In a move that has caused quite a stir in the comic book industry, BOOM! Studios has launched a Kickstarter campaign for pre-orders of all three graphic novel collections of BRZRKR, the new series set to launch next month. The earliest anyone will receive the books will be a year from now.
This is somewhat controversial as BRZRKR is co-written by Keanu Reeves (yes, that Keanu Reeves from The Matrix, John Wick, and Bill & Ted) along with Matt Kindt, illustrated by Ron Garney, colored by Bill Crabtree, and lettered by Clem Robins, all established creators in their own right. Kickstarter is often seen as a platform for independent creators who need funding to get their book printed, often issue by issue. It’s rarely used by a publisher with first look deals with Fox and Netflix. It seems BOOM! was prepared for that feedback.
“Many companies use Kickstarter to fund their projects. We are not doing this,” said Ross Richie, CEO & Founder, BOOM! Studios. “We are working with Kickstarter as a distribution platform to expand our reach. It’s our dream here at BOOM! Studios to introduce new readers to the medium of comic books and graphic novels. By combining the reach of Kickstarter with the interest in Keanu Reeves and the action-packed epic that is BRZRKR, we’re excited to introduce so many folks to their very first comic book.”
BRZRKR follows a man known only as Berzerker, a half-mortal / half-God, cursed and compelled to violence, even if that means sacrificing his sanity. After wandering the world for centuries, he may have finally found refuge working for the U.S. government to fight battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, Berzerker will finally get the one thing he desires: the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.
“Comics is such a rich, vibrant, versatile medium, and I hope that Keanu Reeves’, Matt Kindt’s, and Ron Garney’s BRZRKR will be the starting point for so many new fans to discover and enjoy them,” said Margot Atwell, Head of Publishing and Comics, Kickstarter. “I’m pleased to work with BOOM! Studios on this exciting project.”
Unsurprisingly, the Kickstarter campaign has already plowed through its funding goal. At the time of this writing, it’s raised almost six times the goal of $50,000. Hopefully this brings some new folks to comics that have maybe never read them before. If that’s the case, here are some other Kickstarter campaigns you may want to consider:
- Don’t Ever Blink #1 – The first issue of a limited horror comic book series about a killer that sews the eyelids of victims shut, stalking a small town.
- God Puncher: Volume 1 – A TPB of the comic God-Puncher!
- Major Holmes & Captain Watson Issues #1-2 – An original comic series featuring the NEXT generation of great detectives!
- The O.Z. #1 – Haunted by her past, a disillusioned Iraq war veteran must survive the war-torn land of Oz. From the writer of SPENCER & LOCKE.
- Project: Starless Daydream – Over 30 comic creators come together to create the finale to a mech anime that never existed!