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.
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Our subject this week is writer, editor, and letterer Rachel Deering, whose work CA readers have seen in the Kickstarter hit Womanthology, her self-published lesbian werewolf epic Anathema, and Valiant's Shadowman, which she has lettered.Her next writing project is Relic, coming soon from Monkeybrain Comics.
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.
Despite its age, the long-running City of Heroes MMORPG had a devoted fan following when it was shuttered last year. These days there are lots of super hero gaming alternatives including the free-to-play Champions Online,DC Universe Online and Marvel Heroes, but a new Kickstarter by Missing Worlds Media aims to create a proper "spiritual successor" to the closed City of Heroes, featuring Unreal Engine-powered gameplay and similar features, "respectful of the play style, lessons, and fun of the old game."
Of all of Nick Bertozzi's comic book projects, the artist says that his ACT-I-VATE strip Persimmon Cup has had the most enthusiastic response from readers. Bertozzi's posted 454 panels of the fantasy adventure following two outcasts on the run online to read for free so far, but wants to release his creator-owned material as a 124-page printed hardcover. That's where the artist's new Kickstarter comes in. The goal of the KickStarter is to not only cover the printing and shipping costs of 500 hardcovers for backers, but also to spur the completion of two more volumes of the story down the road.
No matter how advanced drawing tablets get, the feel of real pens on real paper can't quite be replaced (yet). With this in mind ISKN Team has launched a Kickstarter for its upcoming iSketchnote, "a smart iPad cover" that digitizes what users draw on regular paper with mostly regular pens and saves their lines to their bluetooth connected iPad in real time.
Metalocalypse director Jon Schnepp went well beyond his $98,000 Kickstarter goal earlier this year to produce a movie about the abandoned Tim Burton/Nicolas Cage film Superman Lives. Now, a new teaser trailer for the doc,The Death of Superman Lives, proves that at least the movie about the movie is really happening next summer, and will include interviews with Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, and perhaps even Cage himself. You can see the full video update about the upcoming documentary, after the jump.
In the description of her new Kickstarter, prolific comic creator Jill Thompson says she has always wanted to make merchandise based on her Scary Godmother character, but the rights were tied up for some time following an animation deal that produced 2003's Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktacular and 2005's Scary Godmother 2: The Revenge of Jimmy.
Now, those rights have reverted back to her, and she's making merchandise on her own, starting with a really, really fancy articulated fashion doll. It's a pretty good deal, too. Contribute $50 to the Kickstarter, and you get one. If you follow CA's toy coverage at all, you're probably no stranger to seeing similar dolls going for twice or even three times that amount.
After four years, Canadian project creators and backers will be able to participate on Kickstarter. Until now, international sites like Indiegogo have been the crowdfunding options of choice for those either from (or trying to reach backers from) outside of the United States and The UK, but Kickstarter's brand recognition and user base could be significant for Canadian comic creators and publishers.
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