Kickstart This: ‘Boston Metaphysical Society’ Trade

BURBANK, CA. Madeleine Holly-Rosing, writer/creator of the web comic Boston Metaphysical Society announced the launch of her campaign to fund the printing of the trade paperback of the steampunk supernatural six issue mini-series. The trade will include a bonus ten page sequential art short story called, Hunter-Killer. “I’m very excited to finally be able to offer Boston Metaphysical fans a trade paperback and introduce three new characters to them in the short story which also features an airship battle.”

So much for the boilerplate. It reads like a lot of press releases, sticking to a tried and true formula for these things. What it doesn’t tell you is the bigger story – that Ms. Holy-Rosing’s creation is a profoundly fun and beautifully written and illustrated romp combining steampunk with the metaphysical, Ghostbusters style, and one with an enormous fan base.

With art by Emily Hu and colors by Gloria Caeli, the story is about an ex-Pinkerton detective, a spirit photographer, and a genius scientist who battle supernatural forces in late 1800’s Boston. The web comic series also features historical figures as characters – people like Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Harry Houdini.

Madeleine has assembled a team of artists and creatives that push Boston Metaphysical Society into rarified air. “I feel so honored to be working with such an outstanding team. You’d never guess that this was everyone’s first book with the exception of Troy and Shawn, our letterers.”, she says.  The comic received an Honorable Mention at the 2013 Geekie Awards and was nominated for Best Comic/Graphic Novel in 2014. It has also been consistently nominated for best web comic by the Steampunk Chronicles Readers’ Choice Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

That’s probably why it’s already over 180% funded, with sixteen days to go as of this writing. Just five days ago, when Ms. Holly-Rosing sent us the press release, it was at 150%. That’s how well loved this series is, and how much potential it has.

With an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, Ms. Holly-Rosing brought her background of TV and feature film writing to the world of comics along with a love of history and science fiction. The comic began online four years ago and went to print with a special 24 page edition a year later. Ms. Holly-Rosing is a veteran of Kickstarter having successfully funded the last three campaigns for this project. “Kickstarters are tough, but fans are tougher. That’s why I wanted to offer them something really special in the trade—and that’s Hunter-Killer.”

The Kickstarter is looking for a funding goal of $3,500 and will end on March 3. They’re already starting to blow through their stretch goals, so if you want a piece of this action, you’d better click over there and get busy.

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