AWAKENING TIMES Volume 11, Number 1

Volume 11, Number 1
August 2011

CONTENTS:  Kickstarter project started to fund a new comic: THE COMICVERSE; New Slow Wind #1 printing available as a COMICVERSE Kickstarter premium; THE COMICVERSE #1 to debut at PACC; Free Comic Book Day photos; Cerebus appears in Sparky Sketch Card Comic


For the past year, Steve Peters and Bianca Alu-Marr have been busy creating THE COMICVERSE, a sci-fi humor series about a comic book shop on the Final Frontier.

In the premiere issue, we meet the staff of the Comicverse, a comic book store in a space station’s shopping mall: Rei, a young man with a hot temper and an encyclopedis knowledge of Earth comics, and Ying the Chinese dragon. In four stories, we hear an argument about who would win in a fight between two comic characters; the crew meets a strange visitor when the power goes out in the station; they have space dreams brought on by subatomic aliens, and Ying the gets in some hot water at a robot convention.

Bianca and Steve have been creating a weekly COMICVERSE webcomic; their 2010 strips will appear in THE COMICVERSE #1, and their 2011 strips are to appear as part of issue #2 if the Comicverse Kickstarter project is successful.  If the project is successful and receives full funding, they will use the proceeds to pay for various promotional materials, convention tables and expenses, frames and wine and cheese for a December gallery show called The Art Of The Comicverse, and the printing of a special edition of THE COMICVERSE #1, which will sport a cardstock cover and some extra material.  Names of the backers of the Comicverse Kickstarter will be printed on the acknowledgements page of both THE COMICVERSE #1 SPECIAL EDITION, and in issue #2.

For those not familiar with Kickstarter, it is an online pledge drive that usually lasts about a month.  Artists, musicians, and other creative people with various projects use it to help them get the funding they need.

From the Kickstarter website:

“What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

They believe that:

• A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.

• A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.

Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.”

Backers of a Kickstarter project must have an account with  Their account does not get charged unless the project is fully funded.  Bianca and Steve are offering premiums for pledges at various price ranges, starting as low as $1 and going as high as $125.  As of 8/8/11, they and have about 2 weeks left to reach their goal, and are thrilled and thankful to be just over the 3/4 mark.  Support from both Awakening Comics readers and new fans is greatly appreciated!



THE COMICVERSE weekly comic strip:

Samples of THE COMICVERSE #1:

A THE COMICVERSE #1 story in progress (pencils, inks, finishes):


Steve has offered a new premium to Comicverse Kickstarter backers: A signed and numbered, 2011 edition of his out-of-print mini-comic, SLOW WIND #1.  This run is limited to 10 copies, each one with a cover that is unique in some way.  Some of these covers can be seen in the SLOW WIND #1 Facebook Gallery, where you can read the entire comic and add questions and comments as well.  This deluxe edition will be available for $5 from the Awakening Comics website if any copies are left once the Comicverse Kickstarter has ended.

SLOW WIND #1 Facebook Gallery:!/media/set/?set=a.10150270797018889.336460.587963888&type=1


The first issue of The Comicverse will make its debut at PACC, i.e. the Philadelphia Alternative Comic Con.
PACC is Philadelphia’s premier convention, showcasing all things alternative/fringe/indy/art comics and zines.This year’s event will take place at the Rotunda (4014 Walnut st.), on August 14th from 12-7pm.  Admission is $3.

PACC Blog:


Steve Peters and Bianca Alu-Marr appeared at the Willow Grove Brave New Worlds on Free Comic Book Day last May.  Steve made free color superhero sketches while Bianca gave out copies of THE COMICVERSE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY PREVIEW comic, which includes a new 2-page story not available anywhere else and is available as one of the Comicverse Kickstarter premiums.

Here are photos of the event and of Steve’s sketches:


Steve has started a new project involving his Awakening Comics sketch cards.  Every time someone buys a comic from the Awakening Comics eBay page or from the Awakening website, he does a free sketch for them, trying to take whatever they ask for and make it one of the panels of a new, ongoing story.  In the current storyline, Cerebus the Aardvark and Sergio Aragones the cartoonist appear as characters.

Follow the story’s progress here:!/album.php?aid=194478&id=587963888

YOU can help shape this story!  Just buy a sketch card, then tell Steve what character you’d like to see, or something you want to see happen.  Cards are $5 plus $1 shipping; buy them here:


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