ComicsAlliance senior editor Janelle Assellin has wanted to start her own publishing company for a long time. When she finally decided to pull the trigger at the end of 2014, she had no real idea just how much work it would take, and to make matters more challenging, she decided to do a Kickstarter as well! With so many people out there who want to do similar things, Janelle has decided to explain how it all happened for her, and to share what she's learned.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a comics fan in possession of a good fortune must be in want of new illustrations. Or so the saying almost goes. Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice remains one of the most loved and widely-read books of all time, and this year Silence in the Library Publishing will be collaborating with Eisner-winning artist Janet K. Lee for a new edition of the story.
Following three women whose lives revolve around a strange alien planet, Zoe Coughlin's webcomic The Last Cowboy headed to Kickstarter just last week, looking to fund a print edition. A project that jumps out at you, its lush colors race across each page of the series, creating a distinct and vibrant world for her characters to inherit. The series takes place following humanity's first contact with alien species that, somewhat inevitably, contracted the human race with a disease that now leads them towards extinction.
As the Kickstarter picks up steam, ComicsAlliance spoke to Zoe about how the project came about, why she wanted to tell this story, and her intense love for drawing weird aliens.
Swell dudes Rob and Eric are going to run a marathon, sort of. They're going to watch all eleven Marvel Studios movies --- including the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron --- back-to-back, and live-stream the experience, and just like the best marathon runners, they're going to raise funds for charity along the way.
Watching a lot of good movies isn't exactly hard work, of course, but that's not the point. The point is to encourage donations to Capes4Heroes, an organization that helps inspire sick kids to be brave and strong by turning them into superheroes. Rob and Eric's marathon is a way to take something that a fair number of comics fans will be doing anyway and give it positive consequences for people in need.
Written and drawn by Welsh cartoonist Sarah Millman, The Heart of Time is a time-travelling adventure series starring Amelia, a teenager who steals her father's time-travelling Vespa and goes about causing incredible time-damage to the universe as she revs from time period to time period leaving devastation in her wake. The webcomic has proven hugely successful over the last few years, as fans have watched Amelia... well, not grow up exactly... but certainly grow better at not causing such extreme levels of wreckage to the space-time continuum.
The story has now come to Kickstarter, as Millman seeks to fund a print run of her time-travelling series' first four chapters --- and she spoke to ComicsAlliance about how the project first came about, what readers can expect if they pledge to the project... and also pugs!
Created by comics writer and editor Sfé Monster, Beyond is a planned collection of all-ages stories across all kinds of different genres, tones, and styles featuring contributions from at least 26 writers and artists. The book heads into fantasy and sci-fi in ways you don't often get to see in comics --- and also features a brilliantly-realized central conceit; all of the stories are about reflecting and celebrating diverse presentations of gender and sexuality, and presenting queer characters in a positive light.
Sfé and assistant editor Taneka Stotts are now running a Kickstarter, to make the anthology a reality, and has already easily exceeded its initial target of $22000! We spoke to Sfé to find out more about the project, and where it might go from here.
A year ago, cartoonist Katie Longua --- best known for her ongoing Viking comic Rök --- started making a gag comic, mainly for herself, called Munchies. It's fairly simple to start with: it follows a girl who gets high one afternoon, then gets hungry, and then.... gets into universe-endangering trouble as she turns into a giant wolf monster who can only be stopped through the judicious application of pizza rolls and/or Cheetos.
Vivid, vibrant and very funny, Longua's comic has now come to Kickstarter as she looks to fund a print run of the story. As huge fans of her work as a writer and as an artist --- take a look at her coloring in the preview pages below --- ComicsAlliance got in touch to find out more about her plans for Munchies as part of our regular crowdfunding Q&A, 'Back Pages'.
Last week, we interviewed Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton about their new Kickstarter with artist Takeshi Miyazawa. A spin-off of sorts of their 2013 campaign for Code Monkey Save World, this one was meant to bring a children's book adaptation of Coulton's The Princess Who Saved Herself into print.
If you remember how that original campaign ended with them reaching almost ten times their original goal --- or if you remember that Coulton is one of the most successful independent musicians around thanks to his extremely loyal fan-base --- it won't surprise you to learn that the campaign already soared $45,000 past its initial goal in its first week; but there's another reason that people are jumping on. The book is already done, and as the eight-page preview we've got below shows, it looks awesome.
We're always looking for new comics to champion, and Cassius, from Emily Willis and Ann Uland, immediately caught our attention with the promise not only of Romans, but ass-kicking Roman lesbians. The proposed three-arc series plots a bloody course through the back-stabbing politics of Rome (and given the setting, we mean that literally), following our hero Junia as she attempts to come out the other side in one piece.
Is there a single part of the phrase "ass kicking Roman lesbians" that is not absolutely perfect? And even better, the whole thing is based on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, so you're getting cultured at the same time. To find out more about the series, we spoke to both Willis (who writes) and Uland (who pencils), as we continue our new crowdfunding Q&A feature, Back Pages.
Here at ComicsAlliance, Jason Horn's webcomic Ninjasaur has been a firm favourite for quite a while. Mixing ninjas and dinosaurs might be part of why we like it, although Horn matches the silliness with first-rate artwork and some of the most enjoyable comics storytelling around.
And happily enough, Horn is currently running a Kickstarter to bring volume one and volume two of his series to print. We're big advocates for anything that forcibly mashes dinosaurs and noble assassins together, so we spoke to Horn about the Kickstarter and his work on Ninjasaur for the first installment of our new crowdfunding Q&A feature, Back Pages.