John Steed brilliantly suggested we should have a Kickstarter thread for us junkies who like to buy some of our books that way, help out an independent artist realize their dream (and make a nice dollar or two), and maybe get a few cool books in the process. So here's ones I'm backing right now:
Get in on this one, folks. It's mushroomed from simple graphic novel tpb format to omnibus sized hardcover with a slipcase. The art and story look like it's gonna be a fun read, and the guy's made enough bread that he's been donating the excess to things like Hero Initiative and Renae De Liz, etc.
Also you only have today to do this - so get on it! Seriously, this book looks to be brilliant!Modest Medusa:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/232860137/modest-medusa-season-2?ref=search
I like cute things, and I'm comfortable enough in my masculinity to admit it. I missed out on Volume 1, but thankfully one of his options is to get volumes 1 AND 2 autographed with a sketch in them. I'm in. I think the missus is going to dig this one as well.Mark Dos Santos Artbook:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44582565/mark-dos-santos-art-book?ref=live
I love LOVE LOVE Mark Dos Santos' artwork...and if you skim this page you'll see why. This book needs to HAPPEN, people!
If he's at your convention RUN don't walk to pick up his stuff! It's really reasonable price wise and looks absolutely beautiful.
and this one got funded, so I don't know that you can still order it or not:Daisy Kutter:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/439903302/daisy-kutter-reprint-project?ref=live
This one got funded, and I'm excited to see it when it arrives.
Also of course if you have a Kickstarter campaign of your own going - please post it!
There is still 15 days to go on the Cerebus High Society one though and the incentives have evolved into some cool stuff! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/189735833/cerebus-high-society-special-audio-visual-digital
Teddy-1 isn't my personal thing (it has a firefighter/EMS kind of deal which is not an area of interest for me) but looks damn amazing, seriously amazing, and anyone that it does appeal to should check it out: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/4887147/teddy-1?ref=category
in case somebody wants to "befriend" me on Kickstarter : search for WERNER FISCHLI
DIGESTATE food & eating themed anthology
Already had contact with the editor - nice bloke. Offered to send the book free of charge - to Switzerland (!) I declined and pledged some more. I'm no Bry ;)
Look what I got in the mail today:
The other price would have been a full color commision by Dos Santos though..... So close....
But still - I won something :D
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1055563101/legends-of-the-boo-monster I know the guy and he's such a cool dude and he's getting close to his goal.
Speaking of which the Cerebus project has started to irk me a bit. Now that they have all this money they are using it to do everything under the sun instead of just focusing on the project. Worrying about now taking 4 times as long to scan at ridiculous levels so they can sell future HCs in 11x17 format and stuff that has nothing to do with the actual project but future projects. That stuff bugs me and is one of my bigger issues with Kickstarter, it seems to happen more and more as projects get funded multiple times over more and more and then the scope creep and sprawl gets ridiculous and they lose sight of what the whole point was.
Some projects get this really right and others really seem to have a hard time with it. I pass on projects with poor structure because if you can't get that basic bit right I have some reservations on the whole project. There was a cool videogame project recently but the incentives were useless in-game only vanity crap and not even the game itself as an option at any level. I'm right out in those cases.
Involved artists (so far) include:
Ashley Wood (artist, writer) - Lore, Hellspawn, 3A Toys
Ben Templesmith (artist, writer) - 30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Fell
Bill Sienkiewicz (artist, writer) - Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters
Chet Zar (fine artist, SFX artist) - Tool music videos, Hellboy I & II motion pictures
David Stoupakis (artist) - Korn album cover artist
Edith Lebeau (artist)
George Pratt (artist, writer) - Enemy Ace: War Idyll, Sandman, Wolverine: Netsuke
Guillermo Rigattieri (fine artist)
Kasra Ghanbari (writer, art agent) - MONOCYTE, Drawing the Line Again Anthology
Matthew Bone (fine artist)
menton3 (artist, writer, musician) - ZvR, Silent Hill, MONOCYTE, Saltillo
Richard Walters (singer, songwriter, musician)
Riley Rossmo (artist, writer) - Proof, Green Wake, Rebel Blood
Scott Radke (fine artist) - Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland
Steve Niles (writer) - 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre
Due to the huge success of their campaign more stuff will be added. And the book also gets bigger.....
Still 43 days to go.....
A few years ago I'd have been in at the absolute top level on something like this, but even now I'll still probably pick a copy up because there are so many other great folks... Templesmith, Pratt, Rossmo, Radke, Niles, and Sienkiewicz.
Jill Thompson has joined TOME!
I'm in for the $75 because I want the explicitus est liber book too.
I'm also looking at Pixel Lincoln.
This is such an amazing idea what a great way for the comic community to support some awesome and inventive creators get their creations out there.
I'm gonna start checking out some of your suggestions here.
Love the artist. Love Video Games. Love women (although "Gals"? Really?). It looks like something right in my wheelhouse and $25 is a pretty fair asking price for the planned hardcover.
Normally I'm not big on just donating for a comic book (I at least want a graphic novel sized book for my investment), and the $10 asking price may be a bit steep for 40 pages. Still, it's Amy Reeder and I love her stuff...
Good finds though.
I'm a big fan of Kickstarter and funding creative pursuits in general but lately I have been waiting until closer to the end on projects that are 100% funded or over 100% quickly to see how it all shakes out and what levels will get extras, etc. I have only ever pulled out of one project (Cerebus) because I just didn't agree and feel comfortable with how things unfolded late in the game with respect to the funds. People are getting more savvy with Kickstarter and good or bad some precedents have been set and some cookie-cutter approaches which I like less than more freeform and individual approaches as before.
Just want to bring to your attention a Kickstarter project by a good buddy of mine. Joe Martino is looking to fund his comic project entitled The Mighty Titan. Joe takes his experiences with surviving cancer, TWICE, and put a super hero spin on it. Please take a minute to check it out and if so inclined give a pledge. Much appreciated!
The Mighty Titan
It's not a comic, but it's local. The subject matter would actually make a great graphic novel or mini series.
Nothing is Forgotten: http://kck.st/MNnaB6