Monday, October 27, 2014

Kickstarting Comics! The Final Day

Screen shot as of 9:30 this morning.  Come on over and join the party.


Gone Girl Comics is going into the last 12 hours of what has been a fabulous Kickstarter campaign.

As it stands, going into this last day, I am only $175 dollars short of the project being funded at 275%.  

I am humbled and amazed by surpassing my original goal, and also by the fantastic list of individuals who chose to back my campaign.  I couldn't be more excited about the diversity of friends, colleagues and strangers who are interested in me continuing to put out story-based, image rich comics short stories. 

I absolutely cannot wait to write the love letter that is going to be the Thank You message at the end of this campaign TODAY, October 27th at 10 PM Pacific Standard Time.

One of five images from
"The Lost Originals" postcard set.
I am going to do a full blog about my experience with Kickstarting Comics tomorrow, after the grande finale.  Until then, I am here to ask you to help me finish this campaign strong.  There is a big difference between a $850 campaign finishing at 250% and, say, a $10,000 campaign.  ($22,875 worth of difference, to be exact.)  Additional money from backers is being put back into backer benefits or directly into larger print runs for a series that sold out three runs last year!

So, come join the party.  I'll send you awesome drawings.  Oh--and I've been designing the postcard series this week, the ones I'm packaging as benefits.  Since it is the last weekend before Halloween, here is my "Monster Mash" from the story Cat Door Monster, in it's soon-to-be-postcard form.

Until tomorrow!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kickstarting Comics! Gone Girl Comics #2 Takes Flight.

Cover Image for the Kickstarter video.
Come on over to the campaign site and check it out!

Last week, I started a new chapter in my creative life.  I launched a Kickstarter campaign for Gone Girl Comics #2.

It was something of a last-minute response to the theft of my portfolio that I wrote about earlier.  I planned to partially fund the printing of Gone Girl Comics in time for the Short Run comics festival here in Seattle with the sale of the artwork inside.  With that gone, and time ticking (Short run is November 15th!) I decided to bite the bullet and launch the campaign.


It launched exactly one week ago, and - as of this morning- is funded at 60% !!


The internet is rife with articles on how to run a Kickstarter, and Kickstarter themselves offer excellent "How To" guides, but my super-secret weapon is the expert advise of fellow cartoonists who have run significantly larger Kickstarter campaigns and lived to tell the tale.

I promise to spill all my secrets about running a successful Kickstarter campaign.  If my campaign is a success.  I still have two more weeks - until October 27th @ 10 PM Pacific Standard - to find out. 

What I CAN tell you already is this:
For a once-upon-a-time Slam Poet
I  had a rough time with my
video voice - over.
  • I simply didn't have time to get a videographer, so I taught myself Garage Band and iMovie and made my own video.  Should I ever crowd fund again, I will get some professional help.
  • I set my goal realistically, but did a cost-benefit analysis.  Glad I did, or I would have LOST money on meeting my original goal due to the cost of mailing printed material!
  •  I have been sending out personal emails and FB messages to folks every morning, asking them to support.  I'm keeping track of people who share my video as well as those who give.  Non-cash supporters will be thanked as well
I did do one unconventional thing, which is launch my Kickstarter and drop off the grid for three days - no phone, no internet access.  I was OK with it.  I figured, no need to make a pest of myself at the beginning of my campaign, and when I come back I'll see if the campaign has legs of it's own.

Happily, on my return it was nearly 50% funded, and so now I will be here, at my computer every morning for a designated amount of time.  Designated, because otherwise this will eat up my entire attention span, and I won't get any drawing done. 

The cover from Blood Root #3.
I have a 17-page story in this issue,
and am offering it as one of the benefits
in my Kickstarter campaign.

So come on over to the Gone Girl Comics #2 & The Lost Originals Kickstarter page.  With you're help I'll write about the successful campaign in two weeks.  And you know you want to have an awesome comic published with your name on it!

A Quick "Anthology Game" Update


Back in July I wrote about beginning my adventures in seeking publication credits, in a blog I titled "The Anthology Game."  At that time I had three comics accepted for publication in anthologies.  Now I'm up to 8 new projects and hope to have some stunningly good news on that front SOON.

Tune in next week and I'll give you the full story, including listing new calls for submissions that I am aware of as well as what I've learned moving forward so far.

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