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.
The Chairs' Hiatus by Matthew Bogart - $4,600 goal (deadline August 20)
Matthew Bogart is publishing a two-color hardcover edition of The Chairs' Hiatus, a 96 page comic about The Chairs, a two person band featuring best friends Mary and Nel. The art is very high quality and the first 20 pages or so of the story is enjoyable to read. The full story can be read online for free here.
Solitary by CW Cooke and Nando Souzamotta - $3,500 goal (deadline August 25)
A superhero prison story about an wrongfully imprisoned man who discovers he has superpowers after afailed execution. Devil's Due Publishing will publish the comic if the Kickstarter is successful. Banner image taken from Kickstarter page.
The Soviet by Julia Alekseyeva - $2,000 goal (deadline August 23)
An autobiographical comic about the creator's grandmother, a Jewish secretary for the Soviet secret police. Alekseyeva will use the Kickstarter fund to produce the final chapter of the comic and prepare a book pitch for various comic publishers. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Watson and Holmes: Volume 2 by New Paradigm Studios - $20,000 goal (deadline August 25)
New Paradigm is seeking Kickstarter funds to publish a second collection of Watson and Holmes, the Eisner Award nominated reimagining of the famed detective duo as black detectives living in Harlem. This new collection collects stories by a number of creators, including Brandon Easton, N.Steven Harris, Lyndsay Faye, Eli Powell, Hannibal Tabu, and Steven Grant. The first volume was quite good, and I decided to back this campaign in order to secure a copy of the second volume.
My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy by Grace Buchele Mineta - $6,485 goal (deadline August 30)
Autobiographical comic about a Texas illustrator who moves to Japan with her husband, a Japanese "salaryman". Some of the comics have already been published on Mineta's blog. The bulk of the funds from the Kickstarter campaign will be used to ship the comics internationally.
A horror series about a Tanzanian mother and her young boy, who has albinism. The pair are hunted by a witch doctor from a neighboring town, who believe the boy's flesh can be used to resurrect the dead. According to the Kickstarter campaign, the series is heavily influenced by the plight of real albinos in Tanzania. Published by Inverse Press.
Last Week of Funding
The Somber Crown by Lee Milewski - 127% of $2,000 goal (July 29 deadline)
Fantasy comic by Naples, FL artist Lee Milewski. Milewski previously funded a sci-fi comic in March 2014. Art has an interesting quality to it. I interviewed Milewski here.
Mad World by Patch Silver and Ryk Brink - 18% of $5,000 goal (July 30 deadline)
Fantasy graphic novel about a teenage girl and an anthropomorphic crow wizard. Art has an interesting quality to it.
Frostlings by Patrick and Sally Block - 101% of $20,000 goal (July 31 deadline)
200+ page graphic novel written and drawn by Disney artists Patrick and Sally Block. The Blocks are best known for their works on various "Ducks" comics, and have written/illustrated a number of Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck comics.
I love, love, love the preview pages on this. VERY high quality and worth a look.
I interviewed Pat Block here.
Faux Life #1 by Ethan Rappaport and Robert Baumer - 56% of $4,000 goal (July 31 deadline)
Horror comic about a girl who can bring inanimate objects to life.
Dollhouse by Ray Nadine - 103% of $6,350 goal (July 31 deadline)
Kickstarter campaign to fund a print collection of the Dollhouse webcomic.
Not So Super Comics by Jacques Nyemb - 87% of $3,500 goal (August 1 Deadline)
Not So Super Comics is publishing three new comics using funds from campaign, to be released at NC Comic Con in November. Artists include Joe Hunter, David DeGrand, Justin Wood and Kayla Miller. Very diverse range of stories and art styles.
The Deacon of Darkriver by Sandra Ros Bjornsdottir and Charles Kantz - 89% of $2,500 goal (August 2 deadline)
Comic adaptation of Icelandic "Djákninn á Myrká" folk tale. Comic will be used to print both English and Icelandic copies of comic. Bjorndottir is an Icelandic native and wrote and drew the comic. Kantz is a San Francisco, CA based print designer.
