July 26, 2015

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Humble Bundle Made with Kickstarter features Spike Trotman and Others


By now it's pretty common place for there to be comics-related Humble Bundles, so I'm not apt to point them out on a regular basis. However, I'm making an exception for this one because it contains several comics anthologies (and a few pieces of prose) that I think are well worth your $1 (or $11 or $15, depending on the level of your pledge).

This particular bundle has a focus on projects that got their start on Kickstarter, even if in certain cases they were later picked up for more widespread distribution. Available in PDF form and DRM-free, as per usual, the bundle has some great books at each level.

Starting off with the "pay what you want tier," we have Dinosaur Comics (and oh yeah, Squirrel Girl) writer Ryan North's choose your own adventure book about Hamlet, "To Be or Not To Be." That premise is amazing, and I've yet to meet a person who didn't like the book. Also in that tier is an anthology featuring several of my prose-writing friends called "Help Fund My Robot Army" which features stories of fictional Kickstarters from a speculative fiction perspective.* There's also Ryan Browne's "God Hates Astronauts" available at this level.

If you pay the average (currently $10.27), you move into some really prime territory. The two Spike Trotman-related comics are here, her horror anthology "The Sleep of Reason" and the how-to guide "Poorcraft." You can also snag another comics anthology "The Big Feminist Butt" which features a range of perspectives on feminism, including some that are unlikely to agree with your own views. There's also two issues of John Joseph Adams' "Nightmare" online magazine as well as a great anthology that gives Steampunk a well-needed, non-European perspective, "Steampunk World."

Go all the way to $15, and you get the Greg Pak written, "Code Monkey Save World," and a FUBAR stand-alone comic, "Mother Russia," by Jeff McComsey, to scratch your historical communist zombie itch. 

It's a great bundle of stuff, and I only mentioned the books I've read or wanted to pick up. There's plenty more in this bundle, too, But if you want it, better hurry--it ends in just a few short days. Over $100,000 has been raised so far in this bundle, showing the power of alternative publishing/sales models. You can be a part of that, too--and pick up some great late-summer reading while you're at it.

*Disclosure: I also work as a first reader for the editor of that book, John Joseph Adams.