The Kickstarter campaign for Dare2Draw’s mentoring anthology, which I edited, has begun! The anthology pairs up-and-coming artists (many of whom are receiving their first paid gig) with pro comics writers for eight new stories featuring Mike Baron and Steve Rude‘s Nexus! Mike and Steve have generously let D2D use their beloved character, and Steve drew the cover! Writers include Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Star Wars, Witchblade), Alex De Campi (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse, No Mercy), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Ant-Man, Deadpool), Corinna Bechko (Invisible Republic, Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk), Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time, Sanjay and Craig, Heavy Metal), and more. The full list, along with all the artists and some sample pages, are on the KS page!
D2D has also teamed up with the Kubert School, and two of the artists are freshly graduated from the program, having drawn their stories during their final year at the school.
In addition to the book itself, there are tons of great rewards, thanks to Steve Rude, Dark Horse Comics, the Kubert School, and Dare2Draw! Rewards include lots of Nexus swag, as well as portfolio reviews from D2D Artist in Residence Simon Fraser (who also offers original art) and script/pitch reviews from me.
Please consider backing the Kickstarter. This project will make a big difference in the lives of a bunch of wonderful artists, but we need your help to do it!