Kickstarter Spotlight: 1001 Knights

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 11.31.09 PMIn the time I’ve had the Kickstarter page for 1001 Knights open, it has jumped more than $3,000 closer to its backing goal.

The project, created by Kevin Jay Stanton and Annie Stoll, is an anthology with an overall theme of what it means to be a knight. Stanton and Stoll write in the Kickstarter description that part of their goal was “focusing on creating people-positive characters with feminist overtones,” and donating gets backers either digital or clothbound hardback editions of the books and some extras, depending on the pledge amount.

The idea of an anthology exploring what it means to be a knight has evidently struck a chord with readers–at the time of writing, the Kickstarter has been live for a little over thirty-six hours, and it is less than $300 away from reaching its backing goal of $70,000.

This project’s popularity is not without reason. 1001 Knights has been in development for nearly a year and boasts an impressive roster of more than 250 artists and includes comics, prose, poetry, and illustration. (A list of artists can be found here.) The description on the anthology’s website makes clear that this project is not for profit, and that all money raised is to compensate artists and to cover printing costs. The only way to receive a copy of the books (digital or physical) is to back it on Kickstarter, because it won’t be available in stores something else that is no doubt a driving force in its popularity.

There are some serious perks to backing 1001 Knights. The complete anthology is a three book set spanning some 700-plus pages, and the most basic backing tier ($10) will get the backer one of the three volumes. The most expensive tier ($1,001 or more) will get the backer three hardback books and a slipcover, prints, digital PDFs. And, oh yeah, the backer will be featured as a knight in one of the stories. If backers don’t have a grand to throw around, there are some slightly more reasonable middling options that come with some cool extras but that won’t totally wipe out the piggybank.

1001 Knights will remain on Kickstarter until February 26.

EDIT: 1001 Knights reached its Kickstarter goal of $70,000 on Thursday, January 28–only a day and a half after it went live. Tweets by Kevin Jay Stanton (@kevinjaystanton) and Annie Stoll (@aniistoll).

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