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KickStarting: Comics

Money_CashIt’s a new week and KickStarting: Comics is back with a look at how much was raised/pledged for comic projects on Kickstarter for the past week!

I realize some projects are not in US dollars, but they all will count the same regardless of origin, for now. $1 US will be the same as $1 CAD, $1 AUD, etc.

20 projects were successfully funded, which is a decrease from the previous week’s 28.

For the past week from November 17 to November 23 the statistics are:

Average goal: $5,378.50 (an increase of about $2,100 from the previous week)
Average pledged: $14,087.21 (an increase of about $7,600 from the previous week)
Average number of backers: 292.29 (an increase of about 125 from the previous week)
Average pledge: $48.20 (an increase of about $10 from the previous week)
Average percent raised:261.92% (an increase of about 65 percentage points from the previous week)
Most common given amount: $25 (952 times)
Most money from pledge level: $25 level brought in $23,800

Total pledged for the week: $197,221 (an increase of about $50,000 from the previous week)

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Cucumber Quest Book Three – $119,908

Most backers: Cucumber Quest Book Three – 1931 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Fana, The Jungle Girl #1 – 884.85%

Highest average pledge: Sugar Fueled Sweet Seconds – $79.29

Lowest average pledge: A.R. Hicks’ Dark Souls – $15.61

That wraps up this week’s data! I’ll be making tweaks to this as more are done, so let me know what you want to see!

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IDW Continues to Celebrate Transformers’ 30th Anniversary

transformers drift empire of stone2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of Hasbro’s Transformers, which has been celebrated thus far with a blockbuster film and critically acclaimed comic series’ from IDW Publishing. But the party isn’t quite over as IDW still has some Transformers debuts this year!

The long-running Transformers comic, which originally appeared in 1984, came to an epic conclusion as, Transformers: Regeneration One by IDW reached its 100th issue! Original series’ writer, Simon Furman and artist Andrew Wildman led the illustrious series to its closing chapter earlier this year.

But as one chapter closed, a new one began during the “Dawn of The Autobots.” After the cataclysmic changes of “Dark Cybertron” the Autobots gained unexpected new allies, of whom the breakout star, Windblade, the first ever fan voted character, ventured out on her own critically-acclaimed mini-series written by Mairghread Scott and stunningly illustrated by Sarah Stone.

The smash-hit new series Transformers vs. G.I. JOE by Tom Scioli and John Barber made waves upon its Free Comic Book Day debut. With its stylized over-the-top approach, issue #1 sold out before the first issue even hit the shelves! The epic space-romp has not only been praised by the comic community, but has also struck a cord with fans.

Throughout the year variant homage covers have graced the ongoing series’ More Than Meets The Eye by writer James Roberts and artist Alex Milne and Robots in Disguise by writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith. Celebrating the rich history of TRANSFORMERS, these covers highlighted monumental moments throughout the history of Transformers.

This year has also seen a number of premier Transformers collections released from IDW; from the 30th Anniversary Collection, with highlights from the many iterations of Transformers in comics, to Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging.

The Cybertronian War has been the explosive topic of the Transformers series Autocracy and Monstrosity and the final chapter in this expansive storyline, Primacy debuted this fall! Written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with art by Livio Ramondeli this epic conclusion can’t be missed!

Drift, who made his debut in the pages of IDW comics was featured in the blockbuster hit film Transformers: Age of Extinction, and this month he returns to his comic roots in the new mini-series from creators Shane McCarthy and Guido GuidiDrift—Empire of Stone sees the fan-favorite character take on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy.

As IDW comes up on its tenth year with Transformers, it embarks on the wildest and most unexpected of crossovers with Angry Birds Transformers. Written by John Barber the mini-series will be drawn by Marcelo Ferreira, and debuts this week!

Around the Tubes

It’s a quick week around here as we count down to Thanksgiving! What comics remind you of the holiday?

