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K74A5363_KSR Staff Headshots_Fall2018_Camilla Zhang

As we reported last week, Kickstarter was looking to layoff as much as 40-45% of its staff in the wake of COVID-19 uncertainties. Sadly, comics outreach lead Camilla Zhang was among those laid off, as she posted on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Zhang previously worked at DC, Mad Cave and many other places and while she may (if we’re lucky) get rehired at Kickstarter, I’m sure she’ll end up somewhere else in comics if that doesn’t happen. A tireless presence promoting comics, Zhang just launch the Kickstarter comics anthology a few days ago, and hasn’t stopped tweeting about notable comics campaigns, because she’s just that positive!

Unfortunately, Zhang’s departure led to a new and tedious phase of Twitter culture wars with the Indiegogo faction claiming victory over KS. This has been a constant little drumbeat of late, and, in truth, it would be useful to compare the two platforms. However, while Kickstarter is extremely transparent about their numbers – comics campaigns have raised $111.6 million on the platform – Indiegogo is extremely NON transparent.

Zhang – and her boss Margot Atwell – were/are highly visible resources for creators and campaigns, attending many conventions and festivals and frequently quoted and interviewed. By contrast, there is no comparable figure inside Indiegogo to put their comics fundraising in perspective. There is no denying that IGG has become a more and more important source of funding for comics projects of many kinds, but it hasn’t lent itself to independent analysis yet — and thus far that seems to be a feature not a bug.

It’s also notable that while many people (sadly) were laid off at Kickstarter, Zhang is the only one whose departure was news, a testament to the community she helped build.

Anyway, even in these uncertain times, I’m sure Zhang will land on her feet and we wish her all the best.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Oh darn, looks like Ms. Zhang won’t be cashing a 6 figure paycheck to “rant about privilege and entitlement” for a living for anymore. Er, after her exhaustively negotiated severance runs out, that is. Though surely well before then she’ll be “snapped up” by another dotcom looking to suffocate their bottom-line with insufferably arrogant millennial groupthink shame-orgies before she is yet again “downsized” when it turns out (SHOCKER!) she does nothing but complain about petty imaginary slights all day and lose companies money.

  2. Matt Ford: have you actually read anything Zhang has ever said or are you just goingn off the basic characterization Richard Meyer has of people like her?

  3. Dan Coyle: Did Zhang encourage or cause projects to be banned/removed from Kickstarter for political reasons? Would you like Richard Meyer to be given the same power and authority as Zhang?

    Mike

  4. #HonestLinkedinProfiles

    Hi!  I bring absolutely nothing to do the table besides my gender, race, and sexual identity and an utterly obscene sense of entitlement.  rest assured, once i begin collecting my six figure salary for a job that is utterly beneath me, i will work tirelessly to lose your company millions while i fill my days relentlessly complaining that my already laughable level of unearned and overpaid privilege is nowhere near enough.

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