Josh Bayer is kickstarting his fourth issue of the Suspect Device anthology. Suspect Device is a concept loosely based on Five-Card Nancy. The challenge is to incorporate two panels of existing comics into a new strip. You paste one panel at the beginning, one at the end, and draw what happens in-between. The source material is usually from classic comic strips like Nancy and Popeye, or newer strips like Garfield. Suspect Device #4 will also include material from the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia. Should be fun!
Even if you’re not a fan of Kickstarter, this project is worth a gander. A low pledge of $13 (which is in the neighborhood of retail + shipping) gets you the book AND an ink-wash drawing by Josh Bayer. This tells me one thing, and this is already pretty obvious: Josh can crank out an ink-wash drawing with ease and speed.
Zack Soto says it all, Study Group makes “beautiful print objects.” They are kickstarting their spring line, which consists of three full-color books: It Will All Hurt #2 by Farel Dalrymple, Haunter by Sam Alden, and Study Group Magazine #3D (yep, it has a 3-D section). This is basically a pre-order sale, so you can back/order any of those three titles (or any combination of them).
There is also a reward tier just for retailers, which I’ve never seen before. What a good idea (I might just steal it).
They have a pretty ambitious goal, and at this point they have a long way to go. You ought to help them out. Study Group is one of my favorite micro-presses, so they got my money.
Check out Yeah Dude’s 2014 Subscription Kickstarter. They’re a little over halfway there, and they only have ten days to go.
The 2014 Subscription has an impressive contributor list, and part of the Kickstarter proceeds will go towards paying the contributors. It’s pretty rare for artists to be paid in this sort of small-scale publishing. Kudos to Pat Aulisio. He’s a lynchpin of the Philly small press scene and deserves your support.