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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.

Space Goat Productions Announces New International Agreements

Space Goat Productions has announced that they have entered into two separate distribution agreements with publishing companies in both France and Italy. This will be the first time that foreign-language content from SGP will be translated and distributed in localized languages

In France, SGP has agreed to partner with Wetta. Wetta will be translating select titles from SGP’s library of Evil Dead 2 and The Howling books into French for local distribution.

In Italy, Weird Books, an imprint of Panini Books, will handle the translation and distribution to the Italian book market. Select titles from Evil Dead 2 and The Howling franchise will be made available. Weird Books will also be translating SGP’s original Backpack Editions books which include such titles as Big Game Hunters and Mage, Inc. This will mark the first time that original content from Space Goat is available in a language other than English.

Release dates for the books in both markets will be made available at a later date.

Space Goat Productions Enters Into an Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Midpoint Trade Books

Space Goat Productions has announced that they have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Midpoint Trade Books. Midpoint will distribute Space Goat’s backlist catalogue to wholesale and specialty customers world wide. Space Goat products will still be available via the company’s own website and Diamond Comics Distribution. Midpoint will service stores and libraries.

Midpoint Trade Books is a full-service book sales & distribution company founded in 1996 and is based in the Flatiron District of New York City. Midpoint represents independent publishers across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Today, Midpoint retains the same entrepreneurial spirit with which the company was founded. Their team of experienced industry professionals is hard-working, innovative, and fully dedicated to the success of their client publishers.

This agreement will immediately bring Space Goats backlist catalog of Evil Dead graphic novels and their Backpack Edition imprint to retail immediately. Plans for the Fall sales season are in place and will be announced shortly.

Space Goat Productions Has Announced a New Executive Team

Space Goat Productions has announced the promotions and additions of key personnel to their executive team. The changes are needed to handle the current growth of the company and expansion into markets beyond comic books and graphic novels.

Founder Shon C. Bury will remain as CEO and Publisher of Space Goat Productions. He will continue to oversee daily operations, financials, and growth of the company.

Keith Champagne will be joining the team as Editor-In-Chief. Keith is a comic book industry survivor and veteran creator/writer/inker/artist best known for his work at DC Comics on titles such as Green  Lantern, JSA, and Superman as well as creator-owned titles The Mighty, Armor X, Death Valley and the upcoming The Switch: Electricia. He’s a 1994 graduate of the Joe Kubert School and former COO of Sabrage Entertainment.

Recently hired Director of Business Development, Steve May, will take on the title of VP of Sales and Marketing. The new title more aptly describes the duties May has been overseeing since joining the company in the fall of 2017.

Jacob Bascle has been promoted to Production Manager for Space Goat. Bascle has been wearing many hats since joining SGP and this official title reflects his broad range of duties for the comic books, board games, and apparel business lines.

The company earlier announced the addition of Michael Murphey as Lead Game Designer. Murphey will be overseeing the completion of both the Evil Dead 2 and Terminator board games as well as future licensed and original projects.

iVerse Founder Michael Murphey Joins Space Goat Productions to Oversee Their Board Game Division

Space Goat Productions has announced that Michael Murphey, CEO and founder of PlayGrim Games and iVerse Media, has joined the company as Lead Game Designer and Production Manager. Murphey is a well-respected industry veteran and entrepreneur in both the digital comic book and board game markets.

Murphey will oversee the final production stages of both the Evil Dead 2 and The Terminator board games. Additionally, Murphey will be instrumental in future Space Goat Productions game launches, including The Howling, and other licensed and original properties.

The chance to work on these properties brought Murphey to the company and he’ll continue his CEO duties at iVerse Media and PlayGrim.

Space Goat has Kickstarted The Terminator and Evil Dead 2 board games. The Terminator: The Official Board Game raised $220,456 from 2,126 backers. Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game raised $722,622 from 6,143 backs. You can pre-order both now.

iVerse Media, LLC is a digital content distributor for mobile platforms. Established in 2008 the company specializes in digital comic books. PlayGrim Games is a casual tabletop game comapy. Established in 2015, the company has released Grim a “roll for your life” dice game.

(via our sister site Board Game Today)

Space Goat’s Shon Bury the Latest Comic Professional Outed for Abuse

Former Space Goat Productions community manager Amelia Thompson has gone to Twitter to reveal the “terrible” treatment of employees by company founder Shon Bury.

Thompson describes an office environment full of verbal abuse and sexist remarks. Below are her Tweets on the subject but other former employees responded to them with their own negative experiences.

Bleeding Cool received the following statement from Thompson:

There are two things I want people to know.

The first, I have the full support of both of my past Space Goat supervisors. They helped me edit every tweet for grammar and clarity. My ex-coworkers have been immensely supportive through all of this, two even resigning after I collected my things on Monday, Nov. 27. They expressed that the way I was treated after my resignation was unacceptable.

The second, I’m taking some time to recover and handle this media explosion while out of a job. If supporters wanted to aid me beyond just retweets, my paypal is on my twitter. I’m worried about making bills the next couple months but I just couldn’t let my friends or myself be hurt any longer.

