We’ve been following the rise of Kickstarter and its affects on the comics industry. One pertinent trend is the increase of name comic creators using the system to crowdsource advance payments on books that may not be profitable in other ways. Some comic book creators have been, publicly and privately, rather dismissive and critical of well known comic creators using this system, but more and more people just aren’t listening to them. Instead it’s starting to become a direct distribution system, cutting out every middle man but the post office.
Take Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos and Fairy Quest. Here’s a preview of that book. Seriously, it’s all like this.
I have my copy of Fairy Quest and it is a real delight. Now they want to bring it to a major audience rather than rely on convention sales. They’re pitching for $60,000 and have raised half that with thirty days to go. And $30 gets you the book. Well, well worth it.
Jenkins mentioned Jimmy Palmiotti to me, who had great success with the astounding Queen Crab graphic novel, a tale of mutation, revenge and the extent some people go to because they are lazy. He’s now working with Justin Gray and Norberto on their new graphic novel Retrovirus, again funded by Kickstarter, and again $30 getting you the book. Are they holding the line at $29.99?
And one actually gives you the chance to cast, to choose Scott Koblish, Ty Templeton or Phil Winslade to draw the Bacon comic.
Michael Zulli, Jackie Estrada and Batton Lash and Camilla d’Errico have also succeeded with Kickstarter (just got my Tanpopo hardcover in the post this morning). And I hear about one very high profile Kickstarter comics project in the works that might also open doors to new people…
It can of course be a humbling experience. Such as this Howard Chaykin written sci-fi animation that’s 3 days for finishing, but has only raised $400 towards its $23,000 cost… maybe there could be a late run on this one?