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Review: Six Figure Crowdfunding: The No Bullsh*t Guide to Running a Life-Changing Campaign

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a book from BOOM! Studios to help guide you through the world of crowdfunding.

Six Figure Crowdfunding: The No Bullsh*t Guide to Running a Life-Changing Campaign is by Derek Miller with Noelle Pugh and illustrations by Joy Ho.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores July 24th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT Returns as an Original Read-Along Comic Book

Matt Kindt‘s Mind MGMT was a trippy comic series that begins as a journalist attempting to discover the truth and turns into a globe-trotting mystery series about espionage, super spies, and psychic abilities. Originally published by Dark Horse, Kindt has released a special limited edition one-shot and is now heading to Kickstarter for an unusual spin.

Mind MGMT is returning as a stand-alone comic and a read-along 7″ vinyl record by Kindt and Clint McElroy.

In Mind MGMT, a former secret agent, the mysterious Henry Lyme, has gone rogue and is working to dismantle the organization he once worked for. There’s a mysterious airline flight and a secret government agency of super spies. This story spans from the 1920’s to the present day—and things get weird.

The new Mind MGMT comic book is a full color, 24 page comic with a gatefold in the back that will hold the record in place. The Mind MGMT 7″ 33 1/3 RPM record will be pressed by United Record Pressing, the company which printed the Beatles’ first 7″.

Joining Kindt is Clint McElroy, a voice actor and the writer of comic books including King of the USA and co-writer of The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins, who does all the voice acting for the audio track. Kindt and McElroy will be donating 10% of the profits to the Hispanic Federation, the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization which is aiding Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Irma. Founded in 1990, Hispanic Federation seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, and the environment.

The project is live as of July 10th and runs for 30 days.

It’s Alive! Will Publish Doug Moench’s Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection. Back it on Kickstarter

IDW Publishing’s It’s Alive! imprint has announced plans to publish the first-ever collection of the time-traveling Indy cult comic book hit from the 1980s, Aztec Ace! In support of the project, It’s Alive has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which can be found at:

Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection will be a 500+ page, action-packed, intellectual, time-travel adventure starring a citizen of the original Aztec Empire named Caza (AKA Ace). Traveling between the ancient world and the 23rd century, Ace – along with his pupil Bridget Chronopolis and his navigator, the floating disembodied head of Sigmund Freud – struggles to save his own dimension from time paradoxes created by his enemy, the mysterious Nine-Crocodile.

Aztec Ace was originally created and written by legendary Batman scribe and Moon Knight creator Doug Moench, edited by Cat Yronwode, and illustrated by a host of talented artists including Dan Day, Michael Hernandez, Ron Harris, and Thomas Yeates.

This collection will mark the first time the original issues of Aztec Ace have seen print in any form since their original publication in 1984 by Eclipse Comics. This project also marks It’s Alive! publisher Drew Ford’s return to large-format, all-encompassing collections, such as The Puma Blues by Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli, and U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories by Sam Glanzman, both Eisner Award nominees. Ford has launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover the costs of development, which include a new foreword, intro, and cover, plus the digital scans and restoration of all 15 original issues.

To help meet the funding goals (and stretch goals), the Kickstarter will be offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind Aztec Ace sketches from some of the top talents in comics today! Superstar artists including Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Pope, Jeff Lemire, Michael Avon Oeming, Kelley Jones, Joe Staton, and more have already created Aztec Acesketches, which will become available for purchase at different times during the campaign!

Stretch Goals include a cover gallery of all original 15 covers from the series, a sketch gallery of all the one-of-a-kind Aztec Ace sketches, an Aztec Ace short story written by Doug Moench and illustrated by Tim Sale, and the publication of a never-before-seen 52-page Aztec Acescript by Doug Moench.

The campaign also offers Early Bird Specials on PDFs, books, t-shirts, and even original pages of Aztec Ace art by Dan Day! These Specials will only be available until June 6th!

The Fourth Volume of Silver Comes to Kickstarter

Stephan Franck has worked on some of the most beloved animated films of all time, including The Iron Giant, How to Train Your Dragon, and Despicable Me —and his passion for storytelling extends from the silver screen to comic books and graphic novels. Over the course of the last four years, Franck has been writing, illustrating and self publishing Silver, a globe-trotting graphic novel series that mashes up the world of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula with action, adventure, humor, pulp storytelling and modern sensibilities. Told over the course of 4 volumes (and a stand alone novella), Franck has created an unforgettable cast and a compelling caper that picks up 30 years after Professor Abraham Van Helsing visited Dracula’s castle. Now Van Helsing’s descendent, the mysterious vampire hunter Rosalyn, is teaming up with a ragtag group of con men for a high stakes heist to rob Europe’s richest vampires. Will they succeed, and live off their take from this one last job? All will be revealed in the fourth and final volume of Silver, which Franck and his company Dark Planet Comics are funding via a Kickstarter campaign.

