Via Twitter, confirmation that @Womanthology is the #25th Most Successful @Kickstarter of ALL TIME! Incredible.
WOMANTHOLOGY, the huge collection of comics by women succeeded in meeting its Kickstarter goals. In fact, it exceeded them by some bit, raising $109,301 in 30 days. The original goal was $25,000.
WOMANTHOLOGY had some fantastic premiums to get people to pledge — including contributions from Kevin Smith, Neil Gaiman, Jim Lee, and tons more. But thats still a crazy amount of money. Over 2000 people pledged, 433 of them between $65 and $100.
It hasn’t been entirely clear what the organizers are going to do with the extra money, but some ideas have been advanced:
– Up to 50,000 will mean MORE books printed. See our site at http://womanthology.blogspot.com for more information on this! We may even be able to afford a special Womanthology table at a big upcoming con! – 50,000
– 70,000 I will put toward funding the printing of ANOTHER book that will bring more opportunity to creators that just need that chance! Not just women this time! :)
– Over 70,000 …. if there was a miracle in the universe that would allow us to earn more, my ultimate goal would be an expanded version of what this book is about. To create an organization that supports new creators and their creator-owned comics, helps fund them to complete their works, and get them out to major publishers for their chance to shine. The comics industry NEEDS this right now! This would really be a great way to support comics, and help move the industry and all the fantastic creators in it, to a brighter, more awesome future!
These are all noble goals, but I’ll throw this in there, too: hopefully the CONTRIBUTORS are getting paid along the way, because anthologies are notorious for not paying contributors.
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.