I have made comics exclusively for newsletter subscribers before. And I think it’s time I bring that back.
This time, we’re jumping to one year after the events of The Case of the Wendigo. (You can catch up on that story for free online – or get the graphic novel with remastered pages and bonus content.)
The story goes that 1000 years ago, a Demon King threatened humanity itself – and the only one brave enough to stand against him was the hero of mankind, Richard. Richard punched the Demon King so hard that the demon vanished!
Cut to 1000 years later, and Vanita is jogging at the park when she sees the Demon King himself passed out in the bushes!
Thus begins this silly slice-of-life story about a demon passing out on the couch of a trans woman.
So This Story is Happening?
Yes! Thanks to the lovely backers of the Crowdfundr campaign, they helped cover the basic set-up costs and the production of the first few pages of the comic!
The comic is all set to launch this Friday, March 17 (yep, St. Patrick’s day).
If you want to get Vanita and the Demon King and its latest pages straight to your inbox, be sure to get on the email newsletter!
You get other perks for being on the newsletter as well, such as access to other free comics, convention announcements, and shop discounts.
Yes, this offering is free. It’s also spam-free. You only get emails once a week and I don’t share your info with anyone else.
Afraid of missing an update? Don’t be! Pages for Vanita and the Demon King will be posted a few days later on vanitaandking.com, Webtoons (coming soon), and Ko-Fi. So you have options to help you catch up and stay tuned.
I need your help to cover some costs before production starts. A full breakdown is available on the Crowdfundr page, but here’s the TL;DR: help cover web hosting and domain costs, and all funding beyond that will cover producing pages for Vanita and the Demon King.
Almost all rewards are digital, with a handful of physical rewards. All of these will be easy to fulfill.
Rewards include early access to finished pages, commissions, and downloadable comic scripts!
If you’re able to pledge support to this cozy odd couple story, head over to Crowdfundr now and make your own reward bundles!
If you’re broke, share this campaign far and wide. Shares help more than you know.
Seeing Him is the story of Kate, a roller skating rink owner, and Adam, a transgender doctor, who fall in love and start making a life together. Also, shenanigans ensue.
Since its publication online in 2015, Seeing Him has had two homes – both of which, unfortunately, ended up closing down.
But the third time’s the charm! Seeing Him is now available as a PDF download in my Ko-Fi shop for $1.
As an addendum: In the original webcomic run of the story, a page in Chapter 2 had a deeply negative reception. After a review of the comic, I – Kelci – have elected to remove this page from the final product. This is because the page in question did not impact the rest of the story in any meaningful way. I have done this for the comfort of the reader, and to reflect the growth of the author and artist behind this project.
So if you have the means, get the PDF comic over on Ko-Fi!
The roller derby girl from Validation has starred in her own adventures before. Now, this new book collects all of them in one place!
In this book, all 30 original-run comic strips will be reprinted in full color (with retouched artwork as needed). Plus bonus content like character art and original scripts… and a preface by CB, the creator of Validation who has a WHOLE bunch of credits to her name!
Here are some specs about the book:
This book measures 5.5 inches tall and 8.5 inches wide.
Printed in full color.
Roughly 25 pages.
You might have some questions for me. Let’s address them here.
“Why aren’t you running this on Kickstarter?”
I actually wrote a lengthy blog post about my disagreement with one of Kickstarter’s most recent decisions. On the one hand, I COULD run a campaign on the platform while still posting that their decision is a bad one. (After all, other creators have posted similar sentiments right on their campaign’s front pages. Pressure like this HAS gotten KickStarter to change their minds on other issues in the past.)
Or, I can use ko-fi as a platform and run a book pre-order. I LOVE ko-fi, ever since I switched to the platform a couple of years ago. Ko-fi has only gotten better and more robust since I joined. I believe in it and I want it to succeed! To that end, I want to run this pre-order on ko-fi to test out some features that Kickstarter may not have. (Also, keeping track of add-ons is WAY easier to do on Ko-Fi!)
“Do I need to read Validation before reading this comic?”
I like to think it’s a perk, not a requirement. You can totes read this as a standalone story.
“Who wrote and drew this book?”
I did! I get the confusion, though – Validation was written by CB and drawn by me. Roxie is set in the same universe. But CB let me have free reign to write and draw this story.
“Your book is $10?”
Because it’s free shipping for US backers! Shipping costs are already factored into the price. (Sorry, UK and Canada, but shipping is a little extra for you to cover the difference.)
“I FOR SURE want the book! What else can I get?”
You have options!
You can get just the book for $10.
OR, you can get the book and a Roxie sticker for $15 (free shipping again for US backers).
OR, you can get the book, the Roxie sticker, AND a Macho Mujeres keychain for $20 (once again, free shipping for US backers).
You can also browse the rest of my ko-fi shop for any cool add-ons you would like to add! I’ll ship them all together for you. I also have a commission section, though I think that needs to be rung up as a separate transaction.
“What if I want a PDF?”
That will have to be a separate store listing. Sorry, but ko-fi is specific about individual item listings in their shop feature. Also, the PDF is, like, 80% done for printer purposes. Formatting it for digital sales is a different process.
“Oh, this is a pre-order! When will my order arrive?”
After May 1, but before June 15. I’m leaving a few weeks’ buffers just in case something happens at my comic book printers’ HQ.
“Why should I support you?”
Do you mean, OTHER than the fact that I have 10 other successful crowdfunding campaigns under my belt? Because I’m a genderqueer comic artist who REALLY loves making comics and sharing them with the world! I’ve been at it non-stop since 2013.
Also, I’ll just throw this out there: by purchasing this pre-order, you become a sidekick on my ko-fi! That means that, no matter what you pledge, you get access to ko-fi supporter-only content. Things like exclusive webcomics, podcasts, and other goodies.
“Great! How long are you accepting pre-orders?”
UNTIL APRIL 30 at 11:59 pm EST. After that, the listing will switch to “Draft.” That way, I can fulfill orders without fear of last-minute purchases that would throw off my numbers.
Can you support this book? Marvelous! Are you broke? Share this! Use tinyurl.com/roxie-book to share with your peeps.
Seeing Him is the story of Kate, a small business owner, and Adam, a trans male doctor, who fall in love and have adventures with their outrageous friends. It was a webcomic funded on KickStarter, then funded on Patreon to keep it going, and updated from June 2015 to December 2015 on Pink Dollar Comics.
However, Pink Dollar Comics is now gone. Which also meant that Seeing Him briefly disappeared.