The Kickstarter Comics category had a massive year in 2018, with backers from around the world pledging a record $16 million to projects large and small. For nearly a decade, comics makers have been coming to Kickstarter in pursuit of creative autonomy. This sense of independence has fostered the robust community of comics lovers we see on Kickstarter today. And it keeps growing!
Here’s the breakdown from last year:
$16 million pledged to all projects, up 26% from 2017.
$15.3 million pledged to successfully funded projects, up 27% from 2017.
1,457 projects funded, up 14% from 2017, the previous best year, and nearly triple the amount in 2012.
We’re excited to announce the open call for Kickstarter’s Spring/Summer 2019 Creators-in-Residence program
Launched in 2017, our Creators-in-Residence program invites NYC-based creators who are in the process of planning, launching, or about to fulfill a Kickstarter campaign to join us at our Brooklyn HQ for a three-month residency. Past residents have included choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, artist and author Adam J. Kurtz, and artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy.
The Spring/Summer 2019 session will run from Monday, March 4, through Friday, May 31.
During the residency, each creator will be paired with a staff mentor who specializes in their area of interest and will offer guidance on how to manage a Kickstarter campaign. Residents receive access to a dedicated workspace, as well as our theater, recording studio, library, meeting rooms, and kitchen. They also have opportunities to be featured in Kickstarter-produced editorial content, and are invited to attend regular workshops, talks, performances, and feedback sessions that put them in conversation with other creators and Kickstarter staff.
Interested in applying? Applications are due by Friday, February 8. Creators will be notified by February 22 if they’ve been selected for the program. Apply here.
The Creators-in-Residence program supports Kickstarter’s mission IRL
As part of our mission to help bring creative projects to life, we're always looking for ways to help artists and creators find the support and resources they need to make their ideas a reality.
Since launching the Creators-in-Residence program in 2017, we’ve welcomed more than 30 Kickstarter creators into the building. They’ve accomplished a lot: they launched and fulfilled projects, used the Kickstarter office in creative ways, and hosted performances, workshops, and events.
Last summer, we welcomed 16 residents to Kickstarter to work on Film, Arts, Publishing, Dance, Food, and Games projects
Here are some highlights from the class of Spring/Summer 2018:
Maëlle Doliveux of Beehive Books funded a large-format hardcover art book collecting the works of the definitive early 20th-century illustrator and cartoonist Harrison Cady.
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy funded Cleaner, the second project in a trilogy of experimental art films about contemporary architecture, class, and economic precarity. They choreographed and shot the entire film throughout our library, conference rooms, and theater.
Azikiwe Mohammed funded a project to create enamel pins that let people know where you stand.
Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell funded the second season of The Eyeslicer, a DIY variety series Indiewire called "one of the craziest TV shows you'll ever see.” They transformed our library into a haunted house to film their Halloween special.
“Through the residency, I learned how I was going to make this kind of creative life happen,” Food creator and former Creator-in-Resident Jenn de la Vega told us. “I went in not knowing what my day to day would be like after leaving a cushy tech job. Now I'm excited to have ongoing projects that will propel me forward.”
Announcing Just the Beginning, a new podcast from Kickstarter featuring stories about how independent creators bring their ideas to life. The first episode comes out on January 24, and you can listen to a preview now:
Just when you thought the Games category on Kickstarter couldn’t get any bigger, it did. 2018 was the category’s best year yet, featuring over 3,300 funded projects from both household names like Homestar Runner and new voices like Miguel Angel Espinoza.
We at Kickstarter are very proud to be part of such a powerful, positive, and proactive community. Here, we look back at 2018 in numbers and projects.
Today we’re excited to announce that Oriana Leckert has joined Kickstarter as our Journalism Outreach Lead. Oriana has spent more than a decade working in the media: She’s written for a variety of outlets, including Slate, New York Post, Gothamist, Atlas Obscura, and Curbed, and she has edited for many more, including MTV News, Hyperallergic, Pitchfork, Voice of Witness, and The Believer. Her first book, Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity (Monacelli Press, 2015), grew out of a multi-year project chronicling the rise and fall of under-the-radar creative places across New York City.
For the eighth year, Kickstarter creators will bring their documentaries, narrative features, shorts, and series to Park City.
This year, we’re thrilled to share that nine Kickstarter-funded projects will be making their way to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 24—Feb 3, 2019), joining the 123 Kickstarter-funded documentaries, features, shorts, and series that have been invited to screen at the fest since 2011.
From Jimmie Fails and Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man in San Franciscoto Knock Down the House, a documentary following the campaigns of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other women running for U.S. Congress in the 2018 midterm elections, this year’s selected films push forward new narratives, showcase emerging talent, and enhance the way we tell stories on-screen.
Kickstarter’s Film team will also be at Sundance this January, hosting events, panels, and parties at the Kickstarter Lodge and cheering on creators at their films’ world premieres. (Follow @Kickstarter on Instagram for live updates from the mountain.)
“So many of these films began as projects on Kickstarter years ago,” says Kickstarter’s Director of Documentary Film Liz Cook. “It’s a true testament to the time, grit, patience, and care these filmmakers bring to the stories they tell.”
This fall, Kickstarter and the French graphic design and visual culture magazine étapes: teamed up to launch Bold Type, a celebration of typography in France. From September 1 to October 31, we invited artists, designers, and type enthusiasts of all stripes to launch typography projects on Kickstarter.
Last week, the Kickstarter campaign for Street Masters: Aftershock received a pledge of $209. For the creator, the independent game studio Blacklist Games, that represented another step toward bringing their board game expansion to life. For Kickstarter as a whole, it represented a thrilling milestone: $4 billion pledged to creative ideas on our platform.