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 Wormwood Saga - Volume 1 by Daniel Lieske - $12,000 goal (September 16 deadline)
English hardcover collection of the German webcomic The Wormwood Saga. Tokyopop's German branch will handle the printing and shipping of the comics to the United States. In the Kickstarter campaign, Lieske mentioned that he's had trouble finding an American publisher to distribute the collections despite the book's success in Europe, and is turning to Kickstarter as a viable alternative.
Red Angel Dragnet by Eric Palicki and Anna Wieszczyk - $6,500 goal (September 20 deadline)
An 88 page graphic novel about a demon hunting bookseller based out of Chicago. Bookseller also happens to be host to a demon in his own body. Palicki is a well known Columbus, OH creator, and Wieszczyk was most recently the artist of Interesting Drug, an Archiaia graphic novel that was pretty enjoyable, in large part due to the art. A 22 page comic collecting the first chapter was funded via Kickstarter in March 2013. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Mega Fauna by Cloudscape Comics - $4,700 goal (September 9 deadline)
Comic anthology of short stories featuring various types of animals, both real and fictional. Anthology is published by the Cloudscape Comics anthology, which seeks to promote the work of creators living in British Columbia, Canada. Mega Fauna features the work of over 35 BC creators.
Boston Metaphysical Society #5 by Madeleine Holly-Rosing and Emily Hu - $7,500 goal (September 12 deadline)
Fifth chapter of an alternate history steampunk comic featuring a collection of historical figures and fictional characters and their fight against an extradimensional entity who has committed a rash of murders in later 19th century Boston. Publication of the fourth chapter was previously funded via Kickstarter, and Holly-Rosing has noted that artwork for the entire series has already been paid for out of pocket. The full series to date can be read online at http://bostonmetaphysicalsociety.com/
Fight Frogs by Jimmy Giegerich - $2,100 goal (September 1 deadline)
36 page comic about three mutated frogs living in a post-apocalyptical world. The comic is a homage to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and similar anthropomorphic animal teams. The artwork for the comic is already finished and the final product will debut at SPX next month. Banner image for this article taken from Kickstarter page.
Stalker: Donning the Mask by Bradley Potts and Trevor Von Eeden - $1,500 goal (September 11 deadline)
Potts is raising funds to collect the first four issues of Stalker, a generational superhero comic. All four issues are already published, and the new graphic novel will feature the title character's first appearance in a 1995 self-published comic.
Deer Editor #1 by Ryan Lindsay and Sami Kivela - $1,000 goal (September 10 deadline)
48 page comic about a newspaper's crime editor who also happens to be a deer. Both Lindsay and Kivela are established comics professionals, and the comic looks pretty fantastic. The project will be distributed digitally due to international shipping costs. Stretch goals include a radio drama of the comic.
Last Week of Funding
HP Lovecraft Versus Aleister Crowley by Montgomery Borror - 114% of $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.
Action Johnson by Nic J Shaw - 259% of $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 - 249% of $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 - 138% of $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 Galaxy Girls by Shawn DePasquale and Sherard Jackson - 44% 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 - 59% 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.
The Soviet by Julia Alekseyeva - 182% of $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 - 160% of $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.
In Need of Support
Push by Jay O'Leary - 11% of $3,000 goal (August 31 deadline)
Comic about a robot with the ability to wipe his own memories. Very trippy and surrealist artwork.
Pumpkinface: Origins by Graeme Buchan and Antonio Brandao - 70% of £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. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Ongoing Comics Patreon Campaigns
The Outhouse - $218 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to pay for server costs and staff.
Wait, What? Podcast - $344 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to help pay for server costs for their new website and additional content
Comics Beat - $671 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to support The Comics Beat, a comic book website run by Heidi MacDonald.
Rachel Deering - $547 per month raised
Ongoing Patreon campaign to support horror writer and editor Rachel Deering.
Successfully Funded Campaigns
Monsterwood by Jason Rosen and Steve Ellis - $17,366 funded
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.
Imperfect by Al Letson, Pier Brito and Ron Hubbard - $16,629 funded
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 - $5,083 funded
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 - $2,800 funded
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 - $6,036 funded
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 - £13,722 funded
Hardcover collection of the Deathbulge British webcomic.
Modern Polaxis by Sutu - $11,942 funded
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- $5,387 funded
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 - $2,201 funded
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 - $5,316 funded
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 - $55,001 funded
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 - $17,277 funded
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.
The Book of Dragons by Bronco Ink - $5,353 funded
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 - $7,582 funded
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.
Failed Oasis by Joey Donaldson and Patibut - $2,333 funded
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.
The True Death of Billy the Kid by Rick Geary - $8,897 funded
A 60 page, historically accurate recounting of Western outlaw Billy the Kid's death. Written and drawn by Eisner Award winning cartoonist Rick Geary. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
Awesome 'Possum by Flying Dodo Publications - $2,417 funded
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 - $25,270 funded
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 - $4,826 funded
Third issue of a sci-fi comic focusing on deep space salvagers. Salvagers #2 was previously funded via Kickstarter.
Open Campaigns Already Funded
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Image above taken from Kickstarter page.
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.