Leave us set this foul, wearying stretch of hot weather (presently manifesting as severe thunderstorms complete with flash flooding) behind us, and go to the important business of lounging on the couch. Before we go, however, some few items of note.
- Kel McDonald, if she isn’t careful, is going to end up one of those people that creates more (successful) Kickstarter projects than she backs. I may be indulging in a bit of hyperbole, but with her second project of the last six months, I can see McDonald as becoming a one-person demonstration of how to leverage crowdfunding; this time, it’s for an 80 page graphic novel, to be posted 10 pages per month to backers, and printed once it’s all done.
I saw some commentary in the past day or so that Kickstarts to print work already done were more likely to succeed than Kickstarts to fund the production of work not yet begun; in most cases, I think I’d agree, because the potential backer is being asked to support an unknown quantity. In McDonald’s case — there’s plenty of evidence of the work she’s done already, and a track record to judge the likelihood of making good on this project — I think that the caution will be rightly trumped by those that just want to see what she can put together over the next year or so.
- Ryan Estrada had a dream about being put in charge of comics (at least, the portion of them produced by DC), and he laid it all out for you on Tumblr. Not knowing the vagaries of monthly¹ print comic production, and not having bought any ongoing titles from DC in several years, I’m not sure how well Estrada’s REM-shaped plan would work. But dang if I wouldn’t like to see what Dean Trippe and Jerzy Drozd could do with a DC all-ages line, with Lois Lane, Girl Reporter at the top of the list.
- New website design, got it. Lots of those occur on a fairly regular basis, but I’m pointing you towards one that launched today because Ross Nover took the time to explain why The System now looks the way it does, and why it makes for a better experience for the reader. I’m pretty much a sucker for high-functionality, seamless-experience design², so if my pointing you towards Nover’s manifesto gets people thinking about this sort of stuff, mission accomplished.
¹ Except to say that big companies often can’t seem to get monthly books out monthly.
² The exemplar of which I hold to be Irregular Webcomic, and I’ll fight any man-jack of you says different.