Media Release — In less than two weeks, Lea Hernandez’s Kickstarter campaign for her sixth graphic novel, THE GARLICKS: PANDORA ORANGE, FAIL VAMPIRE ( http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/divalea/the-garlicks-pandora-orange-fail-vampire ), has garnered huge attention and praise from across the blogosphere, Twitter, journalists, comics creators, and even Kickstarter’s staff.
THE GARLICKS is the comics diary of Pandora Garlick, a vampire with no powers, who wants to be a graphic novelist. Pandora finds her drawing time cut into by her baby sister Ham (who got all the vampire powers, including shapeshifting into a fish), parents who don’t believe Ham can change into a fish, and a gang of dumb but dangerous demon hunters.
THE GARLICKS is Hernandez’s first all-ages title and her first in full color. The print edition will have an introduction by Eisner Award-winning creator of Scary Godmother, Jill Thompson.
THE GARLICKS has been featured at io9.com, The Beat, Comics Reporter, Comic Book Resources, and the San Antonio Express-News Comic Geek Speak blog, and is a Staff Pick in the Comics category at Kickstarter.com.
Here’s what comics pros are saying about Lea Hernandez and THE GARLICKS:
“Lea’s stuff is terrific.” Neil Gaiman
“Lovely work.” Jim Lee, Justice League, co-publisher, DC Comics
“Charming, funny, human, silly, gorgeous, sweet and smart, all in one family-sized vampiric package — I can’t wait.” Kurt Busiek, Marvels, JLA/Avengers, Astro City
“Like manga stylie, fun, all-ages comix with vampires and laffs? [Lea Hernandez’s] got a Kickstarter for just that!” Jill Thomson, Scary Godmother, Sandman
Other notable comics pros backing THE GARLICKS include Scott McCloud (Zot!, Understanding Comics, Making Comics), Christy Marx (Jem, Babylon 5), Mike Norton (Battlepug), Kazu Kibuishi (Flight, Amulet), Peter Krause (Irredeemable, Insufferable), Ande Parks (Lone Ranger) Dan Mishkin (Amethyst, Blue Devil), Brianne Drouhard (DC Nation Amethyst, Teen Titans Go!, Transformers Animated), and Shaenon Garrity (Skin Horse, Narbonic).
The press is impressed as well.
“Based on the art alone, this should be a success.” — Heidi MacDonald, The Beat ( http://www.comicsbeat.com/2012/05/23/ )
“Lea Hernandez is a stalwart of modern comics. Working with Warren Ellis and Gail Simone – but mostly on her own – she pioneered the vanguard to creating original manga-styled graphic novels and continues to push in that direction on a regular basis. — Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/05/29/lea-hernandez-garlicks-a-kick-staker-project/)
“It’s lovely to look at and fun to read.” — Brigid Alverson, The Kickstand at Comic Book Resources (and 2012 Eisner Awards judge) ( http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=38952 )
“I love funny stuff and after reading about Lea Hernandez’s new Kickstarter program for her graphic novel, THE GARLICKS, I knew I wanted it…she’ll not only create a great story, but a beautiful book collection as well.” — Tom Mason, Comix 411 ( http://comics.gearlive.com/comix411/article/q308-kickstarter-the-garlicks-by-lea-hernandez/ )
Interview about THE GARLICKS with Ashley Neuhaus at “Amber Unmasked” ( http://www.amberunmasked.com/kickstarter-the-garlicks-pandora-orange-fail-vampire/ )
Interview about THE GARLICKS with David Carter at Yet Another Comics Blog ( http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/garlicks-interview-q-with-lea-hernandez.html )
Article about THE GARLICKS by Lauren Davis at io9.com ( http://io9.com/lea-hernandez/ )
Article about THE GARLICKS at San Antonio Express-News Comic Geek Speak by Rene Guzman ( http://blog.mysanantonio.com/geekspeak/2012/05/lea-hernandez-kickstarting-the-garlicks-graphic-novel-via-kickstarter/ )
And finally, a testimonial from Kurt Busiek (Marvels, JLA/Avengers, Astro City )
“The graphic novels of Lea Hernandez don’t come along every day, but when they do, they’re must-reads. So THE GARLICKS is cause for celebration. Charming, funny, human, silly, gorgeous, sweet and smart, all in one family-sized vampiric package — I can’t wait. And I’ve already been waiting longer than you. So let’s get this done.”
For more information, visit THE GARLICKS’ Kickstarter page: www.kickstarter.com/projects/divalea/the-garlicks-pandora-orange-fail-vampire