The big news out of Anime Expo in Los Angeles Thursday was word that Digital Manga, a Gardena, California, publisher that has successfully funded a handful of manga translation projects via Kickstarter over the past few years, will release Astro Boy creator Osamu Tesuka's entire library of work in North America. All of it.
The 3D printing revolution is changing everything from manufacturing to medicine, but you know the real reason it rules? Friggin' action figures, man. ModiBot, a Rhode Island-based toy company focusing on print-on-demand modular action figures and accessories, has been offering fully-customizable toys and schematics via its Shapeways site for awhile. In an effort to scale up its operation and offerings, however, the company has taken to Kickstarter.
In not even a week's time, Megatokyo creator Fred Gallagher's Kickstarter project to publish a "visual novel" based on his popular manga series has not only shattered its funding goal of $20,000, it's well on its way to hitting its sort-of-a-joke stretch goal of $500,000. Who needs CMX?
Miniature monster figures inspired by Mattel/Bandai's classic M.U.S.C.L.E. line may just be experiencing a renaissance on Kickstarter. Following the success of three waves of OMFG! figures from George Gaspar and October Toys, the famed designer action figure purveyor known as The Sucklord is working to bring his own Gaspar-sculpted S.U.C.K.L.E. (Simply Unimportant Collectible Kitschy Little Eyesores) figures to life.Curious fans needn't wonder if these toys will manifest in general, as the official S.U.C.K.L.E. KS page has already more than doubled its goal since launching a few days ago. Instead, they can simply marvel at the line's intentionally offensive characters and ponder their backer level of choice.
There's Loki news and more to read in today's Link Ink.
Back in 2010 ComicsAlliance talked to Miguel Cima about Dig Comics, his short film blending anthropology and evangelism with the express aim of getting more people -- especially Americans -- to read and love comics of all kinds. While Cima's initial roughly 20-minute short was successful at film festivals and comic conventions, it remained a labor of love as he and his team spent their own money and free time to produce and promote their message until the right financial backers could be found to bring a full-fledged feature or other substantial media project to life. Now, in today's crowd funding climate, Dig Comics is appealing to current comic readers and fans on Kickstarter to "to help educate, teach, learn, enjoy, evolve & carry on the positive, creative, comics torch into the future and beyond!" by funding a full-length Dig Comicsmovie.
A few weeks ago, Ken Lowery and Robert Wilson IV launched a Kickstarter campaign for Like A Virus, a one-shot ghost story about a medium trying to uncover the mystery of a local haunting. Within a few days, they'd met their goal, but then something unusual happened: The entire Kickstarter campaign, from Wilson's pages to the rewards promised for backers, had been copied to a f
Yesterday, Greg Pak launched a new comics project called Code Monkey Save World with musician Jonathan Coulton, in which Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa take characters from Coulton's songs and put them into a grand supervillain team-up adventure. It launched on Kickstarter with the promise of sixty pages of comics and a new so
A sequel to the Eisner-nominated 2005 limited series Smoke (with artist Igor Kordey), writer Alex de Campi's graphic novel Ashes was one of comics' bigger Kickstarter successes, raising over $32,000 in 2011 via the increasingly influential crowd-funding platform. But disaster struck when de Campi and her Ashes collaborator Jimmy Broxton (aka James Hodgkins) parted ways in acrimonious and public fashion before the dystopian poli-spy book was