Zainab Akhtar's mail-order comics box phenomenon, ShortBox, is back on Kickstarter for its twelfth installment, and despite the difficult circumstances the entire world is going through right now, it surpassed its $20,000 funding goal in the first day. Or, perhaps, it's because of those circumstances that we all need an escape, and what better way than to immerse yourself in five debuting comics mailed right to your door? Here are the comics that will be in ShortBox #12:
Dead End Jobs for Ghosts by Aminder Dhaliwal. 44pp, saddle-stitched. What happens when we die? In this pithy new satire on the spookiness of capitalism and the culture of working til you drop (and beyond!), Aminder Dhaliwal answers that eternal question, charting the secret history of Spectreworks Inc., and the deal struck between humans and ghosts to build a spectral workforce via automation- with jobs to suit every ghost!
Interim by Allissa Chan. Colour, 40pp, gold emboss cover, saddle-stitched. A star falls in a strange, empty city, but finds itself trapped and unable to escape. As the city shifts and remakes itself, the star joins forces with an indomitable crow in a bid to gain both their freedoms.
Pippette and Dudley's Charming Dog Adventure by Charlotte Mei. Colour, 60pp, perfect-bound. Micro-influencer and regional princess Pipette is growing tired of her domestic life and virtual duty, and decides instead to participate in an 'eligible bachelor's showcase.' As Pipette spends more and more time with DJ Prince Kyle, her darling dog and best friend, Dudley. begins to act out, feeling increasingly abandoned. Who will Pipette choose, and will their friendship survive?
She Would Feel the Same by Emma Hunsinger. 80pp, perfect-bound. Chloe and Phoebe's relationship has ended, amicably. Nobody instigated the breakup, they both felt it was time to move on. So why can't Chloe stop thinking about it: how neat and civilised it all was? Is it normal to just suddenly stop loving someone who meant so much to you? Is that… it? An unmissable debut comic work from a formidable up-and-coming comics talent.
Outspace by Núria Martinez. Colour, 36pp, saddle-stitched. Outspace is the hot, shiny, new game-of-the-moment, and after being recommended it by a friend, Erin decides to give it a go. Initially sceptical, she soon finds herself engrossed to the point where she real-life and virtual reality begin to blur… Or is she just imagining it?
And the box will also come with a fabric print:
'Time will tell' fabric screenprint by Jillian Tamaki. This oversized screenprinted patch measures 20x20cm, and is exclusive to the box (won't be available at any later point or for individual sale- this is the only way to get one). We love the idea of a unique fabric piece that can be framed, quilted, sewn in to a jacket or tote, mini-pennant, bunting, or whatever use you come up with!
All of these comics will be available for sale eventually, but you can get the first in the box, to which the print is EX-X-XCLUSIVE. You can get yours for £35, or $44 in American. Head to Kickstarter to get yours. Shortbox #12 ships in September.