On the Scene: MoCCA Fest 2013, Words from the Market-Wise at the ‘Art as Profession’ Panel

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Holding panels in the wood-panelled bowels of the Armory this year at MoCCA Fest did bring a certain gravitas to the proceedings even if the location was a little difficult to locate for the unfamiliar. When I arrived at the “Art as Profession: Creating, Promoting, and Making Money in Comics” panel at 11:30 on Sunday […]

Kickstarter Alert: Elysia, A Gorgeous Project

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An exciting new original graphic novel from Serena Obhrai and Jennie Gyllblad following the epic adventures of a not so ordinary girl.

Kickwatcher: Uncle Alice Presents and CROOKS & NANNIES

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Here’s your chance to fund Jim Calafiore’s solo project and write or draw a horror story for Alice Cooper. There’s even something for the comic book-golfers in this one.

Kick-Watcher: Interview with Vera Greentea on PAPA

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Writer/publisher Vera Greentea is shooting for her fifth successful Kickstarter comic book campaign. Since 2010 she has raised $22,601 and this time she’s trying to hit her $10,000 goal to fund her latest anthology, PAPA.

Kickstarter Success: GOLDTIGER and SYMBIOSIS Funded!

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Good news everybody! Today has seen two more Kickstarter projects funded: Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton’s GOLDTIGER, as well as Steven Sanders’ SYMBIOSIS. Both projects were featured on The Beat, so we’ll take full credit for the successes. The projects both still have a little time available if you’d like to get involved, however…

REVIEW: “Do I Really Want My Name Associated with SEX AND VIOLENCE?”

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by LTZ A while back, the Beat’s own Henry Barajas – tireless observer of Kickstarted comics that he is – took some time to preview a crowd-funded book by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jimmy Broxton, and Juan Santacruz. Sex and Violence, Vol. 1 was laid bare (spread-eagle, perhaps) to its supporters this past week, after […]

Kickwatcher: Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton Present GOLDTIGER

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Here’s a real Kickstarter based on a fake artist whose real work has been forged by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton, both of whom are real living people and are not figments of fiction, unlike the artist who didn’t draw this comic strip, because he never existed. Got that? This is GOLDTIGER.

Kick-Watcher: The way it should be: Lars Brown’s Penultimate Quest

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Kickstarter has been a talking point in the comics industry ever since its conception, most recently and prominently for the fallout between Mark Andrew Smith and the problems he’s been having with his Sullivan Sluggers book. My experience with the platform has been limited: I use it purely as a pre-order service and since May last year […]

Kick-Watcher: Michael Moreci on MINI COMICS INCLUDED

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One of the ways many people stumbled onto their first comic was through the promotional comics that used to come bundled in with action figures. You know the ones – you buy a He-Man figure, and in the box comes a comic which shows him in action, fighting against all the other characters who coincidentally […]

Kick-Watcher: Not-for-profit inspirational Batman documentary

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Brett Culp kick-starts his Batman inspired not-for-profit documentary, Legends of the Knight. Culp that features interviews from everyone’s favorite industry Bat-fans, and powerful everyday people that use their enthusiasm to be active in their communities and overcome extreme hardship.

Steven Sanders launches Symbiosis on Kickstarter

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Artist and designer Steven Sanders, curly of beard and intense of eyes, launched a Kickstarter yesterday for his new project Symbiosis. A massive 100+ page art book, Symbiosis is designed with the idea that people will be able to take the ideas and visuals created by Sanders and do whatever they want with them. They […]

Kick-Watcher: Raised by Raptors, Gumshoes 4 Hire, Ultrasylvania Vol. 2

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I’m glad the holidays are over and everyone is off their ass making back to making some comic books.  Something’s in the water or there just are some great project with a lot of heart and soul.  We have some bright new faces, an industry favorite and a successful project manager looking for repeated success.

Kick-Watcher: Frogman, The Whole Story and Inkd

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I know that’s the weirdest group of projects to put in one headline but I think it says a lot about the amount of variety that Kickstarter can offer. 

Kick-Watcher: Con Season and Pariah, Missouri

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No offense to the other 78+ projects out there but nothing on Kickstarter has been catching my eye as of late.  Maybe I’m spoiled with projects like the recently successful Peter Pan, BAD KARMA and The Big Feminist BUT.  It seems like a slow season but thankfully there are projects like Con Season and Pariah, Missouri to keep things interesting.

First look: ICE AGE: THE HIDDEN TREASURE

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Boom continues to have success with its comics for younger readers with Adventure Time, Peanuts and Ice Age. Based on the ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT! film, a new volume in the 8″ x 8 format is coming out in March, ICE AGE: THE HIDDEN TREASURE by Caleb Monroe and Andy Hirsch. Here’s a peak at […]

Kick-Watcher: Graphic Journalism on Human Trafficking in Nepal and INTERVIEW with Dan Archer

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I had the  privilege of interviewing award-winning  journalist Dan Archer, the creator of the Kickstarter project Graphic Journalism on Human Trafficking in Nepal.