Friday, May 4, 2012

Project Spotlight: 'The Antler Boy and Other Stories' by Jake Parker


Anthologies can be a hard sell sometimes, regardless of the medium.  It's tough to make each story, for example, appealing to the reader while making it different enough from the other eight or ten or twelve stories to still be entertaining.  Thankfully, though, that challenge hasn't stopped some people, and Jake Parker is tackling it with his comic anthology The Antler Boys and Other Stories.

The first thing that will draw you into the book is Parker's art style, which is clean, colorful, and engaging.  Each story is unique in its style but has enough of a shared style to give the book a sort of unifying theme.  The Kickstarter video gives a little detail on each of the eight short stories; they range in genre from fairy tale to science fiction to others, so there is surely something you'll enjoy and, at the very least, you'll never be bored.

The backer rewards are what you might expect from a comic book project: signed copies, exclusive sketches, original prints, and so on.   One of the great things about the project is that as Parker has met and surpassed goals, he's added more incentives, like eBook versions, retailer levels, and adding additional stories.  He isn't content to just sit on his laurels and is providing those who support him with a better product all of the time.

Summer is just around the corner, and that means blockbuster superhero movies are, too.  If you want more than capes, though, The Antler Boy might be just what you're looking for.  Or you might like it if you're interested in art.  Or something you can share with your kids.  Or supporting someone who has worked on properties like Ice Age, Rio, and Horton Hears a Who and now wants to make his mark with his own creations.  Really there are a handful of reasons to support Jake Parker and The Antler Boy.  It might be hard to choose just one.


www.mrjakeparker.com

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