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Preview: Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #4

Star Trek/Green Lantern Vol 2 #4

Mike Johnson (w) • Angel Hernandez (a & c)

It’s a race between the forces of good and evil! The first to reach the only Power Battery in the universe will control the destiny of all worlds! Can Hal Jordan and the crew of the Enterprise beat Sinestro and his allies to the ultimate prize?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets #5

Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets #5

(W) John Barber (A) Andrea Broccardo, Jason Muhr (CA) Michael Walsh
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Using dark magic, a mobster family has transformed into monstrous beings of unbelievable power! With Doctor Strange working on being more grounded and the Punisher trying to adjust to magic, this mismatched pair has their work cut out for them.

Preview: Blue Beetle #7

Blue Beetle #7

(W) Keith Giffen (A/CA) Scott Kolins
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

Missing families! Kids with superpowers! Mystical beings arriving in El Paso! Who or what has been behind the strange doings in Jaime Reyes’ hometown is about to be revealed. It’s a force so powerful that Dr. Fate has no choice but to team up with Blue Beetle – even though he still suspects that the Beetle might have some connection to the evil entity they must battle.

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #5

Transformers: Optimus Prime #5

John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a & c)

NEW CYBERTRON! It’s battleground: Earth once more, as the uneasy peace between Optimus’ forces, the Junkions, and G.I. Joe collapses amidst betrayals and subterfuge. Will Optimus Prime and Pyra Magna be able to put aside their differences—or is war really the only way forward?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Uncanny Inhumans #20

Uncanny Inhumans #20

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ario Anindito, Lee Garbett (CA) Frazer Irving, Scott Wilson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $4.99
INHUMANS VS. X-MEN TIE-IN!

Maximus the Mad has recreated the recipe for Terrigen Crystals, and can end the mutant-Inhuman war with a single stroke. He can finally be a hero! Or maybe he won’t do anything like that at all. Everything changes for the Inhumans as Charles Soule brings his landmark three-year run on Inhumans titles to an end with this extra-sized story.

Preview: Suicide Squad #14

Suicide Squad #14

(W) Rob Williams (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira (A/CA) John Romita, Richard Friend
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” part four! Consumed by rage following the brutal murder of one of her Suicide Squad comrades, Harley Quinn goes AWOL on a one-(psychotic-)woman mission of vengeance against Rustam and his unstoppable new ally, the most dangerous foe Harley has ever faced: Deadshot.

Gail Simone and Cat Staggs launch all-new series Crosswind this June

Image Comics is thrilled to announce Crosswind, the brand-new ongoing thriller from fan-favorites Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, arriving in stores this June.

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman.

A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife.

When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.

Crosswind #1 (Diamond code: APR170674) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 21st. Final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 29th.

The Librarians Comes to Comics

Dynamite Entertainment has announced an exclusive partnership with Electric Entertainment to develop the hit television series The Librarians into an all-new series of comics and graphic novels!

Based on TNT’s hit movie franchise of the same name, The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library, dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane (TNT’s Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Harlan Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as the newest protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with Emmy winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle, who originated the role of Flynn Carsen, one of the longest-surviving librarians in the mythology created in TNT’s hit movie trilogy, has recurred throughout the series and continues to serve as an executive producer.

The Librarians first aired on TNT and burst onto the scene with a chart-topping launch in 2014. It went on to finish the year as the #2 new series on basic cable. The show’s success has prompted TNT to order an additional 12 new episodes for the fourth season, which is slated to launch later this year.

Look for further news on the release date and creative team in the coming months, with the fourth season of the series to premiere later this year!

Review: Bloodshot Reborn #0

brs0.jpgPerhaps the most important issue in Jeff Lemire’s continuing Bloodshot epic. Don’t miss this very special story…as we unveil a shocking new revelation in the Bloodshot saga. The next chapter of Bloodshot starts here!

This zero issue of Bloodshot Reborn serves as a bridge between Bloodshot USA and the next chapter in the Bloodshot saga, Bloodshot Salvation which makes it pretty essential reading for fans of the character as it sets the direction for what comes next for our favorite red-eyed killing machine. But as much as the issue sets the scene for Bloodshot’s future, it also serves as a fantastic epilogue to the previously mentioned series, tying a bow on a couple of plot points left somewhat unresolved from that miniseries.

There’s a multitude of reasons for you to pick this up – whether you’re a new or returning reader looking for a jumping on point, or you’re already invested in the series, then you’ll find a solid comic book here. It’s not great, and honestly, it suffers a little from serving as the bridge between two series. After reading the issue it doesn’t feel like the comic has anything new to say – and yet what it does say, and this is almost contrary to my last sentence, it is said in a very complete manner.

