WESTWARD: Achieve or die.
The latest title from Kinetic Press, Westward is a new steampunk mystery comic from writer/illustrator Ken Krekeler, author of Dry Spell and The Colodin Project. The story is told over the course of 10 issues, played against a Victorian/Deco background of corporate espionage and technological revolution.
Westward has received consistently positive media reviews and Kickstarter support; crowd-funding is a great way to make connections and get the word out on independent comic titles like this one. Westward #7 is listed in the February issue of Previews (under Tool Publications) and will be distributed through Diamond in April of 2014.
The goal of this campaign is to secure funding for printing, shipping and distribution of Westward #7.
Depending on pre-order sales, the cost of publishing a limited print run for each issue of Westward is typically between $1500 and $3000. Issue #7 will feature a black-and-white cover, which will help keep printing costs affordable. There will also be a few hundred dollars in shipping costs... and, of course, producing and shipping of the Kickstarter Rewards.
Westward has always been almost exclusively funded by Kickstarter. The following videos below were produced for previous Westward KS campaigns, including trailers that help illustrate the quality, plots, tones and themes of the the book. You'll also find featuring behind-the-scenes documentary footage of the people who help make the series possible. Take a moment and meet the models, prop artists and voice actors who truly bring the characters to life.
Westward: Original Trailer:
Kickstarter Video - Volume 1 Documentary
Kickstarter Video - Westward #6:
Kickstarter Video - Westward #5:
Voiceovers: Inga Wilson as Annabelle West
Speed Painting: "Helmet Law"
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge in the success of this campaign is the same challenge I face with every comic I've ever produced: marketing, exposure, and awareness. Every artist has their weaknesses; mine has always been publicity. Outside of animated trailers, preview pages and comic cons, I've always lacked the salesmanship necessary to communicate my ideas properly in a way that catches the public eye.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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