Hang Dai Editions, the collective publication label of several members of Hang Dai Studios in Gowanus, Brooklyn, announced today that the successfully Kickstarted graphic novel anthology comprised of the semi-autobio writings of Seth Kushner and the work of 22 indie comics artists, Schmuck would be going beyond its Kickstarter goal by reaching print distribution in September of 2015 through Hang Dai Editions and Alternative Comics.
The reason why this is particularly unusual and exciting is that around the time that the project was closing in on its Kickstarter goal, Seth Kushner was admitted to the hospital with sudden and rapid onset Leukemia. From April of 2014 until the last few days of 2014 in December, Kushner went through many highs and lows in medical treatment, and as he has stated bluntly on social media recently, was simply not expected to live beyond Thanksgiving. The radical turnaround that enabled him to go home, cancer-free, for the holidays and dive into all the family time, movies, pizza, beer, and comforts of non-hospital life has been nothing short of miraculous. So say doctors, so says everyone.
Kushner has wasted no time getting his projects back on track (well, to be fair he was working like a demon in the hospital on many comics projects as well with admirable determination), and that, apparently, has included the announcement that Schmuck is coming to print. Let's call that the miracle book of 2015 since Seth himself is able to bring the book to fruition.
Congratulations to Seth, and to the artists on the book.