San Diego’s Comic-Con International is one of the largest conventions of its kind. Large enough, in fact, that our diligent comics team here at the office was able to pull an entire roster of projects and creators that have come through Kickstarter and will be at SDCC this week. There are panels, projects, artists, writers and even a few(!) Eisner nominees. We’ll be there, presenting a number of events with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Look below for some highlights of Kickstarter at Comic-Con International.
Want to know how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign? Join our very own Craig Engler as he moderates a panel featuring writer/producers Jane Espenson and Brad Bell (Husbands), writer/artist/inker Jimmy Palmiotti (Denver, Forager, like a million other things) and artist John Picacio. Pick up some tips!
Bill Finger, an artist responsible for the uncredited co-creation of Batman, as well as a host of his supporting characters would have been 100 this year. His granddaughter Athena Finger used Kickstarter to fund the documentary The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger. Now join her, along with a host of other comics luminaries as they spotlight Finger’s important, legendary career.
Bill Plympton’s now classic hand drawn animation has been a cultural staple since the ’70s, so we were beyond excited when he used Kickstarter to fund Cheatin, his newest animated feature. Plympton will be on hand to talk about his work, show some clips and talk about how he put together his most recent works.
Kickstarter-funded Legend of the Ztarr creator Sara Mayhew will speak on promotion humanism and critical thinking through pop culture.
Fifteen years ago, the romantic comedy Free Enterprise was released. Now, the cast and crew reunites to discuss the cult classic and their efforts to produce a Free Enterprise TV pilot through Kickstarter.
Ben Acker and Ben Blacker are the creators of the comedy variety show The Thrilling Adventure Hour, which they turned into an Eisner-nominated anthology comic. The pair will be on hand, along with a roster of contributors, to discuss what they’ve been doing, and what they plan on doing next.
Last year, Stephen Smith ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund his translation of Francois Schuiten and Benoit Peeters’ French graphic novel The Leaning Girl, the first in a series of proposed translations of the entire important Obscure Cities collection. Smith, along with Peeters and Schuiten, will be on-hand to discuss the series and subsequent translation.
Fantagraphics, one of the most important independent comics publishers in the world turned to Kickstarter last year to fund a year’s worth of their books. On their panel they’ll be previewing future projects and talking to notable creators like Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck), Drew Friedman (Heroes of the Comics), and more.
Thanks to the internet, self-publishing your own comic isn’t as difficult as it used to be. ComiXology co-founder John D. Roberts, Jimmy Palmiotti (who has done a few Kickstarter projects himself), Jamal Igle and Kel McDonald, will walk you through the whole process, from creation through funding, and finally, to publication.
Want to find us? Just send an email to Comics@Kickstarter.com, and we can set up a time to meet.