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Dynamite Launches a Kickstarter for a Terry Dodson Bettie Page Statue

Dynamite Entertainment has launched an exciting new Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which celebrates the iconic beauty that is Bettie Page. Fans of the legendary pin-up model will be able to choose from one of three versions of this gorgeous new statue based on the work of fan-favorite artist Terry Dodson. This stunning statue is a must-have for any true fans of Bettie Page!

The Dynamite “Terry Dodson Bettie Page Statue” Kickstarter campaign is live now!

Bettie Page was an American model who gained significant notoriety for her pin-up work in the 1950s. Often referred to as the “Queen of Pin-ups”, her signature jet-black hair, fringe bangs and blue eyes influenced generations of artists and models to this day.  The native of Nashville, Tennessee made her way to New York City to become an actress, finding work as a model throughout the 50s.  She became the quintessential pin-up model and was one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy Magazine, appearing as Miss January 1955.

Fan-favorite comic book artist Terry Dodson is one of the most popular and respected artists in comics today! His popularity gained momentum when at DC he provided covers and interiors for celebrated runs on Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, continuing through to the Marvel Knights Spider-Man with Mark Millar and up to his most recent work at Marvel with the X-Men and with the Star Wars comic series with Mark Waid featuring Princess Leia.

Now, Dynamite proudly brings Dodson’s vision of the glamorous Bettie Page to three dimensions with this hand-painted, limited edition resin statue line! Brought to full-color life by Rvckvs International. Further options available include the noir “black and white” edition, and the beautiful “bronze” edition.

Production on these new offerings are currently under development, with an expected shipping date of August 2018.  Backers who support the Dynamite “Terry Dodson Bettie Page Statue” Kickstarter will have the opportunity to receive this statue and other rewards, including:

  • Digital and print copies of Bettie Page GN,
  • Bettie Page #1 signed by Terry Dodson
  • The full-color Terry Dodson inspired Bettie Page statue,
  • The “black and white” Terry Dodson inspired Bettie Page statue,
  • The “bronze” Terry Dodson inspired Bettie Page statue,
  • With stretch goals, Dynamite will expand the statue to include more accessories and detail such as opening compartments with props inside.

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It’s Alive! to publish Combat by Sam Glanzman with covers by Russ Braun, Russ Heath, and Walt Simonson. Back it on Kickstarter Now!

IDW Publishing‘s It’s Alive! imprint has announced the upcoming Kickstarter to bring select issues of the classic Combat comic book series by Sam Glanzman back to print! Three issues are being Kickstarted by Eisner-nominated It’s Alive! publisher Drew Ford. Two of the three issues have already been successfully Kickstarted, but all three will be available in the new campaign featuring incredible variant cover art. The Dunkirk issue has a variant cover by comic book superstar Walter Simonson, the Battle of Midway issue has a variant cover by comic book living legend Russ Heath, and the new D-Day issue has a variant cover by fan-favorite artist Russ Braun!

Each issue also has a standard cover created using artwork by the late Sam Glanzman, and all six comics are up for grabs in the new Kickstarter. Also, there will be a limited number of signed copies of the variant covers by Simonson, Heath, and Braun! Combat is a legendary comic book, that told true stories of WWII month after month, for several years. There was, in fact, 26 issues in all, and Sam Glanzman illustrated all of them! It’s Alive! will reprint these incredible comics, giving a whole new generation of readers a chance to discover and enjoy classic WWII war comics.

As some extra incentive to pledge now, for one week only there will be a handful of Early Bird Special rewards that folks will want to grab before they disappear!

Check out the Combat Kickstarter which will be active from now until the evening of Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Monolith Board Games Launches Batman: Gotham City Chronicles

Monolith has launched their much anticipated Batman: Gotham City Chronicles board game on Kickstarter. The game for 2 to 4 players is exclusive to the crowdfunding site and has blown past the initial goal of $500,000.

