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    • CommentAuthoraaronace
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2011
    hey everyone, pretty awesome discussion

    I have a crime comic I'm writing with my friend and we got some "mainstream" talent on board (Joe Kelly, Mike Oeming, Byran Glass).I seriously think everyone here would enjoy it. take a look and drop a line.

    • CommentAuthorinitiatezao
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2011 edited
    kickstarter project

    Here is my kickstarter project attempting to fund the production of an artbook. Thanks for looking.
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    This is not my project, but rather a GN by Ozzy Longoria, the artist responsible for the pencil-and-inky goodness on my perhaps-heretical Captain Miracle (currently being serialized online).

    • CommentAuthorThe Brad
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2011
    Kickstarter really is amazing, but you gotta bust ass to promote it. I was able to successfully fund my movie THE WOLFMAN'S HAMMER using Kickstarter. For the sheer amount of hustle (fliers, shamelessly spamming facebook and message boards, advertising it on my famous podcast KREEPTOWN (where I've interviewed the likes of Jason Aaron/Julie Strain and upcoming Dana Gould) traveling around getting out word-of-mouth, begging), less than 1 percent of the people who saw the trailer we posted actually donated. But it got through.
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    Been considering using kickstarter to fund my short film/web series. I really need a camera, and I'd like to be able to pay costume designers and other essentials. I could probably beg/borrow/steal that stuff, but if I decide to go the series route, I'd rather not have to beg/borrow/steal every time I need to shoot a new episode.
    @The Brad, can you give me some pointers? I've heard of IndieGoGo, is that also worth using?
    • CommentAuthorVera
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011 edited
    I have to say, @Richard Pace, I kind of disagree. Not with the whole point you make, most of it is rather apt, but just the part about Kickstarter having to filter projects. It IS true that many untested people are using Kickstarter to fund their projects - be they vanity or not - but Kickstarter has grown a largely intelligent community full of people who know what they want to see funded. I think that the community self-filters in this way and projects that are not up to snuff just sit in the abyss of failed projects forever, no harm done. While Kickstarter absolutely is a huge help for time-tested, brilliant artists like Tony Harris in making their creator-owned projects, the site also allows complete unknowns to edge onto the turf previously very difficult to break into. In fact, Kickstarter may go as far as showing artists fairly quickly if they are American Idolizing themselves or if they actually should continue pushing until they get some sort of recognition for their work.

    Of course, I myself am an unknown and untested person starting a comic at Kickstarter (and you can see it here), so my opinion is biased towards such like me :P

    EDIT: Also, just realized Richard's comment is 3 months old! Sorry about that- I just read this whole thread at once and replied. Oh well, such is what happens when one's brain is addled by the 100 degree weather..
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    @Vera -- no worries about the three month callback, my brain cells are still active enough to recall that far back at least!

    I only suggested a filter inasmuch as to exclude the hopeless or obviously inept projects. If only to reduce the signal-to-noise ratio in the comics corner of Kickstarter. Projects like yours (and its previous installment) would make easily make it through. Perhaps I should explain I'd see this as less of a filter and more of a "you must be this tall to get on this ride" and by 'tall' I mean looking like your project might actually attract an audience. There's at least three projects running right now with a week or so to go that probably shouldn't have been put up -- at least not in the ramshackle manner they currently present.

    Now, I don't think these inevitable failures hurt the larger and better organised pitches, but they might distract from the smaller projects. That being said, the watching failed pitches are an education in themselves as much as observing which ones hit or exceed their targets.


    BTW -- I was really charmed by both your Recipes listings and congratulations on your success -- I hope you eventually do some sort of collection of weight (4-6 issues).
    • CommentAuthorThe Brad
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011
    @RandomEntity - Honestly, the biggest and best pointers I can give came directly from Kickstarters website itself when I set up my page. The most important one I can think of, is to have a video. Show your audience SOMETHING, let them know what your capabilities are on your own before you ask for help. Even if its just you talking, it really makes the page personal, its something tangible that the audience can connect to, so its not just a bunch of words on a screen. Make it worth someone's time to visit the page, let alone give you money. Also, be sincere and be direct. Sincerity and passion, I feel, go a long way with potential contributors. Keep it simple, from explanation of the story to what you're gonna do with the money. I suggest you check out other, successful pages for movies and see how they did it and what their rewards system is.

    Aside from that... HUSTLE. Like I stated before, shamelessly spam facebook, message boards, pass out fliers. Talk a big game, make people feel like you are a bandwagon that they want to jump on because when you get where you're going it will be the promised land. People like to follow leaders, and they want to know that YOU know what you're doing (even if, like me, you haven't the slightest fucking clue).

    I'd like to point out here that my advice probably isn't that sound, its just what worked well for me, so I imagine its reasonably close to a tried and true template/model of how these things get done. But judging from the guy who got 90,000 dollars to write a fucking book which he had NO story or plot description for, maybe I should keep quiet.

