Please Help: The Sleepless Phoenix Comics Anthology

Please Help: The Sleepless Phoenix Comics Anthology

On June 30, 2010, Insomnia publisher Crawford Coutts filed to cease trading with the UK companies house. Though Coutts never officially informed his creators (or anyone) of this decision, all signs pointed to the end of Insomnia. And the creators, well, we were supposed to move on, chalk up a loss, and let all our hard work and dedication become a memory—lesson learned.

But we came up with a different plan. In the days following the news of Insomnia’s seeming end, one thing became clear: that all the creators involved believed in each other’s work. A mutual admiration was shared for the short comics that appear in this anthology, and we are determined to see it get the release it deserves.

And that’s how The Sleepless Phoenix—a collective of up-and-coming comics talent from both the UK and the US—was born. While the Comic Book Alliance works to settle the conflict of our publishing contracts, we took the only content that still belongs to us—this anthology.

The book is 192 pages long, black and white, and features all-new content. Creators include Martin Conaghan (Burke & Hare), Ben Bates (Sonic the Hedgehog), Jim Boswell (KiCk!), Peter Forbes (Oz: Fall of the Scarecrow King), and more. It will be released in October, 2010.

It also features an introduction from Alex Fitch, reviewer, podcast host, and Eagle Award nominee.

Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten, X-Men Legacy) says the book is “a kaleidoscope of graphic stories – mostly in the darker colours of the horror palette, but all the better for that.”

The varying pledge amounts can be seen on the right side of their Kickstarter page. Once the book is released, it will only be available at conventions and through online orders, at a higher rate.

Previews from the book will be posted regularly, along with some insight from the creators on their process. So be sure to check this page often.

All the profit raised, after printing and shipping, will go straight to the Comic Book Alliance—an organization that fights for the rights of comic creators everywhere. Hopefully, what has happened to the creators of Insomnia publications doesn’t happen again.

Click on the link below to get to the project!

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