Indie Comic “Back Then” Shines a Light on Queer Folk Born 50 Years Ago – Kickstarter Campaign

Back Then comic book Kickstarter Campaign
Back Then (Image: PR/Moom Comics)

The Kickstarter campaign for an interesting and important indie comic book Back Then has been launched. The upcoming comic book shines a light on the true stories of queer people born 50 years ago.

Back Then (or Damals) was created after conducting interviews with 11 people who were born over 50 years ago. Based on the information shared from their childhood and youth, readers can look forward to experiencing inspiring tales offering a variety of perspectives from the queer community.

The creative team was sure to be respectful of the people who shared their stories. The team carefully came up with storyboards and then spent months on the illustration process to offer readers high-quality queer content. The inspirational true stories featured in this anthology have been described as funny, disturbing, and shocking.

The storytellers are from a time when queer people didn’t have access to the internet, zero resources about queer sexual knowledge, witnessed the paranoia surrounding HIV/AIDS, and so much more.

Back Then aims to help bridge the generational gap and stand against ageism (an unfortunate occurrence in the queer community). The creative team wanted to offer a platform to queer voices that are often overlooked in mainstream media. Although the stories are from the past, the creative team hopes younger readers will notice the relatable nature of certain timeless global themes being talked about and appreciate the struggle that led to the existence of the queer rights we see today.

I had been planning to publish a book together with other artists from Berlin for a long time,” shared the project’s originator, Łukasz Majcher.

A total of 14 artists from Berlin and Germany came together to co-create the current comic book. Readers can look forward to going through a book showcasing distinct art styles. Bruno Giannori, Judy Moore, Jules Fischer, Paul Winck, and Natalie Heinrich are some of the artists working on this project. 

Back Then - Natalie Heinrich art
Back Then art by Natalie Heinrich (Image: PR/Moom Comics)

Back Then will be published in both English and German by Moom Comics (a publishing house founded by Majcher). Moom Comics focuses on telling queer stories.

The initial goal of the Kickstarter Campaign was $4,060 CAD and I’m glad to share that the current financial support stands at $6,926 CAD. The campaign still has 23 days left.

You can go ahead and support the project by clicking this link.

Pledging €10 will get you a PDF copy of the comic. The physical copy can be yours for €25. The physical copy can be signed on request. The physical and PDF copy bundle will cost you €35.

As of right now, the highest pledge is €100 and that will get you an hour-long Zoom/Skype chat with Majcher to receive tips on creating comics, having your portfolio professionally reviewed, or simply talking about whatever you want.

While we cover a bunch of queer content on The Geekiary, it’s impossible for us to keep track of every queer project out there. That’s why I’m glad Majcher reached out to us to help get the word out. I wish it all the success.

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(via Press Release)

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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