Lea Hernandez is a stalwart of modern comics. Working with Warren Ellis and Gail Simone – but mostly on her own – she pioneered the vanguard to creating original manga-styled graphic novels and continues to push in that direction on a regular basis.
And now she's joined the Kickstarter movement for her latest project, attracting support from the likes of Jim Lee, Jill Thompson and Neil Gaiman, THE GARLICKS: Pandora Orange, Fail Vampire, to be created over the next year and published as a colour 144 page graphic novel, serialised online.
THE GARLICKS is told from the point of view of Pandora, a vampire with zero vampire abilities and the big sister of baby Pamila (who's usually called Ham), who seems to have gotten everything Pandora didn't, like being able to shapeshift into an adorable flying fish and eat meat.
Pandora turns to her passion, making comics, and chooses her family as her muses: the exhausting Ham, her father Vourdain, (a flower-eating barista), her mother Olive (who is butcher), and their house/business, Orange Espresso and Meats.
Pandora thinks her problems (no time to actually make comics and a lot of Ham-tastic soakings) begin when she puts a suffocating Ham (in her fishbat form) in a toilet to save her life, but things really get crazy when Pan steals a blanket (and granny panties) to hide fishbat-Pamila after one of many chases through their neighborhood. This brings them to the attention of Maxim, a boy who can see monsters, and three rock-stupid but very dangerous demon hunters.
Pan quickly finds out that the only thing worse than having no time to draw stories is having entirely too much material to draw from.
If that sounds like your thing, then make a commitment. Make a pledge. Make it happen. There's lots of reward goodies to be had (though the overseas shipping is a little excessive, Lea, any chance of pick up or bulk mail alternatives?