By Henry Barajas
Kickstarter has become an avenue for cartoonist to get funding for their projects. Lately more and more working professionals have taken full advantage of this major platform. Here are some projects that are promising and deserve support.
Project: Wild Blue Yonder
Days to Go: 16
Talent/Project Manager(s): Mike Raicht writer; Zach Howard artist; Nelson Daniel colorist
The song and dance: The song and dance: Talk about talent, the creators on this project includes include Zach Howard. Howard has worked for all the major companies and is doing stellar work on the IDW title, The Cape. Zach did provide art for the first four part ‘Cape’ series but only provided the first page of the first issue for the now running prequel ‘Cape: 1969’ The book is written by veteran comic book writer Mike Raicht. Raicht wrote Army of Darkness, Dark Shadows and co-wrote the Russ Manning nominated series Stuff of Legends. The colorist, Nelson Daniel, has worked on numerous IDW projects including, The Cape.
The story centers around Cola, a teenaged girl fighter pilot and her family fight to protect The Dawn. The book is set to release $50 gets you the entire five issue series and they are offering 90 limited edition Kickstarter exclusives. The variants are signed, numbered and include a digital download. The creators have offered their expert knowledge as incentives to help get the book funded. If you’re seeking the help and guidance from on a personal project, then you should kick in $150 for a script review with Raicht. If you’re an artist looking for a serious critique there is a $200 Pledge that gets you an hour portfolio review with Howard. Currently this project is sitting at $5,595 and needs another $6,405 to go.
Project: THE CARTOON ART OF MIKE DEODATO, JR. Volume 1
Talent/Project Manager: Mike Deodato, Jr.
Days to Go: 29
The spiel: One of the industry’s top talents for the last decade, First professional American work in 1993; Mike Deodato, Jr. apparently has a cartoony side he’s dying to show us. The book is offered digitally but the print edition will be a wide and slim saddle stitched 11” x 8.5” on card stock in full color. This project was inspired by personal greeting cards he makes for his family. Incentives include personalized signed copies, rare WOLVERINE Origins prints, custom cartoon sketches and for a small $10k donation you get an appearance by Mr. Deodato, Jr. to your next con or store signing. Currently the project is just sitting just under $5,700 dollars and on target to hit the goal.
Project: Flaming Carrot Hardback & Digital Comics Talent/Project Manager: Bob Burden
Days to Go: 47
The pitch: This project has already met its goal but I think it’s worth mentioning. Comic legend, Bob Burden used Kickstarter to self-publish a super deluxe, signed and numbered hardback collection The Flaming Carrot: The Wild Should Wild Remain. Burden is also offering the 250 page series in a digital format for only $10 and if you kick in $15 you also get the 130 page Flaming Carrot: Man of Mystery in addition. There are also other incentives that include signed books and rare Flaming Carrot action figures and a new 8 page story exclusive to this project. If you are an original follower or a new fan, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
It’s not a Kickstart requirement to be a big time creator to start a campaign but that’s what you’re going up against. One of the reasons why this is the best time in comics is because the caliber is so great; it weeds out all the weaker books. In my next article I will cover more projects and provide updates on the previously reported titles.