The Kickstarter Thread - What are you backing?

John Steed brilliantly suggested we should have a Kickstarter thread for us junkies who like to buy some of our books that way, help out an independent artist realize their dream (and make a nice dollar or two), and maybe get a few cool books in the process. So here's ones I'm backing right now:

Sullivan's Sluggers:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1940696606/sullivans-sluggers-baseball-horror-graphic-novel?ref=live

Get in on this one, folks. It's mushroomed from simple graphic novel tpb format to omnibus sized hardcover with a slipcase. The art and story look like it's gonna be a fun read, and the guy's made enough bread that he's been donating the excess to things like Hero Initiative and Renae De Liz, etc.

Also you only have today to do this - so get on it! Seriously, this book looks to be brilliant!

Modest Medusa:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/232860137/modest-medusa-season-2?ref=search

I like cute things, and I'm comfortable enough in my masculinity to admit it. I missed out on Volume 1, but thankfully one of his options is to get volumes 1 AND 2 autographed with a sketch in them. I'm in. I think the missus is going to dig this one as well.

Mark Dos Santos Artbook:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44582565/mark-dos-santos-art-book?ref=live

I love LOVE LOVE Mark Dos Santos' artwork...and if you skim this page you'll see why. This book needs to HAPPEN, people! If he's at your convention RUN don't walk to pick up his stuff! It's really reasonable price wise and looks absolutely beautiful.


and this one got funded, so I don't know that you can still order it or not:

Daisy Kutter:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/439903302/daisy-kutter-reprint-project?ref=live

This one got funded, and I'm excited to see it when it arrives.


Also of course if you have a Kickstarter campaign of your own going - please post it!
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Comments

  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    Daisy Kutter and the Image Documentary are already finished but were great comic-related recent Kickstarters.

    There is still 15 days to go on the Cerebus High Society one though and the incentives have evolved into some cool stuff! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/189735833/cerebus-high-society-special-audio-visual-digital

    Teddy-1 isn't my personal thing (it has a firefighter/EMS kind of deal which is not an area of interest for me) but looks damn amazing, seriously amazing, and anyone that it does appeal to should check it out: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/4887147/teddy-1?ref=category
  • WetRatsWetRats Posts: 6,314
    I'm in on the Cerebus project.
  • John_SteedJohn_Steed Posts: 2,087
    @Torchsong : now backing Mark Dos Santos Artbook (with $30) :D

    in case somebody wants to "befriend" me on Kickstarter : search for WERNER FISCHLI
  • TorchsongTorchsong Posts: 2,655
    John - thanks! I really dig his stuff...he has some fun ideas and "borrows" from some of the best (Mucha, Rockwell) to create familiarity with some of the characters I already love. He's pretty close now and I'm sure he'll make the goal, but every bit helps!
  • John_SteedJohn_Steed Posts: 2,087
    I'm a sucker for anthologies - and the sample pages look awesome :

    DIGESTATE food & eating themed anthology
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/birdcagebottombooks/digestate-a-food-and-eating-themed-comic-anthology

    Already had contact with the editor - nice bloke. Offered to send the book free of charge - to Switzerland (!) I declined and pledged some more. I'm no Bry ;)
  • John_SteedJohn_Steed Posts: 2,087
    Mark Dos Santos Artbook:
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44582565/mark-dos-santos-art-book?ref=live

    Look what I got in the mail today:
    Hey Werner,

    First off I wanted to say THANK YOU for supporting me and this project. Secondly I wanted to let you know that you have won this weeks prize for my weekly incentives. A copy of War of the Seasons by Janine Spendlove. You can check it out here:

    http://www.amazon.com/War-Seasons-Human-Janine-Spendlove/dp/0983656703/ref=sr_1_2

    The book will ship out along with all the other rewards.

    Thanks again and stay tuned as I have more surprises before this is over!

    -Mark

    The other price would have been a full color commision by Dos Santos though..... So close....

