Indie comics darling Ted Naifeh is taking to Kickstarter to print a collection of his superhero comic Heroines, as well as to raise money for making a second volume. As revealed in a press release today, Naifeh is teaming with Heroines publisher Space Goat for the crowdfunding project, which aims to print a digest sized, perfect bound, 200 page collection of the comic’s first eight issues.
“All my life, I’ve been a fan of superheroes in one form or another,” said Naifeh. “And I’ve always wanted to explore the genre, to see if I could tease out something new. Working outside the mainstream and with readers directly on Kickstarter gives me the creative freedom to do just that.”
We couldn’t agree more! The last time we tried to crowdfund some heroin, it was at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike, and though the rewards we offered were pretty sweet, it was difficult to get the attention of a lot of backers. The press release reveals more details:
Heroines tells the tale of Marcy Madison—fresh out of college, blessed with brains, boundless optimism, and a nifty superpower. Marcy’s greatest ambition is to make the world a better place. And what better way to do that than become a superhero? But Marcy soon finds the world of superheroes an impenetrable boy’s club, mired in pessimism, and more than ready to dismiss her. Determined to blaze her own trail, she sets out to find like–minded heroines,fellow outsiders who want to do things their own way. But if there’s one thing more dangerous than fighting evil, it’s rocking the boat.
The story of Heroines is currently only half told. The crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds for the second story arc and the manufacturing of the graphic novel. There are a variety of tiers for fans of Naifeh’s work in this Kickstarter campaign, including the option for backers to receive signed copies of original #1s of Courtney Crumrin, Princess Ugg, and Heroines as well as cameos in the graphic novels–and even commissions available only for Kickstarter backers.
Unfortunately, the press release doesn’t say when the Kickstarter will actually launch, but we have to assume it will be soon, so keep an eye out!