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Gene Ha Talks Kickstarter and Opening Up Comics to New Audiences [Interview]

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Last week, ComicsAlliance showed you an exclusive preview of Gene Ha's graphic novel Mae, which he's currently running a Kickstarter for. The project is funded twice over with three weeks left in its campaign, but Ha still has more stretch goals and incentives planned. We've spoken with him about genesis of the project, his careful planning for the Kickstarter, what it's like taking on new roles as a creator, and why he thinks broadening comics' readership is important.

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Archie Launches Kickstarter For Chip Zdarsky’s ‘Jughead,’ Adam Hughes on ‘Betty & Veronica’ And Dan Parent And J. Bone’s ‘Life With Kevin’

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I don't know about you, but I did not wake up this morning expecting to see the phrase, "Jughead relaunch from the writer of Sex Criminals." And yet, here we are.

Following up on the upcoming relaunch of Archie with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, Archie Comics announced today that they plan to expand the rebooted Riverdale through a Kickstarter campaign. The goal is set at $350,000, with the money going to a trio of rebooted comics: Jughead from writer Chip Zdarsky and an unannounced artist, Life With Kevin by Dan Parent and J. Bone, and, maybe the most surprising one of all, a new Betty & Veronica #1 written and drawn by Adam Hughes.

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ComiqueCon 2015 Brings Women Creators to the Forefront

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ComiqueCon is a brand new comics convention happening this year in Dearborn, Michigan on November 7th, 2015. Its focus is on female comic creators, and they've lined up guests including Alex De Campi and Mairghread Scott. The convention is also crowdfunding a fairly small amount of money to help with paying for the cost of bringing special guests out to attend. It seems like an interesting convention that will hopefully bring something new to the table.

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Werewolves and Veterinarians: Kel McDonald Kickstarts ‘The Better To Find You With’

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Cartoonist Kel McDonald, who we’ve interviewed in the past about her work in webcomics and her early adoption of Kickstarter to fund print comics, just launched a new Kickstarter campaign for her comic The Better to Find You With. This project is unique in that McDonald is funding a print edition for a comic that will later be released as a webcomic, but for around a year, it will be print-only.

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Dana Zemack Creates Comics for ‘Everything You Ever Felt’ [Back Pages]

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Dana Zemack has been making art with stick figures for years and years now, taking the simplest of artistic styles and imbuing it with a real sense of charm and a quirky heart. An animator and cartoonist, Zemack has now taken to Kickstarter to fund a print collection of some of her work.

Called How I Feel Today: Comics For Everything You Ever Felt, the collection showcases her ability to pick a particular feeling and glide it across a page, sparking recognition and connection with each image. And, as if proof were needed of that connection, her Kickstarter has already sailed right on past the target of $4800 it was looking for. We spoke to Zemack about how she got into comics, and just why she wanted to make comics "for everything you ever felt."

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JoJo Seames Tells the Tale of a Dirtbag and a Bunny Rabbit in ‘The Makeshift Man’ [Back Pages]

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Violent, profane, and never without his talking bunny rabbit best friend, Elvis, The Makeshift Man is a misanthrope with a gift for getting into trouble. Created by JoJo Seames, the character is the star of his eponymous horor comedy webcomic, which has been running since 2009. The series is gradually being collected in print, and Seames has taken to Kickstarter to fund the fourth issue of the story, "The Man in the Mirror." Seames is a manic, wildly entertaining cartoonist, and she was happy to talk to ComicsAlliance to tell us more about the project.

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Sisters With A Mission: Exclusive Preview of Gene Ha’s ‘Mae’

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Well-known comics artist Gene Ha is currently running a Kickstarter for his original graphic novel, Mae, about two sisters who end up on an unexpected adventure. According to Ha, it's a comic made for a broad audience from young adults on up. The project is already completed, and is just waiting for funding to be printed and shipped. That means we can show you an exclusive preview of Mae while you still have time to back the project!

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Seven-Year-Old Natalie McGriff Wins $16K Crowdfunding Award for ‘The Adventures of Moxie Girl’

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Here's some good news to start the week: The magazine Good recently reported on a new comic called The Adventures of Moxie Girl, by seven-year-old Natalie McGriff and her mother Angela Nixon, which was the winner of a $16,000 award at the One Spark Crowdfunding Festival earlier this year.

Moxie Girl is an African-American girl who hates her hair, and thinks it's ugly --- until she finds a magical shampoo that gives her superpowers and helps her in the fight against crime and illiteracy. As her local library is surrounded by The Council of Monsters, Moxie Girl heads off to save the day!

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A Confluence of Interests: A Tabletop Game Where You Draw A Comic Is Getting Kickstarted

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Designer Jason Thompson is currently running a Kickstarter for his tabletop game Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics, where players draw a comic through the course of the game. It's a fascinating idea that combines two interests that often overlap; comics and tabletop gaming. The description makes it seem like the game moves at a breakneck pace, and is more about creative storytelling based on the cards you pull than on displaying impressive art skills, which means I might actually be able to play.

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Frederik Hautain Leads Creators into The Broken Frontier [Back Pages]

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The comics anthology, having struggled to make a lasting impact in mainstream American comics publishing, has found a home online. Kickstarter has proved to be the place to go if you want to see a collection of familiar and new artists telling stories together, and this month saw a mighty new anthology take to the platform. The Broken Frontier Anthology, edited by Frederick Hautain, is a collection of creator-owned tales presented by Broken Frontier, a website that specializes in creator-owned comics.

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