This week the Kickstarter Korner is getting a new look and name…enter The Krowdfunding Korner.
Kickstarter isn’t the only place indie creators go to fund their projects. There is Zoop, Indiegogo and Crowdfundr, just to name a few.
We also want to try an highlight those projects that still need a push along with those that are pursuing the fun stretch goals.
Strap in and let’s see what projects are out there that you should be checking out:
Pink Midnight Presents: The Butterfly House
by Paul Allor, Juan Romera & Claire Napier
- Current Funding: $3,324
- Funding Goal: $4,000
- Days Left: 19
- Link: Pink Midnight Presents: The Butterfly House
LGBTQ writer, Paul Allor, best known for his work with TMNT, Power Rangers, GI Joe bring Pink Midnight Presents: The Butterfly House, to Zoop. This the first in a planned series of weird, one-shot comic books from writer Paul Allor, artist Juan Romera and editor Claire Napier, all presented in Juan’s stunning black-and-white art.
This first issue is a silent descent into one person’s nightmare, as our protagonist enters the titular Butterfly House — and soon discovers they may never be able to leave. This is a deeply personal story for Paul, part existential horror story, part allegory for Paul’s own discovery of their gender identity.
The Butterfly House will take you places you will not expect, and leave you pondering its implications long after you’ve reached the last page.
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Sex, Spies, & Rock ‘n Roll Volume 3
by Jeff Douglas Messer
- Current Funding: $6,111
- Funding Goal: $10,000
- Days Left: 27
- Link: Sex, Spies, & Rock ‘n Roll Volume 3
In Sex, Spies, & Rock ‘n Roll Volume 3, the continuing serialized adventures of “The Hitman,” “Cowboy,” and “Gulag-a-go-go” are combined with new stories with new sex, new spies, and more rock ‘n roll. New artists from around the world (Italy, Brazil, Hong Kong, Indonesia) join the series regulars (from Mexico, Italy, Egypt, and the USA) in these retro-1980s adventures, unfolding the wider tapestry of the Sex, Spies, & Rock ‘N Roll universe of characters!
Volume 3 of the hit spy adventure series is here! Also a chance to catch up on all previous volumes and spin-off books and grab some new art prints & commissions.
The Shaolin Nun 4
Enter the Dragon meets Thelma and Louise. Issues 1-4 available.
- Current Funding: $2,211
- Funding Goal: $7,000
- Days Left: 33
- Link: The Shaolin Nun 4
The Shaolin Nun™ is a new, comic book series that we will be submitting to a publisher as soon as we get our first six-issue story completed. Kickstarter is being used to build an audience and provide the funds to pay the artists for their talented work.
Mei Yin is a warrior nun from a secret Shaolin order. An order dedicated to training women to fight back against the world of men. Now, she has come to Los Angeles to continue their mission.
- This is a female-lead comic book.
Because we already have dozens, if not hundreds, of male-lead Shaolin Monk stories. It’s time for a woman to take the lead.
- The main cast are all people of color.
Which is a better example of the Los Angeles demographic, and, frankly, reality.
- This is a martial arts story.
Told by a 30-year Kung Fu practitioner, with a focus on the philosophy behind martial arts. Because it’s just as important to know when to punch as how to punch.
- This is not a “capes and tights” comic book.
Aside from some pretty crazy martial arts stunts, the book tries to stay fairly grounded in reality. Well, Los Angeles reality, which is understandably subjective.
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A TIGER’s TALE volumes 1 & 2
The acclaimed Kung Fu [wuxia] graphic novel series comes back to kickstarter with these epic 90 & 100 page graphic novels!
- Current Funding: $2,995
- Funding Goal: $3,300
- Days Left: 25
- Link: A Tiger’s Tale Volumes 1 & 2
This tale of a young tiger finding his place among dragons is ideal for the young reader or martial arts enthusiast on the quest for mythical adventure. First published in the pages of Kung Fu Magazine, A Tiger’s Tale leaps off the newsstands and onto bookshelves in this acclaimed two-volume graphic novel series!
Kan the Prince of Tigers remains exiled from his forest kingdom, now a guest of the Celestial Court of Dragon, he is bored. But the sun grows dim, the Great Bird of Wisdom has gone missing and his adopted brothers are out there seeking heroes to make things right. If Kan is to prove himself worthy of returning to his home, he must first undertake a perilous mission where his smallest act can save or undo the efforts of all who seek to save the world from a jealous god and forgotten monsters!
