About this project
MORE REWARD TIERS ADDED featuring PDFs of the original "How To Make Webcomics" book! Check out the $29-, $46-, and $60-level rewards! Also, at $90, get a rare copy of "HTMW" signed by all four authors.
WE'RE FUNDED! THANK YOU! Scroll down to see some more information about the stretch goals, the return of Webcomics Weekly, and new reward tiers!
ABOUT THE BOOK
In 2008, I co-wrote the "How To Make Webcomics" book with my good friends Scott Kurtz, Dave Kellett and Kris Straub. At the time, this book was embraced as the seminal book on the subject. For years, each of us has been honored by colleagues and newcomers alike who have told us what a fun and informative read the book was.
And then, they all say the same thing: When are you gonna do a follow-up?
Unfortunately, with each of us busy on different projects, it has been impossible to get together to do a second edition.
Then it occurred to me that I had already written the sequel. In 2009, after the book came out, I launched a Web site, Webcomics.com, that has been updated daily ever since with the same kinds of information we put in the book. Using those posts as a starting point, I started assembling chapters and adding new content. By the time the dust settled, I had a 300-page book that covers a wider range of topics and goes even deeper on the content from the original book.
And now I want to get that book printed and distributed so it can become a resource for an entirely new generation of cartoonists. I'm asking for money to cover the related costs of that endeavor -- editing, printing, etc.
Here are some page spreads from the book. As you can see, it will cover some of the same material as the previous book -- updated with new information and tutorials...
...and it will cover some topics that weren't around when we wrote the first book (like social media and digital downloads)...
...mainly, the book will maintain the tradition of the first book by getting as much information as possible into every page -- while addressing the subjects in an informal and fun way.
There are even step-by-step tutorials for all levels of cartoonists. whether you're installing Google Analytics or upgrading your ad-delivery system to Doubleclick For Publishers, you'll find easy-to-follow guides.
As I said in the video, I'd like to take this book one step further, and to do that. I'm going to need a little help from my friends. And I've added a few new rewards to make it worth your while.
The first -- which will begin recording if we reach $12,500 -- is a new podcast that I'm calling Webcomics Confidential. This podcast will be a series of interviews with some of the brightest names in webcomics -- the top creators and some of the people who work behind the scenes to help those creators succeed. The first interview will be with George Rohac. George is The Director of Business Development for What Pumpkin Studios. Beyond Homestuck, he has assisted creators of comics and video games to reaching over $4 million (cumulatively) through Kickstarter. Needless to say, this is a guy that webcartoonists need to hear more from.
The second -- which will begin once this campaign reaches $15,000 -- is a new episode of Webcomics Weekly with Scott Kurtz, Dave Kellett, Kris Straub and me. To say that I'm excited at the prospect of recording new episodes with these guys is an understatement.
All backers of this Kickstarter campaign will get advance downloads of the podcasts. We've got new rewards to entice you to back this project (or increase your pledge amount). New podcasts, some familiar voices, and some cool, new rewards. It just keeps getting better! :)
Risks and challenges
Although I don't foresee any obstacles, I do know that they arise from time to time in any project. I have thirteen years' experience in self-publishing and over twenty years experience in newspaper publishing. I'm abundantly confident that I can handle any issues as they arise -- and do it quickly and accurately -- to ensure that the book you receive will be timely, professional and awesome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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