It is said that when a comicbook Kickstarter project get fully funded, a legendary comicbook creator gets his back-pay royalty checks. No, no one really says that, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were true?
Well, here is something that really is true, when you run your Kickstarter right (great concept, savvy marketing, relentless pitching), you get fully funded. When you are really good at this Kickstarter thing, you not only fully-fund your project, but exceed your expectations, and hit your stretch goals making you something of an inspiration for the rest of the community. Well that is precisely what has happened with Madeleine Holly-Rosing‘s wonderfully inventive steampunk comic Boston Metaphysical Society. “We have reached stretch goal #3!” She recently told us about her Kickstarter — which only hours left to go — now tops $6,000 (she was only looking for $3K)
As we’ve mentioned in other online articles, Holly-Rosing’s web-to-print Steampunk comic is about an ex-Pinkerton detective and his spirit photographer partner who battle supernatural forces in late 1800’s Boston. The year is 1895, and a malevolent evil from a parallel dimension has escaped into our plain of existence and now roams the city of Boston killing innocents, and causing all sorts of havoc. This world is a tad different from ours in that it is powered by steam technology, causing the social and political status quo to be turned on its head. People are uncomfortable with change and, in fact, many people fear it. That fear and the violence which follows causes a psychic rift to puncture the veil of space and time allowing the entity known as “The Shifter” to escape. Feeding on the resentment and fear between the rich and poor, “The Shifter” triggers a rash of murders.
Now four of the greatest minds of the time have banded together to try and stop this malevolent entity. Known only as B.E.T.H., they are: Bell, Edison, Tesla, and Houdini, however they fail in their attempt to stop the Shifter so against their better judgment, they enlist the aid of a man driven by revenge, Samuel Hunter. As it turns out the one mistake The Shifter made was killing Hunter’s wife. Hunter is an ex-Pinkerton detective, who gathers together an unlikely team consisting of; Caitlin O’Sullivan, Medium and Spirit Photographer and Granville Woods, Scientist Extraordinaire. These are the people who comprise the Boston Metaphysical Society, and it is now their job to stop The Shifter before Boston tears itself apart.
For her part, Holly-Rosing wants to send out a special thank you to Reference Recordings for use of portions of the Bruckner Symphony Number 9, Tutti CD as well as a big thank you to Scott Baker for making her Kickstarter video. “I am humbled and awed by everyone’s generosity. I simply cannot thank everyone enough,” she told us. And as a reminder, she told us that everyone who pledged $20 or more (The Nothing But Books Package and above) will receive the print copy. Backers must have pledged $5.00 or more to receive the PDF of Chapter 4.
She did want to encourage people to keep spreading word about the Boston Metaphysical Society, as she is not done yet. “I know this is a big goal, but this issue will be mailed separately from the third chapter so we had to add a little more to cover the extra postage. If we make this goal and you are willing to wait until May to receive all of your mailed rewards (other books, stickers, bookmark including Chapter 4) please let us know and you will save us a little money and have our undying gratitude. (Posters and lockets will be mailed as scheduled.) Any money saved will go directly to production of Chapters 5 and 6. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you want it separately.”
The third chapter is ready to go to the printer, so there will be no huge lag time before you receive the book. Also, the 4th Chapter has been sent off to Emily for her to start on. So they are moving forward! Still it is important to remember that Boston Metaphysical Society needs your help to print the third and fourth chapter in our six issue mini-series. The third chapter is 28 pages and the fourth chapter is 24 pages. Boston Metaphysical Society is written by Madeleine Holly-Rosing and drawn by Emily Hu.
This project will be funded on Fri, Feb 21 2014.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.