$140 is the “Base Game Pledge” which nets you the “Heroes Box,” “Villains Box,” and rulebook. Miniatures included are 7 heroes, 20 allies, 8 civilians, 9 villains, 32 goons, and everything you need to play like tiles, boards, dice, tokesn, scenarios, and more. You also get stretch goals.

For $320 you get the “Base Game Pledge” plus a copy of the “Wayne Manor Expansion,” “Arkham Asylum Expansion,” “Batmobile add-on,” a copy of “Versus,” and one dice pack. All of those items can be purchased on their own.

The “Wayne Manor Expansion” includes 7 heroes, 3 allies, boards, tiles, tokens, and cards.

“Arkham Asylum” features 6 villains, 14 goons, tiles, boards, and more.

The “Versus Mode” features 12 allies, command board, tiles, disks, scenarios and rules.

The “Batmobile add-on” features the Batmobile miniature, tile, tokens, scenarios, and rules.

The game is an improved ruleset of Monolith’s Conan Board Game. A scenario-based miniature board game where 2-4 players control the Dark Knight and his allies in their battle against crime in an asymmetrical and open game system. One player takes on the heroes and the other takes on the villains which helps ease the setup of the game. Each side takes turns, pitting their strategies against each other.

You’re able to play as Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, Catwoman, and more. They’ll go up against classic characters like the Joker, Riddler, Clayface, Bane, Scarecrow, and more. All of them rendered as miniatures set on textured bases.

All of the content offered on the campaign is exclusive to Kickstarter and will not be available at retail. The campaign ends March 31.

(via our sister site Board Game Today)

CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments Explores Illness, Both Mental and Physical

Launched on Kickstarter, CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments is a new comic anthology that explores illness, both mental and physical. The full color graphic novel features over 200 pages and 40 stories.

The graphic novel covers a wide range of topics from peanut allergies to losing an eye, from depression to epilepsy, what it takes to care for a sick person to the stigma of chronic illness.

The creative line-up is impressive:


You can get a digital copy for as low as $12 and items range from your name in the back of the book to comissions.

The project is looking to raise $25,000 and ends on March 4th.

Check out some art from the graphic novel below.

Read the First 30 Pages of Action Hospital: Half-Light Bleeds then Back it on Kickstarter

Dave Baker is the writer and an illustrator behind Action Hospital. For the past two years he’s been working on the comic which he describes as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Men in Black.”

Action Hospital: Half-Light Bleeds is the story of Joan Michelle Basquiat as she attempts to defend the eponymous Action Hospital against cave-dudes from the distant past, time traveling gondolier-themed assassins, a human-shark clone of Abraham Lincoln, and a demon with 9 and 3/4th heads.

Baker is currently running a Kickstarter to pay for printing of the nearly 300 page project. The project met its initial funding goal in 4 hours. And now it has raised almost 4x the original goal.

The original collection was published for San Diego Comic-Con 2016 and features 18 interconnected short stories. The whole project took four and a half years to make.

On top of the work by Baker, artists contributing pin ups are: Andrew Maclean, Te’shawn Dwyer, Kevin Woody, Buster Moody, Erwin Papa, Jonathan La Mantia, Daniel Arruda Massa, Ernie Najera, Bob Q, Daniel Whitfield, Mike Macropoulos, Jackie Crofts, Christian J Meesey, Scott Drummond, Tony Brown, Matthew Goodall, Daniel White, Tony McMillen, Sam Grinberg, Maciej Palka, Joey Navarra Jr., Walter Ostlie, and Jim Mahfood.

The comic is written, penciled, inked, and lettered. The funds raised go towards printing the project.

We’ve been hooked up with a 30 page preview of the comic and you can contribute and get your copy today. The Kickstarter runs until February 14.

AH2 Sample

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the work day to end and the weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web!

The Beat – Help Wanted: Comics Outreach Lead for Kickstarter – Another great job in the comic industry.

