ByNechama Frier, writer at Creators.co

VERTOSCOPE is an all-new original comics anthology that specializes in beasts, villains, and shadows.

From the ravenous werewolf to the schoolyard bully, VERTOSCOPE seeks to tell stories that bypass shiny heroes and get behind the lens of those who do wrong. Editors and comic artists Nechama Frier and Ten Van Winkle are proud to unveil this graphic novel anthology featuring twenty-two creators presenting sixteen psychological shorts focused on the theme “antagonist as protagonist”.

VERTOSCOPE Art by F. Lee
VERTOSCOPE Art by F. Lee

Creators are often encouraged to the point of tedium to create protagonists that are likable, relatable, and possessed of redeeming qualities. Those are the basics. But sometimes, having a complex, realistic character takes you in a direction opposite of “good guy”.

VERTOSCOPE is for a reader who chases complexity.

This anthology is brought to you by creators who have sat through dozens of movies, books, and comics falling in love with the despicable characters. We don't hate the hero or happy ending, but straightforward stories about a good person are easy to find. VERTOSCOPE is for readers who crave the challenge of understanding someone immoral, and who exorcise their own demons by watching someone else live them out. They allow space for the darkness inside of them and grow from investigating it through fiction.

VERTOSCOPE art by Jenn Doyle
VERTOSCOPE art by Jenn Doyle

VERTOSCOPE will be two hundred pages of villainy.

Our goal is to intimately explore a diverse set of villains from a range of genres. There are countless stories for readers who want to watch a hero become the best version of themselves. For those who want to see the best of the bad, there's VERTOSCOPE.

VERTOSCOPE art by Nechama Frier
VERTOSCOPE art by Nechama Frier

VERTOSCOPE's Kickstarter campaign is underway and will run through December the 12th, 2015. Head on over to the campaign page to learn even more about the project and find out what rewards you can pledge for, including the book itself, prints from Joanna Estep, commissions and original pages donated by the artists, or even a full custom comic. If you're already craving more, you can check out the full VERTOSCOPE short story "Breakfast in Bed" written by Sarah W Searle and illustrated by Hannah Krieger as an exclusive preview via Entertainment Weekly.

We await in the dark - come take this journey with us.

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