Comics Outreach Lead

In the years since Kickstarter launched, almost 6,000 comics projects have been funded on the platform. From graphic novels and collections of webcomics to zines and enamel pins to huge exquisite anthologies, comics creators on Kickstarter have brought some incredible projects to life. Kickstarter-funded projects have won Harvey Awards and Eisner Awards, and sold tens thousands of copies. With the introduction of Kickstarter’s new ongoing funding platform, Drip, we are providing another tool to help comics creators find support for their work.

Kickstarter and Drip help independent comics creators and illustrators to make work that speaks to their communities and the world at large. We offer the tools and resources to help artists early in their career develop their skills, gain access to financial resources, and deepen their connection with their fans. Career artists have the opportunity to be truly independent and maximize their opportunities through the direct support of their fans. Creators whose stories are underrepresented in the mainstream have created works that speak to thousands of fans who are hungry for them.

About the Team

This position works in collaboration with our Communities team, whose mission is to sustain, build, and deepen our relationships with creative communities around the globe.

About the Role

You will leverage your passion for comics and your understanding of the comics publishing world to inspire independent comics writers, artists, and publishers, and help them to integrate Kickstarter and Drip into their process. This role will involve traveling to events locally, nationally, and internationally, meeting creators in our Greenpoint office, and a lot of communication via phone/Skype and email.

In This Role, You Will Be Responsible for the Following: 

Outreach

  • Identifying and connecting with independent comics creators and illustrators, and inspiring them to bring their projects to Kickstarter. 
  • Working closely with project creators to shape the story of their campaigns, and identifying audiences most excited to engage with them. 
  • Building visibility for Drip in the comics world, and bring great creators onto the platform. 

Internally 

  • Being the initial touchpoint for comics creators launching Kickstarter campaigns, helping them shape the narrative of their project and identify the audiences most excited to support them. 
  • Adopting work processes and tools to track, share, and optimize our outreach efforts across geographies and communities. 

Ongoing 

  • Supporting the curation team’s efforts by identifying strong projects and presenting them for additional support. 
  • Staying up to date on trends in the comics community, and helping the folks at Kickstarter and Drip understand how these trends impact creators. 
  • Advocating for the comics community’s needs within Kickstarter and Drip, and acting as the bridge between the company and these communities. 

About You 

  • You have 3-5 years of experience creating and/or working on comics or in publishing in some capacity. 
  • You have a genuine passion for the opportunity Kickstarter represents for the entire comics and illustration ecosystem. 
  • You are impeccably organized and capable of working on many projects at once without losing focus on the bigger picture. 
  • You are a self-starter, an entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, generous person with an eye for what will inspire people to support the arts. 
  • You are available and excited to travel up to 30% of the time.
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This position is full-time and on-site at our beautiful office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. All full-time employees are eligible for our terrific benefits program, which includes stock options, full health/dental/vision coverage, 401k contribution, generous vacation and family leave, and a wide variety of social and cultural events.

Kickstarter is a Public Benefit Corporation, and our mission is to help bring creative projects to life. We measure our success as a company by how well we achieve that mission, not by the size of our profits. In our charter, we spell out our mission, our values, and the commitments we have made to pursue them.