Doc Unknown is no longer unknown at all. He’s become very popular and one of the most successful creator-owned self-distributed comic series I’ve seen in recent years. It’s down to the savvy use of Kickstarter multiple times over, in fact coming off like Kickstarter kings, for the creative team of Fabian Rangel Jr. and Ryan Cody. Rangel Jr. established his own imprint along the way, Believe in Comics, and helped bring the work of many collaborators into existence, too. He is a great example of how to persevere and build an audience for your work in a competitive industry.
Now Doc Unknown is headed for his last round-up. The pulp character who is often propelled into occult and noir-themed adventures, has already appeared in his issues #9-12, and those installments are being collected into a third and final print trade collection for the series: Doc Unknown: The War For Gate City. Doc Unknown and his spin-off related one-shots have gained a wide following among readers and also professional comic creators. So much so that the book is getting a rather star-studded send off. Ed Brisson will be writing the introduction to the collection, the Kickstarter will be bringing out a 2nd printing of the “Boss Snake” one-shot with a cover by Abe Sapien artist Max Fiumara, and master colorist Dave Stewart. The pin-up gallery for the crowdfunding campaign is even going to include Mike Mignola (you heard that right), Alexis Ziritt, Logan Faerber, Matt Smith, David Rubin. That is some serious gravitas. Congratulations, Doc Unknown.
The Kickstarter just opened as of midnight on Sunday night (meaning Monday AM), and is guns ablazing right now. Doc Unknown Kickstarters usually blow through their goals in less than 48 hours (and that’s being conservative) so I’m looking forward to seeing how far it’ll go into excellent stretch goals. For those who might be new to Doc Unknown, I’ll add that it’s a great time to get onboard since the rewards might help catch you up. And just for completeness, I’ll add that Doc Unknown comics are available on ComiXology as well, who often partner with the Kickstarters for the series.
Here’s the Kickstarter trailer for this campaign:
The Doc Unknown volume 3 campaign is currently underway and runs until April 1st.