Sep 25th 2012 By: Andy Khouri
Even if you're unfamiliar with the routinely excellent art blog
, Brand New Nostalgia
, chances are you've seen some of its artists' work here on ComicsAlliance and other similarly aesthetically-conscious comics sites. Founded by Andrew Ross MacLean
and counting Mateus Santolouco
) Trad Moore
(The Strange Talent of Luther Strode
), Giannis Milonogiannis
(Old City Blues
) and Brian Churilla
(The Secret History of D.B. Cooper
) among its members, BNN updates regularly with new work based around a specific theme. That's not an uncommon practice for online art collectives, but BNN is a uniquely great destination for fans of the distinctly youthful, slightly frenzied, heavily design-influenced illustration style
that's been making itself increasingly visible in mainstream comics.
Now about a year into is existence, the time has come for Brand New Nostalgia to publish its first book, which will include new comics stories as well as artwork from the blog, and is to be called kaBOOMbox Volume 1
(not to be confused with kaboom!, the all ages imprint published by BOOM! Studios). The book will also feature work by Ming Doyle
(Fantastic Four, Mara
), Paul Maybury
(Reign, Aqua Leung
) and other artists of the associated Out of Step
collective, whose members are regularly featured in CA's Best Art Ever (This Week)
. BNN has taken to Kickstarter
to raise $9,500 to produce the 200-page paperback
, and they're offering some attractive rewards for illustration aficionados and collectors.
Standard comics-sized paperback book, at least 200 pages, featuring artwork and comics created by members of the Brand New Nostalgia blog -- Alessandro Micelli, Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Brian Churilla, Filipe Andrade, Giannis Milonogiannis, João Vieira, Jorge Coelho, Joseph DellaGatta, Joseph Querio, Logan Faerber, Mateus, Santolouco, Ricardo Venâncio, Trad Moore -- as well as Toby Cypress, Greg Ruth, Paul Maybury and Ming Doyle from Out of Step Arts.
WHEN WILL THE FINAL THING COME OUT:
Tentatively scheduled for January or February 2013.
HOW MUCH DO THEY WANT:
$9,500 to cover initial print run. Excess money goes towards printing additional copies.
WHAT YOU GET FOR BACKING THE KICKSTARTER:
Rewards for smaller pledge backers include blog shoutouts, credits within the book itself, and a PDF sampler. A $20 pledge gets you a DRM-free PDF copy of the final book, and $35 will get you the actual book (as well as all the other lower-tier rewards). Where things get interesting for art fans is at the $45 level and up, which come with limited edition prints in addition to the book itself. As you get higher and higher, the rewards include sketches, copies of Tradd Moore and Justin Jordan's The Strange Talent of Luther Stroke" paperback, commissioned works, original art and so on as you go higher and higher into the hundreds. The prints are chosen and distributed at random.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE:
If you're like me, the answer to that question is manifest in the selected artwork below. You can read more about the project and its rewards at Kickstarter