January 16, 2023 – Salt Lake City, UT – The adventure continues with Shaolin Nun #4 and a new Kickstarter campaign from author JC Carter and new series penciller Tiah Ankum, with inks by Laurie Foster, colors by Lala Narita, and letters by Andrew Malin.
The Shaolin Nun is a new comic book series centered around an enigmatic Kung Fu nun in Los Angeles, California, called Mei Yin. Her Order, the Nuns of the White Crane, train women to fight back against the world of men. Mei Yin is their greatest warrior, and she has been sent to America to continue their mission. But Mei Yin’s past harbors dark secrets and she wonders if she is truly worthy of her Order’s trust.
Back the series today at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jccarter/the-shaolin-nun-4. Issues 1 through 4 are available in both digital and printed formats.
“Our last campaign was in September of 2021,” says author and creator, JC Carter. “Getting the artwork done for issue #3 took seven months to complete, and then our penciller, Greg, informed me that he needed to step down. This put us even further behind in producing the series, as I now needed to find a new artist to carry us through to issue #6.”
Fortunately, Greg had met an up-and-coming artist when he was part of the inaugural class of the Milestone Initiative, Tiah Ankum, and recommended her to Carter. “We tried her out and she was perfect for the book,” Carter said.
Tiah counts comic books, manga, video games, and music as her biggest influences. She attended a magnet high school where she majored in music and minored in art. This passion led her to enroll at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017.
Tiah says, “I had so much fun through this process. To be honest, this project was the first time I was given a chance to draw 22 pages for someone else other than myself, and I really feel it’s my best work yet. I know that I’m young and still improving so I know it’s only going to get better.”
The Shaolin Nun is planned as an ongoing comic book series. Kickstarter is being utilized to fund the artwork for the book and build a small audience. Once the first six issues are completed, the author will solicit the series to publishers before continuing the series.
So far, Carter has managed to raise over $16,000 across three successful Kickstarter campaigns, to produce the first three issues. The goal with this campaign is to raise a minimum of $7,000 to pay the artists and print and ship the rewards for the backers. There are early-bird discounts for digital and printed sets the first week of the campaign. The campaign will end March 1.