In Silver, a group of criminals discover the late Jonathan Harker’s secret ledger, which discloses the existence of an exotic treasure of silver hidden in Dracula’s castle. Finnigan, the group’s leader, knows a retirement plan when he sees it, so he’s willing to do whatever it takes to pull off the biggest heist of the last ten centuries—even if that means allying himself with the mysterious, sword-wielding vampire hunter Sledge, aka Rosalind Van Helsing.

Fans who back the new Kickstarter can get digital editions, all four trade paperbacks individually, a signed slipcase featuring forall four trade paperbacks, the acclaimed novella Rosalynd, an audiobook of Rosalynd and limited edition prints by or done in collaboration with three incredible artists: Marvel comics and Kickstarter sensation Takeshi Miyazawa, animator and bandes dessinées artist Rodolphe Guenoden, and superstar illustrator Mel Milton.

The Kickstarter runs until June 28th and the volume is slated for release October 2018.

Take a Trip to Elk Mountain with a New Kickstarter Exploring Superheroes and the Communities they Defend

Elk Mountain explores the relationship between heroes and the communities they defend. What are the realistic expectations of these heroes? Can we expect them to be everywhere and save everyone? Is it smart to put so much faith in one individual, no matter how powerful they are?

And what are the responsibilities of a community to it’s hero? How much is it on them to be accountable for what goes on where they live?

Elk Mountain also looks at how the current climate of fear can break apart a community in an instant. Fear of the other can turn long time neighbors against each other, and it’s happening right now with immigrants and non-immigrants. People who have lived and worked here peacefully for years are being forcibly removed from their homes and jobs.

A Kickstarter campaign is running now with a goal of $9,000. Money from the Kickstarter is going to paying the creative team as well as printing the books, rewards, and shipping. Rewards include not just the comic but also tutorials from the team, enamel pins, and your chance to be drawn in the comic.

The comic series is written by Jordan Clark whose work has appeared in Bitch Planet Triple Feature #2 as well as his own published work Duality and Kane Maverick. Art is provided by Vince Underwood who is the writer/artist for the self published Page Turn and has provided covers for Clark’s Hive Mind and Kane Maverick. Brittany Peer is the colorist who has worked on such series as Misfit City, Slam, Dodge City, TMNTU, Jem & The Holograms. Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou has lettered for books like Short Order Cooks and Stain the Seas Scarlet. He’s also doing letters for the upcoming Image book Shanghai Red.

You can get a digital copy for just $3 and the campaign runs until June 11th.

Zenescope is Kickstarting a Grimm Fairy Tales “Sela” Bishoujo Style Collectible Statue

Zenescope Entertainment has successfully funded its newest Kickstarter campaign in less than 3 hours as the company unveiled a new line of “bishoujo-style” collectible figures based on its most popular female lead characters from Zenescope’s ever-growing stable of comic book titles.

The first statue Zenescope is introducing is Sela Mathers, the main protagonist from the company’s ultra-popular Grimm Fairy Tales comic book series. Sela, known as “Guardian of the Nexus,” works to protect Earth from evil attempting to invade our world from other realms. The statue will stand at nearly nine inches tall and portrays Sela with her trusty sword and holding her enchanted, yet powerful, book of fairy tales.

Aside from the original version, Zenescope is also offering 250 limited edition special “black & white” versions of the statue through Kickstarter pledges. The sculpt is based on design illustrations by one of Zenescope’s top artists, Jason Cardy.

The campaign has different pledge tiers for both retailers and consumers who can choose to reserve their statue as well as other highly sought after Zenescope merchandise. Each statue reserved via Kickstarter also comes with a Grimm Fairy Tales limited edition exclusive issue with cover art by designer, Jason Cardy. The campaign will run until Tuesday, June 5th at 4:00pm.

Space Goat Productions is Launching an Equity Fundraising Campaign

In a move to allow fans to become even more invested in a company they support, Space Goat Productions is launching a fundraising campaign via equity crowdfunder Wefunder.com. Investors will join a community of other investors who seek to help SGP expand their presence in the board game and comic book marketplaces–and own micro shares of the publisher in the process. The fundraising campaign will run for a period of 45 days.

In the announcement Founder and CEO Shon Bury said:

We want to make cool stuff with and for fans. It’s a core tenant of our mission. Equity crowdfunding provides the perfect opportunity to show our fans how sincere we are. We aren’t the first comic-book company to ever offer shares to fans, but we are taking it one step further by allowing anyone to buy a micro share for just $100 and by offering our Kickstarter backers a 20% discount if they elect to buy-in at this funding round. We are also offering a great perk to comic book retailers. That’s how much our crowdfunding community and retail partners mean to us.

On May 2016, thanks to a law called Regulation Crowdfunding, it became legal for everyone to invest small amounts of money in the companies they believe in. Wefunder was created to provide an easy avenue for regular people, not Wall Street experts, to actually become stakeholders with the companies they already support with purchases. This form of funding fit perfectly into the long range plans and overall vision of Space Goat Productions and its CEO Shon Bury. This next step has been in the works for over a year.

Get a Coronary with Black Mirror Meets Romeo and Juliet on Kickstarter Now

Plastic surgery is free. London is gripped by madness, dominated by cosmetic surgeons, lifestyle coaches and pill-pushers. Within this insanity, a neurotic businessman reconsiders the course of his life when a freethinking outsider crashes into it. But she doesn’t want him, or anyone.

