(October 28, 2021) Iron Circus Comics’ Kickstarter campaign for Kendra Wells’ REAL HERO SHIT is in its final hours, and the acclaimed publisher is releasing a preview from the highly anticipated 120-page original graphic novel about a mismatched group of adventurers. The quirky fantasy adventure tale follows a demonic playboy prince, a stoic half-elf, a short-fused mage, and a compassionate cleric as they go forth to protect the innocent, fight injustice, and show off how cool they look.
“Real Hero Shit‘s characters were modeled after the kinds of people I love in fiction as well as real life: funny, smart, flawed, and queer,” said cartoonist Kendra Wells. “I set out to make the book I wanted to read, and I am so proud of it and so humbled by the reception to the Kickstarter.”
Here’s what critics are saying about REAL HERO SHIT:
“Hilarious… If you like your fantasy stories with a healthy amount of adult humor and sex appeal, then you’ll want to keep an eye out for Real Hero Shit. This upcoming graphic novel from cartoonist Kendra Wells (Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Seven Seas) promises to put a fresh, hilarious and even raunchy spin on the classic questing formula.”—IGN
“Unapologetically gay… Eugene is, apparently, a playboy who will use the correct pronouns which, yes, good, more of that, please.”—THE MARY SUE
“Delightful.”—GEEK VIBES NATION
“Silly, sexy, and queer.”—WWAC
“Real Hero Shit brings a lighthearted spin to fantasy adventure.”—io9
“A fun, well-drawn queer romp that’ll make you laugh.”—AIPT Comics
“It’s quirky, it’s fantasy and it’s horny.”—COMICS BEAT
“An absolute delight.”—BOING BOING
“A fun and compelling read that works perfectly as a stand alone story while at the same time left me wanting more from these characters.”—GAY LEAGUE ONLINE
“An absolute delight… A fast-paced and clever story that reads like sitting in on a very witty group playing Dungeons and Dragons.”—COMICS BOOKCASE
“If you’re after sharp character writing, humor and queer rep in your fantasy, then this is the book for you!”—PRISM COMICS
In REAL HERO SHIT, people are going missing in a small mountain town, and the city guards are blocked from a real investigation. The notorious Underguild has assigned Michel a secret mission: find the missing villagers and bring whatever kidnapped them to justice. Unfortunately for Michel and his fellow adventurers, Ani and Hocus, they’re short a fighter and need one more party member to foil this plot. Even more unfortunately, the only volunteer seems to be the arrogant, ostentatious, purple playboy Prince Eugene looking to cure his boredom.
Covert is not a concept that Prince Eugene is familiar with, and let’s just say his commitment to the mission is questionable. Every day is basically spring break for Eugene, but outside the palace walls he crashes into a hard reality: the system that kept him safe in his silk-sheeted bed isn’t particularly concerned with the well-being of anyone who isn’t him. Eugene will have to level-up his awareness if he means to be a real hero, and time is running short!
For updates follow, Iron Circus Books on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To support the campaign, head to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ironspike/real-hero-shit-by-kendra-wells?ref=alew1j before Friday October 29 at 6 pm PT.
About the cartoonist:
Kendra Wells is an illustrator, comic artist, colorist, and designer living in Brooklyn. Their previous work includes Dimension 20: The Unsleeping City and Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas and has appeared in places such as Critical Role, Collegehumor, MTV Networks, The Nib, Geek & Sundry, and Abrams Kids.
About the publisher:
C. Spike Trotman was born in DC, raised in MD, and lives in IL. An artist and writer, she founded Iron Circus Comics in 2007, which has since grown to become the region’s largest comics publisher. Her notable work includes the webcomic “Templar, Arizona,” the Smut Peddler series of erotic comic anthologies, and Poorcraft, a graphic novel guide to frugal living. A Kickstarter early adopter, she pioneered the widely-adopted bonus model that’s since completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies. Iron Circus is also the first comics publisher of note to fully incorporate crowdfunding into its business model, inventing one of the single most effective uses of new media in comics publishing today.