Although there’s nothing here that fans won’t be expecting, especially if you’re aware of the premise of the upcoming Bloodshot upcoming Bloodshot Salvation series, it’s still a very good comic.

It’s just not required reading if you’re already invested in the series.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Renato Guedes
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Creators Corner: Running a Successful Kickstarter Part 1: Getting Started

A product with no backer…yet

Congratulations! You–like me–are the proud producer of independent content, either because you didn’t produce something that interested Big Pubs, you’re too new as a producer of content (and need experience before you can get experience), or because you could get big publishers’ interest but prefer having complete creative control instead of having an editor murder your darlings, as they say.

And, by the way, no judgement on whatever your reasons are for producing independent content: in my case, my self-published comic Rebirth of the Gangster sparked some interest from publishers but not enough to get them interested in backing my project, partly because I was so new. In fact, if I’d trimmed Rebirth of the Gangster from a proposed 500ish page series to a 150ish page graphic novel, Dark Horse would’ve been interested. Because I have a day job (teaching, sometimes teaching comics in the classroom, as I’ve written about), I refused to neuter my story that way. My influences refused to compromise, so dammit, why would I? So, again, no judgement, because–like me–you probably have many reasons for entering the self-publishing game.

I’ll say it again: congratulations! But you still have a long way to go to get your product made and distributed on a larger level.

Now that you’ve decided to rely on yourself to publish this content, you need to figure out how to finance the whole thing, how to crowdfund something to get it out to an even bigger crowd. Having run a successful Kickstarter campaign myself a little under a year ago, I know the stresses of this process, along with the joys when someone donates even $1 to your cause. Throughout that journey, I had a lot of hills and valleys, but I learned a lot and could avoid some of those deep depressions if I were to run another Kickstarter.

And maybe more importantly, by sharing my reflections on that journey, I can help you create a Kickstarter that’s even more successful than mine was. After all, I was so successful, because I relied on the advice of others, so it only seems fair to pay it forward, a style of thinking heavily encouraged by all crowdfunding sites.

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Research

And that advice of others was the first place I started. Because as any writer will tell you, research is the fun part of the job and the real reason we do this! In all seriousness, though, it’s indispensable, even if it’s occasionally boring. The first step in research was to look at Kickstarter’s requirements, including what is not OK to post on the site or offer as rewards (like a % stake of the profits on your projects–Kickstarter isn’t Wall Street people). One of the most important things to look at, though, are Kickstarter’s fees, both their general fee and their payment processing fee. Don’t ask me how those two things are separate, or why they don’t bundle them together, because I’m a writer, not a mathematician darnit! However, even if you don’t understand the logic behind some of these fees, you need to take them into account. Otherwise, you might set a goal without considering those fees, have the Kickstarter tax man come and skim a little off the top, and be left with not enough money to publish your comic, produce your movie, record songs, etc… Here’s a quick breakdown of how fees affected my total earnings once the campaign was complete.

cropped kickstarter fees and made money

cropped kickstarter suggestions for rewards

The next step in your research: sift through the many campaigns to look at the successful ones, especially focusing on the most successful ones. You want to mine 24 karat gold, not 2 karat gold. Yeah, they’re both gold, but one is definitely going to attract more eyes. When looking at other campaigns, I looked at

  • How a campaign presented the project, the creator(s), costs in a transparent way, and the timeline. Trust and sympathy are key in Kickstarter campaigns, so if they don’t find a hook to latch onto your product, if they don’t like you, if they don’t know how you’re going to use their money, or if they don’t see an end date in sight for this project, they’ll do the Kickstarter equivalent of swiping left.
  • How a campaign used a video to present their product in a clear, concise and engaging way. We live in a visual culture, so if you don’t have a strong video, many people won’t even read your gold standard writing mentioned in the first bullet point.
  • Most popular rewards, along with the best breakdown of reward price (How many rewards should you have? How much do you jump prices between rewards? How many limited offer rewards do you have?)
  • How others advertised their Kickstarter. One of the best pieces of advice: build a fanbase before running your campaign. I had about 500 Twitter followers, along with support of family and friends, which was a good start, but if I could go back in time, I’d focus a little more on connecting with fans earlier and finding fans earlier.

Congrats again!  You’ve finished the research, and now you just have to create your campaign, cajole others into supporting it, create the thing, and deliver those rewards!  That should be a breeze, right?  Well, don’t worry, because I’ll cover those steps in upcoming segments.

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