Kickstarter has become the go-to crowdfunding website for a variety of comic projects, whether they be furiously exciting or somewhat dubious. But up until now, the site has been fairly restrictive about who can or can’t set up a campaign on the site – namely, that Americans can, but people in the UK can’t. That’ll change on the 31st October, as Kickstarter UK will launch.
If you’re unaware of Kickstarter, a quick exposition — Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website which allows creatives to say “this is a comic I want to make. If you fund it, I will make it”. To thank people for funding them, the creatives can then offer rewards for specific donations. Donate $10, for example, and you get a free PDF copy of the comic. Donate $25, and get a signed physical copy. Donate $4000 and the writer will come over to your house and give you a massage. And so on.
The site has been responsible for several massive successes, including projects by Gail Simone, Paul Jenkins, Humberto Ramos, Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, Top Cow, and this project I just found which looks AMAZING.
This will be a UK option for the site, rather than a new website in its own right. All UK projects will be tallied alongside American projects, with the same reward scheme and funding structure in place. The only difference is that this will be counted in pounds rather than dollars.
So, Brits, there’s only one thing left to do — bombard Henry Barajas’ email with your new projects! firstname.lastname@example.org