Kickstarter Success Strategies for Comics Producers
The crowd funding strategy has become a fantastic way for independent publishers and creators to get their work funded and distributed. If you are currently a successful crowd funding comics creator let me know how you did it. I've launched my latest project on Kickstarter http://kck.st/VAsgsB the project is 'Street Wolf - The Return of Nathan Blackhorse' Check it out and leave some comments on how we can achieve success.
Dennis This does looks really awesome! I love your art, man! I just backed ya' and put your link up on my facebook.
I'm a writer and have my own comic on Kickstarter right now. It's about Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle trying to solve supernatural mysteries, in the 1920's. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...known-volume-2
Here's a page of art from our project.
I don't have any promoting tips, other than do what you are doing in the forums and facebook. I've also been putting flyers around at the local comic shops.
Again, really love your art!
I have had 2 successful kickstarter projects in the past, and I am currently funding a 3rd at this very moment (I just launched it a few days ago!).
My suggestions for people new to Kickstarter, or looking for ways to have a successful Kickstarter is to spread the word! An influx of backers over a few days will increase your chance to appear under the 'Popular' section of your funds category. If you have friends/family you know are dead ringers to back your project, communicate ahead of time to have them ready to back it early and quickly. The sooner you can appear in the 'Popular' section, the sooner more eyes can get on your project. The casual browser and the person you have no connection with will see your project and your chance of reaching a new audience and circle drastically increase. Also, send an email to Kickstarter to see if they will consider featuring your project as a 'Staff Pick'. Again, this gives your project the lime-light it needs to reach a whole new audience that you normally would be unable to share with.
My last 2 books were both featured as 'Staff Picks' and got a majority of there funding through total strangers who saw my projects this way. I also printed small postcard sized informational flyers and took them to local comic shops as well as mailing a small stack and 11x17 poster to 25 or so comic shops around the country that looked like major and legitimate shops. Having a letter explaining your project, have retailer reward levels, and getting a few of them to support your book in store or finically is a great opportunity, as well.
The main thing is to have a well put together Kickstarter page. If you look unorganized or unfocused, people will assume that is the same quality your project is going to have. While I am at it, your project has to legitimately be good! Having a wild idea and a fantasy idea without the ability to look at your own work critically can ruin your chances. If it isn't looking good, take a step back and find a better art team or a professional or student with potential. If the writing is amateur, read some creative writing books, sample scripts, plot and pacing tips, and get comfortable with the process. I know you want to get your name out there, but have it attached to something you can look at with a critical eye and be confidant that it has quality and is properly executed.
Also, here is a link o my CURRENT project, I am looking for all the attention and early support I can get to be featured under the 'Popular' section, so please, if you see something you like, help a fellow creator out! Thanks! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...osca-de-muerte