Kickstarter Power Hour: ‘The Leg’ by Van Jensen and Jose Pimienta

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The power of the Kickstarter Power Hour is that you never know when it’ll happen! And here we are, bank holiday Monday, with a whole load of new and exciting crowdfunding projects to tell you about. Let’s start with a just-funded book from the creative team of Van Jensen and Jose Pimienta, ‘The Leg’.

Kickstarter Power Hour: Strangebeard, Vol 1

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We round out the Kickstarter Power Hour with a look at the story of the world’s greatest pirate – who also happens to be a twelve year old girl.

Kickstarter Power Hour: Modern Times

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Let’s continue this power hour of Kickstarting comics by turning to Modern Times, a new publication looking to mix journalism, comics, and photography.

Kickstarter Power Hour: Strong Female Protagonist

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The webcomic series Strong Female Protagonist has a Kickstarter running to take the series to print, and has already crushed the original target funding harder than Godzilla stamping on innocent civilians. From the creative team of Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag, the funding for the project is currently somewhere above the $20000 range, after […]

Kickstarter Power Hour: Toe Tag Riot

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Let’s spend an hour showcasing some of the excellent-looking comic Kickstarters which are currently underway, eh? Recent statistics suggest that the success rate for comic book Kickstarter campaigns is somewhere around 50%, meaning that this medium is the most successful on the site. Go comic fans! Now let’s push that even higher by supporting some […]

Kickwatcher: CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE

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If you were a reader of Cerebus, Dave Sim’s highly eccentric and yet amazing 300 issue comic, you that one thing Sim was good at was long, long text pages. (Sometimes too long.) It seems that he’s now transferred his voluble nature to the Moment of Cerebus blog, despite his avoidance of the internet, where he goes on (and on) at length about the digital archiving process of Cerebus. I think. It seems that the first attempts at doing this did not go so well, at least as far as I can gather. And he now has a big printing bill to pay off. To help do so he’s launched a Kickstarter for CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE by Dave Sim which will be an Artist’s Edition type portfolio of 10 Cerebus pages with commentary and…stuff.

Washington State Attorney General goes after a kickstarter fraudster

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ICv2 has a report on what could be one of the first case of prosecuting Kickstarter fraud. The case involves the Kickstarter by Altius Management which raised $25,000 in 2012 to produce an Asylum playing card game and associated tchotkes including poker chips and so on. Nothing has shipped, and Washington State AG Bob Ferguson, […]

Comics continues to be one of the most successful categories on Kickstarter

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While writing the previous item, I played around with the Kickstarter stat page, to see how comics are doing—and they are doing very well! While comics crowdfunding projects have the second lowest number of projects—3,944. one tenth that of the top category, film and video with 34,985—they have the fourth highest success rate! Here’s the top four:

Kickstarter adds sub-categories to comics projects

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This went out last week but I haven’t seen it noted too much in comics circles: Kickstarter has added subcategories to the various main categories for projects. 94 subcategories were added, to aid both creators and backers in finding suitable projects.

Amy Chu Kickstarts a Third Volume of ‘Girls Night Out’ [Interview]

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For the last several years, writer Amy Chu has been a familiar face at comic conventions around the World – just last year I bumped into her at Thought Bubble! Among other things a contributor to The Beat, Amy is perhaps best known for her self-published anthology comics ‘Girls Night Out’, which have so far […]

Rachael Smith on House Party: “I’d Like to Answer this Question in the Form of a Play” [Interview]

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The British comics scene is in one of the healthiest places it’s ever been right now, with new projects coming from all angles, and new creators breaking onto the scene. Among them is Rachael Smith, who came to attention last year after publishing a series of mini-comics including How We Write, and I Am Fire. […]

Kickstarter advice with Spike and Paul Roman Martinez

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Are you among the four or five people who haven’t done a Kickstarter yet but are just thinking about it?

Lela Gwenn on Born Dark: “Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story” [Interview]

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Goblins don’t get the respect they deserve, do they? They’re twisted creatures of malicious intent, born of dark magic and with creepy pointed ears – but nobody ever gives them their due as servants of evil. Not so writer Lela Gwenn, however! Lela has taken to Kickstarter to help fund a prologue issue for a […]

SHE MAKES COMICS documentary funded

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I’m happy to report that Sequart’s SHE MAKES COMICS documentary has been fully funded and reached a first stretch goal of making a special 15 minute mini-documentary about Jackie Ormes, the first black woman cartoonist. The film will be directed by Marisa Stotter, and co-produced by Karen Green, and include an oral history of women […]

Kicking the Kick-Troll: Shadowbinders Returns to Kickstarter! [Interview]

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Shadowbinders is a webcomic from creators Kambrea and Thomas Pratt. Having previously worked for Disney, the duo decided to take their latest idea to the internet, where it’s spent the last four years building up an impressive fanbase – and a vast, magical world, filled with monsters and floating ships and myths and legends. Focusing […]

As DENVER launches, Jimmy Palmiotti talks the new era of Kickstarter

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JImmy Palmiotti talks about how to run a Kickstarter and where he sees it going for comics creators, as well as his new project, Denver, a story inspired by European comics albums.