The way I pick comics for this blog is mostly random. I mean, sometimes I’m supporting a creator I know, but most of the time something about the project catches my eye. Then I read through the pitch, look at the artwork, and then do these write-ups. I never know when something will hit me just right and many times I go through the listings on Kickstarter and not find much of anything that appeals to me.
That was certainly not the case tonight.
Creator/Writer – Jack Raines
Artist -Carlos Trigo
Colorist – Ester Salguero
Letterer – Letter Squids
Kickstarter Campaign ends on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 12:04 PM EST.
A comic about an ex genie who sets up shop as a Wish Consultant.
Wishful Thinking is set in a modern time where creatures of fantasy have taken the first steps in integrating into our world. The only fantasy creature that has never called the mortal realm their home, is a djinn. This, in turn, begs the question: “why is there a genie outside of his lamp running a wish consulting shop?” Throughout the seven-issue series, you’ll get those answers and then some!
For now, let’s focus on a smaller picture. What is this issue about? With fantasy creatures becoming more popular, pentagrams are getting awfully more dangerous these days. When Mary, a youth having trouble getting over a recent breakup, gets in a fight with her old lover’s new squeeze, she inadvertently summons a demon after a drop of blood lands on her favorite band’s poster.
Maybe it was the Genie starting his own business… maybe it was all those times I watched Aladin when I was younger… or maybe it is just unique enough to say to myself, “Self, you have never seen this particular idea, maybe give it a shot!”
I think it was probably a combination of all those things and then seeing the artwork which I think really works for me. It evokes a cartoony style which makes me almost think it could be animated right off the page.
You can opt for the digital pdf only at $3 or a physical copy at $7. As you go up the scale there are options with art prints ($12) or a magnet ($20), but on the higher end ($50), you can get a variant cover “depicting how unfortunate your wish could turn out if you don’t have someone like Jum looking out for ya”. Which is an extremely cool idea for a pledge level. There are only 2 available currently.
This one has a very short turn around time as there is only 4 days left in the campaign (I’m honestly sorry I didn’t see this a week ago). Hopefully, my little signal boost can help in some way. Jack is only about $142 away from having this fund. Plus, the issue is done, so you’ll get any digital copies right after the campaign is over.
To find out more about Wishful Thinking #1, check out the Kickstarter Page here.
John McGuire is the creator/author of the steampunk comic The Gilded Age. The Trade paperback collecting the first 4 issues is finally back from the printers! If you would like to purchase a copy, go here!
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His other prose appears in The Dark That Follows, Hollow Empire, Beyond the Gate, and Machina Obscurum – A Collection of Small Shadows.
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