Jun 202017
 

While I have not yet completed production on my first comic book yet, I am already looking ahead to the inevitable Kickstarter attempt and have been trying to find ways to make it more likely to succeed.

Basically, here is what I’ve found out:

  1. Most Kickstarters have a digital tier for a few bucks, then the physical copy mailed for around, give or take, $10-12. Some are lower, some are a bit more. Top Secret Press beats them all by giving you TWO physical copies for only a couple of bucks more, lowering the unit price a lot closer to the cover price. I plan to do this myself.
  2. There is a ‘sweet spot’ of approx $25-25 that generate the most support, and also the most revenue for comic book Kickstarters, in general. Of course the trick is to have enough value there for the user making the pledge, without breaking the bank on rewards and cutting your return. This means postcards, stickers, prints, and other little things that only cost a couple of bucks but allow you to add $10 or more to the reward tier.
  3. By the time you are offering your fourth book on Kickstarter, most of your potential pledgers do not need to put up the extra $$ for digital copies of books they already have from you. This must make each new Kickstarter a bit harder. What else is there to offer?

So I got to thinking that there might be a win-win here for publishers and pledgers. My idea is basically this:

We get together 6 or so indie comic book guys who have a Kickstarter coming up in the next year or so, maybe sooner. Each puts one of his earlier books into a pool. Each of the 6 or so publishers is then able to use this pool of books in his Kickstarter without any payment to the others, he is paying by allowing the others to use his book as well.

This would allow us to go from the physical tier of approx $10-12 into something closer to the sweet spot. Imagine 40-50 pledges at $22-25 and all you have to do is mail a floppy. 

You could make your digital comic book in the pool up-to-date with new ads for your site, existing books, others in the series, or your upcoming Kickstarters. It’s essentially free advertising.

The trick would be to not make the pool too large, so we do not end up stepping on each others potential pledgers, and to have a variety of genres and books but no crap, garbage titles.

I will update this if I can come up with a better way to explain, or expand on the concept, but for now there it is. What do you think?

Aug 162016
 

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It’s always nice to see someone who has been featured here on Moby’s! move onto a new project, and that is the case with artist David Jaxon. About a year ago I posted a couple of commission pieces by David, including one of Silverwolf’s Edge, a piece that came out really well.

And now we can see more of David’s work in his new Kickstarter! Yay, Moby promoting a Kickstarter, how aboot that? Seriously though, it is nice to see someone taking it to the next level and making their own book, like Super Legion. Continue reading »

Aug 112016
 

You never know what you are going to find when you check out the comic books currently fundraising on Kickstarter. The books come in all kinds of flavors, from graphic novels to generic superheroes to…an homage to Reefer Madness.

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reefermadnessFor those too hip being square, Reefer Madness was a 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film made to convince the public that smoking ‘reefer’ would inevitably lead to “manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, hallucinations, and descent into madness due to marijuana addiction”. Oh my!

Thankfully someone, Jeremy Myers, has taken it upon himself to use this 80 year-old Public Service Announcement disguised as a film to make a comic book, and it looks fun. Continue reading »

Apr 262016
 

Update!: A $15 tier (Limited to the first 25 sets) that includes the physical and digital copies, including shipping has been added to this Kickstarter. Much better deal.


If you feel like paying donating about a buck twenty a page (including shipping within the USA) for a Kickstarter comic book, check out ‘Midnight Persons’.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1989835789/midnight-persons-comic-issue-0

A comic about a group of individuals who decide to become more than human to help mankind ascend a world depleted of it’s resources.”

20 pages, $25. Includes shipping within the USA, but

DOES NOT INCLUDE A DIGITAL COPY.

FOR $25.

SERIOUSLY, FOR REAL.

For $25, they don’t even throw in the digital copy for you to enjoy while waiting for the book to arrive at your doorstep. That is the $30 tier, or you can go digital alone for a mere $10. 

Best of luck guys.

 

Feb 102016
 

I’ve been real disappointed lately to see so many projects with way overpriced (over-donation-ed?) single issue tiers.

Seriously, I know there’s shipping, and sure I get a digital wallpaper. But no one likes paying (or donating or flushing down the toilet) $12 or $15 for a regular 24-30 page comic book. Yes, even yours. Continue reading »