ICv2 – Top Five Comics Business Events in 2017 – Agree or disagree with this list?

CBR – Fox Officially Renews The Gifted for Season 2 – What will debut in the second season?

CBR – Marvel’s Runaways Reportedly Renewed for Second Season – Yay!!!



ICv2 – The Prince and the Dressmaker

CBR – Rogue and Gambit #1

Comic Attack – Transformers vs. The Visionaries #1

It’s Alive! launches Kickstarter to publish The Silver Metal Lover

Drew Ford, known for putting together dozens of archival reprint collections, such as the Eisner Award nominated The Puma Blues by Stephen Murphy & Michael Zulli, and U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories by Sam Glanzman, now runs his own imprint at IDW called It’S Alive!, where he continues his mission of bringing lost and forgotten graphic novels and uncollected comic book runs back into print!  Saving the history of comics one book at a time!

Ford is Kickstarting to publish Tanith Lee’s The Silver Metal Lover graphic novel adaptation by Trina Robbins. Originally published in 1985, it has never been reprinted in any form. This new edition will have a new cover and afterword by Colleen Doran, a new foreword by Gail Simone, and a new intro by Trina Robbins herself. All of this will be printed at 8.5″ x 11, full color, on glossy paper, all tucked inside a beautiful hard cover.

The graphic novel tells an intimate story of a young girl’s first love…who just happens to be a robot!

Many exciting rewards are being offered, including signed copies of the book, exclusive prints from Colleen Doran, sketches by comic book pros, and even original pages of comic book art by Trina Robbins!

Borinquen: An Anthology for Puerto Rico Kickstarting Now

In mid-September 2017, the island of Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. A new Kickstarter hopes to raise money for a comic anthology that will raise money to help benefit the victims of the devastation.

Borinquen: An Anthology for Puerto Rico is an anthology about Puerto Rico, its people, its history, and the perseverance shown in the face of such destruction. The goal of this anthology is to raise funds to help the people of Puerto Rico. Net proceeds will be donated to United for Puerto Rico.

Borinquen features 12 short stories by some of the best creators in the business, as well as names you’ve not heard of…yet. Our proud team includes:

  • Roel Torres (Deathface Rocket Crew; Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy)
  • Helen Greetham (Jabbage Comics)
  • Jack Holder (Arcane Industries)
  • Beth Barnett (Brewed Awakening)
  • Micah Myers (Rat Queens Special; Bastard’s Waltz; Kill All Monsters)
  • Jonny Bloozit (The Nowhere Man)
  • Rafael Nieves (Bloodlines; Hellstorm; Bob Howard: Plumber of the Unknown)
  • Tony Maldonado (Bandthology; P.I. Jane)
  • Dino Caruso (Blue Hour; Dark Lies, Darker Truths)
  • Shawn Richison (Fisk: The Substitute)
  • Joe Covas (Ko the Bold)
  • Lawrence Plofker (lplofker.wordpress.com)
  • Zack Rupp (Detropia)
  • Emmanuel Reyes
  • Nadia Mujalli
  • Paul Axel (Rotten Roots)
  • Robin Gee (Pin Porter: Girl Detective)
  • Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia; Smoketown)
  • Steve Beach (The Witching Hour; The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen)
  • Mina Elwell (InferNoct)
  • T.E. Lawrence
  • Andrea Mutti (Rebels; Control)
  • Paul Mounts (Painkiller Jane; Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man)

Creators have donated their time and skills for this project and money raised will go towards printing and ISBN. All profit goes to charity.

The project hopes to raise $2,200 and ends December 26, 2017.

Ted Naifeh and Shon Bury Talk Kickstarting Heroines and Crowdfunding in Comics

Acclaimed artist of Gloomcookie and creator of Courtney CrumrinTed Naifeh, has launched his first Kickstarter campaign. The Heroines: The Graphic Novel campaign is produced in partnership with Space Goat Productions and will be published under their digest-book imprint Backpack Editions. The campaign seeks to fund the manufacturing of the Heroines graphic novel containing all eight issues of Heroines.

