Take a look at one of the stories from the ‘Death of Comics Bookcase’ anthology

Zack Quaintance and a host of great artists are crowdfunding an anthology of stories as told by a talking bookcase.

Comics blogger Zack Quaintance left his former blog, Comics Bookcase, behind a few years ago, but now he’s circling back to finish it off in Death of Comics Bookcase, Vol. 1, which is now up on Kickstarter.

“I shut down my comics site a couple years ago to focus on creating comics,” Quaintance said. “Now, I’m dusting it off to tell the tale of the titular Bookcase’s demise. There will be blood…and bookcases…and comics. It’ll be great!”

The 48-page anthology features six stories, all written by Quaintance and featuring artwork by Anna Readman, Nick Cagnetti, Luke Horsman, PJ Holden, Pat Skott, Ryan Lee and more.

Courtesy of Quaintance, we’re pleased to share a preview of one of the stories from the anthology titled Next Door #2, a “subtle neighborhood crime short” that follows up the 2021 comic Next Door, which features art by Skott, colors by Ellie Wright and letters by Rob Jones. You can check out the preview and more information about the book below.

From the Death of Comics Bookcase press release:

One of the standout stories in the book is Next Door #2, a subtle neighborhood crime short comic that follows up the 2021 comic, Next Door, featuring art by Pat Skott, colors by Ellie Wright, and letters by Rob Jones. Story synopsis. Days after the events of Next Door #1, neighborhood grouch Stone again finds chaos on his block, but this time, things might not be what they seem.

United by a shared cheeky sensibility, the rest of the book features a range of genres and a mix of rising/established creators. In its pages, Kickstarter backers will find a horror story by artist Anna Readman (Dancing Queen, 2000AD), colorist Brad Simpson, and letterer Becca Carey; a superhero story by artist Nick Cagnetti (Pink Lemonade), with letterer  François Vigneault; fantasy by artist Luke Horsman (2000 AD), colorist Jason Wordie, and letterer Rob Jones; and sci-fi/war by artist PJ Holden (2000 AD, Battle Action), colorist Dearhbla Kelly, and letterer Simon Bowland.

Tying the whole book together is a framing sequence, where an actual anthropomorphic comics bookcase is telling the tales, and that story is illustrated by Ryan Lee (Mountainhead, Rick and Morty) with colors by Doug Garbark, and letters by Shawn Lee.

In addition, the book will feature a main cover by John McCrea with colors by Mike Spicer; a deluxe edition cover by Raul Allen, and a variant cover by Nick Cagnetti, all available exclusively this spring via Kickstarter.

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