    But still - I won something :D
  • jaydee74jaydee74 Posts: 1,506
    Legends of the Boo-Monster
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1055563101/legends-of-the-boo-monster
    AH-BOO!" The Story Behind the Legends of the Boo-Monster

    The Boo-Monster is based on my son, David, who lives his life with low-functioning autism. He is my best friend, greatest teacher, and, quite frankly, my whole world. So I felt it only fair that I create a whole world for him.

    Legends of the Boo-Monster” is the fantasy story of a little monster who has a developmental disability known as the “Distance”, which would be our world's version of autism. For over three centuries the Continent of Monsters was a place where diverse and amazing creatures lived in harmony, but now an ancient prophecy is being fulfilled and a group of other-dimensional baddies known as the Intolerance are going to try to make the Continent their own. The Boo-Monster is the center of the prophecy due to his “dimensional frequency”, so the greatest monsters of the Continent gather to protect the Boo-Monster and the peaceful world they’ve always known.
    I know the guy and he's such a cool dude and he's getting close to his goal.
  • jaydee74jaydee74 Posts: 1,506
    Legends of the Boo-Monster
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1055563101/legends-of-the-boo-monster
    AH-BOO!" The Story Behind the Legends of the Boo-Monster

    The Boo-Monster is based on my son, David, who lives his life with low-functioning autism. He is my best friend, greatest teacher, and, quite frankly, my whole world. So I felt it only fair that I create a whole world for him.

    Legends of the Boo-Monster” is the fantasy story of a little monster who has a developmental disability known as the “Distance”, which would be our world's version of autism. For over three centuries the Continent of Monsters was a place where diverse and amazing creatures lived in harmony, but now an ancient prophecy is being fulfilled and a group of other-dimensional baddies known as the Intolerance are going to try to make the Continent their own. The Boo-Monster is the center of the prophecy due to his “dimensional frequency”, so the greatest monsters of the Continent gather to protect the Boo-Monster and the peaceful world they’ve always known.
    I know the guy and he's such a cool dude and he's getting close to his goal.
    HE DID IT! As of now, Shawn has $5,015 and he still has 11 days to go. All he needed was $5,000. I am so jazzed that he was able to get this project off the ground. YAY SHAWN!
  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    Just found and backed "The Creators: Bullied" the artwork is simply gorgeous and at $10 for a signed and sketched copy it is a great deal. It seems to be blowing up in popularity by the minute as well. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2100314501/the-creators-bullied?ref=category
  • GregGreg Posts: 1,907
    Sedition Wars, minatures boardgame by Mike McVey. Anybody that plays GW or Privateer Press games knows who Mike is and how awesome he is at his job.

    http://kck.st/KTfps1
  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    @Greg The only thing about Sedition Wars is that you are paying a premium to fund the game. That game will be sold for less than the incentive level to get it. I mean it is nice to do and there is a print but in reality it isn't much of a deal. I never expect a crazy deal for supporting something but I think they could have done like $50-75 max for the boxed game incentive for supporters. That sometimes turns me off of a project.

    Speaking of which the Cerebus project has started to irk me a bit. Now that they have all this money they are using it to do everything under the sun instead of just focusing on the project. Worrying about now taking 4 times as long to scan at ridiculous levels so they can sell future HCs in 11x17 format and stuff that has nothing to do with the actual project but future projects. That stuff bugs me and is one of my bigger issues with Kickstarter, it seems to happen more and more as projects get funded multiple times over more and more and then the scope creep and sprawl gets ridiculous and they lose sight of what the whole point was.
  • GregGreg Posts: 1,907
    @Zhurrie - I totally agree with you. There should have been some lower level options and the lack there of irked me quite a bit. I didn't know about the project myself until last night when a friend told me about it. The game had already met its goal by several thousands so I just kicked in a few bucks because I'm a genuine fan and supporter of Mike.
  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    In almost all but the rarest of cases I want something tangible for my donation, and I like to get something reasonable at a discount from the average Joe since I am fronting them money and making their profitable venture possible. Wholesale rates are usually around 50% of MSRP so at least sell it to me for around that since any store out there will be buying the same item at that price with no donation or support up front.

