Startland News is continuing its “Fund Me, KC” series to highlight area entrepreneurs’ efforts to accelerate their businesses or lend a helping hand to others. This is an opportunity for business owners and innovators — like Brandon Calloway’s third installment of the “Black Spartans” series — to share their crowdfunding stories and potentially gain backing from new supporters.
Who are you?
My name is Brandon Calloway and I am the founder and lead writer at Darkmoon Comics. We are a publisher of independent comics, based in Kansas City. In just under two years, we have managed to fund and publish three books, build a team of writers and artists, and begin production on six more titles.
Click here to purchase copies of available, already-published Darkmoon Comics or to learn more about the publication.
What does your campaign hope to accomplish?
We are gearing up for the release of the third installment of our flagship title, “Black Spartans.” It is a story about a world filled with monsters, demons, mythical creatures, and the “Hunters” that get paid to travel and slay them for a living. It is an adventure-based story that touches heavily on the themes of friendship and resilience.
What’s your ‘why’?
The team at Darkmoon Comics are avid fans of comics, anime, and manga. They put their heart and soul into mixing compelling stories with in-depth world-building and action. You can guarantee that “Black Spartans” is a series that continues to have the highest quality in all three areas.
Click here to learn more about “Black Spartans” and its effort to normalize Blackness in mainstream comics.
How much do you hope to raise with the crowdfunding campaign?
The campaign launches July 29, with a goal to raise $1,200 to get the comic printed and shipped.
Darkmoon Comics first launched back in October 2020 and has now reached a point where we are able to publish multiple titles with a team of artists and writers. All the previous books were successfully funded through prior crowdfunding campaigns.
Anything else our readers should know about Darkmoon Comics or this effort?
For the third-issue Kickstarter, readers will have the choice of various rewards, including prior issues of “Black Spartans,” a variant cover for the third issue, Darkmoon Comics merchandise, and a chance to be drawn as a character in the book.
Click here to be notified when Darkmoon Comics’ crowdfunding campaign for “Black Spartans Chapter Three” officially launches.
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