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.
I've spoken before about the lack of coverage most Kickstarters receive, and I've taken recent steps to correct that here on this site. The Kickstarter Pipeline is the next step in that. This will be 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.
P. Craig Russell Sketchbook Archives by Wayne Alan Harold (launched June 14) - $20,000 goal
A 250 page hardcover sketchbook containing selected sketches by P. Craig Russell. Sketches contain nots and commentary by the artist. Above image taken from Kickstarter campaign.
EPOCHS Issue #1 by Epochs Comic (launched June 11) - $3,000 goal
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.
Gates of Midnight by D Lynn Smith, Amelia Woo, Mirana Reveier, Jessica Jimerson (launched June 13) - $35,000 goal
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.
Last Week of Funding
Fun-O-Planet #1: Failed Alien by Nathan Ward (deadline June 18) - $2,500 goal (97% funded)
Trippy alt-comic about three teenagers kidnapped by an alien. Above image taken from Kickstarter campaign.
Toe Tag Riot by Matt Miner and Sean Gorman (deadline June 21) - $19,000 goal (75% funded)
Zombie satire about a punk band doling out zombie karma on various bigoted groups. I interviewed Matt Miner here.
In Need of Support
Of Dust and Blood - by Jim Berry and Val Mayerik- 72% of $30,000 goal (June 25 Deadline)
90 page graphic novel about the Battle of Little Big Horn. Above image taken from Kickstarter campaign.
Shepherd: Graphic Novel by Nic J. Shaw - 22% 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.
Where is Home Anthology by Vanessa Stefaniuk - 48% of $4,000 goal (July 9 Deadline)
Anthology of fifteen former Sheridan College artists. Common theme is "home".
Open Campaigns Already Funded
Apothecia by Taz Muir and Shelby Craig - $3,000 goal
Collection of Apothecia webcomic.
Strong Female Protagonist: Book One by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag- $8,000 goal
Collection of Strong Female Protagonist webcomic.
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.
A Tale of Beginningless Time by Sophie Argetsinger - $1,500 goal
28 page creation myth about cosmic beings musically creating Earth. I interviewed Sophie Argetsinger here.
Albert Einstein: Time Mason #2 by Tony Donley and Marcus Perry - $1,855 goal
Second issue of a time-traveling Albert Einstein. Issue focuses on Einstein's adventures in Ancient Egypt. Cover by Stephane Roux.
Kyrie by Matt Crotts - $500 goal
16 page comic set in Roman era Egypt. Image above taken from Kickstarter campaign. Interview with Matt Crotts pending.