No offense to the other 78+ projects out there but nothing on Kickstarter has been catching my eye as of late. Maybe I’m spoiled with projects like the recently successful Peter Pan, BAD KARMA and The Big Feminist BUT. It seems like a slow season but thankfully there are projects like Con Season and Pariah, Missouri to keep things interesting.
Project: Con Season
Talent/Project Manager: Ryan Sohmer
Days to Go: 9
The spiel: It’s not the holiday season, it’s the Con Season! Actually it’s not, but it’s right around the corner. Are you one of those people that live vicariously through your friends on Twitter and Facebook when they go to every damn convention while you’re chained to your day job? Don’t you hate it when you’re friends are working on their cosplay outfits and planning what panels they are going to without you? Well here’s your chance to experience the entire con experience* from the comfort of your own living room. *Con-Crud not included.
An 8 episode series about comics, travel, meat-sweats and chocolate wine from the guys who brought you LICD, LFG, Gutters, and The Bear
I only keep up with comic book Kickstarter projects because I can’t afford to become obsessed with anything else on that site. I’m not too keen on the ‘Film and Video’ projects but I think it’s smart that they uploaded an 8 minute pilot to let you know what they are investing that hard earned money in.
Where is that 78k going you ask:
The filming is done. We filmed at Emerald City Comic Con, Calgary Expo, San Diego Comic Con, Gen Con, Fan Expo, and New York Comic Con this year and now we need to take all that footage and turn it into watchable episodes. We will need proper equipment to edit the show (read a ton of man-hours), a large amount of colour adjustments, mix the sound, and, most importantly, pay the staff to do all this. On top of that we will need to pay the production costs for the DVDs and the BluRays.
$35 gets you a physical copy of the show and digital copies, but the real deal is the $1,500 “SDCC Fan Pledge”. It gets you a San Diego Comic-Con badge, ‘Nuff Said!
Project: Pariah, Missouri : The Graphic Novel
Talent/Project Manager: Andres Salazar
Days to Go: 4
Third stretch goal: $6,000
The spiel: Lately I have been scrolling through the various projects and feel like the Kickstarter magic is fading, but then there are projects like Pariah, Missouri.
Pariah Missouri is a western (set right before the Civil War) with a supernatural twist. Think of it as Deadwood meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It leans on mysticism and folk-magic and if you enjoy settings that are heavily researched with complex characters this is for you!
If you’re reading this and you plan on starting a Kickstarter project, sorry, but you’re going to have to hire Martin Scorsese to beat this promotional video. Gives a great incite to the project, history in the story and background on Andres Salazar. He’s a stand up comedian and worked as an art assistant for the legendary Howard Chaykin.
Salazar is trying to come up with dough to print his 22 page story and already hit $2,000 mark and now trying to hit the third stretch goal of $6,000. If he raises the funds he will include four pages of prelude. I’m not a gambler but I really like the magnetic chip incentive, I like the style of the comic itself, it’s never been done before on Kickstarter.
Henry Barajas is the co-creator, writer and letterer for El Loco and Captain Unikorn. He has also written and lettered short stories for two successful Kickstarter SpazDog Press projects: Unite and Take Over: Stories inspired by The Smiths and Break The Walls: Comic Stories inspired by The Pixies. He is the Newsroom Research Assistant for The Arizona Daily Star and was nominated for the Shel Dorf Blogger of the Year award for his work at The Beat. You can follow him on Twitter @HenryBarajas and Google+.