By Todd Allen
While this doesn’t look like it will quite get to the amazing funding levels of of the Order of the Stick Reprint Project (nearly $650K with 8 days left), there’s another webcomic with an even more modest goal that’s making some serious coin at the crowdfunding game, this week. R Stevens is about to hit 3000 strips in his Diesel Sweeties webcomic. All he wanted was $3K to buy him some time to compile the entire run of the strip into ebook format. Right now, he’s got a bit over $22K pledged for the project.
According the Stevens, it only took about 45 minutes to raise the money. More amazingly, this is money being contributed for a product that will be freely distributed. Stevens makes his money off merchandising the strip and advertising (mostly merchandise). Like Order of the Stick, this is basically an archival project.
Also like Order of the Stick, Diesel Sweeties is a long-running, popular webcomic. You may recall that Diesel Sweeties even crossed over to print as a daily newspaper comic strip for a while, before Stevens decided to pull back his focus to the web product.
Whereas Burlew is pulling out all the premium stops for Order of the Stick, Stevens is really just offering some thumbdrives and prints with this pledge drive. Still… $22K to format your work into a free eBook(s). Wow.
While $22K isn’t a top 10 comics project on Kickstarter these days, there are also 25 days left on the drive, so who knows where this will wind up…
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.