Not to get all trippy on you, but Wisconsin Public Radio is producing a six-part radio series and a comic book on understanding understanding. It’s called Meet Your Mind: A User’s Guide to the Science of Consciousness. The comic is by Jim Ottaviani and Natalie Nourigat. Ottaviani is well-known for his comics unpacking science, so this sounds like a winner. To pay for the comic, WPR is using, what else, Kickstarter. Since Kickstarter is really one big pledge drive, it all makes sense.
Although ICV2 is reporting that Kickstarter has banned retailer rewards—selling a bundle of copies of your product at a discount—this is not entirely true. I wrote about the phenomenon of getting retailers in the loop for crowdfunding projects over at Publisher’s Weekly last year, so I did a little digging.
There’s a new Kickstarter on the block—well it will be on August 1st that is. Jamal Igle, artist on more DC books that you can shake a stick at, is starting a campaign for Molly Danger, a four book, hardcover graphic album all-ages action adventure series which he describes as “Astroboy meets the Powerpuff Girls”. The project comes with a big price-tag— $45,000. More details:
J.T. Yost writes to alert us to a successful Kickstarter for a great sounding project called DIGESTATE, a food-theme anthology:
Lea Hernandez’s Kickstarter for The Garlicks is ending today and it doesn’t look like it’s going to make it— it’s currently only $15000 in to a $40K goal. We’re not Kickstarter experts by any stretch of the imagination but in this case, it is a clear case that just being good isn’t enough to get funded, because this was clearly a great-looking project.
Notorious typewriter and fax guy Dave Sim is taking advantage of the internet’s crowdfunding abilities to run a Kickstarter to reprint High Society, one of the best story lines from CEREBUS. The project met its $6000 goal within hours of starting.
In case you are coming in fresh, Sim is the author of one of the great feats of the indie comics age: his 300-issue run on CEREBUS, a genre-defying melange of slapstick, fantasy and social commentary. The more the book had of the first two, the better it was; the more of the latter and…well…best not discussed.
Well here’s a new Kickstarter campaign for a comics memoir by former DC staffer Scott Young which promises some first-class lid ripping including the legendary comics scandal known as “Compgate”:
Lea Hernandez, a pioneering cartoonist in the American manga hybrid style of storytelling, is back with a Kickstarter campaign. Target is $40K. Based on the art alone, this should be a success.
When comics household names are turning to Kickstarter, you know it’s real. In this case it’s Paul Jenkins (WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, INHUMANS) and Humberto Ramos (SPIDER-MAN, RUNAWAYS) with FAIRY QUEST.We’re just going to post the six page preview right here — this is gorgeous, gorgeous stuff. The funding level is high though — $60K of which $26K has been raised with 3 days to go. The art is very persuasive, however. Below you’ll find a statement on the project.
In awesome news, the Sparkplug Books Indiegogo campaign has reached its goal. But you can still give them more money to publish creator-owned, independent books that validate the spirit of the best that comics can be.
While this doesn’t look like it will quite get to the amazing funding levels of of the Order of the Stick Reprint Project (nearly $650K with 8 days left), there’s another webcomic with an even more modest goal that’s making some serious coin at the crowdfunding game, this week. R Stevens is about to hit 3000 strips in his Diesel Sweeties webcomic. All he wanted was $3K to buy him some time to compile the entire run of the strip into ebook format. Right now, he’s got a bit over $22K pledged for the project.
When last we left the status of Ashes, the original graphic novel crowdfunding to the tune of $32K, artist Jimmy Broxton was no longer on the project and writer Alex de Campi wasn’t sure if there would be a new artist or if she’d be refunding the money to everyone who contributed via Kickstarter. Turns out, there will still be a graphic novel and there will be multiple new artists.