Volume 1 of A Tiger’s Tale was launched in February of 2022 and was funded overnight. Initially offered as a full-color 60 page perfect bound graphic novella, multiple stretch goals added an additional 30 pages to the book. The complete 90 page graphic novel was delivered to all backers right-on-time.
Volume 2 brings A Tiger’s Tale to the next level. Starting at nearly twice the size of vol.1 – this 100 page perfect-bound graphic novel will come complete with educational back-matter, glossary and will feature brand-new digital colors
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Finding Dee – Volume 1
A stunning, hilarious, and emotional collection of comic strips about a cartoonist discovering herself as a transgender woman.
- Current Funding: $4,690
- Funding Goal: $7,500
- Days Left: 17
- Link: Finding Dee – Volume 1
FINDING DEE started as a weekly webcomic devoted to the semi-autobiographical misadventures of a 40-something cartoonist trying to make it in comics while navigating the ins and outs of coming out as a transgender woman. Also, trying to find a place to pee.
For the first time, the Volume One full-page strips have been colored, and we’ve compiled them in beautiful perfect-bound softcover and hardcover editions (81 pages of comics) !! In addition, we’re offering incredible enamel pins, shirts, and more!
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Octopus: A Memoir of Flailing
The subjectively true story of trying not to turn into an octopus, distracting myself with sex clubs, drinking and messy relationships.
- Current Funding: $3,018
- Funding Goal: $1,499
- Days Left: 28
- Link: Octopus: A Memoir of Flailing
Octopus is a 144-page graphic memoir about me, Richard Fairgray – the writer/artist of Blastosaurus, Black Sand Beach, Haunted Hill, SHED, Four Color Heroes and literally hundreds of other books. I’m a blind comic artist with a chemical imbalance in my brain that allows me to process images at an incredible speed, remember too much and almost never sleep. This book is 7 connected stories that capture key turning points in my life across 18 months as I try to kill myself, get divorced, break up with my boyfriend, steal a boat, move to Hollywood, live with a surfing philanthropist, meet a nice man and have a lot of wine and regrettable sex. It’s an adult story filled with complicated emotions and steamy sex clubs.
This book was completed in 2020 but was told by everyone not to release it because it could ruin the career I’d built with all-ages content. I did as I was told and put the book away. But, a lot of upheaval in the world and in my own life has made me realize that I need to live unapologetically, and releasing this story is a big part of that.
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CROSSROADS | A Mystery Horror Comic by Beeku Comics
Road trips can be killer.
- Current Funding: $3,920
- Funding Goal: $5,000
- Days Left: 13
- Link: Crossroads: A Mystery Horror Comic
Brothers Everest and Temperance have been given a simple task: spread their estranged father’s ashes on a cross-country roadtrip following a route the family would take when they were children. Once close friends, the brothers haven’t seen each other in three years, and neither are as they remembered: Everest has gone from a promising young police officer to a pill-popping drunk following the loss of his partner, while newlywed Temperance is balancing law school and an ever-growing panic disorder.
As the brothers learn to navigate their relationship again, the weeks-long road trip takes an unexpected turn: their late father was a urban legend hunter, and their inheritance (like it or not) is to pick up where he left off.
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OniGirl: Issue #1… IN GLORIOUS COLOR!
Thank you for helping me realize my dream of having OniGirl printed in color
- Current Funding: $1,097
- Funding Goal: $3,000
- Days Left: 17
- Link: OniGirl: Issue #1
Dez is a half-human, half-oni and the new girl at Yokai-Jima High School: a school for monster children. In a world where monsters are scarce, students must learn to assimilate the appearance and behavior of humans in order to survive. There, Dez not only has to make sense of this world she lives in, but also the duality of her nature.
Fully Funded but worth a look:
- Shadow Ghost #1
- Complete Spider Squirrel Volume One Ultimate Edition by Charlie McElvy
- Miranda and The Eternal Quest : Part 1 of 3! by Timothy Sparvero
- Super Best Friend #1-3: A Superhero Adventure! SERIES FINALE
- The Mountains of Madness by Simon Birks
- Pirate Treasure: A Quick The Clockwork Knight Adventure by Thane Frederick Benson
- Ten Thousand Beloved Communities by Kristen Lynn Zimmerman
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That’s a wrap for this week from us, but if you are crowdfunding a project and would like to be put in the Korner, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will take a look when we put together next week’s post.