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Kickstarter at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014

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.


How to Kickstart Your Dream Like a Pro

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!

Spotlight on Bill Finger, the Co-Creator of Batman 

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.

Meet Bill Plympton 

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.


Spotlight on Sara Mayhew 

Kickstarter-funded Legend of the Ztarr creator Sara Mayhew will speak on promotion humanism and critical thinking through pop culture.

Free Enterprise: 15th Anniversary Reunion 

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.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour 

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.


Francois Schuiten: Architects of Obscure Cities

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 Forward 

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.

Ways to Increase Success on your Self-Published Kickstarter Project 

Paul Roman Martinez, Travis Hanson and Daniel Davis are three creators that have run ten successful crowd-funded projects between them. They’re going to offer some tips on how they did it.


Fund My Comic 

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.

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    1. Creator Jeanette Smith on July 24, 2014

      Also speaking is Michael Dismuke creator of the Roshambo Comic, who ran a successful KickStarter campaign to fund his project as well.

    2. Creator David K. Evans on July 26, 2014

      I am a retired Anthropology Professor with some 53 years research experience on the island of Roatan in the Western Caribbean. I would like to make my latest novel about this island..."The Dark
      Pirate" into a film. I am NOT by any means wealthy.

    3. Creator Marsia Powers on July 28, 2014

      I missed Thurs panel. Recorded anywhere? BigThx