September 28, 2015
Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding
By Tom Spurgeon
* it's still fascinating to me to look at the Kickstarter comics page
and see all of the projects that people believe are ready to be published. That sounds mean, but I recognize that line can be set anywhere someone wants and that no one is likely to agree which projects are on which side of that line.
* there have been a few recent, successful projects over there that could have found a place with most traditional alternative publishers: Chief O'Brien At Work
, Eat More Comics!
and Rules For Dating My Daughter
. That seems worth noting, especially if you didn't catch here that they did well.
* a pair of local-to-me comics-makers (or at least facilitators) are winding up successful crowd-funders: Ken Eppstein
and Elissa Leach
. Both of those projects look fun, and I know as publishers both Eppstein and Leach make paying artists what they can/when they can/if they can a major priority.
* charity-sounding things
can be a tough-sell as crowd-funders; money to send people to shows was part of crowd-funding's early years but those kinds of projects almost never get over now.
* Rus Wooton is one of the few names I recognize from what's left -- Rus' crowd-funder has reached its initial goal
* it's nice to see Bob Wiacek's GoFundMe campaign double its initial goal
. I get the sense from that last, distressing update that James Hudnall
could use more funding if anyone out there is willing.
* finally, this Mr. Monster project will end soon
. Hard to imagine that one being seen in a lot of places outside of this project's mailed-to-you parameters.
posted 5:25 pm PST
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