Others supported Thompson’s experience. The Moonlighters team of Cal Moray and Katie Schenkel also spoke of issues.

The team behind Monster Elementary also tweeted support as well as issues with late payments and just payment issues in general as well as accounting issues.

The Space Goat Publishing Twitter account Tweeted an apology.

This was after a different story in a deleted Tweet.

Bury also released a statement to Bleeding Cool:

I can’t apologize enough for this entire situation. I deeply regret that I fostered an environment where a smart person like Amelia felt uncomfortable working under my direct management–and that she felt even less comfortable bringing up her concerns until she resigned. It has been my design since I opened the doors at Space Goat 12 years ago to create a workplace where smart, talented, young people can come to work and learn the craft of comic books. Amelia is exactly the type of capable young employee publishers should be looking to bring into their organization and to build up. I had thought I had created that environment for my staff, but the daily stress of running a graphic-novel and board-game publishing company at the tempo we have been running became visible to all around me over the last several months. This isn’t on anyone else in my organization but me. This is squarely, 100% on me.

My inability to regulate my frustration during this period poisoned the very environment I had set out to create. I behaved poorly and I failed miserably at one of the core tenets of why I even want to be in business. I will always deeply regret losing Amelia, and am ashamed of how poorly I handled her resignation. I am taking immediate action to resolve this flaw within myself starting today with counseling and anger-management classes. Nothing is more important to me than the culture and community we are trying to create. I won’t let anyone stand in the way of achieving those goals. Not even myself.

(via The Outhouse)

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.

Listen to Katie Schenkel Talk Moonlighters and Supernatural Odd-Jobs on Demand

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High-achieving college student Renee gets bitten by a werewolf, and things take a turn for the weird. She ends up with the Moonlighters: Monster Helpers for hire! Made up of Meg (Were-Huskie), Sue (Were-Akita), and Felipe (Were-Corgi), they have to take supernatural odd-jobs to pay for textbooks, ramen, and *gulp* rent! (Please hire them). Written by Katie Schenkel with art by Cal Moray, and published by Space Goat ProductionsMoonlighters is an indie comic series you should be checking out this Halloween season!

Schenkel joins this new episode of Graphic Policy Radio to talk her humorous and fun comic series in a spooktacular new episode.

Katie Schenkel is an editor, critic, copywriter, and fiction writer. The Cardboard Kingdom, her graphic novel with artist Chad Sells, has been sold to Knopf Books for Young Readers and will be published in early 2018. Her critic work can be found on Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue, Book Riot, and various pop culture websites. She hosts a movie review series and a podcast on JustPlainSomething.com. Besides her freelance work, Katie is a full-time digital copywriter for Rewards Network in Chicago.

Katie Schenkel Talks Moonlighters and Supernatural Odd-Jobs this Monday on Graphic Policy Radio

High-achieving college student Renee gets bitten by a werewolf, and things take a turn for the weird. She ends up with the Moonlighters: Monster Helpers for hire! Made up of Meg (Were-Huskie), Sue (Were-Akita), and Felipe (Were-Corgi), they have to take supernatural odd-jobs to pay for textbooks, ramen, and *gulp* rent! (Please hire them). Written by Katie Schenkel with art by Cal Moray, and published by Space Goat Productions, Moonlighters is an indie comic series you should be checking out this Halloween season!

Schenkel joins this new episode of Graphic Policy Radio to talk her humorous and fun comic series in a spooktacular new episode.

Listen in to the show LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Katie Schenkel is an editor, critic, copywriter, and fiction writer. The Cardboard Kingdom, her graphic novel with artist Chad Sells, has been sold to Knopf Books for Young Readers and will be published in early 2018. Her critic work can be found on Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue, Book Riot, and various pop culture websites. She hosts a movie review series and a podcast on JustPlainSomething.com. Besides her freelance work, Katie is a full-time digital copywriter for Rewards Network in Chicago.

Listen in this Monday and find out about this awesome series!

Evil Dead 2 Comic Book Omnibus and Art Book Launches on Kickstarter

Space Goat Productions has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a set of deluxe, oversized Evil Dead 2 hardcover books. Included in the set is The Art of Evil Dead 2: Comic Books and Board Games as well as The Evil Dead 2 Omnibus. Both will be housed in a slipcase styled after the iconic Necronomicon Ex-Mortis from the cult classic film.

Art of Evil Dead 2: Comic Books and Board Games book provides backers with the chance to see behind-the-scenes character designs, concept artwork, penciled pages, layouts, and drawings. All of the assets are fully licensed and certified 100% groovy!

The Evil Dead 2: Omnibus Vol. 1 collects: Beyond Dead by Dawn, Cradle of the Damned, Dark Ones Rising, and Tales of the Ex-Mortis in one massive 300-page Necronomicon-sized tome.

The books are ready to send to the printer. The crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds for manufacturing. There are a variety of stretch goals to upgrade the production of the books available to backers–as well as high-end product from other Evil Dead licensees. Retailers are also able to back the campaign at an exclusive retailer tier with free shipping.

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