By Dan Casey
Kickstarter is increasingly becoming a way for smaller, independent projects and publishing houses to even the playing field with competitors with bigger war chests. Case in point: the Fantagraphics Kickstarter, which enabled the struggling industry stalwart to remain afloat in the wake of founding partner Kim Thompson’s death. At its best, Kickstarter offers some of the best creative voices in comics a chance to be heard by democratizing the publishing process. As anyone who has tried their hand at crowdfunding can tell you, platforms like Kickstarter, while great, can be a tempestuous affair. Unless you’re a celebrity with a built in fanbase like Zach Braff, cutting through the white noise and plethora of projects can be a sometimes insurmountable challenge. Still, the cream rises to the top and when it comes to crowdfunding, veteran comics writer Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane)is the undeniable cream of the Kickstarter crop.
With his production company PaperFilms, a creative enclave that counts Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Justin Gray, Frank Tieri, and Paul Mounts amongst its numbers, Palmiotti has successfully funded a whopping five projects on Kickstarter (Queen Crab, Forager, Weapon of God, Retrovirus, and Sex and Violence). In other …read more