Set in an alternate version of Paris where an inter-dimensional bomb and split the gaps between worlds, Lazlo Cale is a former male escort turned art dealer who has to take on his nemesis and former lover Edgar Allan Poe – if that description (and our glowing review) isn’t enough to pique your interest then we’ve also caught up with writer Andrew Maxwell to find out more about this one of a kind world and his love of the world ‘bawdy’.

This week marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the UK, and as a stark reminder that we have come a long way since then (but perhaps not as far as we should!) 404 Ink and BHP Comic have teamed up to create a graphic novel looking at female political firsts – We Will Fight Until We Win – which they are now funding on Kickstarter. We Will Fight Till We Win is a 64 page graphic novel featuring work from creators like Hannah Berry, Jenny Bloomfield and Denise Minna that will look at prominent political women from Emmeline Pankhurst through to the the first women MPs and beyond, even looking at those who are set to make an impact in the coming years. It’s a fantastic sounding title and with 404 Ink and BHP’s pedigree in this area should be another stunning and thought provoking collection. You can lend your support here.

With the new year comes a new raft of Kickstarters from some of our favourite creators, and this week’s pick is one of the best, as the wonderful Steve Tanner is back with a new volume of his 18th century adventure anthology Flintlock. Featuring the ongoing adventures of highwaywoman Lady Flintlock and the awesome Shanti Pirate Queen, Flintlock has a real classic vibe to it, as well as having strong female protagonists at the core of the book which is a real plus. For book three Steve is also introducing two new characters into this extended 64 page bumper issue as we see the debuts of Onna (a blind geisha) and Molly and The Trickster Thief (about a pair of con artists in 18th century London. Steve has already hit his modest target but be sure to keep backing this great project in order to unlock some of the superb stretch goals, including prints from Pipedream favourites like Sarah Milman. You can pledge your support here.

 

We always love discovering a story about how comics can help people, as well as entertain, and so Little Heroes project really warmed our hearts on these cold January days. Set up by Aaron Rackley, they provide packs of resources for kids in hospitals to help them make comics, but this month they are taking things a step further and crowd-funding their own anthology featuring some familiar names from the world of small press.  We catch up with Aaron to find out what it takes to be a Little Hero.

This week’s Kickstarter of the Week comes courtesy of Emily Owen, whose zine Brain Shoodles is now looking for a very modest funding. It’s a great book looking at issues of metal health courtesy of Emily’s own experiences, but just don’t believe us, here is a quick outline from the creator herself… “Shoodles (a portmanteau of s**t doodles) was never meant to be a comic. It started as my way of trying to make sense of my thoughts and one day, while feeling unusually cavalier, I posted some on twitter. It took  quite a while to get the collection together, such is the nature of anxiety and depression, but here it is. My aim when compiling the zine was to make it accessible and relatable, and hopefully by sharing my experience someone out there reading it might feel less alone.” With not long left till it finishes, be sure to get involved here and support this fantastic book.

From Mad Robot Comics, the team behind the recent Cadavers series, comes a new collected edition of Last Exit To Brighton, one of the first collaborations between writer Matt Hardy and artist Ed Bentley. Available in glossy colour for the first time, Ed’s awesome watercolour art has been given some extra zing to bring it bang up to date, while the story and lettering have also been given a quick tidy up by Matt and letterer extraordinaire Rob Jones. It means that our tale of a pair of mismatched detectives hunting an occult serial killer in post-apocalyptic Brighton is now even more weird and wonderful than ever before, and is a great chance to get a look at the early work of this really exciting and original indie teams!
You can find out more on the Kickstarter page here. And you can watch the pledge video below.

We’ve been looking forward to this one ever since we discovered the wacky world of the Etherington Brothers back at the end of last year, and the early images of this book was one of the main reason we picked them to be a part of our Indie Showcase Special of The Pull List. Created by the mysterious alter ego of Lorenzeo Etherington, it’s filled with mix of trademark, high energy Etherington artwork and quirky characters, but rendered with a halftone-tastic sheen and a generous dose of retro styling to create a book that looks effortlessly cool and totally unique – it even comes with its own 3D section and 3D glasses! So get behind this brilliant book and make sure it is added to your collection soon by pledging for it here. And watch the pledge video below!

It’s been another bumper month for Kickstarters, and it wouldn’t be a crowd-funding extravaganza without the Aussie King of Kickstarter Ryan K Lindsay (Chum, Deer Editor and EIR). Instead of being another gritty crime drama, Ink Island is an all ages adventure starring his own kids that comes complete with a teaching pack for families and teachers.  So we decided to catch up with Ryan to find out the secrets of a good Kickstarter, why he’s aiming it at kids, as well as the mysteries of Ink Island.

Just when we thought the Kickstarter scene had slowed down, then we get a message from our old friend Ken Reynolds of Sliced Quarterly fame, to tell us that he has a new campaign launching for the excellent Cognition. A worth nominee for our Indie Comic Of The Year award (gaining a healthy 3rd place!), Ken’s tale of occult investigators in Victorian London is a true one of a kind, and we can’t wait to find out what possessed automaton Cal and his rodent sidekick Sigma will be getting up to next – something about a legendary Demon Dog in Norfolk apparently! So be sure to pledge your support for this fantastic book here and watch the pledge video below to see why this is such a brilliant series.