Joey Esposito is a busy man these days. Ever since launching Footprints with artist Jonathan Moore last year, he’s been writing for Zenescope, and had a short featured in an Image Comic. Now, he’s launching a new project on Kickstarter called Pawn Shop: Love and Life in NYC. Read on to find out how you can help!
One of the great things about how the internet has impacted comics is Kickstarter. The site has given anyone with a good idea a chance to see that idea become a reality. All my life, comics have always been a medium of big action heroes and excitement. As a kid, I wasn’t all that aware of the smaller, independent press. If a comic was a superhero book or Archie-related, it was hard for me to imagine it existed.
Really, when you think about it, comic writers are just like any other writer. They like to tell stories. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the same genre or the feel from story to story. Sometimes they want to tell exciting stories. Sometimes it’s a scary story. Sooner or later, a writer will have something to say. I kinda get the impression writer Joey Esposito has something to say with this project.
Slice of life stories aren’t big, bombastic stories. They tend to be full of heart or have some personal meaning to the writer that he/she wants to share. In the preview shown below, you can’t help but see that more personal touch from both Esposito and artist Sean Von Gorman.
Knowing Joey on a more personal level, I’m really excited about how well he’s been doing. This project, in just about three and a half days, has already shot out to over half the $7000 requested amount for the campaign. It’s exciting to see someone work their way through and doing different things, and doing them well. I think it gives everybody a little hope that they too can have that one great idea that gets them through whatever door they dream of entering. I can tell you it’s got me thinking about projects that, until now, never really seemed likely to lift off.
So, I’m asking you to check out Joey’s project. Not for me. Not even for him. Go out there to see what comics can be. While you’re at it, shop around on Kickstarter and check out all the neat little books that are probably too neat for the major publishers to know what to do with. Definitely, though, I recommend checking out the video on the Pawn Shop page of Von Gorman doing one of his escapist acts, and if you watch the intro video at the top of the page, you can see the artist rocking out in a Elvis-like jumpsuit while listening to “The Hero” by Queen.
That, alone, got me to make a pledge for the book.