    Some projects get this really right and others really seem to have a hard time with it. I pass on projects with poor structure because if you can't get that basic bit right I have some reservations on the whole project. There was a cool videogame project recently but the incentives were useless in-game only vanity crap and not even the game itself as an option at any level. I'm right out in those cases.
  • John_SteedJohn_Steed Posts: 2,087
    edited June 2012
    About to back : TOME
    limited edition oversized hardcover anthology with a collective of artists exploring the comic book, painting, and musical art forms
    They certainly don't NEED more support since they already collected double the targeted sum in the first hours - but there are some nice art pieces to get.

    Involved artists (so far) include:

    Ashley Wood (artist, writer) - Lore, Hellspawn, 3A Toys
    Ben Templesmith (artist, writer) - 30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Fell
    Bill Sienkiewicz (artist, writer) - Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters
    Chet Zar (fine artist, SFX artist) - Tool music videos, Hellboy I & II motion pictures
    David Stoupakis (artist) - Korn album cover artist
    Edith Lebeau (artist)
    George Pratt (artist, writer) - Enemy Ace: War Idyll, Sandman, Wolverine: Netsuke
    Guillermo Rigattieri (fine artist)
    Kasra Ghanbari (writer, art agent) - MONOCYTE, Drawing the Line Again Anthology
    Matthew Bone (fine artist)
    menton3 (artist, writer, musician) - ZvR, Silent Hill, MONOCYTE, Saltillo
    Richard Walters (singer, songwriter, musician)
    Riley Rossmo (artist, writer) - Proof, Green Wake, Rebel Blood
    Scott Radke (fine artist) - Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland
    Steve Niles (writer) - 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre

    Due to the huge success of their campaign more stuff will be added. And the book also gets bigger.....

    Still 43 days to go.....

    http://kck.st/OkqlWp
  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    @John_Steed, I'd love to know who beat everyone to the punch on that Scott Radke marionette. I'd have loved to own that. I have been a long time collector of a number of these artists and it is a cool project, the only issue is that this group has become very incestuous as far as styles and work which has slowly been a bit of a letdown. menton3 is a pretty bad straight rip of Templesmith and Wood but they all stick closely together and in a lot of projects more and more. My personal and professional beef with Ashley Wood is another whole ball of wax but he is truly a despicable human and I have a hard time supporting him or his work even in a minor way like this.

    A few years ago I'd have been in at the absolute top level on something like this, but even now I'll still probably pick a copy up because there are so many other great folks... Templesmith, Pratt, Rossmo, Radke, Niles, and Sienkiewicz.
  • John_SteedJohn_Steed Posts: 2,087
    http://kck.st/OkqlWp

    Jill Thompson has joined TOME!

    B-)
  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    @John_Steed I know I have seen this project now in a ton of art forums/sites I frequent and in some online chatter with a few artists and it is really cool... I just wish Ashley Wood wasn't on it. I love how they top billed him but he didn't even bother a Skype plug for the project like every other artist did. I have a feeling this will be printed by IDW based on the two books shown so it will be decent quality. I think this project/series has massive potential to grow going forward.

    I'm in for the $75 because I want the explicitus est liber book too.
  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    With 2 hours before it ends I actually canceled my Cerebus pledge. Crazy I know. I actually really don't like the direction it all started to head in when the funding got really high. I will be bummed to miss out on the Eastman print but that is about it. I'd rather give the funds to a more deserving project... Curiosities: An Illustrated History of Ancestral Oddity: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eca/curiosities-an-illustrated-history-of-ancestral-od
  • DryBonesDryBones Posts: 26
    Alien Frontiers for iPad. It's one of my favorite board games but the project is struggling.

    kickstarter.com/projects/clevermojogames/alien-frontiers-for-ipad

    I'm also looking at Pixel Lincoln.

