Fantagraphics Books hit its $150,000 Kickstarter funding goal Tuesday, only one week into its campaign to keep the company afloat after the death of co-Publisher Kim Thompson dealt it a serious financial blow earlier this year.
That's great news. Without that support, Fantagraphics would at the very least have had to drastically reduce its publishing schedule for 2014, and that would have left a big, gaping hole in the world of graphic novels and independent comics. But I do have to wonder if Fantagraphics set a precedent with its campaign, and whether it's a workable one.
Sean Murphy wants to take on six up-and-coming art students as apprentices next year, but he needs a little extra money to do it.
That's why he and his wife Colleen have launched a Kickstarter to raise some educational funds. But the apprenticeships aren't all the money will go to; it will also fund the production of a 100-page book called Cafe Racer, with seven vignettes by Murphy and his students.
Talk of an adaptation of cartoonist Peter Bagge's graphic novel Apocalypse Nerdhas been going on for years, but the team that's been trying to bring it to the screen may be one step closer to getting there.
Production company Independent Content has launched a Kickstarter to raise £88,736 (roughly $142, 750 USD) for the project. If all goes to plan, writer/director Tupaq Felber could start shooting as early as this year, the Kickstarter description says. Check out the video for the project after the jump.
When Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson died earlier this year, the company suffered more than just the loss of one of its key figures. As an editor, Thompson was responsible for a great deal of the translation and distribution of European comics, and with his sudden, unexpected diagnosis of lung cancer and his death just four months later, the publisher had to delay a third of their line. As you might expect, this caused a pretty significant financial shortfall.
Now, the company is turning to its readers to make up the difference. In order to support their Spring line of titles, including work by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Floyd Gottfredson, Don Rosa, Dan Clowes, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez and more, they're attempting to raise $150,000 via Kickstarter. Check out more information, as well as a very, very strange Kickstarter video, below.
Between its Superbook and Sailor Moon-inspired aesthetic, hearty humor and intriguing premise, it's not hard to see why Natasha Allegri's two Bee and PuppyCat shorts from Frederator's Cartoon Hangover have amassed more than 4 million views online over the past few months. With fan demand fully in tow, Cartoon Hangover has turned to Kickstarter to expedite the creation of six (or more, according to stretch goals) new 6-minute installments set to start rolling out by the summer of 2014. Should backers succeed in funding the project, they won't just get more cartoons to watch. Rewards include a Bee and PuppyCat #1 comic book, with certain backing levels indicating that the series could run long enough to supply two years' worth of collected editions.
Five years after more or less concluding its run as a comic-book-turned-TV-show-turned-comic-book, writer Javier Grillo-Marxauch and artist Les McClaine are reuiniting for a brand new adventure bringing together both the original Viper Comics version of The Middleman and its TV counterpart thanks to a successful Indiegogo campaign.
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