Steam Wars by Fred Perry - 219% of $5,595 goal (August 2 deadline)
Steampunk adaptation of Star Wars, published by Antarctic Press. Comic was previously published in five single issues, and is now being collected in a single trade. First issue is available to read here. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Dave Cockrum's Futurians Return by Aardwolf Publishing - 332% of $6,000 goal (August 3 deadline)
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.
Storyville: The Prostitute Murders by Gary Reed and Wayne Reid - 22% of $6,500 goal (August 3 deadline)
Crime comic set in 1910 New Orleans during the dawn of Jazz. Comic is written by Caliber Comics' publisher Gary Reed. Kickstarter states that the book is being published under the Caliber Comics imprint.
Under the Flesh by Gilbert Deltres and JL Giles - 101% of $3,500 goal (August 3 deadline)
Horror comic set in a world where a virus turns men into zombie-like cannibals. I interviewed Deltres here.
In Need of Support
Modern Polaxis by Sutu - 74% of $9,000 goal (August 6 deadline)
Webby and NWA Award winning creator Sutu is creating a new "augmented reality comic book" which users can access via phone or computer app. Modern Polaxis follows a paranoid time traveller evading those who he perceives are trying to prevent him from uncovering the truth. Sutu and his work has been featured in a documentary that aired on Australia's ABC network.
Monstrosity II edited by Phil McClorey and Brian Evinou- 97% of $4,000 goal (August 6 deadline)
Horror/sci-fi comic anthology featuring the work of over 20 creators, including Ryan Ferrier, J Bone, Alex Diochan, Anthony Del Col, Matthew Daley, Corey MacCallum, and Eric Kim.
The Fictionist by Nathaniel Piper - 7% of $5,000 goal (August 7 deadline)
Surrealist comic about a NYC writer, his neighbors and his attempts to be published.
Samurai Chef Vol. 2 by Nigel Twumasi and Lao K - 37% of £2,500 goal (August 8 deadline)
Comic featuring anthropomorphic animals competing in a high stakes cooking reality show. Creative team works under the name "Mayamada". Volume one was funded via IndieGoGo in 2012, and new Kickstarter campaign offers rewards featuring both volumes.
The Book of Dragons by Bronco Ink - 59% of $3,500 goal (August 8 deadline)
Comic adaptation of E. Nesbit's The Book of Dragons, originally published in 1900. Bronco Ink has recruited a number of comics creators to work on the project, including A.C. Brown, Shawn Aldridge, Scott O. Brown, Marc Bryant, Thacher Cleveland, Jonathan Clode, Mal Jones, Charles Webb, Kathryn Frizzell, Lori Lapomardo, John Audrey Portilla, Russell Hossain, Amberin Huq, and Ricky-Marcel Pitcher.
The Horror Lovers by Valerie D'Orazio and Bobby Timony - 68% of $6,500 goal (August 9 deadline)
A screwball comedy/horror comics by former DC editor and comics journalist Val D'Orazio and Harvey Award nominated artist Bobby Timony. The preview pages remind me of classic MAD Magazine comics, which makes sense since D'Orazio and Timony cited them as inspiration for the comic. I interviewed the creative team here.
Imperfect by Al Letson, Pier Brito and Ron Hubbard - 46% of $15,000 goal (deadline August 15)
A sci-fi comic by NPR host Al Letson and comics inker Pier Brito. Imperfect stars a young girl named Eve with the ability to create "avatars", which take the form of various people in her life. Eve attempts to use these avatars to stop a group of mad scientist terrorists. Kickstarter funds will be used to fund issues #2-4 of the series.
