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April 25, 2013

“The fate of the free multiverse — in your hands!”
Posted by Avram Grumer at 06:40 PM * 8 comments

I am flabbergasted that, with a less than a week to go in the Starstruck: Harry Palmer Kickstarter, it’s still $19k short of the money needed to put the book out in color.

Y’all know about Starstruck, right? One of the best science fiction comics ever published? A complex, gorgeous, sprawling, punk feminist space epic that started out in 1980 as a stage production (by Elaine Lee, with art production by Michael Kaluta), then spawned a prequel in comic book form a couple of years later. Most recently, thanks to colorist and designer Lee Moyer, much of the old material has been republished in a book from IDW.

But there’s still some old material that hasn’t been reprinted, and new material yet to see the light of day! The Kickstarter project has already passed the threshold for putting out the second book in black and white, but here, click these thumbnails to check out a couple of scans I just made from my copy of the IDW book:

Starstruck thumbnail 1 Starstruck thumbnail 2

For more, check out this gallery of Starstruck covers on Kaluta’s website. Wouldn’t it be a shame to not have that beautiful artwork in color?

(Also, for fans of Strong Female Protagonist — Elaine Lee is Michael Brennan Lee’s Brennan Lee Mulligan’s mother.)

(Oh, I almost forgot: That artwork is ©2011 Elaine Lee & Michael Kaluta.)

Comments on “The fate of the free multiverse — in your hands!”:
#1 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: April 25, 2013, 08:52 PM:

I've done my bit to tell people about "Strong Female Protagonist". It deserves to be better known.

#2 ::: Steve Taylor ::: (view all by) ::: April 26, 2013, 05:04 AM:

Oh hell yes - I remember Starstruck. Haven't thought of it for years, but it was excellent. Ok - I'm in.

#3 ::: Laura Eilers ::: (view all by) ::: April 26, 2013, 07:14 AM:

I'm definitely in!

#4 ::: Jack ::: (view all by) ::: April 26, 2013, 12:22 PM:

I sure hope this happens. Starstruck is a fantastic comic worthy of inclusion on any short list of groundbreakers, and not just the feminist themed ones. The publication history is very confusing, and it has had a number of hopeful false starts for expansions and continuation of the story line. I am in the comic book niche hobby of turning the floppy individual issues into custom bound hardcover books (which makes them readable, rather than just storable in a big white box in the closet!) and have long hoped that the last five issues of Epic Comics six issue run would get the full expansive re-issue treatment like the original magazine serials and graphic novel got. Very exciting stuff, and thanks for pointing me and others at the kickstarter.

#5 ::: Elaine Lee ::: (view all by) ::: April 26, 2013, 04:51 PM:

Thanks for the kind words, Avram. And thanks to those commenting and pledging to our Kickstarter! As long as we get even halfway to the stretch goal for the color, I will find a way to move forward. We plan to keep taking pre-orders for the book and selling other Starstruck-related items on our website, after the Kickstarter is over. In the meantime, we have a couple of interviews coming out in the next day or so, that should give us another bump.

Anyone who wants to do Starstruck a favor can spread the word amongst friends who are science fiction fans, but not necessarily comics fans. We think we have a natural audience there and are trying to cross over. We were VERY happy to find this link!

#6 ::: Jack ::: (view all by) ::: April 26, 2013, 09:15 PM:

Made my Kickstarter contribution, and posted in support here:
http://thecrossedpond.com/2013/04/26/starstruck-kickstarter-revolutionary-cyberpunk-feminist-comic-book/

#7 ::: Jack ::: (view all by) ::: April 26, 2013, 09:49 PM:

And sent to Andrew Sullivan, because who knows?

#8 ::: Richmond Johnston ::: (view all by) ::: April 27, 2013, 12:03 AM:

Correction: The author of STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST and Elaine Lee's son is Brennan Lee Mulligan

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