Interview: Calamia Kickstarts LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

Kat Calamia has been quite busy trying to leave her mark on the pop culture and comic book world. You may know her better by her alter ego “Comic Uno.” She has a popular YouTube channel, a strong social media presence, contributes to multiple comic book websites, and hosts several podcasts. What people might not realize is that she is also a published comic book writer. The fourth issue of her and artist Wayne Brown’s series, Like Father, Like Daughter from Short Fuse Media is heading into the final week of its Kickstarter drive. I recently took the time to talk with Kat about the series, and the team’s previous successes using Kickstarter. If you like what you see here, and want to support the project follow the link at the bottom of the page.

John Ernenputsch: Hi Kat, thanks for taking the time to discuss your series, Like Father, Like Daughter with us today. I’ll cut right to the chase, for those that haven’t read the series what is it about? Maybe give Comicosity readers a small rundown of the first three issues, and information on where they can buy them tomget caught up for the upcoming issue?

Kathryn Calamia: Casey Ryder is your seemingly average high schooler, except for the fact that her father left her to become a full time superhero. Everyone in the world loves Invulnerable, but Casey knows her father’s true colors. In the first issue it’s revealed that Casey has inherited her father’s abilities. Casey has heroic instincts, but doesn’t know what do with the very powers that made her father leave.

Issue 2 Casey wants to learn more about her abilities so she goes to Wes, a fellow high school student that knows everything about comic books and Invulnerable. The issue reveals a hidden power that *hint* may give clues to a bigger mystery unfolding.

Issue 3 Casey finally comes face-to-face with Invulnerable after a decade of abandonment. This is a heavy issue that analyzes the meaning of being a hero.

You can buy physical copies of Like Father, Like Daughter at our Facebook shop HERE

All three issues are also available on Comixology HERE

JE: This isn’t the first time that you have used Kickstarter for Like Father, Like Daughter. Can you tell our readers about your previous campaigns, and what some of the unexpected benefits of using the platform have been?

KC: Like Father, Like Daughter #1 and #2 were both successfully funded through Kickstarter, and because of that we were able to self-fund issue 3. We turned back to Kickstarter for issue 4 because we’ve learned that Kickstarter is the best platform to engage with our fans as indie creators. We want to connect with our readers as much as we can, and with Kickstarter our fans can truly be a part of the production process. This also gives us a chance to give our readers some great goodies for supporting the series, more than just the book itself.

Kickstarter has also helped us collaborate with the wider indie community. We have some great crossover pin ups and mini comics we are doing during the campaign. We did a #IndieHeroinesMatter pin up with Casey and other Indie female heroes, a crossover pin up with the Kickstarter Tezla, another crossover pin up with the Kickstarter Team Synergy, and lastly our biggest crossover – a mini comic where Casey teams up with a ton of great indie heroes.

JE: Can you take a moment to discuss the details of the Kickstarter campaign? What is your goal, and some of the cool perks that come along with supporting the project?

KC: Our Kickstarter goal is $4,500, and we have plenty great stretch goals if we make it over the amount before the Kickstarter is over. There are some great tiers if you support the project: a PDF copy of Like Father, Like Daughter #4, print copy of the issue, a signed copy of the issue, t-shirts, cameo appearances in the Like Father, Like Daughter universe, and even a chance to receive an action figure of yourself.

But our biggest tier in the campaign is our $45 Make 100 tier. If you back up the project with this tier you will receive 20 randomly selected comics from our sponsor Comic City, a variant cover version of the comic signed by me, a mini companion comic called “Off-Day”, #IndieHeroinesMatter pin up, an exclusive chat with me talking about the comic that will include free swag, and the first issue of my new comic book mini series They Call Her…The Dancer. This is gritty and psychologically driven story that looks at the art of dance and martial arts. This is exclusive to this Kickstarter since we are pitching this to other comic book companies right now.

JE: I think it’s safe to say that comics are like a team sport. Without good teammates a comic book isn’t going to succeed. Can you tell Comicosity readers about your collaborators that ve helped make Like Father, Like Daughter what it is today?  As well as how you came to put the team together?

KC: I have the best team behind me with my publisher Short Fuse Media Group! Especially with my editor Rahsaan and penciller Wayne Brown. We actually got in contact with each other a few years ago when I made a video on my YouTube channel, Comic Uno, looking for an artist for my comic book. Rahsaan contacted me about his company, and we have been in collaboration ever since. Rahsaan is so great to work with because he loves comics and he especially loves the indie comic book community. He is always helping other independent comic books spread the word about their stories. It makes the community feel very connected! Then my artist Wayne is also great. He’s helped me shape the world of Like Father, Like Daughter, and through inside jokes and communication with each other we have some great easter eggs throughout the first four issues.

JE: Every comic creator has been influenced by those that have come before them. What creator and stories influenced you while writing Like Father, Like Daughter?

KC: With Like Father, Like Daughter I wanted to bring back the tone of old school Claremont X-Men and classic The Amazing Spider-Man stories. I wanted to focus on these characters outside of just having super powers. This story is very much about the relationship between father and daughter. It explores that there isn’t a perfect definition of being a hero. The story is about character building, but there is a ton of twist and turns to come in the story. By the end of the story arc the series will not look the same.

JE: I think anybody that follows you on social media knows that you have made a huge effort to be a part of the local comic scene where you live. You’ve held signings at shops, and have tabled at all sorts of conventions. What has that been like for you as an up and coming my creator?

KC: I love doing signings at local comic book stores and comic cons. It’s great to meet fellow comic book creators, and of course meet new and old readers of Like Father, Like Daughter. It’s just great to have that one-on-one with people.

JE: If a comic book fan that hasn’t read your work were to ask you what comic you’d compare Like Father, Like Daughter to what would you tell them?

KC: I try to make Like Father, Like Daughter a commentary on the superhero genre as a whole. So you are going to see some similarities with other comic books. I’ve been told by readers that they feel an X-Men, Spider-Man, Invincible, and Supergirl vibe to the book. My biggest influence is probably from my favorite comic book character of all time Spider-Girl. I’m a sucker for high school stories, and Spider-Girl in my opinion is the best superhero high school story out there.

JE: Thanks Kat, and good luck with the final week of the Kickstarter. Hopefully we can do this again soon, and discuss the issue in more depth after it’s published!

If you’d like to learn more about Like Father, Like Daughter you can follow Kat on Twitter @ComicUno, and support the project at

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortfusemedia/like-father-like-daughter-4-comic-book-make-100?ref=discovery

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