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 […]

Interview: Tod Emko Talks A Piggy’s Tale and the Real Life Super Piggy

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I’ve spoken before about A Piggy’s Tale, a very loveable animal adventure comic that is currently in the last week of its Kickstarter campaign, written by Tod Emko and illustrated by Ethan Young. I loved it so much that I wanted to chat to Emko himself, a known conservationist featured on the popular TV show […]

Fantagraphics Kickstarter hits goal after a week — everyone can keep their boots after all

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So to no one’s surprise, the Fantagraphics Kickstarter has reached its goal of $150,000. With 22 days to go this could get a lot bigger—or people could just say “mission accomplished” and walk off. But given the nature of Kickstarter I’d be shocked if that happens.

Kickstarter Respond to Scam Allegation

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Yesterday I ran a piece about Encik Farham, an alleged Kickstarter scammer who pledged funding at the top tier of over a hundred projects, only to then seemingly run a credit dispute when each project was funded. Kickstarter have sent an official response to the news, acting immediately to curb the scammer.

Fantagraphics launches $150,000 Kickstarter for Spring 2014 line; already nearly 1/3rd of the way there

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Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the greatest comics ever, hopes to publish more of them in next year’s line, but the death of co-founder Kim Thompson in June has left some problems, both with managing the line and cash flow; the books Kim was working on as publisher and translator had to be delayed and that has left them with a budget shortfall.

Kick Watch: Neil the Horse reprint is going crowdfunded

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A couple of months back I announced that Hermes Press—a specialist in comic strip reprints—was going to reprint Katherine Collins’s Neil the Horse comics in a richly deserved deluxe edition. Well for various reasons, this book is now being crowdfunded on Indiegogo. We are already working on restoring the pages, but don’t have the money […]

ComicMix Pro teams with Indiegogo

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Another player in the crowdfunding fulfillment bureau—but with a twist. ComicMix has been around a while as a comics news site and publisher, but it recently launched its ComicMix Pro Services arm, basically offering production, pr and other packaging services on a piece work basis to anyone who needed it, along with content creation, crowdfunding […]

INTERVIEW: Rachel Deering on her Horror Anthology ‘In The Dark’

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Rachel Deering is a writer and letterer best known for her horror projects like Anathema, a werewolf story which was successfully funded through Kickstarter and has gone on to receive pretty unanimous acclaim. You may also recognise her name from other comics like Amelia Cole, and the Womanthology project. She’s returned to Kickstarter this month for […]

Rick Geary announces crowdfunder for Obama conspiracy chapbook

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Rick Geary’s first Kickstarter for The Elwell Enigma has just shipped—and I was just enjoying my digital comic bonus last night— but no rest for the wicked, so his Kickstarter manager Mark Rosenbohm has just announced a new one, and in a turn from murder, it’s a real doozy: A is for Antichrist: Obama’s Conspiracy […]

Don McGregor and Trevor Von Eeden Bring SABRE to Kickstarter

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One of the pioneering comic series has gone to Kickstarter, as Don McGregor has set up crowdfunding for a new Sabre story. The first-ever graphic novel sold to the direct market, Sabre has been running on-and-off for over thirty years now, and this new story will see McGregor team up with artist Trevor Von Eeden.

Kick-Watcher: Comics Documentary ‘Comics Undressed’

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Before we head into the weekend, here’s a Kickstarter which is on the very verge of being funded – a documentary about comics called ‘Comics Undressed’.

Kick-Watcher: Exploration and Adventure in ‘Cartozia Tales’

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Well, this seems perfect. The folks behind Cartozia Tales – an all-ages fantasy anthology based around the mythical land of Cartozia – have today launched a Kickstarter to help them turn the book into a series. Having previously launched and published a first issue on their own, followed by a second issue coming out sometime […]