Projects you Should Fund – “Stuck in the Past” by Naomi Sano

Projects you should Fund

Holy hell, here we go. I have found what I would consider the holy grail of comic book Kickstarters, a project that I both want to be funded ten times over, and never funded at all. EVER. I call it Schrödinger’s Comic Book Campaign. This is a bizarre one for damn sure, but there’s a small part of me that would love to see it actually get made. I’m talking about Stuck in the Past by Naomi Sano – an Avengers: Endgame Fix-It Fan Fiction that addresses a part of the film that Naomi clearly had second thoughts about. Never thought I’d say this on one of my Projects you Should Fund posts, but, spoilers for Endgame lie ahead…prepare to dive head first into this fan fiction.

I’m kind of baffled how this got past the Kickstarter moderators to be honest, Stuck in the Past is very clearly a copyrighted property AND it’s owned by Disney, that’s a double whammy. In any case though, the story of the comic takes place in that moment at the end of Endgame where Captain America is returning the stones to the past, except in this fanfic the time machine glitches and he becomes younger, waaaay younger, pre-serum younger. Now Captain America has to face the fact he’s a scrawny wimp again and deal with that – that’s the story the campaign gives us. It’s an interesting premise to say the least and something I would like to read as a fan of the MCU.

I’m not going to go into character, because we all know who Captain America is, and Bucky, and Falcon etc etc – I will say this though, it’s certainly an interesting direction to take Captain America, and that alone is enough to make me interested in seeing this project through. The project was put together by Naomi Sano, who has an art style similar to a manga rather than more of a traditional western style, and I think this project couldn’t possibly be in any other style. Of course it’s a manga / doujinshi style! I’ve got to be honest, I actually think a lot of work has gone into this one, Naomi has certainly given the impression that she knows that story she’s created and the characters that exist in the MCU, and she’s come up with something interesting for potential backers to get involved in. It’s just…not something I was expecting to read this morning.

I can only hope and pray that this project won’t go the same way so many other fanfics have gone, and if the thumbnail and the sample pages are anything to go by, we’ll have to wait and see. I genuinely don’t know what else to say about this project, and I’m not even sure if I should be investing in this, but I already have. I can only wait for the Disney hammer to come down upon this with the wrath of a thousand suits, especially if it starts to pick up traction, but until then I’ll be keeping a sharp eye on the project and await the finished product (which I will definitely be reviewing.)

In any case though, I’ll endorse this comic book Kickstarter – both because I want to see the finished product, but also because I’ve always been a big fan of fan projects. Some truly great things have come out from dedicated fans of the MCU and I don’t see why this should be any different. I go to conventions all the time and I see custom stickers of Iron Man slapped on tables, Captain America keychains hanging from hooks, and drawn posters available for anyone to buy – why can’t a fan create their own manga exploring an aspect of the film they’d like to change and make some money off it? I guess that’s for the potential backers to decide. 

Naomi, if you’re reading this, GOOD LUCK!


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