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By  Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham

“Drum roll Please! You have asked for it, and now it is here folks, the Official Tuskegee Heirs Kickstarter! We firmly and wholeheartedly believe that this concept can alter the futures of young and old alike, so if you agree with us, please let us know you’re out there with your support. Share, share and share some more to all those you believe will align with this vision! Thank you all for your kind words and moral push so far. Peace ya’ll. “

Hey, folks. Spike here. 

Rabid hyper-capitalist porno-pusher that I am, I don’t usually go to bat for other publishers, because I want all your sweet, sweet dollars to line my solid gold Lamborghini with. But I’m making one big exception, today.

The Fresh Romance Kickstarter really, REALLY needs your help.

Its got 6 days to go, and over ten thousand dollars to make. And it’s having a rough time helping itself, because the project organizer, Janelle Asselin, is chronically ill. She was feeling fine when the project launched, but she’s been in hospital for days now, and probably won’t get out until it’s way too late to save Fresh Romance through her own efforts.

Janelle launched Fresh Romance last year in an effort to revive the romance genre, a genre with a long and illustrious pedigree in North American comics, and a genre permanently deep-sixed by Dr. Fredric Wertham’s 1954 anti-comics smear campaign and the resulting Comics Code Authority. Before Fresh Romance, the last romance comics published in the US went out of print in the 1970s. The last time you saw a romance comic was probably on a museum wall, as traced by Roy Lichtenstein. And that’s fucking ridiculous.

Don’t tell me people don’t like love stories. And that’s what Janelle’s got. Fresh Romance comics are love stories. Love stories of all kinds, written by lots of women, drawn by lots of women, and getting those same women paychecks for their efforts, which is sadly a lot more than a lot of projects in this industry do. And as an editor who has employed some of Fresh Romance’s roster in my own efforts ( @kateordie​, @swinsea), I know it’s good stuff.

Please, please, pleez take a look, folks. And if you like Smut Peddler, if you like the creators involved, if you like idea of supporting marginalized genres and creators? Toss a few bucks their way and spread the word. Fresh Romance deserves a print run. 

Heya, folks!

I’ve Kickstarted four comic projects, and fulfilled three. (The fourth only just ended last Monday!) As a result, I get asked for advice on how to do it right pretty often. So, I made this.

This 32-page, five-chapter PDF explains how to plan, prepare, run, and fulfill a Kickstarter comic project. (Specifically a comic project! They’re the only kind I’ve done.) It’s everything I’ve learned about Kickstarter since joining the site in 2009.

It’s $5.00, and you can get it here

Thanks for your patience, folks! I know this took me a while to finish. But trust me, it’s worth it.

Mail is a protective iron fabric made up of thousands of interlocking iron rings. In the Viking era, mail was always made with a 4-in-1 pattern, in which each ring passes through its four nearest neighbours. During the Viking age, mail usually was worn in the form of a mail shirt (brynja). Typically, the garment was T-shaped, with short sleeves (half to three-quarters length) and thigh length. Important Vikings, like chiefs, would wear armour made from chain mail when they went into battle.

www.hurstwic.org

In the Viking age, fighting men used large, round, wooden shields gripped in the center from behind an iron boss. Shields represent one of several instances where the literary sources and archaeological sources do not agree on how Viking weapons were constructed. The Norwegian Gulaþing and Frostaþing laws specify the construction of a shield. The shield should be made of wood with three iron bands and a handle fastened to the back side by iron nails. A later revision of the law says that the shield should be made of a double layer of boards (tvibyrðr), and the front should be painted red and white. (www.hurstwic.org)

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If I see another melting skull screenprint / dagger with some Americana inspired motifs / weed leaf outta Bushwick I’m gonna puke.

If you are over that stuff, check out Kate Lacour based out of New Orleans. Kate is an illustrator and cartoonist who works with an artistic realm all her own. Her artwork features mechanical hybrids, detailed cutaways of flesh and muscle structure, and evolution of the microscopic. 

Buy some of her zines through the Booklyn webstore and check out her other works.