Crowdwatch: Steve Hamaker’s PLOX Volume One

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  Well, since it’s Friday let’s go all out with the Kickstarter newsw. Her’s a newsish one from Steve Hamaker, a collection of his graphic novel PLOX Volume One which he’s been serializing online. The story follows three online gamers and their experiences: Kim; the guild leader at the end of her rope, Chad; the […]

Tom Tomorrow’s $250,000 Kickstarter has four days to go

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We get a lot of requests to mention Kickstarters here at the Beat, and rather than slight this one or that one, I hardly mention any. Only the worthiest. But I do HEAR about a lot of kickstarters as they get tweeted and promoted about the web.

Here’s one that only crossed my radar only recently (probably my fault more than anything, since it got written up in HuffPo, WaPo, Mother Jones and other places no one reads) but it doesn’t seem to need much help. Tom Tomorrow, the veteran (no offense) political cartoonist is Kickstartinga compendium of the last 25 years of his comic, “This Modern World” and it’s doing very well: it just passed the $250,000 mark and has a few days to go to kick it up a bit more.

Tom Spurgeon launches a Patreon campaign and a digital magazine

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After making some noises about it for a while, Tom Spurgeon has joined the crowdfunding world for his award-winning Comics Reporter site with a Patreon that is up to over $500 in less than 24 hours. I think I might have been in the first 10 supporters, and I urge all Beat readers to go […]

MATT CHATS: Dan Berry on Podcasts, Patreon and Handmade Art

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I first learned about Dan Berry due to my insatiable hunger for comics podcasts. Make It Then Tell Everybody consists of intelligent and insightful conversations with comic creators you may or may not be familiar with, each a great lesson in art, storytelling and the process of making sequential art. From Make It Then Tell Everybody, […]

Cartoonist leaves paying gig, starts Kickstarter for The Nib

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A couple of years ago we were crowing with joy when Pulitzer Prize finalist cartoonist Matt Bors was hired to run Medium’s comics section, The Nib, and the results were glorious, with two years of daily content that was smart funny, trenchant, moving, eye opening and everything else we love about comics.

Well, as with most start-ups all good things must come to an end.

SDCC ’15 – Comic Book People at Comic-Con

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Interview: Cecil Baldwin shares Welcome to Night Vale’s origin story and talks inclusivity in comics and podcasts

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We sat down at Flame Con with Cecil Baldwin, star of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and talked WTNV’s origins, it’s explosive popularity and how serialized storytelling expands representation of LGBTQ characters

Interview: Phil Jimenez talks Wonder Woman, Midnighter and the future of LGBTQ fandom

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Artist and writerPhil Jimenez talks gay comic fandom, the many faces of Wonder Woman and why Midnighter leaves him cold.

Crowdwatch: some deserving Kickstarters from Pak/Miyazawa, Dwyer and also Frogman

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Normally I don’t do Kickstarter columns but so many of them are coming and so many of them are cool, I’m BREAKING WITH TRADITION. § Kieron Dwyer and Todd Rinker are trying to get funding for WEST PORTAL, a new creator owned series about… West Portal is the story of Dexter Allen, a struggling artist […]

MATT CHATS: Tyler James on the ComixTribal Magic

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Independent publisher ComixTribe has been steadily growing their presence in the direct market, on Kickstarter and especially on the web. ComixTribe.com is a site that’s used not just to promote their products but also to give advice to inspiring and up-and-coming creators. I spoke to Tyler James, the publisher of ComixTribe, about building a reputation in the industry, […]

Kickstart First Law of Mad Science to Stave Off a Deadly Future

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In 2008, Oliver Mertz and Mike Isenberg came up with the idea for First Law of Mad Science, an affecting and strangely portentous story about a man whose innovative retinal implants a la Google Glass end up having major ramifications on the future of the world and the safety of his family.  Seven years later, the […]

Kickstarter Fail – A Federal Offense?

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The Federal Trade Commission has just sent a press release touting its first successful action against a failed Kickstarter campaign.

Interview: Joey Stern, co-founder of Geeks OUT talks Flame Con – NYC’s first ever LGBTQ comic convention

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We talk to Geeks OUT founder Joey Stern about the kickstarter-funded Flame Con, coming June 13, New York City’s first ever LGBTQ comic convention.

Archie Comics Kickstarter cancelled in the face of criticism

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I’d been hearing word on the street that the controversial Archie Kickstarter campaign would be cancelled, about $30 K in and CBR has the official word. The planned titles—Jughead by Chip Zdarsky, Betty & Veronica by Adam Hughes and Kevin Keller by Dan Parent—will be published, as promised, but the rollout will be slower with Jughead launching in the fall.

According to Archie publisher Jon Goldwater, the negative attention was detracting too much from the actual projects:

Crowd Watch: Comics Uniting Nations Kickstarter is saving the world with van Lente, Dunlavey, Woo, Brrémaud, Bertolucci 

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One of the more ambitious and important comics Kickstarter efforts now running is the Comics Uniting Nations effort. Spearheaded by Josh Elder, who already got the Reading With Pictures literacy effort off the ground, this is an equally important project that will communicate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals via the medium of comics. This […]

UPDATED: Archie Comics is Kickstarting a $350,000 relaunch with Zdarsky, Hughes and more

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UPDATE: Archie president Jon Goldwater has released a statement on the Kickstarter. See below. Well, here is one company you didn’t expect to be crowd funding things: Archie Comics has launched a Kickstarter for $350,000 to continue their updated, realistic version of the Riverdale Universe. For this amount, they will follow up the Mark Waid/Fiona […]