    kickstarter.com/projects/springboard/pixel-lincoln-the-deckbuilding-game-0
  • poisonelf1poisonelf1 Posts: 40
    I just checked out kickstarter for the first time. I've heard talk of it on podcasts.
    This is such an amazing idea what a great way for the comic community to support some awesome and inventive creators get their creations out there.
    I'm gonna start checking out some of your suggestions here.
    Thanks everybody!
  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    The Creators: Bullied is one of the more amazing projects I've backed. Aside from it looking awesome the continued incentives at just the $10 level (which was already a great deal) are awesome. Really cool to see this do so well and if it goes higher (which I think it will) there is even more to come! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2100314501/the-creators-bullied
  • TorchsongTorchsong Posts: 2,655
    Here's a few more I'm debating donating to:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artboymoy/enter-the-video-game-gals
    Love the artist. Love Video Games. Love women (although "Gals"? Really?). It looks like something right in my wheelhouse and $25 is a pretty fair asking price for the planned hardcover.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1214128832/halloween-eve-comic-book
    Normally I'm not big on just donating for a comic book (I at least want a graphic novel sized book for my investment), and the $10 asking price may be a bit steep for 40 pages. Still, it's Amy Reeder and I love her stuff...
  • FlintlockjawFlintlockjaw Posts: 246
    The Amy Reeder one is interesting...but Moy is looking for $25,000 for an 80 page graphic novel...dunno about that one.

    Good finds though.
  • TrustyMutsiTrustyMutsi Posts: 161
    Side question: I've never been able to get a firm handle on this, but does the money go towards paying the creators working on the book, or the printing/con appearance/advertising costs of the book?
  • ZhurrieZhurrie Posts: 617
    It is basically up to the individual/team what they do with the funds. Especially when projects get funded over 100%. Some really do amazingly and try to give back and make the product better or give extras, etc. and others just mostly pocket it and come up with lame extras. The other thing a lot of people don't realize is that there is pretty much a 50% hit between taxes and fees and I've also seen people horribly misjudge international shipping/interest and that has killed them.

    I'm a big fan of Kickstarter and funding creative pursuits in general but lately I have been waiting until closer to the end on projects that are 100% funded or over 100% quickly to see how it all shakes out and what levels will get extras, etc. I have only ever pulled out of one project (Cerebus) because I just didn't agree and feel comfortable with how things unfolded late in the game with respect to the funds. People are getting more savvy with Kickstarter and good or bad some precedents have been set and some cookie-cutter approaches which I like less than more freeform and individual approaches as before.
  • TorchsongTorchsong Posts: 2,655
    The Amy Reeder one is interesting...but Moy is looking for $25,000 for an 80 page graphic novel...dunno about that one.

    Good finds though.
    Yeah, that's what's got me holding off on the Moy one. The art looks really good and I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff (*hurr hurr*) but I think it's going to be in the "keep an eye on it" file for a week or so.

  • Greetings all!
    Just want to bring to your attention a Kickstarter project by a good buddy of mine. Joe Martino is looking to fund his comic project entitled The Mighty Titan. Joe takes his experiences with surviving cancer, TWICE, and put a super hero spin on it. Please take a minute to check it out and if so inclined give a pledge. Much appreciated!

    The Mighty Titan
  • John_SteedJohn_Steed Posts: 2,087
    Greetings all!
    Just want to bring to your attention a Kickstarter project by a good buddy of mine. Joe Martino is looking to fund his comic project entitled The Mighty Titan. Joe takes his experiences with surviving cancer, TWICE, and put a super hero spin on it. Please take a minute to check it out and if so inclined give a pledge. Much appreciated!

    The Mighty Titan
    Looks great - will back it. Not the first "cancer-related-project" I support via Kickstarter.

    :)>-
  • GregGreg Posts: 1,907
  • 7h0m457h0m45 Posts: 49
    edited July 2012
    Currently backing two comic kickstarters.

    Tome: http://kck.st/OkqlWp

    Nothing is Forgotten: http://kck.st/MNnaB6
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