When the COVID-19 pandemic began, writer Scott Alan Gregory was diagnosed with a fungal lung infection, putting him at high risk for pneumonia and other respiratory complications. His wife, a nurse at the state prison, helped him into an isolation lockdown in their guest room, separated from the rest of the home. While fighting anxiety and depression, an idea inspired him to get out of bed and start writing. That led to Strange Burden: True Stories from the Archives of Burden Strange, currently on Kickstarter.
The R-rated sit-comic is illustrated by Thiago Motta and lettered by Micah Myers. It’s set in a world where a maniac is on the loose with seemingly random people waking up to find their feet have been surgically removed. Some have died from shock. The Perfect Town Police have no suspects, no leads, and no theories.
Meanwhile, the once-mighty Burden Strange has returned to the adventurer-for-hire business after twenty years in retirement. Joined by two reluctant former team members and a few snarky new recruits, Strange tries to find his place in a world that has moved on without him. This case of the amputated feet becomes personal, so this rag-tag group must get past its constant in-fighting and back-biting to help stop this lunatic.
The cast of Strange Burden is made up entirely of public domain Golden Age characters. Every issue of the series will be co-released with a supplemental one-shot spinoff focusing on a single member of the team in their own adventure. The first is a 60-page graphic novel, Mr. Satan Goes to Hollywood.
Rewards for the Kickstarter campaign include comics, postcards, trading cards, posters, stickers, hand-painted art cards, and even a customized Burden Strange action figure. The campaign runs through December 21st, 2020.