It’s always fun to check out Kickstarter!

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I don’t often pledge money to Kickstarter, because I don’t have unlimited funds, but I love the idea of Kickstarter, and the few I’ve backed have been well worth it – excellent production values, timely delivery, cool extras, that sort of thing. Last year I found out about the Kickstarter for Broken Frontier (which I reviewed here!), and now one of the mad geniuses behind that anthology, Tyler Chin-Tanner, is putting together another one called Loved & Lost. Love stories are awesome, you guys!

Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Art by Robbi Rodriguez

Here’s the link to the Kickstarter. It’s a short one, so it ends next week. Chin-Tanner writes all the stories and edits it with his awesome wife, Wendy (whom I’ve still never met, but whose Facebook feed is amazing), and all the stories are about navigating modern romance, and according to Chin-Tanner, they’re not stories about the extremes of love, but the messy, complicated stuff in the middle. Which sounds terrific to me, because I love me some complicated love stories!

There are nine stories in the volume, and they’re pretty much done – the Kickstarter is to finish it and get it printed. The artist line-up looks like this: Ryan Alexander-Tanner, James Boyle, Mac Cooper, Jason Copland, Tadd Galusha, Julia Krase, Jeannette Langmead, Robert Ryan, and Aysegül Sınav. I’m not familiar with all of the artists, but the ones I am are impressive, and just looking through their web sites, it appears they are all very talented. Here’s some of the artwork from the book:

Cachet-22 by James Boyle
Cachet-22 by James Boyle
Freshly Planted Seeds by Aysegul Sinav
Freshly Planted Seeds by Aysegul Sinav
Thaw by Tadd Galusha
Thaw by Tadd Galusha
On the Stump by Mac Cooper
On the Stump by Mac Cooper

Some of the rewards are a metallic print of the cover, a signed bookplate, and some mini-prints by various artists paired with verses from love poems. Here’s one example by Karl Slominski:

Who doesn't love Catullus?
Who doesn’t love Catullus?

There’s a week left for the Kickstarter, and they’re about halfway to their goal. It sounds like a really neat book, so if you’re at all interested, go check it out. You’ll be cooler if you do!

3 Comments

  1. Simon

    I wonder if that Tadd Galusha may be a fan of Martin Veyron?

    – “Wendy (whom I’ve still never met, but whose Facebook feed is amazing)”

    (Insert breastfeed joke.)

    – “I love me some complicated love stories!”

    For the interim, I think you already got some recent ones such as SUNSTONE, SEX CRIMINALS, HEART IN A BOX, THE SCULPTOR, THE DHARMA PUNKS, and DRAWN ONWARD — but what about others such as Ilya’s ROOM FOR LOVE, Kaoru Mori’s A BRIDE’S STORY, Davodeau’s LULU ANEW, Liz Suburbia’s SACRED HEART, Jason’s IF YOU STEAL, or Maggie Thrash’s HONOR GIRL?

      1. Simon

        Well, there are capsules for LULU ANEW, A BRIDE’S STORY, and SACRED HEART in the bests-of-2015 list @ http://goodokbad.com/index.php/about/2015comics

        ROOM FOR LOVE is about a middle-aged female writer of romance who takes in a young homeless male prostitute. Awkward and doomed, but not a bummer. (Plus nice creative use of color schemes, and the best dialog device since CEREBUS and STRANGERS IN PARADISE.)

        HONOR GIRL is the graphic memoir of a girl who found out she was gay when she fell in love at summer camp.

        IF YOU STEAL is a collection of Jason’s always funny or bittersweet shorts, including many complicated love lifes.

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