Tinseltown is an engaging comic book series created by David Lucarelli, set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s golden age during the late 1910s and early 1920s.
I’ve shared my notes on Tinseltown regarding the stories and the experience with the Alterna campaigns. Now the author, David Lucarelli, has launched his own campaign offering volume 2 in trade paperback format.
Lucarelli, both the writer and creator of the series, takes readers on a captivating journey through the glitz and glamour of the nascent film industry while weaving a narrative that skillfully intertwines crime, corruption, and the pursuit of justice.
The series primarily follows the character Abigail Moore, an aspiring actress turned LAPD officer, who finds herself entangled in the dark underbelly of Hollywood as she investigates a murder that threatens to expose the seedy side of the movie business.
With its unique premise and strong female character development, “Tinseltown” offers readers a fresh perspective on Hollywood’s glamorous façade, delving into the challenges faced by women breaking into the film industry during a time of societal change.
The series is told in two volumes each with a 5-issue run that I previously covered in my notes:
With this crowdfunding campaign, David offered backers the opportunity to get volume 2 in graphic novel trade paperback format. Volume 1 published by Alterna Comics was already available on the Alterna Comics website. It’s not an Alterna giant but has a sturdy cover to go along with the 144 pages printed in full color on high-quality paper. Volume 2 was published by Abacab Studios and has similar measures as volume 1.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Lucarelli’s storytelling prowess shines through as he masterfully blends historical accuracy with a noir-inspired narrative, creating a rich and immersive world that explores the complexities of both the entertainment industry and societal norms of the era.
Lucarelli’s meticulous attention to detail, coupled with good artwork by industry professionals such as Henry Ponciano, breathes life into the characters and the era they inhabit. The series successfully captures the essence of a bygone era while delivering a compelling and socially relevant story that resonates with contemporary audiences, making “Tinseltown” a must-read for comic enthusiasts and fans of historical fiction alike.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
The Kickstarter for “Tinseltown: Losing The Light – A Period Crime Drama” offered backers the opportunity to get the Volume 2 trade paperback edition along with Volume 1 and many Tinseltown merchandise, great offers, and products of other IPs from the author. I got the signed physical copies of Volumes 1 & 2 plus digital rewards, some merch, bonus items such as a bookmark, and ads for other IPs.
The author provided regular updates on the campaign and used the Backerkit platform that lets you as a backer confirm the products you backed initially and it also allows you to add more products to your order which is great. The tracking number was provided timely and everything was delivered at once, carefully packaged. While I love Alterna’s customer service it’s great to see creators take the reign in their own hands and imitate Pete.
I hope to read more about Tinseltown in the future. Tinseltown is one of those series to constantly reread and is easily shareable with all ages. The crime drama and the world make some think of Disney, others such as my fellow female friends simply enjoy the great stories. The state of my issues is bad so I’m glad to have the trade paperback but is also great to see the art like this.