Heroines is about a would-be superhero, Marcy Madison who tries to assemble a team of like-minded heroines by placing an ad on Craigslist. But the response she gets is far weirder and more dangerous than she bargained for. Can a collection of misfits become a superhero team in the midst of both modern day sexism, crime, and injustice?

Graphic Policy: Ted, you’ve done a lot of different types of genres for comics, what got you interested in Heroines and where did the idea come from?

Ted Naifeh: I often start with an image, and hang a story on it. Courtney Crumrin started out as my version of Emily the Strange, a scowling tween. I wanted to explore what lay behind the scowl. And Courtney’s world emerged.

Heroines started out just as a response to the typical all-girl line-up in comics in the late 90s, where variety was little more than different colored hair. They always reminded me of playboy bunnies, all with the same faces, the same exact body type, and the only nod to ethnic diversity was that maybe the redhead was Irish. I started thinking about what a genuinely diverse lineup might look like. Then I started thinking about comics tropes around women. The dingy blonde. The muscle-bound beauty. The exotic Asian assassin. The bad-ass know-it-all. And I wanted to play with those tropes, turn them upside down. What if the dingy blonde was really a smart, capable optimist, but people took her positivity for foolish naivety? What if the muscle-bound beauty was a butch lesbian? What if we explored the inner life of bad-asses and assassins, and maybe offered some kind of path out of the suffering and horror?

Then I think how would these weirdos interact, and how funny would that be? And the stories kind of emerge.

GP: You’ve both released comics through traditional channels, digital, and now Kickstarter. For both of you, where do you see the state of distribution in comics

Shon Bury: Correct. I see distribution as a multi-channel affair. You need to pick the right channel for the book you want to make. Sometimes that will be traditional distribution. Sometimes crowdfunding.

That doesn’t preclude the other channels, however. Once inventory is in stock it can be sold wherever there is interest.

TN: To me, it’s about adding rather than subtracting. Kickstarter offers access to new fans that the traditional channels don’t. But comics distribution has been problematic since I got into this business back in the day. Moving from the magazine rack to the comic shop was a natural evolution, and allowed comics to grow as an art form. The magazine racks made long-form story-telling deeply problematic. A dedicated store guaranteed to carry every issue and get it to you reliably was necessary when something like Claremont’s Phoenix Saga was underway, and every issue was crucial. And I can’t imagine Elf Quest thriving in drugstores.

Unfortunately, the increasing specialization makes it harder and harder for casual fans to find an entry point. And the increased crowding of the racks by the big two make it hard for indy creators, especially if those creators are trying to do something similar. It was one thing for me to do Courtney Crumrin or Princess Ugg, books that look and feel nothing like anything Marvel and DC are doing. Its another to provide an alternative to their wall of superheroes. You can look like a Johnny-come-lately trying to prove you can do the same thing they’re doing. So what? What makes my book stand out against theirs? So Kickstarter is a great way to stand apart from mainstream superhero books. It asserts “This isn’t the same thing. It’s a very different take on the idea, and needs a different platform.”

That said, I’m sure we’ll also distribute the book through Diamond down the line, once the Kickstarter is over. It’s still the best way to get books into stores, and into the hands of new fans. Kickstarter is just that, a way to kickstart a new thing.

SB: I completely agree with Ted. This is an additive opportunity with crowdfunding. You can make product that you know there are fans for on Kickstarter, make it right there in front of them then hand deliver it, that would not get made if we were limited to just one method of getting to market. There is zero chance the traditional distribution method would have ordered enough over-sized hardbound Evil Dead 2 art books to make the print run feasible. We made it happen direct to consumers in 2 days on Kickstarter.

And we’ll still have enough left over after we ship to backers for Diamond, Amazon, and conventions.

