In 2012, the first volume of Smut Peddler, the "ladycentric, sex-positive erotic comics" anthology with a roster of female creators ,was crowd-funded on Kickstarter, racking up a grand total of $83,000 after a month of funding. With that kind of success, and with reader interest only growing over the past two years, a sequel is pretty much inevitable. Last week, the second volume launched on Kickstarter and met its predecessor's total in just five days, taking in over $80,000 with 25 days left to go, and passing the money that was raised on to the creators as a bonus to their page rate.
To find out more, I spoke to Smut Peddler editor Spike Trotman about the difficulties of putting together an erotic comic and getting it out to readers, why porn isn't always the answer to how to make a quick buck, and how one contributor's teenage fan-fiction gave a boost to the funding just after it launched.
There are scores of branded 3.75" tall action figures on the market, but sometimes collectors, customizers and tabletop gamers are looking for something on the more generic side. Enter Marauder GR's Marauder Task Force Gaming Figures, an in-process Kickstarter project that's more than 200 percent past its nearly $30,000 goal with 21 days left to go.
One of the really cool things about Kickstarter and what it's done for comics is that you can have the experience of heading to a con and walking down Artist's Alley to see what's new and interesting without ever leaving your house. It's a cool feeling, especially when you find something that seems immediately thrilling, like I did when I caught a glimpse of Jason McNamara and Greg Hinkle'sThe Rattler, a new 96-page graphic novel that just met its funding goal.
It was the premise that got me: A man watches his fiance as she's abducted without a trace right in front of him, and then starts hearing her voice ten years later. It's the kind of immediately chilling idea that I want to learn more about as soon as I hear it, and fortunately, that's now an option. Check out the video below!
Ever since Kyle Starks finished The Legend of Ricky Thunder, the story of a pro wrestler whose world was shattered when he found out wrestling was fake but who still had to pull it together to defend the world from an alien invasion via single combat, I've been wondering what he was going to do next. He's done some shorter projects -- including a Wild Dog fan comic that was amazing -- and a ton of great illustrations for Tumblr, but I've been holding out hope that he'd announce another big project.
As it turns out, he did even better than that: Not only did he announce a new comic called Sexcastle, a 180-page original graphic novel tribute to '80s action movies, but the whole thing is done and ready to print, and he's funding it now via Kickstarter.
It may be called Study Group, but publisherZack Soto is ready for Spring Break! Although instead of traveling to Palm Springs to try to get on MTV's The Grind, he's staying in his native Portland, Oregon to raise funds for a slate of new print editions including Farel Dalrymple's It Will All Hurt #2, a square-bound collection of Sam Alden's Haunter, Study Group Magazine #3D and more.
Sam Orchard has been making his webcomic Rooster Tails since 2010; a series of weekly autobiographical strips about life as a transguy in New Zealand. It's an honest, sweet, nerdy, funny, and charming insight into one person's experience with transitioning.
Orchard has expanded his canvas to look at the experiences of other queer and transgender people in his new book, Family Portraits, and he's turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund the book and an American promotional tour. Rewards include PDF and print copies of the book, postcards, art prints, and custom comics. ComicsAlliance spoke with Orchard to find out more about the project.
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.”
If you've been paying attention over the past few months, you've undoubtedly noticed that we here at ComicsAlliance are pretty passionate about Batman's uncredited co-creator, Bill Finger, and we're far from the only ones. There's been a surge in recent years of people trying make the public aware of the truth behind Batman's creation and that the legally mandated "Created By Bob Kane" tag on every Batman comic book, film and television episode doesn't tell even half the story.
The latest effort on that front: A Kickstarter-funded "tribute film" from the Comic Arts Council called The Cape Creator that not only looks back at Finger's considerable contributions to Batman, but also features interviews with his surviving descendants.
Eisner Award administrator and longtime comic book industry presence Jackie Estrada recently launched a Kickstarter to publish a book collecting hundreds of pictures of legendary writers, artists, editors and other comic book folks at various conventions and other functions in the '70s and '80s. Featuring rare candid photographs of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Carl Barks, Bob Kane, Harvey Kurtzman, C. C. Beck, Wally Wood, Moebius, Alan Moore, Osamu Tezuka, Gardner Fox, Curt Swan, Joe Kubert, John Romita, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Francoise Mouly, the Hernandez brothers and many more, it's no surprise that the Kickstarter has already met its goal. But you still have time to contribute so you can get your hands on a copy, and there are plenty of other great rewards.
I don't want to get all "'80s/'90s Kid" on everybody, because God help me if I ever start speaking in BuzzFeed/Facebook status update phrases, but if you're of a certain age there's a pretty good chance that you have a lot of nostalgic affection for stuff like Teddy Ruxpin, Stretch Armstrong and those Troll dolls with the hair. If you do, you have of course wondered what would've happened if those toys were possessed by demonic spirits unleashed by the power of Heavy Metal.
Now, at last, you can find out. For their fourth printed issue, the Strange Kids Club website is putting out a Kickstarter-funded magazine featuring not only the art of MadBalls designer James Groman, but also a 24-page comic written by Benito Cereno.
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