Ahh, comic book anthologies—what’s not to leave about them? Not only are they a great way to band together quality stories through a united theme, but they are also a fantastic way for independent artists and writers to cut their teeth in the world of publishing. I am always excited to see a new comic anthology pop up in my newsfeed, but today, dear reader, I want to talk to you about a particularly special anthology available right now on Kickstarter: Through the Labyrinths of the Mind.
While I was initially drawn into the book because of its Junji Ito-esque cover and expected a series of cerebral horror stories, Through the Labyrinths of the Mind offers, on a much closer inspection, a series of compelling and deeply personal tales about the constant struggle to find peace in one’s heart.
I don’t know about you, dear reader, but this seems like an especially timely subject matter for Cloudscape Comics to tackle, as millions of people all across North America have been forced to confront their own feelings of depression, isolation, and anxiety in this post-COVID world.
One of the clearest strengths of this anthology is that, while all of the projects are tied together by the theme of mental health, each artist is presenting their own feelings and views through their own unique lens. From the Arthurian setting of Devin Rosychuk’s The Sorrow of Geraint Son of Erabin, to the abstract concepts made alive in Rachel Smith’s Fluid, each story is a beautiful analysis of how their creators visualize and process their emotional struggles.
With more than a dozen of North America’s up-and-coming independent creators being featured in this project, Through the Labyrinth of the Minds is not only gearing up to be one of the most timely and introspective books of 2020 but one of the most jam-packed with talent that no self-proclaimed indy fanatic can do without.
Through the Labyrinths of the Mind is running on Kickstarter until April 29th, 2021, so be sure to visit the campaign today and support these artists!