I’m sure, in your internet wanderings, that you’ve checked out Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, or at least heard about them by now. You’ve probably backed at least one campaign. Every week thousands of new projects are launched through these websites, and many creators have found that this is a great way to bypass the regular publication/distribution model, to get their projects directly into the hands of their fans.
It really is a bold new era, where creators come to you directly with their wares, and properties sink or swim based on the whims of the fans instead of editorial edicts and profit margins.
But seriously, crowd funding has been a game changer in its few years as a viable publication model, allowing many projects that wouldn’t necessarily have seen the light of day come to life because of fans like you. In a lot of ways it has become THE new distribution system, getting unique product directly into the hands of the consumer. Now, there are so many different campaigns being launched on a weekly basis, with a little something for everybody. But where do you start?
Let us be your guide to the thrilling world of crowd funded comics, art books, film, and associated geek and sundry. Each week we’ll scour the aforementioned websites, and profile those projects that we feel are worthy of your Paypal fees. Those projects that are offering something different than what you get at your local comic shop. Projects that defy classification, ones with interesting backer rewards, books that you might love, but would otherwise probably not happen without your support.
This week we start off with Salgood Sam’s Dream Life.
Canadian creator Max Douglas, aka Salgood Sam, is a name known to many comic fans . Through his career he has had an amazing amount of work published through Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Top Shelf, and others, but Dream Life | A Late Coming of Age is his first solo graphic novel.
“Life is connections and causes you never see coming. First in a two part story, 162 pages of cinematic, neo realist comics by Salgood Sam, exploring identity, destiny and life in a possibly ambivalent universe.”
This is a very personal work for him, and he would like to not only get it printed, but to take it on a signing tour. To show how much this work means to him, he has made the first 61 pages of the story available for FREE as a downloadable PDF on dropbox, or you can check it out here on ISSUU.
Salgood Sam has a remarkable style that has always set him apart from the rest of the pack, and Dream Life is no different. The book is simply beautiful from an art standpoint, accompanying a story that is surreal, touching, and intimate. This book has taken many years to create, and it would be a shame if it didn’t have the chance to be read.
The minimum goal is to generate 100+ books for the launch at TCAF and a few local store signings in Southern Ontario and Montreal, with more copies and cities coming from stretch goals. The backer rewards include the book in digital and print, subscriptions to his anthology RevolveR, the unofficial soundtrack by SadOceanSpaceBear in mp3 form, signed books, postcard prints, original comic art, and a chance for him to do a signing in your hometown!
Next, we leave Earth to tour the stars, with the Intergalactic Travel Bureau.
“Plan your dream vacation! Support the Intergalactic Travel Bureau and journey into space!”
“The Intergalactic Travel Bureau is a live, interactive, science-theater experience that explores the incredible possibilities of space tourism. It’s a little bit like Virgin Galactic and Space X meet the Jetsons and Mad Men.”
This one is pretty exciting! The Bureau is staffed by professional actors portraying space travel agents, and astronomers who help you plan the vacation of a lifetime – to another planet! They’ve had a successful Kickstarter campaign previously, and now want to take the Bureau on tour across the US and UK.
The Intergalactic Travel Bureau is an experienced team of science communicators, event planners and scientists, ready to revolutionize the way people experience science, through live events that connect people to science in new ways.
They’ve run the Bureau in New York, London and San Francisco over the last few years. They’ve been supported by NASA and the Royal Observatory, and now they need your support! Your vote tells them where to go next, but you can only vote if you donate.
The pledge rewards are out of this world! They include space postcards, posters, and brochures, a 15 minute private telephone consultation with an actual scientist, a trip to New York for the launch, and even your very own DIY Bureau kit!
Speaking of DIY, do you want to learn how to be a colorist? Well, Hi-Fi Color For Comics can show you how!
Hi-Fi Color For Comics shows you step-by-step how to color comics like the pros. Featuring lessons by actual comic pros, this book will teach you importing and formatting, flatting, lighting techniques, rendering, special effects, and everything else you need to make comics look like those from Marvel, DC, Image and the rest.
Brian Miller, aka Hi-Fi Color, has worked in the industry for years as a colorist, and he has assembled a great group of artists to provide high quality artwork for you to color as you learn. Learning to color with low quality art is like learning the guitar with broken strings. The book features characters and art from Marvel DC, Star Wars, and more of your favorites, from such established artists as J. Scott Campbell, Mike Norton, Tom Mandrake, Katie Cook, John Byrne, Dan Jurgens, Joe Quesada, and more!
Through concise tutorials, you will learn the tips and tricks Hi-Fi Color has used over the years to color some of your favorite comics, and each copy of Hi-Fi Color for Comics comes with free enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy.
The backer rewards are pretty cool, with copies of the book, signed or unsigned, in print or digital, Hi-Fi Academy enrollment, plus prints, texture and brush packs, portfolio reviews, copies of Master Digital Color with DVD, sketches, autographed comics, private tutoring, 3 days of Comic Coloring Bootcamp in Arizona, and even having Hi-Fi Color come to your town for 3 days of panels, presentations, and signings!
We’ll end this week with Neil Gibson and Caspar Wijngaard’s Tortured Life.
“What would your life be like…if you could see how everything around you was going to die?”
A six issue mini-series/graphic novel, Tortured Life is about Richard Carter, an everyman who has the supernatural power of seeing how people are going to die, but not being able to stop them, and so lives a life of solitude.
After his power first manifested, so too did an otherworldly creature known as The Bloody Man, a monster who’s mission in life is to kill Richard Carter by under the instructions of a shadowy cabal called The Order.
Creators Neil Gibson and Caspar Wijngaard have turned to Kickstarter to fund this series, and as a show of good faith to you, a possible backer, they have made the first issue available to read for FREE.
The comic is awesome, and the pledge rewards are pretty fantastic too! Digital and print copies of the series, signed and numbered comics, copies of Neil’s previous books Twisted Dark and Tabatha, a dedication, posters, art review and critique, writing review and critique, sketches, t-shirts, and even a charachter in the book named after you!
These are just a few of the projects out there worthy of, and waiting for, your hard earned pledge dollars. Check them out, and if you like what you see, throw some money at them, and come back next week as I bring you more great crowdfunded projects.
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