It’s been a while since I last checked in with the Charlton Neo movement, and there has been big news. I believe the last time I told you about this unexpected comic book revival they had just begun what was to be a succesful Kickstarter campaign for the sixth issue of The Charlton Arrow.
Before that issue shipped big new broke. That would be the last issue of volume one of the self-distributed incarnation of The Charlton Arrow. The book will be reborn as The Charlton Arrow Volume Two.
Issue One (sen right) will be published by Americomics, the long-lived Florida-based independent comic book publisher in a couple of months, and it will be available through Diamond Comics Distributors, which means it can be advance-ordered NOW (And I mean NOW. You probably only have a few days to get your orders in for this gem). This new, more available, Charlton Arrrow will feature the return of E-Man, by Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton!
In order to keep up the momentum and get ahead on the production costs for future issues of the new Charlton Arrow a new short-term Kickstarter campaign has begun, and you have less than a week to get in on the action. The rewards for this campaign include an all-new humor anthology, a trade paperback collection of the best of Charlton Neo, plus pins, posters and even vintage Charlton comics.
This book is designed to be a tribute to Saturday Morning Cartoons, and the description sets the tone: “The Charlton Horror Hosts are BACK! …Or are they? Teen Cosplayers role play and solve mysteries… and their supernatural foes would’ve gotten away with it if not for these meddling kids!”
You will find weird humor, teen humor, funny animals, and straight-out comic insanity. Charltoons is the type of fun humor anthology that we simply don’t see published anymore…or at all for the last four decades or so. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
The other big reward item is COMICBURGER DELUXE: The Best of Charlton Neo, a trade paperback collecting the highlights of the Charlton Neo movement, which began as a Facebook page a few years ago, and has blossomed into a full-fledged revival of the comic book company that couldn’t shoot straight, Charlton Comics.
This collection showcases stories and art by over two dozen creators counting Eduardo Barreto, Howard Bender, John Byrne, Sandy Carruthers, Jason Caskey, Steve Ditko, Chuck Dixon, Jean-Emmanuel Dubois, Ron Fortier, Matthew Hansel, Barbara Kaalberg, Gary Kato, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rene King Thompson, Paul Kupperberg, Batton Lash, Roger Mckenzie, Andrew Mitchell, Lou Mougin, Stephen Skeates, Rick Stasi, Mort Todd, Enrique Villagran, Ruben Vera and Neil Vokes.
The Stories in COMICBURGER DELUXE run the gamut from horror to Western to humor to superhero to fantasy and more as Charlton Neo revisits some of the most entertaining aspects of comics books, including those genre that the industry has abandoned.
There are loads of other cool rewards that you can check out at the campaign. I’m kicking in, and I hope you do too. This is exactly what we need to put the fun back into comic books. Check it out at the widget below…