Support diversity in comics? You need to support the BLACK kickstarter


There’s been a lot of tweeting and tumblring about the need for more diversity in comics. And now you can make comics more diverse! Here is a chance to actually support a project by African-American creators that deals frankly with racial issues from a non-white perspective. BLACK is a new kickstarter for a graphic novel written by Kwanza Osajyefo (aka Kwanza Johnson)and Tim Smith III with art by Jamal Igle with additional art by Khary Randolph. Former Vertigo editor Sarah Litt will oversee the production. The story is high concept: what if only black people could become superheroes? Let your mind wander over that.

Nice Art; Tom Fowler’s D&D Kickstarter is amazing


It’s pretty well known tat Tom Fowler is one of the best artists out there—a great storyteller as well as a fantastic character designer. He’s been working doing character and concept designs for toys and animation, but according to the explanation of his nw Kickstarter project, he was feeling burnt out on drawing until his […]

CrowdWatch: Locust Moon to publish long lost Will Eisner comic strips


Well speak of the devil, here’s a new Kickstarter from the Locust Moon folks that plans to reprint some long lost early work by Will Eisner. The story of how it came to light is one of the craziest things I’ve ever heard: A collector outside Philly discovered 104 zinc plates engraved with work that […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Calliope combines toys, animation and a spooky vibe


If you liked Coraline, you’ll probably like Calliope, a proposed stop motion film that’s a collaborations bwteen the world of designer toys (Circus Posterus’ toy designers Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters), stop-motion innovator and Annie Awards Special Achievement recipient Martin Meunier (Coraline) and filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened). It’s currently being Kickstarted, and if it isn’t quite a Halloween thing, it certainly fits in with the mood of the season.

31 Days of Halloween: Shadoweyes: Volume One


This is actually a crowd watch too as Iron Circus is kickstarting a collection of Sophie Campbell’s Shadoweyes: Volume One: Sophie Campbell began Shadoweyes in 2010. It stars Scout Montana, a slight and fragile teenage girl with dreams of defending her city as a masked vigilante. But one night, close on the heels of her […]

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 […]

Washington court orders payment and fines in Kickstarter fraud case


As crowdsourcing has become a normal part of financing creative projects, a few bad apples have soured the barrel with non delivery. A few months ago, the FTC announced it would start looking in to Kickstarters that don’t deliver and now a Seattle court has ordered the creators of the Asylum Playing Cards Kickstarter—Altius Management and Edward J. Polchlopek—to pay over $54,000 in fines and settlement.

Comics & Libraries: San Diego State University Crowdfunds to Catalog 20,000 Comics!

Art by Wil Weston

San Diego State University has over 20,000 comics and related items to process! (Here’s a basic list of comics waiting to be cataloged!) Like most libraries, they don’t have the funding to process the donations, and to make them accessible to patrons. Thus, San Diego State University has set up their own crowdfunding portal, called […]

Tom Spurgeon launches a Patreon campaign and a digital magazine


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 […]