Around the Tubes

The Boar – Comic books: not just for teenage boys – Good to see articles like this.

The Daily – Who needs a hero: Diversity in comic books – Also good to see.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – The Amazing Spider-Man #10

CBR – Wonder Woman #36

Shinobi: Ninja Princess Announces Free Webcomic

Action Lab Entertainment’s popular coming of age action series, Shinobi: Ninja Princess is well into its run with issue 4 coming soon. Now, Series creator Martheus Wade is introducing new fans to the world of Shianndrea “Jetta” Toshigawa with a new tie in webcomic.

These 1-4 page webstories weave into and out of the existing 6 issue mini series published by Action Lab Entertainment. Each story will give readers more information on the characters and world of this martial arts adventure as well as serve as a gateway for new readers.

The stories mix the lighter side of the series and answers those burning questions fans have been asking for such as “how did the Azumi Ninja Clan get the contract to find Shianndrea Toshigawa in the first place?” and “What do young ninjas do to blow off steam?”

The free webisodes are available at the official Jetta website at http://toshigawa.com/

SHINOBI NINJA PRINCESS WEBCOMIC

National Gallery of Art Acquires Comics

National_Gallery_of_Art_-_West_BuildingThe National Gallery of Art has received some new acquisitions, including a collection of underground comic books.

Collected by Abigail and William Gerdts, the 176 comic books were given to the gallery and are the first comics to be a part of the gallery’s permanent collection. The comics published between 1964 and 1977 influenced major modern artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

The acquisition was approved October 2 by the museum’s board of trustees. The collection includes the museum’s first work by Robert Crumb and is bookended by important issues of Zap Comix, founded by Crumb in 1967, and Arcade: The Comics Revue, published a decade later.

The Quack is Back! Howard the Duck #1 is Coming!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But who needs turkey, when you can have a little duck?! That’s right – he’s back! The fabulous fowl. The web-footed wonder. The denizen of Duckworld. The one and only Howard the Duck! And he’s coming to you this March for Howard the Duck #1 – a brand new ongoing series from writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones!

Straight from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy…post-credits scene comes the comic book return of the Marvel Universe’s most satirical sort. Join him as he takes on the Marvel Universe’s strangest cases only a talking duck can quack as New York City’s newest private investigator! New York City is full of the strange and the weird – a talking duck gumshoe shouldn’t be that much of a shocker!

Of the title’s new direction, Howard the Duck Editor Wil Moss said “We’re thrilled to be bringing Howard back to the stands! The stuff Chip & Joe have planned for this series…well, to be honest, I don’t know if we’ll be able to publish most of it. But the stuff that does clear with legal is going to be amazing! Plus there’ll be some backup stories starting in issue #2 by a dream-team of guest contributors — a lot of people are eager to take a shot at this duck!”

Be there when Howard the Duck ventures through the Marvel Universe, trapped in a world he’s become accustomed to as he takes on the Black Cat, She-Hulk and mysterious forces from outer space! Plus maybe even a Guardian of the Galaxy or two! (Mmmmmaybe.)

Howard’s just a regular guy…who also happens to be a duck. Don’t miss his tour through the Marvel Universe when Howard the Duck #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices this coming March. WAUGH!

HOWARD THE DUCK #1
Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art & Cover by JOE QUINONES
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
On Sale March 2015!

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Raven Gregory is Back with Widow’s Web

Raven Gregory and Autumn Ivy‘s long awaited new creator owned series, Widow’s Web, will be debuting next month at Phoenix Fanfest Dec 12-14. Gregory, Ivy, penciler Ian Snyder, and cover artist Nei Ruffino will all be at the convention.

Set in a world that is not our own, the story follows Dahlia White, an unassuming bartender living in the strange yet familiar Tcesni City, where she attempts to balance her normal — and sometimes not so normal — life with the horrifying secret of who and what she really is. A balance that is thrown into absolute chaos when a down-on-his-luck guy, Pterra Atrus, walks through her door and catches her eye, turning her already crazy world upside down. A world where not everything or everyone is what they seem.

Where the fairy tale of boy meets girl ends, and the horror begins.

Widow’s Web #0 will feature two separate covers exclusive to the show, an Exclusive Premium Preview Edition limited to 150 and an Extinction Sketch Edition limited to 50, each with a free 11×17 Mike Krome and Ula Moś print, and will take  pre-orders at www.theravengregory.com (note: Print available to show attendees only while supplies last.

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The Infinite Loop Gets Its First English Printing at IDW

IDW Publishing has announced they will be bringing to print The Infinite Loop, the wildly successful Kickstarter-run project, as a 6-issue miniseries starting in April 2015.

The Infinite Loop is a science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, “What would you risk for a chance at true love?” Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, “a time paradox” and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.

The Infinite Loop began earlier this year as a wildly successful crowdfunded project created by the team of writer Pierrick Colinet and artist Elsa Charretier and described as “channeling early-period Steve Rude with the page composition of George Pérez…” For the comic-book series, Elsa will be providing all-new covers. Issue 1 also features a variant cover by Stéphanie Hans.

Adventure, Science-Fiction, Love, and Time Travel. What else could you would want?

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Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings from the past week.

Image Comics

Image has announced that Outcast #2 and Outcast #5 have sold out at the distributor level. Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta‘s series will see new printings for each, the third for issue #2 and second for issue #5. Both will hit shelves on December 17, the same day as the sixth issue.

outcast #2 outcast #5Marvel

All-New Captain America #1 from Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen has sold out and will return with a second printing on December 24.

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Superior Iron Man #1 will see a second printing as well. From writer Tom Taylor, artist Yildiray Cinar, and cover by Mike Choi will get the new printing on December 24.

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Thor #2 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman will receive a second printing. It’ll hit shelves on December 24.

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Titan Comics in February 2015

ANATHEMA BOOK 1: THE EVIL THAT MEN DO

WRITER: Rachel Deering
ARTISTS:  Chris Mooneyham, Wesley St. Claire
FORMAT: 96pp, HC, FC, 170 X 258
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $16.99/$18.95 CAN/£12.99 UK
ISBN: 9781782762935
RELEASE DATE: April 8, 2015

CLASSIC GOTHIC HORROR ILLUSTRATED BY FIVE GHOSTS ARTIST CHRIS MOONEYHAM!

COVER BY JOE QUERIO (BPRD, THE WITCHER)!

DARK CULTS! HAUNTED SOULS! WEREWOLF LOVE STORY AND BURNING AT THE STAKE IN THE HAMMER HORROR TRADITION!

“SCARY, COMPELLING, WITH KILLER ART!” - JUSTIN JORDAN (SPREAD, GREEN LANTERN)

“FUN AND DISTURBING!” - JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (I, VAMPIRE)

WELCOME TO THE NIGHTMARE!

How far will one woman go for the salvation of her beloved? Mercy Barlowe’s love for Sarah brings down Hell when her puritanical father discovers them together – and has his own daughter burnt at the stake.

A modern take on the horror classics of the past from Rachel Deering (Womanthology), Chris Mooneyham (Five Ghosts) and Wesley St. Claire.

ORDER CODE: DEC141668

ANATHEMA BOOK 1

CAPTAIN STONE #4

WRITERS: Liam Sharp & Christina McCormack
ARTIST:  Liam Sharp
FORMAT: Standard Comic
ISSUES IN SERIES: 4 (of 6)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2015

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET UNEARTHED! 

FAMILY SECRETS REVEALED!

THE HISTORY OF CAPTAIN STONE DEEPENS!

Charlie reaches out to her estranged father, Lord Chance, and has an eye-opening conversation about his history with Captain Stone.

