Welcome to The Beat’s crowdfunding round-up: a collection of some of our favorite campaigns from the week including one-shots, on-goings, anthologies and everything in-between. This week, we’re checking out the surreal, reality bending debut of Butterfly Transition, a charming fantasy series called Unicorn: Vampire Hunter, and more.
Let’s get started!
Butterfly Transition: A comic of dreams and nightmares!
Creators: Lin Squiggly (writer), Mikael Hankonen (illustrator)
End date: April 27, 2021
Goodies: Grab the PDF for $5, or check out higher tiers for variants, and to help support this ongoing series.
Butterfly Transition; An original digital comic set upon the line between dreams and nightmares!
Butterfly Transition is a comic for anyone interested in dreams and the question of what defines reality. It follows Oscar as he trudges through the nightmare world of corpse-like flying monsters, and a strained relationship with his friend Nyla, then – occasionally – into the very ordinary world of the dream, where Nyla greets him happily. This debut is 22-pages, fully-colored, and available for preview on the campaign page.
Unicorn: Vampire Hunter #1-2
Creators: Caleb Palquist (writer), Daryl Toh (artist), Dave Lentz (letterer)
End date: April 29, 2021
Goodies: Grab the PDF for $5, get the physical version for $9, or check out higher tiers for back issues, prints, and more.
A whimsical fantasy adventure about a unicorn who hunts vampires (with his horn, duh).
With a tagline like this one (see above) it’s hard to resist Unicorn: Vampire Hunter. Aside from the vampire-slaying unicorn, the cast also includes a curious young woman and a wise wizard. Together, they embark on various adventures, deepen their friendship, and overcome complicated villains and tragedies. Filled with charming fantasy art and wit to match, this series is great for fans of Dragon Prince and Gravity Falls.
INFERNO GIRL RED by Mat Groom and Erica D’Urso
Creators: Mat Groom (writer), Erica D’Urso (artist), Igor Monti (colorist), Kyle Higgins (editor)
End date: May 6, 2021
Goodies: Grab the digital version for $13, get the hardcover for $40, or look into higher tiers for behind-the-scenes content, prints, and more.
An all new graphic novel that combines superhero drama, teen angst, and tokusatsu action.
Cássia Costa and her mom have finally settled into a new city. She’s making friends at boarding school, she’s digging her classes, she even has a cool new bracelet. A magical one, actually, that thrusts her into a strange war and a rad set of armor to defend her home with. That’s just the set-up for Inferno Girl Red, the vibrant new tokusatsu graphic novel. At 100+ pages, this is a full, stand-alone story.
The Greatest Hits: A Comics Mixtape
Creators: Level Ground Comics
End date: April 30, 2021
Goodies: Pledge $5 for the PDF, $10 for the softcover, or check out higher tiers for additional anthologies, stickers, and more.
A comic anthology that’s all about music.
Level Ground Comics is bringing together 16 artists to create an anthology all about music. Each story will be black-and-white, run about 4 pages, and feature one of 10 up-and-coming editors, with narratives giving their own spin on the Greatest Hits theme in settings ranging from the fantastical to the everyday and – yes – the high school band. For previews and a list of creators, head over to the campaign page.
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Comics Biography of All Time
Creators: Ryan Alexander-Tanner (author)
Membership Levels: Get a digital subscription to each chapter as it releases for $3 a month, or pay $5 a month to add on an exclusive printed edition.
A Comics Biography about Muhammad Ali.
Over 12 chapters and 400 pages, the story of Muhammad Ali is being retold in graphic novel form. This Patreon campaign’s goal is to produce that graphic novel, with each individual chapter being made available on a regular basis for anyone who supports the project at the $3. The comic is black-and-white, is fully scripted, and just needs your help to keep going.
Here are a few funded projects we love:
And don’t forget to check out last week’s projects: