunting down notorious war criminals including Adolf Eichmann (a chief orchestrator of Hitler's "Final Solution to the Jewish Question") and Joseph Mengele (a.k.a. "The Angel of Death" who conducted horrifying experiments on his subjects).
While Simon Says: Nazi Hunter #1 is inspired by Simon Wiesenthal, it is not merely a dramatization of his experiences alone. The story takes from many aspects of various Nazi Hunter stories following the war. The tone of the comic is a mixture of noir and pulp fiction which was prevalent in the 1950s and 60s. Other influences include Ian Fleming's James Bond Series as well as such films as Schindler's List, Inglorious Bastards and TV series like Sherlock and Man in the High Castle.
The team is now close to twice their goal, with a deadline of the end of February.