ORDER CODE: DEC141669

CAPTAIN STONE #4

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #6

WRITER: Robbie Morrison
ARTIST: Brian Williamson
COLORIST: Hi-Fi
COVER ARTIST: Blair Shedd
FORMAT: Standard Comic
ISSUES IN SERIES: On-going
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2015

NEW STORY ARC – ARTIST BRIAN WILLIAMSON (TORCHWOOD) JOINS AWARD-WINNING WRITER ROBBIE MORRISON (SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN)!

THE DOCTOR AND CLARA RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP A DREADED NEW PERIL FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSE: THE FRACTURES!

WHO OR WHAT ARE THE FRACTURES?

Molly’s father was killed in a terrible accident. UNIT scientist John Foster suffered the same fate. But are they really gone? Both play a part in the universe-hopping new arc! The Doctor and Clara race against time to both stop a dreaded new peril – The Fractures – in a bid to stop reality unraveling around them.

COVER VARIANTS:

COVER A: REGULAR COVER: Blair Shedd

ORDER CODE: DEC141674

COVER B: PHOTO SUBSCRIPTION COVER

ORDER CODE: DEC141675

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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #11

WRITER: Nick Abadzis
ARTIST: Elena Casagrande
COLORIST: HI-FI
COVER ARTIST: AJ
FORMAT: Standard Comic
ISSUES IN SERIES: On-going
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2015

NEW STORY ARC!

PERFECT JUMPING-ON POINT FOR NEW READERS!

THE FOUNTAINS OF FOREVER!

Cindy and Gabby have a falling out after Gabby’s homecoming – as an ancient artefact from the centre of the universe, a rogue Black Ops organisation, and a secret auction conspire to cause galaxy-shattering chaos!

COVER VARIANTS:

COVER A – REGULAR COVER: AJ

ORDER CODE: DEC141670

COVER B – PHOTO SUBSCRIPTION COVER

ORDER CODE: DEC141671

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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #10

WRITER: Rob Williams
ARTIST: Boo Cook
COLORIST: Hi-Fi
COVER ARTIST: Blair Shedd
FORMAT: Standard Comic
ISSUES IN SERIES: On-going
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2015

“Could someone stop that SCREAMING please?”

The Doctor has lost himself in a hostile takeover of SERVEYOUinc, and it’s up to Alice, Jones and ARC to bring him back to his senses. And if that takes a little judicious cosplay, well, Alice is all for it!

COVER VARIANTS:

COVER A: REGULAR COVER: BLAIR SHEDD

ORDER CODE: DEC141672

COVER B: PHOTO SUBSCRIPTION COVER

ORDER CODE: DEC141673

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DRAGONS VOL.4: THE STOWAWAY

WRITER: Simon Furman
ARTISTS: Iwan Nazif, Stephen Downey
FORMAT: 64pp, SC, FC, 6 x 9
VOLUMES IN SERIES: Quarterly ongoing
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $6.99 US/$7.99 CAN/£4.99 UK
ISBN: 9781782760795
RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2015

FROM THE HIT TV SERIES, DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: RIDERS OF BERK!

THE DRAGONS TRAINING ACADEMY GETS A BRAVE – AND SUSPICIOUS – NEW STUDENT!

The Dragons Training Academy gets a new student – a handsome, brave young man named Hroar! It seems that Hroar has stowed away on one of Berk’s ships to visit Berk and check out the dragons. And as Hroar becomes more and more popular by impressing Hiccup’s friends (especially Astrid), Hiccup grows increasingly suspicious of him…

ORDER CODE: DEC141676

DRAGONS VOL.4

ELRIC VOL.2: STORMBRINGER

WRITER: Julien Blondel & Jean-Luc Cano
ARTISTS: Julien Telo, Didier Poli, Robin Recht, Scarlett Smulkowski, Jean Bastide
FORMAT: 64pp, HC, FC, 205 x 275
VOLUMES IN SERIES: 2 (of 4)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $10.99/$12.99 CAN/£9.99 UK
ISBN: 9781782761259
RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2015

THE BEST-SELLING SERIES CONTINUES!

