June 19, 2012
Comics' Giving Heart -- People, Projects In Need Of Funding
* it's my understanding that they're still raising money to avoid a pauper's funeral for the late writer Robert L. Washington III
. Please consider donating even if you've never heard of him. Nearly everyone who works in any form of media -- nearly everyone that works, period, but especially those that work in untethered professions -- is Robert Washington or two steps away from being Robert Washington, and that's not two steps that are usually anyone's fault. The scariest thought may be this: this is someone that crossed the mainstream comics-career threshold and stayed there for more than a half-decade. There a ton of folks at risk that don't get that far, folks that stand to lose just as much or more than what that cost Robert Washington. Heidi MacDonald has a fine write-up here
about some of the issues involved.
* it looks like the fundraiser on behalf of the ailing artist Oliver Nome
will reach its goal with several days to spare, although it hasn't yet and you never know.
* Lea Hernandez is in the last 50 or so hours of her Kickstarter campaign
. So is this comics project
that features comics work by the great Spain Rodriguez.
* the multi-pronged Dylan Meconis campaign
is successful with lot of overtime to come.
* hey, it's Micah Wright
* hey, it's Jim Lawson working with Ernie Reyes, Jr.
* the Hamilton, Ontario Indy Comics Art Space fundraiser wasn't very successful
. I like the idea of these mechanisms being used for more than publishing initiatives, but it may be a while before one of these gains traction.
* finally, it looks to my eye like the Trickster fundraiser is beginning to stall a bit
, albeit with plenty of time left to go. They're using one of the mechanisms where they get any of the money raised, so it's not a concern on that end. I think that one's an interesting fundraiser because the premiums are pretty unique -- particularly the project coaching ones. If you were a prospective writer or artist with a project that needed a kick in the butt, and you already have the cash necessary to find your way to San Diego these days, it seems like that could be a pretty good investment depending on the individual artist with whom you're working. I'm pro-Trickster; I think that city events during Comic-Con weekend are an inevitability, and I'd like to see independent comics efforts make a go of it along with the movie and TV show stuff.
posted 1:20 pm PST
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