It’s New Comic Book Day, and in the midst of your excitement for the latest issues, don’t forget to check out this small press comic! As an End of the Universe reader, not only do you get to read about only the coolest and most interesting independent comics accessible via crowdfunding, but the creators have agreed to send any EotU backers a bonus sticker with our site logo– simply identify yourself as having come from this site when you back the book, and receive a FREE End of the Universe sticker!
This Wednesday’s feature is Tightrope: The Illusion of Height.
Part hardboiled noir, part period-piece-with-a-twist, Tightrope is set in the pre-Depression American Midwest, where The Circus with More wows audiences with its unconventional show. But the price of staying on the cutting edge is higher than any ticket holder would guess—and than any of the Circus’ performers are willing to admit. When Jolek, the show’s new strongman, meets Hattie, its enigmatic star, no one’s secrets are kept safe, Jolek’s own least of all.
Tightrope is created by Nick and Rachel Wirtz, who originally met stiltwalking in Oberlin College’s OCircus, a student-led circus performance experience. They will be Cartoonists in Residence at the Charles Shultz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA this December.
In addition to print and digital copies of the comic, the rewards tier gives you a chance to check out some other titles from this creative team, who go by the name Three Points Comics. In that list is the similarly-nostalgic Ham & Eggs, the story of Eddie the Wandering Fry Cook in Chicago in 1924, as well as the sci-fi graphic novel The Radiant Ones, which has never been available on Kickstarter.
The deadline for funding this project is July 3, 2015.
The creators of Tightrope: The Illusion of Height have agreed to ship a special prize for backers identifying themselves as End of the Universe readers. Once you contribute, email email@example.com, and you will receive a free End of the Universe Sticker with your reward!
Below is a conversation with Nick Wirtz, illustrator of Tightrope.
Why did you choose crowdfunding for this project?