GP: As an outsider observer there seems to be greater opportunity to build a community through crowdfunding that’ll make traditional distribution less needed going forward.

TN: I think it offers a way to turn internet community building into real business, so long as you have something to offer. Me, I’ve never been great at social media, but I’m working on it. Frankly, being a writer/artist is like having two full-time jobs. It leaves not a great deal of time to really focus on the day-to-day of social media. Plus, I’m shy. I’m a San Francisco weirdo, so I don’t quite fit into the larger world. So social media has always been an uphill battle for me. But I have fans out there, and they seem to have responded quite favorably to the Kickstarter campaign. Fingers crossed that it all comes together.

SB: Kickstarter, just like social media, is all about community. We’ve had some backers back all our campaigns. Whether a board game, a giant omnibus graphic novel, or Ted’s Heroines. Building a relationship with that community is amazing.

GP: One for you both. Do you see these new means of comic distribution as democratizing comics in a way?

TN: Well, if you want to call it that. It’s more an alternative to the Diamond Distribution monopoly. Diamond is a great company, but like it or not, they’re the only game in town. And comic shops are some of my favorite places in the world to be, but I sometimes wish there were more venues to buy comic books. So Kickstarter just offers a new avenue to build a new series.

I’m the kind of creator that likes to hop genres, try new things. But that often puts me at square one. I could have been like Stan Sakai, who’s been putting out the same series about a ronin rabbit for 30 years. But I can’t see doing the same series day in, day out for the rest of my career. I want to do a steampunk book or two. And sci-fi. And a million other things. So I feel like I’m perpetually in the position of having to break in, because the new thing is nothing like the old thing, and I have to build a new audience from scratch.

SB: “Democratizing” is the perfect word for it. Regular Kickstarter backers are savvy. They know a great deal when they see one. And they’ll cheer you along all the while. Some of my fondest memories of the Evil Dead board game campaign was when we would make a change to a stretch goal or offer a reward that a consensus of the backers wanted. They were helping us design it from the ground up.

Helping mitigate the risks is a really important tool for small publishers who just want to make cool stuff that may not do well at a wider retail release.

GP: Beyond just distribution though. It democratizes in what gets released or printed too by allowing fans to directly “vote” with their dollars in way.

TN: To me, what makes Kickstarter great is that it takes most of the risk out of the process. If the project gets funded, great. If it doesn’t, well, at least I didn’t spend a year of my life finishing a book only to see it fail. So it allows me to take risks.Whether this book gets funded or not, it won’t be my last Kickstarter. I’m just asking the question, “Are enough people interested in this that it’s worth doing?”

GP: Is there any reason you all chose Kickstarter as opposed to one of the other services out there?

TN: For me, the I like the all or nothing format. It means that fans are literally voting for the book with their wallets (speaking of democratization). I’m looking for a mandate. I don’t have any illusions about the business I’ve chosen. It’s a craps shoot. No one is obligated to like my work. My job is to make comics that folks want, and let me tell you, it’s a relief to know in advance if folks want it. I’ve spent too many years doing work that it turned out no one wanted. As much as I’m in love with this project, as heartbroken as I’ll be if it doesn’t get funded, it’ll be easier than it would be if I’d already finished it.

That said, I really, REALLY want to finish this book. The best bits are at the end.

SB: We’ve experimented with Indiegogo, but board games and comic books do really well on Kickstarter. And the sense of community is just phenomenal. We would experiment with other platforms in the future, but Kickstarter (for us) is still king.

GP: Is there anything that has surprised either of you about crowdfunding?

SB: The level of engagement is more like a digital convention on some campaigns. That and the diversity of books that get funded. This is stuff you can’t find I’m local shops, but people clearly want it.

TN: It’s my second day, so I really can’t tell yet. I’ll let you know in a few Days. But it is a pretty major amount of work, even with a full team.

GP: As a publisher and a creator, how has the introduction of crowdfunding impacted how you approach creating and publishing comics?

