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.

You have a few hours to help support the Sequential Artists Workshop in 2014

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SAW—the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainsesville, FL founded by Tom Hart and Leela Corman— has been doing some great work educating cartoonists, publishing mini comic, giving out micro-grants, and in general being a benefit to the comics community. They’ve been running an IndieGogo campaign for the last month or so, and it’s in its final hours — if you haven’t thrown a few bucks their way, now is the time.

Nice Art: Carla Speed McNeil’s “Snake and Frog Never Play Together”

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Carla Speed McNeil has a comic she’s serializing on Tumblr, called “Snake and Frog Never Play Together”; it’s part of the Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Africa Edition project currently being Kickstarted by Kel MacDonald. New Carla Speed McNeill is always something to be happy about!

Kickwatcher alert: Bob Burden’s Thrilling Visions Sketchbook #2 is really weird

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Bob Burden’s crazed yet wise comics and art are truly sui generis. The creator of The Flaming Carrot and The Mystery Men was way ahead of his time with the goofy superhero thing. And now he’s back to Kickstarter with THRILLING VISIONS 2 Sketchbook which covers Flaming Carrot’s early years, with a Dave Stevens cover. […]

More tales of Kicktrolling emerge—and why it’s destructive

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art by Farel Dalrymple Yesterday we wrote about “kicktrolling”, or Kickstarter backers bidding at high amounts only to then withdraw the bids as the campaign seemed near completion. It’s a practice that seems purely mischief driven, but it also seems it is becoming more widespread. Chris Stevens and Andrew Carl of Locust Moon Comics in […]

Kicktrolling is on the rise as funders become scammers

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“Kicktrolling” is a new word and one you may, sadly, be hearing a lot more about. The Beat broke the story last month about Kickstarter scammer “Encik Farhan”, who was funding over 100 projects at the highest level only to then dispute the charges and still get the goods. We’ve been hearing that this kind […]

Quote of the day: get in the time machine

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Part of me wonders if Kickstarter had been around 20 years ago if Malibu, Acclaim, Extreme Studios, Kitchen Sink, Black Bull and AiT-Planet Lar wouldn’t still be around in some form or fashion. — Matt D. Wilson on the effect of the Fantagraphics Kickstarter on current publishers. One company he throws out there as maybe […]