Kickstarter, the website that allows creative types to raise money by direct appeal to a community of supporters, has been helping all sorts of folks get their dream comics out there — from reprints of obscure old comics, to webcomic collections. Most projects we’ve seen are fairly modest. But some are much bigger in scope.
And he needs $60,000 to get his project going.
A 96 page graphic novel Written, Pencilled, Inked and colored by Tony Harris. The $$ to be raised is for a page rate to produce all the art, cover production costs, and keep my children in PB&J samiches!!! The publisher is to be announced once the book is complete.
You can watch Harris’s pitch below.
Roundeye — once set to be published by Desperado — is his dream project for over a dozen years, he explains, but one that he can’t afford to do instead of lucrative paying work. So…take it to the streets. At $60k for 96 pages that’s $625 a page — although that doesn’t take into account printing or marketing costs.
In all the talk about publishing models and worries about piracy and the great darkling plain that a career in the arts has become, it should be no surprise that a top drawer artist is going the Kickstarter route. And $60,000 isn’t really that much money in the larger scheme of things. There isn’t much art posted but what there is looks wonderful.
Does he have enough fans to get there? So far, he’s raised $2,475. The deadline is January 30th. So get to it, Tony Harris fans.
PS: On his Twitter feed, Harris reveals that he’s doing 12 painted covers for a James Robinson– penned Shade miniseries. We’re guessing this marks Shade’s return to the DCU proper after a sojourn in Vertigo-land.
Here’s some art from the update page:
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.