Over 11 terrifying, provoking and entertaining comics about monsters, Karen Beilharz and some of Australia’s best independent creators explore our deepest fears and anxieties through the medium of comics.
Conceived in the spirit of the Jim Henson’s The Storyteller graphic novel series, Monsters was created for families to share and read together. “I wanted to open up a conversation between children and adults about fear,” says writer Karen Beilharz and Sydney mother of two.“Often adults are mystified by the things that scare children. I think it’s important for parents to be able to grasp and see things from a child’s point of view, because it helps your child deal with their fears and strengthens the relationship between you.”
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About the creators
Monsters was written by Karen Beilharz (Kinds of Blue, Eternal Life) and illustrated by a range of exciting talent from the Australian comics community: Mike Barry, EmmJ, Peter Fairfax (Valentine’s Dei), Kathleen Jennings (Ditmar award-winner and World Fantasy Award nominee), Greg Lamrock, René Pfitzner (former animator at Walt Disney), Nathan Seabolt, Belinda Stead, Jordan Taia and Jemima Trappel (Wonderfully Madison, Fearfully Madison, Same). Karen Beilharz’s long-time collaborator on Eternal Life, Paul Wong-Pan, provided cover art.
Monsters was written for preschool-aged children and up. It consists of 11 short comics told over 76 pages, and it is being self-published through the power of crowdfunding.
At time of writing, the project has raised almost $4000—virtually half of its goal of $9,900. Rewards for supporting the campaign include the book in digital and paper format, colouring books featuring original art by the creators, a one-of-a-kind poster
featuring art from the book, knitted monster softies, and custom sketches.
The campaign ends on Friday 29 April 2016. Find out more at http://www.pozible.com/project/204455.
About Hivemindedness Media
Hivemindedness Media is a small Sydney-based independent comics publisher. Their first publication was Kinds of Blue, a comics anthology about depression, illuminating what depression feels like and how to help those suffering from it
Also created by Karen Beilharz and others, the project was realised through crowdfunding and, at the time, it was the fasted-funded campaign in Pozible’s history, raising over $6000 in less than three days and going on to receive positive reviews from professionals within the industry.
For more information about Monsters, Hivemindedness Media, the writer and artists, visit http://hivemindedness.com/monsters.