GREETINGS & SALUTATIONS / We're off to the woods 🌲🌲

We're taking a little wilderness trip this week to refresh from our MINDBLOWING recent anthology campaign, read some neglected "to-read" comics, and also maybe to film a little something for Dax Gordine's upcoming kickstarter launch of FOREST FOLK: BANDS & SHENANIGANS. 😏

Our KLAATU Kickstarter campaign finished last Thursday, March 31st and we couldn’t be more elated with the outcome. You can enjoy our closing ceremony here to watch as we meet the $60K mark at the last moment! We also awarded our Sketch Roulette #klaatuDTIYS Contest winner Paul Limgenco — check out his awesome entry below!

KICKSTARTER / ANNNNND WE'RE DONE... our Kickstarter campaign for KLAATU, the fourth book in our RAID Anthology series has officially come to a close.

We reached a grand total of $60,179 with 672 Kickstarter backers, WAY more than we ever expected thanks to YOU, all our wonderful supporters. We hit numerous Stretch Goals over our campaign, and are excited to add the following extras to all our physical backer pledges:

  • French Flaps to the cover of the book.
  • Custom neon ink to the cover of the book.
  • An additional 10 pages added to the book, plus we upgraded the cover stock to 100lb. 
  • A 3-pack magnet set featuring the colourful and creepy RAIDthing.
  • A double-sided 18x24 in. poster featuring Scott Hepburn and Ramón K Pérez's cover art from the book.
  • The premiere RAID Collectible Trading Card featuring the RAIDthing.
  • The Dead Cosmonaut Enamel Pin with Gold Finish!

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you can pre-order the regular edition of KLAATU in our online RAID Press shop.

The madness doesn’t stop here though, we’re diving right back into Kickstarter with…

FOREST FOLK: BANDS & SHENANIGANS by Dax Gordine, the follow-up to last year's successful FOREST FOLK: PICNICS & HIJINK, launches on April 11th!

KUKUBURI by Ramón Pérez, a story inspired by Alice In Wonderland and Little Nemo In Slumberland,  launches May 2nd!

Both campaign landing pages are LIVE. Hit the NOTIFY button to ensure you receive campaign launch notifications immediately to snag any early-bird specials!
In CONVERSATION /  It's been a busy month of podcasts and Livestreams for the RAID crew due to the momentum of KLAATU. If you're keen, take a listen while sipping your morning coffee...
TRUE NORTH COUNTRY /  Michelle Vucko was featured on the True North Country Comics Podcast, talking about the creative process while creating her story featured in KLAATU, called HARBOUR. Michelle discusses how The Twilight Zone's overarching themes of twists and things not appearing as they seem, inspire this new story.

Dax Gordine was also featured on the True North Country Comics Podcast, talking about the creative process while continuing his fantasy story WIDDAW from RAID 3 in KLAATU with eight additional pages. Dax also discusses attending Fan Expo Vancouver and his upcoming sequel FOREST FOLK: BANDS & SHENANIGANS.

Radio Free Krypton /  Hosts Justin and Jacob talked with Ramón K. Pérez about being the managing director of RAID and part of Toronto's comics community. This interview covers making comics in a collaborative space, the upcoming books from RAID Press, and what it's like to have a life-sized Boba Fett statue as a roommate.

Comics Cast: Lead It Out /  Featuring our good friend Derek Laufman! This episode delves into Derek's exciting artistic journey working with a few companies you might've heard of: Marvel, DC, Disney, DreamWorks, Hasbro, Mattel, Topps, and Lucas Arts! Derek also showcases how he draws his CRIMSON FALL characters featured from KLAATU! 
Comics Cast: Lead It Out / This episode delves into Gabe Sapienza's, Michelle Vucko's, & Andrew Healey's indie creator journeys that culminated in the hallowed halls of the RAID Studio! This episode gives a glimpse of their awesome creations in the upcoming KLAATU stories of ENNA'S ARMOUR, HARBOUR, and BETTER TO BURN OUT.
Comics Cast: Lead It Out /  Featuring Ramón K Pérez award-winning cartoonist of JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND and creator of KUKUBURI! This episode delves into the past projects of Ramón's artistic journey, his KLAATU story AIR, and his current Kickstarter campaign for KUKUBURI
NEWS / Kyle J Smith's WANDER is a dark, epic fantasy for mature readers and will be available to read FOR FREE on Tapas in June! This comic is basically made for you if you're a fan of Elden Ring and Dark Souls. Click the image below to watch the trailer for the upcoming webcomic. The best way to stay updated is signing up for Kyle J Smith's newsletter
Marcus To is launching SHANG-CHI AND THE TEN RINGS with Gene Leun Yang! The series kicks off on July 20th. Marcus states that "Shang-Chi is the greatest hand-to-hand combatant in the Marvel Universe, and we're gonna show it in this story." You can learn more here.

To give you a tidbit of what you can expect, we thought we'd share some art from Marcus' current run on the series... this man knows his action!
ART / Speaking of Marcus To... we thought we’d also share this amazing karaoke-inspired MONKEY PRINCE #4 variant cover for DC COMICS! The comic hits shelves on May 3rd - find it in your local comic shop!

DC is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month by featuring several special AAPI variant covers on seven different periodicals throughout May. Learn more here
THANKS FOR READING! As always, let us know if you'd like to see things in the newsletter and the coming year, from us here at RAID.

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