March 28, 2016


One of the most consistent and interesting small press comics publishing houses, Retrofit Comics, has a Kickstarter going to raise money to publish their next 6 graphic novels and comic books!
It's an impressive list of books:
Plus they have stretch goals of 6 more!
Retrofit has published 45 comics and graphic novels since they started in 2011, and are using Kickstarter because, "We want to make sure the printed quality of our comics stays as high as possible to match the vision of all of our artists, but we also want to be able to pay our artists more upfront!"

If you are at all interested in comics that are not only outside the mainstream but offer brilliance as well as beauty, then you should seriously consider backing this project.

 We All Wish For Deadly Force by Leela Corman
72 color pages, 6x8.5 inches (140x152 mm), perfect bound softcover graphic novel
We All Wish For Deadly Force is a collection of Leela's short stories.
Leela Corman is an illustrator, cartoonist, and Middle Eastern dancer who lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband Tom Hart and their daughter, Molly Rose. Her works includeFlimflamQueen’s Day (Alternative Books), Subway Series (Alternative Books), andUnterzakhn (Schocken/Pantheon).

Hellbound by Kaeleigh Forsyth and Alabaster Pizzo
76 color pages, 5x7.25 inches (127x184 mm), perfect bound softcover graphic novel
Hellbound is a book of Kaeleigh Forsyth‘s private notes and journals, illustrated by Alabaster Pizzo.
Alabaster went to the School of Visual Arts and lives in Queens, New York. She work includesWool and Gin and Mimi and the Wolves (Hic and Hoc).
Kaeleigh met Alabaster when they both discovered they had been dating the same person for a year. They've been best friends ever since.

Elf Cat in Love by James Kochalka
100 black&white pages, 5.5x8.5 inches (140x216 mm), our first HARDCOVER graphic novel!
When the incredibly conceited Elf Cat goes on a quest for the Ice Sword with his magical friend Tennis Ball, they will face dragons, magical hot dogs, snowflake princesses, and confront their feelings! If you find love in many places, can you see it when it is right in front of you?
James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont and lives in Burlington, Vermont. His works include Monkey vs RobotSuperF*ckers, the Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncherseries for children, and his 14-year span of daily diary comics American Elf. He also releases music as James Kochalka Superstar.

Summerland by Paloma Dawkins
48 color pages, 7x10 inches (178x254 mm), perfect bound softcover graphic novel
Summerland is the story of Santana and her cousin Gwen who work on a play with Chucho while all three are vacationing in Summerland.
Paloma Dawkins animates and makes comics in the icy deserts of Canada. Her work includes art for the National Film Board of Canada, Epic Meal Time, Paul Galvin, Booya Videos, Deadmau5 and Imogen Heap.

Libby's Dad by Eleanor Davis
40 color pages, 7x8.5 inches (178x216 mm), saddle-stitched stapled comic book
Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Athens, Georgia. Her works includeHow To Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books), Stinky (Toon Books), and The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook (Bloomsbury) and Flop to the Top (Toon Books), both of which she created with her husband Drew Weing.

Our Mother by Luke Howard
32 spot color pages, 7x9.5 inches (178x241 mm), saddle-stitched stapled comic book
Our Mother is a comedy about growing up with a parent who has an anxiety order. 
Luke Howard received a MFA in comics from The Center for Cartoon Studies, where he now teaches. He lives in Vermont. His work includes Trevor and All Coons Look Alike to Me: The Life of Ernest Hogan, Father of Ragtime. His other new comic Talk Dirty to Me will be published by AdHouse in May!

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