Comics and graphic novels are more popular now than they have ever been. A major reason for this popularity is that comics have the unique ability to delve into characters in a deep and profound way. The demand for diverse storytelling is growing. The medium mixes artwork and writing in collaboration to create a vibrant theme which is unique to each series. In the case of the LGBTQ indie comic Flutter, writer Jennie Wood and artist Jeff McComsey are equal partners. Both professionals have come together to bring fans a story full of romance which takes a thoughtful look into appreciating our own individual identities.
Flutter is a graphic novel series about a girl who has the ability to shapeshift. Enveloped in infatuation this girl chooses to shapeshift into a boy in order to get the girl of her dreams. At first this shape-shifter does not realize all of the consequences of her choice. Pretending to be someone else is not as easy as it seems. And the shape-shifter learns that being a boy has its own difficulties. The inspiration for the story comes from Jennie’s own childhood which was spent in a small conservative town. The first volume of Flutter was published in 2013 with indie publisher 215 Ink. The Advocate called Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013 and Bleeding Cool named it one of the 15 best indie comics of 2014. The second volume is being printed this year also by 215 Ink. 215 Ink is an independent book publisher based in Philadelphia. It has been described as a supportive home for comic artists and writers. Formed in 2010, 215 Ink has grown to publish almost 30 titles both in print and digitally. The company has grown by showcasing the most original creator-owned titles from the best up and coming creators.
The partners behind Flutter are a very experienced team who know how to deliver a compelling graphic novel. Jennie Wood is an accomplished and wildly talented writer who has spent years honing her craft. Her prior work includes writing the Young Adult novel A Boy Like Me last year. A Boy Like Me was named a 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist. Forward Reviews listed the novel as one of the ten best indie Young Adult novels of that year as well. Jennie is an ongoing contributor to the award-winning New York times FUBAR comic anthologies. She also writes non-fiction features for infoplease.com. Jennie enjoys teaching graphic novel writing at Boston’s independent writing center called Grub Street. Jennie has been described as a gifted teacher in the format and technique of comic book writing. Meanwhile Jeff McComsey is a well-known writer and illustrator who has been working in comics like Mother Russia and American Terror for the past seven years. Jeff is also actively involved in FUBAR, which is a New York Times Best Seller, as its editor-in-chief. FUBAR has now reached six volumes. Jeff’s artwork has given life to Flutter characters like Penelope. Penelope grew from a minor character to the cover character of volume two largely on the strength of Jeff’s art.
Flutter is a tremendous graphic novel which has received praise from both the indie comic and LGBT communities. The goal is to print enough copies of the full color graphic novel to get onto comic shop shelves. Printing enough copies of Flutter volume one and two will allow the team to work directly with a distributor and realize their dream. In order to support the publication of Flutter there is a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign taking place now until May 12th. There are several rewards associated with the campaign including manuscript consultations and even a novel manuscript consultation. A donation of 10 dollars comes with a digital PDF of either the first or second volume of Flutter as well as a special mention of the donor’s name in the Thank You section of Flutter volume two. A crowdfunding pledge of 30 dollars comes with a digital PDF copy of both Flutter volumes one and two as well as A Boy Like Me. This donation also comes with a special mention in the Thank You section of volume two.