    Good luck sir, go for it, message me if you got anymore questions or if the above was too vague.
    • CommentAuthorVera
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011
    @Richard Thanks so much for the kind remarks about my project! If ever a collection would be possible, I would be happy to jump on that glorious train. Maybe one day..

    The funny thing about Kickstarter is that it actually DOES have a proposal phase: when the creator proposes the project to the moderators of the website. I don't know how deeply they filter themselves, actually I have a suspicion that some people are deterred by that initial stage and end up not proposing their projects for fear of being rejected, consequently self-filtering. But that's just speculation - for me, it was quick and dirty. I proposed and they accepted and now there I am and maybe it's not like that for everyone else.

    Honestly, this site and concept is fairly new and I am curious where it will be 5-10 years from now. Your fears may be well warranted; if there are 10 years worth of poor projects to go through before one hits something interesting, then Kickstarter will probably will have to start seriously moderating or lose the interest of their audience. But if they end up being gatekeepers as such, it may defy their own mission. The whole thing is fascinating and I'm glad that I got to test-try this tool while it is still in its roots.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011 edited
    This is my brother's kickstarter project:

    I can't get the embed image to work -- but here's some of the text from what he's working on:

    "What is the Kikori?

    The Kikori is a 4’x8’ open source CNC gantry router designed to be a solid, adaptable, entry-level machine for small businesses. It is made out of Medium Density Overlay board, or MDO, which unlike MDF is both very strong and highly resistant to swelling due to moisture. It’s essentially a robot capable of milling complex three-dimensional shapes out of wood, soft metals, and plastics."

    He's setting up a new business involving this router, and if he can raise $20k, he has a backer who will match it with another $20K. He's at 12K right now, and has two weeks left to raise the rest. The rewards he offers are very nice, and at the higher levels, he will even supply you with the parts and such needed to make your *own* router if you're interested in having one.
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011 edited
    Here is one I helped put the video together for:

    Only a few days and a few hundred dollars to go.

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    Not sure if this thread is deceased or not but here goes:

    A friend and I have finally gotten our asses in gear and made ourselves a comic. It's called 'Blackbones McGee vs The Sub-Human' and it's about a professional wrestler from the year 3009 who gets bodyslammed back to the present and must fight all manner of bizarre monster weirdos including a sandwich person, the titular Sub-Human. It started out as a podcast then became a radioplay but with our love of comics we couldn't not see it as one. We're super excited we got a great artist Carlos Aguirre and we're hoping to raise the funds to get it to print within the next few months. If you guys can't donate thats fine and totally understandable but any kind of word of mouth would be great. Thanks infinitely. Brandon.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
    Some game industry / comic industry buddies, Jeff Dee and Jack Herman, are participating in a superhero animation spoof, "Hero Bar."

    Strangers with Candy's Greg Hollimon stars as a bar owner who provides a safe haven for off-duty superheroes (and the occasional villain). Hero Bar will explore (and exploit) the awkward and often disturbing behavior of superheroes after a long hard day of fighting crime. The show will feature a rolling cast of talented Chicago-area actors and comedians as the heroes and villains.
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2012
    Time came to start a tour funding project. So, if you'd like to maybe see live Taphead musics in your neck of the woods, chip in. And do spread the word, thanks!
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2012
    Molly Crabapple has launched a new Kickstarter:

    It's a crowd-funded gallery show about the financial meltdown. I've been helping out on it for months and if this gets funded, will probably consume the rest of my year. Hooray! If you like what we're up to, please spread the word. We would love to get to see this through!
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2012
    @glukkake, I've already chipped in my two cents for Molly. The first painting is delightful!
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2012
    Thank you! It's absolutely insane when you look at it close up. Plus I gilded the stars :D
    • CommentAuthordahveed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012 edited

    My name is Dahveed, and I too have a Kickstarter, if you'd be so kind to check it out.

    Last year, my friends Matt, Jason and I came together to create comics together as the Dread Arts Company. We made 40 page horror anthology called The Exquisite Corpse Collection #1.

    This year we're putting out two more books. In April, just in time for C2E2, we'll have Modern Tales of the Future #1, a 36 page sci fi anthology. We've finished the art and have sent it to the printer. In August, we'll be putting out ECC #2. We're invested in this, but we're trying to get Kickstarter to help. I'm heartened by our success thus far. We have just over two weeks left and are over halfway to our goal. Please check us out. We have some preview art up on our tumblr.

    Further, if you're going to be in Chicago for C2E2, please stop by. We'll be at booth 709. It's always good to meet the people behind the handle.

    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
    42 hours to go on my tour funding campaign, so still time to pitch in and/or spread the word. Now with video!