Comics Bulletin alum Mark Stack has been building up an impressive little resume in the realm of indie comics. From Sail with artist Jean Pe to his recent Kickstarter success Weekend Warrior Comics, Stack and his talented creators have sought to push the limits of what the medium and its most popular genre are capable of. His latest project, All This Too Shall Pass explores climate change through the lens of superhero comics. As was the case for Weekend Warrior Comics, this looks to be more than just a simple story, but a collection of tales from talented writers and artists. For more information on the project, refer to the selected elements from the campaign page below. Also, be sure to check out the full campaign on Kickstarter.
What does it mean to save the world in an era of climate change? Weekend Warrior Presents All This Too Shall Pass, an exploration of a world where superheroes struggle with what it means to save a world that seems bent on its own destruction and how we might be able to find hope in spite of it all.
We open in 1952 with Jill Elgin’s creation the War Nurse combating an escaped Nazi scientist attempting to detonate a dirty bomb over Earth’s largest supply of fresh water. The Golden Age hero is then sent on a new mission that will take her further from home than imaginable.
Not just a meditation on the feelings of despair or hopelessness that one might feel in this current climate crisis, All This Too Shall Pass is looking to offer readers an earnest expression of what hope in the face of this insurmountable fight might look like.
We’re seeking $5,300 to fund the production and printing of this 54-page graphic novella, and we’re offering a plethora of superhero-themed comics work as rewards, including an additional graphic novella at no additional production cost.
The Scent of May Rain, co-created with Kaylee Rowena and Rae Epstein, is a graphic novella that is already in production with a completion date in April. It centers on Esther Abrams’, a golem woman, 100-year journey to find a soul told through her interactions with other women and generations of Jewish theatre. It’s sure to be a treat for those who enjoyed the film Carol.
All This Too Shall Pass is created by myself, writer and publisher behind Weekend Warrior Comics Mark O. Stack, and a crackerjack team of cartoonists who will be illustrating the various story threads that run through the graphic novella.
Brett Marcus Cook (Cosmic Adventurer Slimepunk) illustrates our prologue in 1952 as the aging heroes of the Golden Age find themselves experiencing the atomic anxieties that will color the oncoming Silver Age.
Cait Zellers (Ashborne, Nimue) illustrates the black-and-white chapters detailing the War Nurse’s expedition to a distant planet for the United Nations. This section will adopt the stylings of certain EC Comics sci-fi stories with introspective themes and a fair share of twists.
Ravi Teixeira (What Happened to Us) illustrates the modern day sections concerning the Beastmaster’s struggle to cope with the stress of his work as a superhero. Teixeira offers their sensitive workings towards portraying struggle and fortitude in the face of disaster.
And tying everything together in an epilogue uniting our two major threads is Beth Barnett (Dreamers of the Day, Hallo Spaceboy) using her trademark color pencils to portray the sensitivity of two people searching each other for understanding.
All This Too Shall Pass is currently live on Kickstarter. The campaign ends on Friday March 13th, 2020, so pledge now!