Coronary is a comic series written by Ryan Burke with art by Joel Saavedra and Damian Pañalba.

The Kickstarter, running through May 4th, will pay the artists and cover printing and shipping costs of the comic series. The plan is to release a full twelve issue series.

You can pledge for as little as $5 for a digital copy of the third issue or $8 for a bundle of the first three. Other pledge levels include stickers, patches, and even the ability for you to be included in the comic.

Back the Kickstarter today to get this creative and unique series.

Retrofit Comics 2018 Includes 12 new Graphic Novels. Now on Kickstarter

Retrofit Comics is one of the best kept secrets in comics publishing some of the best indie comic work out there. They comic company has a new Kickstarter which runs until April 27 where you can get their 2018 releases (and more).

If you get all 12 comics/graphic novels, you get them at over 50% off, and if that’s still too much, you can pick and choose what you want.

What’s on tap for 2018?

  • All the Sad Songs – Summer Pierre – a 104 page black and white softcover graphic memoir.
  • Fashion Forecasts – Yumi Sakugawa – 72 color pages and explores fashion in a not-so-distant future.
  • I Love You – Sara Lautman – 72 color pages, collects stories and strips from 2017.
  • John, Dear – Laura Lannes – This 48 page comic is about a bad relationship.
  • Our Wretched Town Hall – Eric Kostiuk Williams – 64 color pages, explores a whole bunch of trippy subjects.
  • The Prince – Liam Cobb – 120 two color pages, this softcover graphic novel is a take on the Frog Prince fairytale.
  • Survive 300 Million 1 – Pat Aulisio – this 76 color paged comic traverses the post-man ruinscape of the future.
  • Survive 300 Million 2: Serpentine Captives – Pat Aulisio – is a 92 page color graphic novel and the second of the series.
  • The Troublemakers – Baron Yoshimoto – a 248 black and white graphic novel is a collection of some of the best stories of Yoshimoto.
  • TRUMPTRUMP vol. 2: Modern Day Presidential – Warren Craghead III – 208 black and white pages of grotesque portraits of Donald Trump and his minions.
  • Understanding – Becca Tobin – 100 color pages of short stories about going to parties, spending money on stuff, voyeurism and ritual.
  • The Winner – Karl Stevens – 104 color pages hat dissects the line between the worlds of high and low art.

You can find out more about each project including preview art. Go back it now, you won’t be disappointed.

“No Straight Linesm” the LGBTQ Comics Documentary, Gets a Crowdfunding Campaign this April

No Straight Lines cover art by Maurice Vellekoop

Filmmaker Vivian Kleiman and comics artist and advocate Justin Hall have announced that their feature-length documentary film, No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics, will launch a Kickstarter fundraiser in late April. This new effort is aimed at completing filming of the project, which tells the story of how LGBTQ comics evolved from a marginalized underground scene—offering uncensored commentary on everything from coming out to the AIDS crisis to gender politics—to one with worldwide, mainstream recognition.

The fundraising campaign has set a goal of $38,000 and is scheduled to launch on April 23rd. It will offer a variety of rewards to backers from large to small, including social media shout-outs, signed graphic novels, original artwork, dinner with the film creators, invitations to private screenings of the work-in-progress, and more.

Alison Bechdel at a film shoot

In 2012, cartoonist Justin Hall put together the anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which featured milestone contributions by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender comics creators from the 1970s to the present, and shared the story of the queer comics community.

Now, Justin’s Lambda Literary Award winning and Eisner Award nominated collection is the inspiration for a new documentary film directed and produced by Peabody Award winning and Sundance and Emmy nominated filmmaker Vivian Kleiman. This film will bring the stories from the comics off the page and give viewers a personal introduction to the vibrant artists, writers, and activists who have paved the way for queer comics’ dynamic present and fabulous future.

The team has been developing the project for some time and have already received grants from the California Humanities, the San Francisco Foundation, and the Berkeley Film Foundation, along with contributions from private donors. Filming is over halfway done, including extensive shoots with Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) and her mentor Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), as well as interviews with a selection of young cartoonists at the Queers & Comics Conference in San Francisco, and more.

Alison Bechdel, Justin Hall, Vivian Kleiman

They’ve lined up financial support to complete the editing phase, but first they need to capture all the footage that will make this project shine. Cartoonists being notoriously shy, the filmmakers have to bring their crew to places like the snowy hills of Vermont and the rainy streets of Portland, Oregon, to record these important, untold stories.

Meeting their campaign goal will allow the filmmakers to complete principle filming on the project, which will include travel and accommodations; producer, director, and director of photography costs; sound and lighting equipment; insurance; bookkeeping; production assistance; and admin expenses.

Support from the community will make it possible to film with longtime LGBTQ comics legends like Rupert Kinnard (BB and the Diva), and interview pioneering web cartoonist Scout Tran (Failing Sky). The filmmakers have plans for additional shoots if they exceed their funding goals.

For those interested, you can join their mailing list to get the latest updates.

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