Josh Lobster by Chris Reilly and Devon Devereaux - 35% of $5,000 goal (deadline August 15)
A mystery comic set in Rhode Island featuring vampires, assorted sea life and a carnival. Writer Chris Reilly passed away in June, shortly after completing the Kickstarter video. Devereaux's depiction of penguins look fantastic, and I'm tempted to support the Kickstarter for that reason alone.
Unit 44 by Wes Locher and Eduardo Jimenez - 64% of $2,400 goal (deadline August 16)
A humor series about two Area 51 employees who are forced to track down the contents of a storage unit containing alien technology after they forget to pay its rent. Issue #1 was previously funded via Kickstarter in September 2013, and the creative team is now seeking funding for the remaining three issues. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Gangs of Camelot by James Heffron, Vicente Cifuentes, Sunny Gho, and Arif Prianto - 28% of $6,000 goal (August 17 deadline)
An 80 page fantasy/humor graphic novel mashing Camelot with classic 1920s mobsters with tommy guns. Cifuentes, Gho and Prianto are all industry vets, and Heffron is a past Harvey Award nominee. A hardcover will be sent out to those who pledge $20 or more.
Deathbulge by Dan Martin - 59% of £10,000 goal (August 17 deadline)
Hardcover collection of the Deathbulge British webcomic.
Laying Lincoln Down by Kurt Kennedy - 28% of $3,000 goal (deadline August 18)
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).
Monsterwood by Jason Rosen and Steve Ellis - 16% of $14,500 goal (August 18 deadline)
Fantasy project by New England writer Rosen and Only Living Boy illustrator Steve Ellis. Ellis is one of those unheralded talents in the comics industry, and any campaign he's involved with is one that seriously merits support.
The Galaxy Girls by Shawn DePasquale and Sherard Jackson - 30% of $11,000 goal (deadline August 22)
Sci-fi comic by television writer and comic book letterer Shawn DePasquale and artist Sherard Jackson. I interviewed the creators here.
Ongoing Comics Patreon Campaigns
The Outhouse - $194.22 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to pay for server costs and staff.
Wait, What? Podcast - $340.77 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to help pay for server costs for their new website and additional content
Comics Beat - $515.50 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to support The Comics Beat, a comic book website run by Heidi MacDonald.
Rachel Deering - $531 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to support horror writer and editor Rachel Deering.
Successfully Funded Campaigns
EPOCHS Issue #1 by Epochs Comic - $3,779 raised
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. Image above taken from Kickstarter campaign.
Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream anthology by Locust Moon Press - $154,578 raised
Anthology of comics inspired by Windsor McCay's Little Nemo newspaper strips. Over 100 different artists contributed comics, including Paul Pope, Mike Allred, Dean Haspiel, JH Williams III, David Petersen, Cliff Chiang, John Cassaday, Craig Thompson, and Peter Bagge. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Golden Rules by Seth T Hahne -$1,869 raised
18 page 5''x7'' humor comic about men's bathroom etiquette. The preview pages made me chuckle several times.
Yellow Zine Issue 5 by Roman Muradov - $3,994 raised
A new collection of comics by Society of Illustrator Gold Medal Award winning artist Roman Muradov. Muradov's artwork was featured on NPR's 2014 calendar. I contributed to this campaign.
Here We Go by James Young - $1,691 raised
Anthology of short stories written by James Young and illustrated by a number of artists including Joanna Estep, Michael Odom, and Anwar Madrigal. Campaign will be used to print comics, story and artwork already completed. Very high quality artwork.
Noir crime spinoff of Jenkins' Kickstarter funded Fairy Quest, with art by Ramon Bachs. Boom! will print and distribute comic when completed.
Recipe of the Dead #3 by Vera Greentea and Allison Strom - $17,835 raised
Third volume of a "Victorianpunk-mangaish-comic" about a baker who accidentally becomes embroiled in demonic summoning. Strom's art looks very expressive and high quality.
Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia by Petr Kopl and Steve Emecz - £2,509 raised
English translation of Petr Kopl's award winning Czech Sherlock Holmes comic adaptation. Approximately 160 pages in length. Absolutely astounding illustrations, and high praise from various European critics.
Open Campaigns Already Funded
GrayHaven Comics Summer Bash - $1,000 goal
Comics publisher GrayHaven Comics is raising funds to expand its business and increase its profile at recent comic conventions. Some funds will also be used to print more comics in color.
Mouse Guard: Swords and Strongholds by David Petersen and Luke Crane - $19,000 goal
Mouse Guard creator David Petersen and board game creator Luke Crane are raising funds to produce a board game based off a game played by characters in Petersen's Mouse Guard series. Game includes a wooden board, 8 mouse pieces and 30 cards.
The Fitzroy by Dead Canary Comics - £3,500 goal
Comic tie-in to Kickstarter funded movie "The Fitzroy". Featuring comics by Will Kirkby, Will Robson, Steve Howard, Charlie Hodgson, Patrik Lindberg and Scott Cooper.
Roots: A Comic Travelogue by Tara Abbamondi - $2,000 goal
Illustrator Tara Abbamondi is raising funds to publish a comics travelogue about her upcoming trip to Ireland. Funds will go towards printing costs.
The True Death of Billy the Kid by Rick Geary - $5,000 goal
A 60 page, historically accurate recounting of Western outlaw Billy the Kid's death. Written and drawn by Eisner Award winning cartoonist Rick Geary.
Awesome 'Possum by Flying Dodo Publications - $1,000 goal A natural science comic anthology containing the work of Angela Boyle, EJ Landsman, Ellen Van Wyk, Hatty Koemer, Jessica Hiede, Kami Koyamatsu, and Alyssa Suzumura. All the artists are graduates of a natural science illustration program, and the previewed artwork looks fantastically detailed.
Failed Oasis by Joey Donaldson and Patibut - $1,000 goal (August 10 deadline)
Sci-fi project by Canadian writer Donaldson and Thai artist Patibut. Failed Oasis was previously featured online at failedoasis.com, and proceeds from the Kickstarter will be used to fund a print version of the first issue.
Enchantress - The Art of Dan Brereton by Dan Brereton and Steve Morger - $3,000 goal
New collection of artwork by award winning illustrator Dan Brereton. Brereton is best known for his creator-owned series Nocturnals. Much of the art previewed on the Kickstarter campaign are pin-ups, and at least one is NSFW.
Salvagers #3 by Bob Sailey and George Acevado - $3,000 goal
Third issue of a sci-fi comic focusing on deep space salvagers. Salvagers #2 was previously funded via Kickstarter.
Action Johnson by Nic J Shaw - $1,200 goal (August 20 deadline)
Kickstarter campaign to fund a print collection of Action Johnson series, written by Shaw and illustrated by a variety of artists. Many of the comics can currently been found on the Action Johnson website. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Mr. A by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder - $2,300 goal (August 20 deadline)
A new story by legendary creator Steve Ditko starring Mr. A, a Ditko creation who first appeared in Wally Wood's witzend. According to the Kickstarter, Mr. A deals with Randian theories of justice as well as the "Law of Identity."
Fly the Colour Fantastica - $7,500 goal (August 8 Deadline)
Comic anthology celebrating colors featuring the work of 12 different Australian artists. As the title suggests, preview pages contain very vibrant colors, and artwork seems to be of high quality. Arts involved in the project include Eri Kashima, Vikki Ong, Tash Sim, Rebecca Jade and Sam Jacobin.
Campaigns That Failed to Fund
Knight's Legacy: Awakening of the Pen Ddraig by Heroic Tendencies Studio
48 page Arthurian graphic novel written by frequent Outhouse commenter Michael Sacal.
Sum of Light #2 by Brian McCranie - 41% of $2,000 goal (July 24 Deadline)
Second issue of a Lovecraft inspired horror series. First issue was successfully funded via Kickstarter in May 2013.