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.
Push by Jay O'Leary - $3,000 goal (August 31 deadline)
Comic about a robot with the ability to wipe his own memories. Very trippy and surrealist artwork.
Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars by Tristan J Tarwater and Adrian Ricker - $2,000 goal (August 31 deadline)
Comic series about an especially unfortunate thief. Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars is set in Tarwater's The Valley of Ten Crescents fantasy series.
Brok Windsor: The Complete Adventures edited by Hope Nicholson - $17,000 goal (September 29 deadline)
A complete collection of the 1940s Brok Windsor comic strips, written and drawn by Jon Stables. Nicholson previously collected the Nelvana comic strips. The collection will also include articles and a biography of Stables, as well as art by a number of Canadian artists. Banner image for article (designed by Rachel Deering) taken from Kickstarter page.
Valor Anthology - $20,000 goal (August 30 deadline)
A comic anthology collecting fantasy stories featuring female protagonists. Most of the creators involved with the anthology are female. Creators involved with the anthology include Angelica Maria Lopez, Annie Stoll, Tim Ferrera, Elena Barbarich and Ash Barnes, Emily Hann, Jayd Ait-Kaci, Alex Singer, Joanne Webster, Justin Lanjil, Kadi Fedoruk, Laura Neubert, Meaghan Carter, Megan Kearney, Michelle "Misha" Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Nicole Chartrand, Ran Brown, Cory Brown, and Sara Goetter.
HP Lovecraft Versus Aleister Crowley by Montgomery Borror - $2,000 goal (August 19th deadline)
Speculative fiction comic imagining Lovecraft and Crowley as rival wizards. Borror previously illustrated the horror graphic novel The Curse of Venus Aversa.
Pumpkinface: Origins by Graeme Buchan and Antonio Brandao - £2,250 goal (September 1 deadline)
Horror series set in early 20th century Britain. Buchan previously used Kickstarter to fund his Creepy Scarlett horror series.
Widdershins: Piece of Cake by Kate Ashwin - £3,500 goal (August 27 deadline)
Fourth collection of the Widdershins webcomic. Volumes 2 and 3 were also funded via Kickstarter.
Squarriors: Teeth and Nail by Ashley Witter and Ash Maczko - $12,500 goal (August 28 deadline)
Comic featuring squirrel warriors in a post-apocalyptic world. Unlike animal starring fantasy series like Redwall or Mouse Guard, Squarriors seems much more inclined to play up the bloody parts of fighting. Squarriors will be published by Devil's Due Publishing.
Johnny Canuck collection edited by Rachel Richey - $23,000 goal (August 31 deadline)
A complete collection of the 1940s Johnny Canuck comic strips. Collection will include a biography of Johnny Canuck's creator Leo Bachle and art by a number of prominent Canadian artists. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Last Week of Funding
Modern Polaxis by Sutu - 128% 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- 121% 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.
GrayHaven Comics Summer Bash - 202% of $1,000 goal (August 6 deadline)
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.
Roots: A Comic Travelogue by Tara Abbamondi - 192% of $2,000 goal (August 7 deadline)
Illustrator Tara Abbamondi is raising funds to publish a comics travelogue about her upcoming trip to Ireland. Funds will go towards printing costs.
Mouse Guard: Swords and Strongholds by David Petersen and Luke Crane - 271% of $19,000 goal (August 7 deadline)
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.
Fly the Colour Fantastica - 158% of $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.
Samurai Chef Vol. 2 by Nigel Twumasi and Lao K - 69% 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 - 81% 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 - 88% 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. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Failed Oasis by Joey Donaldson and Patibut - 158% of $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.
In Need of Support
Imperfect by Al Letson, Pier Brito and Ron Hubbard - 54% 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 - 42% 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 - 70% 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.
Gangs of Camelot by James Heffron, Vicente Cifuentes, Sunny Gho, and Arif Prianto - 37% 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. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Deathbulge by Dan Martin - 91% of £10,000 goal (August 17 deadline)
Hardcover collection of the Deathbulge British webcomic.
Laying Lincoln Down by Kurt Kennedy - 32% 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 - 65% 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 - 32% 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.
Watson and Holmes: Volume 2 by New Paradigm Studios - 39% of $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.
Ongoing Comics Patreon Campaigns
The Outhouse - $245.22 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to pay for server costs and staff.
Wait, What? Podcast - $343.27 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to help pay for server costs for their new website and additional content
Comics Beat - $541.50 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to support The Comics Beat, a comic book website run by Heidi MacDonald.
Rachel Deering - $536 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to support horror writer and editor Rachel Deering.
Successfully Funded Campaigns
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. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Frostlings by Patrick and Sally Block - $21,420 raised
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.
Dollhouse by Ray Nadine - $8,163 raised
Kickstarter campaign to fund a print collection of the Dollhouse webcomic.
Not So Super Comics by Jacques Nyemb - $3,815 raised
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 - $2,656 raised
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 - $15,414 raised
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.
Dave Cockrum's Futurians Return by Aardwolf Publishing - $23,326 raised
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.
Under the Flesh by Gilbert Deltres and JL Giles - $4,230 raised
Horror comic set in a world where a virus turns men into zombie-like cannibals. I interviewed Deltres here.
The Fitzroy by Dead Canary Comics - £5,975 raised
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.
Open Campaigns Already Funded
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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. The Outhouse interviewed Cooke here.
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.
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. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Campaigns That Failed to Fund
Mad World by Patch Silver and Ryk Brink
Fantasy graphic novel about a teenage girl and an anthropomorphic crow wizard. Art has an interesting quality to it.
Faux Life #1 by Ethan Rappaport and Robert Baumer
Horror comic about a girl who can bring inanimate objects to life.
Storyville: The Prostitute Murders by Gary Reed and Wayne Reid
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.
Author's note: There is a 95% chance next week's column won't be posted 'til Thursday. Bi-weekly columns will return in two weeks.