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Holiday Gift Guide: Comic Book Charities

Comic book charities

When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

Around the holidays, it's always nice to remember that it's the season of giving, and often, doing the right thing for others is the best gift you can give.

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Periscope Studio Launches Kickstarter For Six Art Books

Periscope Studio Kickstarter
Periscope Studio

When's the last time you got six art books for five bucks?

Well, here's your chance. Portland, Oregon-based Periscope Studios' new Kickstarter, "Maiden Voyage," offers six 32-page art books by artists Erika Moen, Ron Randall, Paul Guinan, David Hahn, Natalie Nourigat and Ben Dewey, and all donors have to contribute to get PDFs of all six is a fiver. A $50 donation will even get contributors print copies of the six books. That is, provided the project meets its $25,000 funding goal.

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‘Compiler’ Kickstarter Aims To Bind Single Issues For Easier Display And Sharing

Compiler Comic Binder

Even in a comic buying era increasingly defined by digital comics and "waiting" for trades and hardcovers, very few readers will ever completely be able shed single issues or standalone print releases. But that doesn't mean singles must be relegated to the shelfless and largely share-less purgatory of storage. Alex Rodriguez has devised a customizable binding platform called Compiler that allows comic owners to effectively collect the books of their choice (like, say, Jack Kirby's 2001: A Space Odyssey books or Archie's Mighty Mutanimals minis) into a sturdy tome that can be switched up on the fly. Like Iron Man's mid-1990s armor, Compiler is modular.

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‘Killweather’ Graphic Novel Kickstarter Promises ‘A Dark, Political Drama’

Killweather Kickstarter
Killweather

It's a story as old as time: Extremist right-wing radio host gets legislation passed to criminalize sex reassignment surgery, then surgeons kidnap him and forcibly do a sex-change operation on him.

OK, maybe it's not that old of a story, but it is the premise of the new graphic novel Killweather, which is already almost halfway to its Kickstarter goal of $6,700. Check out the video about the high-concept project from writer and journalist Jesse E. Lichtenstein and artist Abraham Mong after the jump.

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Is Kickstarter A Sound Funding Strategy For Comics Publishers?

Fantagraphics Kickstarter

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.

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Sean Murphy Launches Kickstarter To Fund Art Book And Apprenticeships

Cafe Racer Sean Murphy

 

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.

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A Live Action Adaptation Of Peter Bagge’s ‘Apocalypse Nerd’ Seeks Kickstarter Funds

Apocalypse Nerd
Dark Horse Comics/Peter Bagge

Talk of an adaptation of cartoonist Peter Bagge's graphic novel Apocalypse Nerd has 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.

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Fantagraphics Launches $150,000 Kickstarter To Fund Spring Releases

Fantagraphics Kickstarter graphic

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.

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Natasha Allegri’s ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ Hits Kickstarter, Confirms Comic Book Series [Video]

Bee And Puppycat Kickstarter
Bee And Puppycat

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.

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‘The Middleman’ Comic Book Return Successfully Crowdfunded

The Middle Man Comic Indiegogo

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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