Crowdfunding continues to serve as a viable method for creators to fund their creative endeavors, as comic-related projects flourish on sites like Kickstarter, Patreon and IndieGoGo. The internet also allows creators to sell their creations direct to fans, through sites like Gumroad, Big Cartel and of course their own websites. If you’re looking to buy something from or support a creator directly, you’ve come to the right place. And that’s a good thing to do, now more than ever.
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Creators involved: R. Sikoryak
What to know: R. Sikoryak is the creator of The Unquotable Trump, a collection of artwork combining old comics covers with quotes from President Donald Trump. This zine is a sequel of sorts that features parodies of 10 more comic book covers with Trump quotes, plus extensive footnotes.
What’s the deal? You can pay what you want for the zine, with all proceeds from the sale going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Creators involved: Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel
What to know: Dark Nights: Death Metal writer Scott Snyder teams with Batman artist Tony S. Daniel for the first issue in a new series coming from Image Comics next year. The comic takes place on a world ‘plunged into an everlasting night’ after the sun disappears from view.
NOCTERNAL takes place ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous “shades.” The only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light. There are rumors of sanctuaries –perpetually-lit bunkers– where the shade-transformation can even be reversed, but most people assume these are just legends. Enter Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled “ferryman” who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen-wheeler.
This campaign is for a 72-page, behind-the-scenes collector’s edition of the first issue. It’ll be released under Scott Snyder’s new personal imprint, Best Jackett Press.
What’s the deal? $10 gets you a digital copy, $25 gets you a softcover edition of the print copy and $45 gets you signed copy. Other reward tiers offer headshots by Daniel and a “master class” by Snyder.
Creators involved: Ben Sears
Platform: Big Cartel
What to know: Sears is the creator of House of the Black Spot and artist of the upcoming Dead Dudes. He has a self-published comic, Petroleum Spirit Daze, for sale on his Big Cartel site or available for free via his Patreon:
What’s the deal? You can grab the digital copy for free at the link above, or you can buy a physical copy for $5.
Creators involved: Gamal Hennessy
What to know: This one isn’t a comic, but if you’re interested in making your own comics, it’s a good place to start. Hennessy is an entertainment attorney who used to work at Marvel Comics, and wrote this book on the business and legal concepts of the comics industry. The book also features a forward by Heavy Metal‘s Joe Illidge.
Becoming a comic book professional isn’t like becoming a doctor or a lawyer. There’s no license you can obtain or standard path for you to follow. The business of comics is chaotic and complex and can riddle you with questions like:
- How much money do I need to publish my comic?
- How much money should I charge for my comic?
- Does social media matter?
- How can I work with comic shops to market the comics?
- How do I select a printer for your books?
What’s the deal? $12 gets you the digital edition, while $30 gets you a print copy.
Creators involved: Blue Delliquanti
What to know: This is the third and final volume collecting the webcomic by the award-winning Blue Delliquanti, which has been running since 2012.
Sulla Pinsky is a success story of cutting-edge robotics. She passes almost perfectly as a sixteen year old human girl. Her creator Brendan dotes on her like a father, and her connection to the once-dead, now revived inventor Alastair Sterling endows her with intelligence, skill, and an important legacy to uphold.
So why is everything falling apart?
Sulla, Brendan, and Al must choose whether or not to tell the truth in order to keep their family and identities intact. But are they ready for the truth to change everything?
What’s the deal? $10 gets you a PDF version, while $20 gets you PDF versions of all three volumes. $25 gets you a print copy of the third volume, while $75 will get you all three volumes in print.