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.
Here at ComicsAlliance, we obviously have a vested interest in seeing comics bloggers do well with their various projects. That said, it's a lot easier to get behind stuff when it looks like it's going to be amazing, which is why we're all pretty excited about Kelly Thompson'sStorykiller and the roster of incredible artists she's gathered to illustrate the special edition of her new novel.
As you might imagine from the title, Storykiller follows the adventures of a young woman named Tess Battle, who possesses both a giant black battleaxe and the ability to kill fictional characters, and it's set to be illustrated by CA favorites like Ross Campbell, Ming Doyle, Declan Shalvey and more. Check out the video and the full roster below!
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.
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.
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.
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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