Iron Circus seeks to crowdfund a final volume of the ‘Cautionary Fables’ anthology series

The final collection of fables and fairy tales will focus on stories from across South America.

Iron Circus Comics has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for the final volume in their Cautionary Fables series. This final volume, The Lizard Prince and other South American stories, will be edited by Alberto Rayo, Kel McDonald and Kate Ashwin.

McDonald and Ashwin have worked together on previous volumes, and will typically recruit a third editor from the region they’re focusing on for each anthology. Rayo is a creator and editor from Peru who started self-publishing works at 17 and has since formed his own comic book studio, Broken Panel Studio. He is majoring in Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and aspires to help develop a comic book industry in his country. 

“The Cautionary Fables and Fairytales series has been chronicling folktales from around the world for nearly a decade, hopping from Europe to Africa, over to Asia, Oceania, and finally teaming up with Iron Circus Comics to hit the coasts of America,” McDonald said. “Our previous volume of North American tales told by Indigenous artists and writers smashed all records to become the highest funded comics anthology on Kickstarter, and now we’re fully onboard with Iron Circus’ crowdfunding, we can’t wait to see what happens next!”

cover by Daniela López

Stories in the anthology will include:

  • “The Basnemporo Spider” by Brenda Argon, where a spider tries her very best to help.
  • “The Myth of the Condor” by Diego Carvajal, a sweeping romantic fable about love in the stars.
  • “The Ring” by Francis Francia, in which a new bride gets a little more than she bargained for.
  • “The Muki’s Deal” by Rick Lazo, where we learn all about mining goblins and true friendship.
  • “The Little Shepherd” by PD Loupee and Bruno Ortiz, where a brave little boy is able to find light even in the darkest places.
  • “Yara” by nique, the journey of a young girl determined to control her own destiny.
  • “Let Me Cook My Breakfast, Mr Caiman!” by Randal Ranpokoka, a hilarious tale of breakfasts, cooking fires and capybara!
  • “Pineapple Wishes” by Luisa F. Rojas, in which a magical Palenquera teaches a young girl that history can come alive.
  • “The Bum Who Tricked The Devil” by Rodrigo Vargas, in which—well, you guessed it!
  • “The Lizard Prince” by Lore Vicente, an epic tale of magic, love, courage and reptiles!
  • “A Girl and Her Bird” by Coni Yovaniniz, when the Tue-Tué bird comes calling.

The crowdfunding campaign kicked off today and will run for 30 days. Iron Circus stopped using Kickstarter when they announced all that NFT nonsense, and now they run campaigns on their own site. Check out the campaign page for more information.

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