How To Make Crowdfunding Sustainable For Comics

Jimmy Palmiotti has been a prolific crowdfunder.

A little while back, Brian Hibbs wrote a piece involving the place of Kickstarters in the comics world that still seems to be making the rounds online.  It comes at it from the retailer angle, and as somebody who’s run a few Kickstarters, I have a few different thoughts about how crowdfunding fits into 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.

Webcomic Alert: Flower Voyeur by Lauren R. Weinstein

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At home in the warmer months, recovering from neck surgery, cartoonist Lauren Weinstein gifts us with Flower Voyeur, a slice of the circle of life comic that ‘s very appropriate as we heda for the dog days of August. Weinstein’s Carriers, about learning she and her husband might pass cystic fibrosis on to their child, […]

Delcourt bringing comics to US via Comixology

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First big announcement of the week: Delcourt, the biggest independent comics publisher in France, will release a line of their book in English for the first time via Comixology. The initial line of books includes books by Charlie Adlard (The Curse of the Wendigo) Pénélope Bagieu (Josephine), Alfred (Some Prima) and much more. A total […]

Webcomic alert: Witness the economic struggle of the cartoonist in ICE CREAM by Alex Fellows

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Here’s a comic that sums up all the money stuff we’ve been talking about for the last few weeks. The unnamed cartoonist in Alex Fellows’ ICE CREAM has just purchased a fancy refrigerator he can’t really afford. I think most of us will empathize with the financial soul searching, credit card juggling and marital discord […]

Pay What You Want for Brian K. Vaughn’s Webcomic, The Private Eye Vol. 2

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Today, digital publisher Panel Syndicate released the second and final volume of writer Brian K. Vaughn’s (Saga, Y: The Last Man) and artist Marcos Martin’s (The Amazing Spider-Man, Batgirl: Year One) webcomic, The Private Eye.  Collecting issues 6-10 of the series, The Private Eye continues to follow the story of Patrick Immelman, a private investigator working in 2076 after every luddite’s […]

Breaking: Breaking Cat News is coming to print!

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BREAKING CAT NEWS about, well, BREAKING CAT NEWS! @UniversalUclick and @gocomics are publishing a BCN book in 2016!!! pic.twitter.com/QSclyit7LF — Georgia Dunn (@pseudooctopus) May 15, 2015 We’ve been big fans of Georgia Dunn’s Breaking Cat News for quite a while, laughing with the boys’ in depth reporting on stupid human tricks, and shedding a tear […]

MATT CHATS: Webcomics Wizard Scott Kurtz on Commanding His “Table Titans”

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Welcome to MATT CHATS, a weekly interview series in which I, Matt O’Keefe, talk with people of interest in the comic book industry. Whether they’re writers, artists, letterers, editors, retailers, etc. if they have something to say, I want to hear it and share it with you. Here’s a special conversation I had recently with […]

Tüki Save The Humans #4 delayed by Jeff Smith arm injury

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Issue #4 of Tüki Save The Humans, Jeff Smith’s saga of early humans and their migration, has been postponed from May to December due to a recurrence of an arm injury that creator Jeff Smith has been battling for a while. “The past 12 months have been really busy,” says Smith, “and last month, after […]

MATT CHATS: Comics Marketing with Cory Casoni

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Welcome to MATT CHATS, a weekly interview with someone working in the comics industry. This week that person is Cory Casoni, and his job isn’t to create comics but to make others aware of them. After five years of marketing for Oni Press he moved on first to Namco-Bandei and then to help run Scott […]