You guys know about Gutters, right? You don't? Oh, well then you should probably read this synopsis:
In brief, Gutters is a series of stand-alone pages that parody the comic book industry and the heroes and characters that dwell within. Think of it as an editorial cartoon targeting comic books, and you’ll understand where we’re going with it. Gutters is written by Ryan Sohmer, with Lar deSouza as Art Director and Ed Ryzowski serving as colourist and the wonderful Rus Wooton lettering each page. As for who will be doing the actual art, well, that’s where things get interesting (and slightly different). Rather than have one artist pencil each page, we elected to have a rotating roster of professional artists, among them some giants in the comic book industry alongside new and emerging talent.
You may peruse our archive over here: Gutters Archives
We have been working on Gutters since 2010 and recently the financial strain became a bit too much to bear. We took a summer hiatus to review things and Gutter's future looked grim. So, we did what anyone in our situation would do; we went to Facebook and asked our fans for their input. A lot of you answered and it was decided that a Kickstarter was the best course of action. I know that some people see going to Kickstarter as a cash grab. Well, we see it as a place to test ideas and involve fans in the process. Putting a year of Gutters on Kickstarter will show us if there is any hope for our free comic or maybe it's time to move onto other things. No matter what happens here, we love our fans and we feel truly blessed to do what we do.
So, here is the big question:
Gutters is very expensive to maintain and those are just the costs for the art! We are looking for $15,000 to keep Gutters running at one update a week for a year. We have some very reasonable stretch goals that would get Gutters up to 2 or even 3 days a week for the year.
So what do you get for pledging? Well...
But what if you want a book and a print? Or a piece of original art and a book? Fear not! We've got you covered!
How do Add-Ons work? Simply up your pledge amount by the price of the add-on. Easy enough!
A signed print of your favourite Gutters strip - $25
T-shirt - $30
A signed copy of Gutter BFO Edition - $35
A signed copy of Gutters Hardcover Volume 1 - $30
A signed copy of Gutters Hardcover Volume 2 - $30
A signed copy of Gutters Hardcover Volume 3 - $40
Hey, I mentioned some stretch goals earlier right? What happened to that?
The future of Gutters is in your hands.
- I want to help but I don't have a credit card!!
No worries, we can take your pledges via PayPal! You can send your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org, be sure to include a detailed note about which Reward you would like and your proper shipping address.
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks and challenges to this project. As soon as we hit our goal, even if the Kickstarter hasn't yet run its course, Sohmer will begin writing new strips. We've been doing this for 3 years now and it would take a natural disaster to stop us from updating the site.
While we do have 1 other ongoing Kickstarter campaign, it will in no way affect us delivering on Gutters, as all of the non-digital rewards are already complete.
We have been producing Gutters for 3 years, on-time with each update, and know exactly what we're doing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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