TN: Well it hasn’t quite impacted the process for me yet, but it may ultimately eliminate the monthly comic book from my process. I like monthly comics as a form, and in the past, they’ve supported me as I produced enough material for a collected edition, but these days, they just don’t quite earn their keep anymore. I tend to write with monthly chapters in mind, but I’m wondering how changing that up will effect my story-telling.

Of course that just scratches the surface. I have a character in Heroines whose name and likeness I’m selling to a backer, so depending on the backer, that character could be male or female, any ethnicity. Which changes the story. So with future projects, the ramifications of crowd participation could be huge. We’re just scratching the surface.

SB: Having direct feedback and interactivity with the backer, like with the cameos that Ted mentioned, is a fantastic way to explore what can be done with campaigns. Comic books are still getting funded on Kickstarter, so it’s not just a shift to graphic novels.

This can be done in board games as well. We have offered backer likeness rewards in both our Evil Dead and Terminator campaigns. Hardcore fans love that kind of stuff. At the end of the day, it speaks to the participatory process of crowdfunding. They get to be a part of their passion, in the content they helped bring to life. That’s extremely cool.

GP: Is there any other forms of distribution you’re exploring? Patreon for example.

SB: Space Goat’s main channels are digital, direct market, book trade, librarians, crowdfunding, ecommerce. With Amazon being a subset of ecommerce. That’s a powerful mix, especially eith Kickstarter pulling the cart.

TN: Well I might set up a patreon. I think that would be super fun. Post sketches and work in progress. Maybe even a page per week of an original project.

SB: That sounds really cool. I’d support that in a heart beat.

TN: Thanks, Shon.

GP: As a publisher and a creator what do you see as the greatest obstacle today in comics?

TN: I think the biggest issue comics has is the fact that they’re considered niche. Once, they were only for kids. But now it’s worse, because now they’re only for comics nerds. Which is ridiculous, because almost half the movies made are based on comics or other comics-based movies. Not to mention TV. And yet, when I mention I make comics, The first question I get is “where would I get this?” I’m assuming if I were a novelist, no one would ask that question. And the mere fact people have to ask means they’re not seeing comics anywhere in their lives. They don’t know you can get them on Amazon, at every bookstore, etc. Nerd culture is now pop culture. And yet comics stores are still set apart. That needs to change. There needs to be more integration. But I don’t know how that would work.

SB: Ted touched on something really important. Nerd culture IS culture. And yet the direct market is reaping nome of those benefits. Small press needs to do a lot more back flips to get attention. I’m that way, Kickstarter is a remarkable marketing tool.

TN: It’s the tool we indy creators have been desperate for. Now we just have to hope it can work.

SB: Yup. One campaign at a time.

GP: Thanks so much for chatting!

Ted Naifeh Goes Direct to Fans With Heroines on Kickstarter

Acclaimed artist of Gloomcookie and creator of Courtney Crumrin, Ted Naifeh, has launched his first Kickstarter campaign. The Heroines: The Graphic Novel campaign is produced in partnership with Space Goat Productions and will be published under their digest-book imprint Backpack Editions. The campaign seeks to fund the manufacturing of the Heroines graphic novel containing all eight issues of Heroines.

Heroines is about a would-be superhero, Marcy Madison who tries to assemble a team of like-minded heroines by placing an ad on Craigslist. But the response she gets is far weirder and more dangerous than she bargained for. Can a collection of misfits become a superhero team in the midst of both modern day sexism, crime, and injustice?

There are 12 different tiers in the Heroines Kickstarter that backers can pledge at as well as a retailer exclusive tier offering 50 percent off the purchase of five books. Some of the other tiers will included signed volume ones of heroines and likeness cameos within the graphic novel. Naifeh will live stream from the Kickstarter campaign page every Tuesday in a segment called “Ted Tuesdays”, in which he will display new sketches for the graphic novel, answer questions and take backer-exclusive commissions.

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