A STUNNING NEW COMIC ADAPTATION OF THE CLASSIC NOVELS BY MICHAEL MOORCOCK!

THE LORDS OF CHAOS RISE AGAIN!

White Wolf. Champion of Arioch. Assassin of his people.

Elric, the albino emperor, has ruled the ancient island of Melniboné for millennia, but his position is now threatened – and the people of Melniboné will pay the price.

Continuing the stunning new comic adaptation of the classic Elric of Melniboné novels by Michael Moorcock!

ORDER CODE: DEC141678

ELRIC VOL.2

MONO #4

WRITER: Liam Sharp
ARTIST: Ben Wolstenholme
FORMAT: Standard Comic
ISSUES IN SERIES: 4 (of 6)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2015

MONO HAS FINALLY MET HIS MATCH IN THE FORM OF A MASSIVE, DISFIGURED NAZI GENERAL!

Mono has been shot, stabbed, bitten, and more in the quest to complete his mission and close “The Old Curiosity Shop”…but has he finally met his match in the form of a massive, disfigured Nazi general? Find out in the dramatic conclusion to “The Old Curiosity Shop”!

ORDER CODE: DEC141677

MONO #4

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR #4

WRITER: Alex Matthews
ARTIST: Lucas Fereyra
FORMAT: Standard Comic
ISSUES IN SERIES: 4 (of 4)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2015

FEATHERS WILL FLY!

BASED ON THE MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR-GROSSING MADAGASCAR MOVIE SERIES!

IT’S ALL BEEN LEADING HERE! THE ADVENTURE OF SKIPPER, KOWALSKI, RICO AND PRIVATE REACHES AN EPIC CONCLUSION!

The concluding chapter of the adventures of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar new 4-issue comic series. Brought to you by comedy genius Alex Matthews (Phoenix, Dandy) with eye-popping art from Lucas Fereyra!

ORDER CODE: DEC141679

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR #4

WALLACE & GROMIT VOL 3: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER STRIPS

WRITER: Richy K. Chandler, David Leach, Steve White
ARTISTS: Mychalio Kazybird, John Burns
FORMAT: 112pp, HC, FC, 7.5 X 9.5
VOLUMES IN SERIES: 3 (of 4)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $16.99/$18.95 CAN/£12.99 UK
ISBN: 9781782762041
RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2015

OVER 260 DAILY COMIC STRIPS!

AARDMAN’S OSCAR-WINNING CHARACTERS WALLACE AND GROMIT ARE BACK FOR ANOTHER BOUT OF THE DAFTEST ADVENTURES KNOWN TO MAN OR HOUND!

The world’s most prolific, cheese-eating inventor, Wallace, and his ever-resourceful dog, Gromit, are back for another bout of the daftest adventures known to man or hound!

First appearing in The Sun newspaper, this new collection of over 260 daily comic strips from 2012-2013, contains every invention, every cheese-based pun and every act of hi-jinx silliness from the long running and hugely popular newspaper strip!

ORDER CODE: DEC141680

WALLACE & GROMIT VOL 3

WHITE TRASH

WRITER: Gordon Rennie
ARTISTS: Martin Emond
FORMAT: 128pp, HC, FC, 6.625 x 10.25
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $19.99/$22.95 CAN/£14.99 UK
ISBN: 9781781168219
RELEASE DATE: April 8, 2015

JOIN SLACKER SURFER DUDE DEAN AND THE KING ON A CRAZY JOURNEY ACROSS THE USA!

The greatest buddy road comic EVER! Join slacker surfer dude Dean and The King, legendary gold-laméd rock’n’roller, as they take their pink Cadillac into the soft, white supremacist, Evangelical brimstone underbelly of the good ol’ US of A!

White Trash is “Welcome To The Jungle”, “Deliverance” and “Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas”, jammed in a blender and blasted into overdrive!!!

ORDER CODE: DEC141681

WHITE TRASH

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