In 2013, comic Kickstarters generated nearly $12.5 million in pledges. Comparatively speaking, that's a small chunk of change compared to the $402.3 million of sales Diamond reported last year, but I believe that more and more creators and fans are looking to Kickstarter as a source of new comics.
The Kickstarter Pipeline is a periodic article that highlights new comic campaigns on Kickstarter, tracks ongoing campaigns, and keeps a tab on funded projects. This is one part link drop, one part curated list, one part whatever the hell I want it to be. I'll also try to include artwork and other stuff, and basically make this a list that's worth reading, as opposed to the tired, obligatory type of column that most Kickstarter articles are.
This is not intended to be a inclusive, catch-all list. As of this morning, there are 136 active comic Kickstarter campaigns, which is way too many for one person to cover.
Dave Cockrum's Futurians Return by Aardwolf Publishing (deadline August 3rd) - $6,000 goal
Graphic novel based on superheroes created and drawn by deceased creator Dave Cockrum. Featuring tributes to Cockrum by Jim Lee, Neil Gaiman, Bill Sienkiewicz and others. Project was coordinated by Cockrum's widow, Paty. Artwork (by Jim Lee) taken from Kickstarter page.
A SIngle Day of Night and Misfortune by Will Deonne (deadline July 15) - $3,000 goal
Graphic novel about the fall of Atlantis by Columbus artist Will Deonne. Banner at top of article taken from Kickstarter page.
The Economics of Digital Comics by Todd Allen (deadline July 18) - $500 goal
Updated book about the economics of online and crowdfunded comics by Beat editor Todd Allen. Interview with Todd Allen (by Jude Terror) can be found here.
Laying Lincoln Down by Kurt Kennedy (deadline August 18) - $3,000 goal
Wicker Press graphic novel about Abraham Lincoln's funeral train. Laying Lincoln Down was the 2012 Albert P. Weisman Award from Columbia College Chicago, which paid for the first 20 pages of comic. Creative team seeks funding for final 20 pages of artwork. A previous Kickstarter for $15,000 ended unsuccessfully in May ($1,815 raised).
Last Week of Funding
Of Dust and Blood - by Jim Berry and Val Mayerik- 94% of $30,000 goal (June 25 Deadline)
90 page graphic novel about the Battle of Little Big Horn. Please note that the Kickstarter ends on the anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
In Need of Support
Gates of Midnight by D Lynn Smith, Amelia Woo, Mirana Reveier, Jessica Jimerson - 8% of $35,000 goal (July 8 Deadline)
Supernatural horror comic starring female combat medic in NYC. Campaign will fund issues 5-8. Gates of Midnight is published by Kymera Press, a women-focused comic publisher.
Shepherd: Graphic Novel by Nic J. Shaw - 26% of $17,000 goal (July 9 Deadline)
64 page graphic novel about two former hunters protecting the last of a rare wolf breed in 1930's Japan. Image above taken from Kickstarter campaign.
Where is Home Anthology by Vanessa Stefaniuk - 65% of $4,000 goal (July 9 Deadline)
Anthology of fifteen former Sheridan College artists. Common theme is "home".
1X by Charles Butler - 42% of - $850 goal (deadline July 16)
Four short stories of various genres collected in 28 page comic. Image above taken from Kickstarter campaign.
P. Craig Russell Sketchbook Archives by Wayne Alan Harold - 47% of $20,000 goal (July 17 deadline)
A 250 page hardcover sketchbook containing selected sketches by P. Craig Russell. Sketches contain nots and commentary by the artist.
The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb by James Patrick and Jen Hickman 46% of $4,000 goal (deadline July 18)
64 page horror graphic novel about an 8 year old boy who can channel serial killers. Comic is being published by 21 Pulp, a new imprint owned by Patrick and others. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
EPOCHS Issue #1 by Epochs Comic - 61% of $3,000 goal (July 21 deadline)
First issue of an ongoing comic, "encapsulating the charm and versatility of short stories taking place within a common universe." Genres included in the comic range from noir to science fiction.
Successfully Funded Campaigns
Toe Tag Riot by Matt Miner and Sean Gorman (deadline June 21) - $19,510 raised
Zombie satire about a punk band doling out zombie karma on various bigoted groups. I interviewed Matt Miner here. Image above taken from Kickstarter campaign.
Fun-O-Planet #1: Failed Alien by Nathan Ward (deadline June 18) - $2,686 raised
Trippy alt-comic about three teenagers kidnapped by an alien.
Strong Female Protagonist: Book One by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag- $60,974 raised
Collection of Strong Female Protagonist webcomic.
A Tale of Beginningless Time by Sophie Argetsinger - $7,014 raised
28 page creation myth about cosmic beings musically creating Earth. I interviewed Sophie Argetsinger here. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Albert Einstein: Time Mason #2 by Tony Donley and Marcus Perry - $3,473 raised
Second issue of a time-traveling Albert Einstein. Issue focuses on Einstein's adventures in Ancient Egypt. Cover by Stephane Roux. Image above taken from Kickstarter campaign.
Open Campaigns Already Funded
The Will of Captain Crown: Book Two by Tristan Roulot & Patrick Hénaff - $7,000 goal
Second volume of a pirate adventure comic. Captain Crown was originally published in Europe, and proceeds from the campaign are to reformat the comic for American readers and translate dialogue into English. Writer Roulot received a Joe Shuster Award nomination for the first volume of this comic.
I had the opportunity to read the first volume of The Will of Captain Crown last weekend. It's a fantastic read, filled with intrigue, adventure and betrayal. I was impressed with both the strong artwork and the dynamic, twist-filled plot that avoided standard pirate tropes. Both volumes are available as an award at the $50 pledge level, and I highly recommend it.
The Mighty Titan #5 - by Joe Martino - $3,750 goal
Conclusion of Joe Martino's "superhero with cancer" miniseries. Issue #5 features a John Byrne cover.
Four Arms by Cardbord India - $450 goal
32 page macabre fable comic involving a multi-armed girl and a wolf in a forest. Each illustration is 11 x 17.
The Last West: Volume 2 by Evan Young & Lou Iovino - $5,000 goal
Second and final volume of an alternate history comic set in 1945.
Kyrie by Matt Crotts - $500 goal
16 page comic set in Roman era Egypt. Image above taken from Kickstarter campaign. I interviewed Matt Crotts here.
The Absentee by Kevin LaPorte and Rando Dixon - $2,000 goal
Sci-fi comic by Inverse Press publisher Kevin LaPorte.
Unsounded: Volume Two by Ashley Cope - $25,000 goal
Second volume of a fantasy-adventure webcomic.
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