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Crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye – mostly comics.

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Bambi Wendt’s field guide to dragons

The field guide to: Dragons, Wyrms, and Serpents of the World by Bambi Wendt - Art Sample

Currently smashing its fairly modest Kickstarter funding goal of $2500 out of the park, Bambi Wendt‘s proposed The field guide to: Dragons, Wyrms, and Serpents of the World is a gem deserving attention. The project is being promoted as a 50-plus page book, richly illustrated, with over 25 full watercolour paintings created “in the wild without digital programs”. It’s clearly ... Read More »

Fans and creators alike mass to support 2000AD artist Peter Doherty after critical illness

Peter Doherty

A JustGiving Page to raise money to support comic artist and colourist Peter Doherty (perhaps best known for his work on 2000AD‘s “Judge Dredd”) is closing in on its target to support him after he suffered a torn aorta a couple of weeks ago. Currently in hospital, the good news is that after some complications, and having spent over a week in an ... Read More »

Comicraft Turns Japanese! (with an ambitious new font project, that is…)

Wildwords Manga Font Image Main

Comicraft, the comic-book industry’s leading lettering and design company for over 20 years, is launching a Kickstarter to fund the creation of the first comic book-style lettering font for the Japanese writing system. What started as Wildwords Manga, a limited font to letter a few short comic strips to promote Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch video game, has grown to nearly 2,500 characters ... Read More »

Creator Spotlight – S.J. McCune and his Monologue

Monologe by S.J. McCune

The singular experience of reading a comic can provide a range of emotions. Diving into the art of a piece and allowing it to affect you emotionally is probably why we connect so much with this medium. The art and words of S.J. (Stuart) McCune‘s Monologue are something that has stayed with me long after reading the three issues. A ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Mirabilis – Year of Wonders by Dave Morris and Leo Hartas

Mirabilis - Year of Wonders - Books

Many downthetubes readers will recall  Mirabilis: Year of Wonders – a wonderful, beautifully written and realised graphic novel project by Dave Morris and Leo Hartas, which first debuted in The DFC and which Print Media Productions planned to publish as a series graphic albums. Sadly, although two volumes were printed only the first was distributed, and as far as we know just two copies of ... Read More »

Comics Crowdfunding Spotlight: Nottingham Comic Con Anthology: Forest Tales

Forest Tales 2016

Nottingham Comic Con has launched a modest Kickstarter to fund its first tie-in anthology – a collection of short stories from some of the best comic book creators in the British small press and leading professionals. The Nottingham Comic Con Anthology, titled Forest Tales, will be an all ages, limited edition A5 print comic running to at least 52 pages ... Read More »

WebFind: Junk Head by Takahide Hori

A scene from Junk Head 1 by Takahide Hori

Japanese director Takahide Hori‘s stunning, award-winning debut animated film, Junk Head 1, above, which took four years to make, and was created as a largely solo effort in his spare time, with no budget and released in 2013. I’ve only just come across this (largely) stop animation quite by chance, but it’s a great SF project set in a disturbing ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: TorsoBear – The Final Chapter

Torsobear 3 Promo

Independent comics creator and publisher Brett Uren has just launched the Kickstarter for Torsobear: Back on the Blocks – the third and final volume of the much-praised cartoon noir comic book about toy-on-toy crime in a fantastic city of playthings, created by Brett with many fantastic contributing writers and artists. “What Torsobear does magnificently is transplant the world of creepy crime noir successfully into a ... Read More »

Creating Comics Guest Post: Is the Shine Coming Off Diamond?

Kids reading comics in a US store, in 1952

Comics creator and publisher Brett Uren argues for the need for alternative distribution methods for independent comics into comic shops, outside of US market leader Diamond Distributors – and how, with some caveats, Kickstarter is proving a game changer… Talk to a longtime US comics fan or collector for long enough, and you’ll probably get onto the subject of the Golden ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight and Preview: Cognition Issue One by Ken Reynolds & Sam Bentley

Cognition Issue One Panel Four

Script and Letters by Ken Reynolds Art by Sam Bentley Edited by David Hailwood Pin ups by Rory Donald, Tom Mortimer, Dan ‘Guns’ Butcher, Andrew Pawley, Dan Harris and others to be confirmed for final print date. American Comics format – Black and White interiors The Story: The shadowy organisation the British Occult Secret Service (B.O.S.S.) are assigned to investigate the ... Read More »

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