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 #8 is listed in the June issue of Previews (under Tool Publications) and will be distributed through Diamond in August of 2014.
The goal of this campaign is to secure funding for printing, shipping and distribution of Westward #8.
The money raised from this campaign goes toward production costs. If we exceed that cost, the remaining balance will be put toward the campaign's Stretch Goals, inflating the rewards for all backers across the board who pledge $20 or more.
Depending on pre-order sales, the cost of publishing a limited print run for each issue of Westward is typically around $2000. Shipping usually amounts to $500. And then, of course, you have to factor in the production and shipping of the Kickstarter Rewards themselves, which usually amounts to 10% of funds raised.
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.
“Packed with plot and interesting characters... It’s excellent.” -ComicBookResources.com (Full review)
“The writing and art stay strong throughout.” -AmberUnmasked.com (Full review)
“Krekeler is a fine writer... It's a very good comic.” -InsidePulse.com (Full review)
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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