Oh, this is so up our alley of horror.
It’s a Kickstarter Campaign we j’adore and it’s for the publication of a new comic book called THEATER OF TERROR: REVENGE OF THE QUEERS by Seattle’s own Northwest Press, the queer comic book/graphic novel publishers owned by Zan Christensen. He’s teaming up with editors Justin Hall and William O. Tyler and San Francisco drag legend/horror buff/actual horror film director PEACHES CHRIST to create a massive anthology of queer horror comics containing over 250 pages from 33 LGBTQ artists including names like Ed Luce, Howard Cruse and cover illustrator Phil Jimenez.
If you love those classic EC horror comics from the 1950s and subsequent film and TV adaptations like Creepshow and Tales From The Crypt you’ll definitely want to help the $20,000 needed to publish the anthology. It’s an LGBTQ horror lover’s dream to have these stories told through a queer lens with these fantastic artists involved.
Also: this needs funded so we can all have a copy!
Here’s more info via the Kickstarter page and here’s a LINK to go show your support….DO IT!!!!
Don’t you wanna see “Frankenschwein” and “Dyke Witch” come to glorious full color LIFE???!!?
Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers
An anthology of queer horror comics, hosted by the delightful and devious Peaches Christ!
Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers showcases a remarkable collection of talented LGBTQ cartoonists illustrating in vivid detail what keeps them up at night.
Featuring everything from a gay Frankenschwein made from pig parts to a lesbian Mermaid with a bone to pick, from a demonic Culture Vulture to a trans Werekat from 1930s Paris, from a Dyke Witch with a grudge to a Drag Race in Hell, these stories leap from the page and go for the throat! This book contains over 250 pages of all-original material from 33 cartoonists.
Hosted by the inimitable Peaches Christ in San Francisco’s legendary Castro Theater, these terrifying tales of psychological horror, frightful camp, fearsome social commentary, and sexy monsters will leave you shaking in your boots for the inevitable REVENGE OF THE QUEERS!
The book will be published by Seattle publisher Northwest Press, a small press specializing in LGBTQ comics and graphic novels. They’ve teamed up with award-winning editor Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Hard to Swallow) and assistant editor William O. Tyler (The Goth Queen Needs a Mate) to produce Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers.
Our $20,000 budget will cover printing, postage, the cost of additional rewards, Kickstarter and credit card fees, and our creator payment fund. Whatever we raise above our goals will go to increase our creator page rates. So please, support the queer arts!
- Printing: $9000
- Creator Fund: $4700
- Rewards Cost: $2000
- Postage: $2000
- Credit card and KS fees: $1800
- Misc: $500
Horror has always been a genre full of queer possibilities and potential: misfits and underdogs take on creatures and dark forces often aligned with societal oppression and violence. This diverse group of LGBTQ creators, who represent some of the best of both mainstream and indie comics, take the genre to its limits, crafting stories to frighten, educate, shock and awe.
Featuring contributions from:
- A.C. Esguerra
- Alegra Figeroid
- Ashley R. Guillory
- Brad Rader
- Dave Davenport
- Diego Gomez
- Ed Luce
- Emeric Kennard
- Eric Kostiuk Williams
- Fiona Smyth
- Geov Chouteau
- Howard Cruse
- Jen Hickman
- Jennifer Camper
- Jon Cairns
- Joshua Grannell
- Justin Hall
- Levi Hastings
- Maia Kobabe
- Mariko Tamaki
- Phil Jimenez
- Rachel Pollack
- Robyn Adams
- Sean Platter
- Sina Grace
- Steve MacIsaac
- Tana Ford
- Tara Madison Avery
- Terry Blas
- Tina Horn
- Trinidad Escobar
- Victor Hodge
- William O. Tyler
In addition to the books themselves, available in digital form or in print, we’re also offering a bunch of fun and unique things.
Signed Pinup Prints: Some of the movie-poster pinups in the book are being turned into signed art prints; you can get one of your choice, or the complete set of four signed prints!
All-over Printed T-Shirt: We’re offering a bundle that features a delicious, all-over-print t-shirt, featuring Michael Wertz’ endpaper art from the book.
Custom Video Message: At the $200 level, the one and only Peaches Christ will record a personalized video for you, good for any occasion where you want fabulousness mixed with menace! Whether it’s a birthday message, congratulations on graduating from college, sorry about your demonic possession… the possibilities are endless. (Also comes with bonus “Peaches cackle” ringtone so you can have Peaches in your pocket always!)
Original Art Rewards: Finally, throughout the campaign, we’re going to be offering original art bundles featuring pages from the book and brand-new art pieces from some of the talented artists in the book. We’re starting with Brad Rader, Justin Hall, and Ashley R. Guillory. These rewards are extremely limited—usually just 1 piece will be offered per artist!—so act fast!
Risks and challenges
This is the 15th Kickstarter campaign we’ve run (or co-run) and we’ve gotten very familiar with the pitfalls that open up along the way. If we run into any delays in printing or shipping, we will be transparent and make sure backers are aware of the situation.