These days, there are people I think of when I think of Kickstarter — people who have run campaigns and made them work, people who are thinking of new ways to put Kickstarter to productive use, people who don’t pooch the fulfillment phase even while hitting significantly high dollar totals. In terms of Machiavellian planning skills, sheer numbers of campaigns (my estimate: at least 30), and enormous dollar figures (estimated lifetime total: US$3.9 million), you’ve got George.
But in terms of a close-to-the-ground, it’s-my-content-sitting-in-my-living-room approach to Kickstarter, it’s hard to beat the experiences of one C Spike Trotman. She’s a successful Kickstarter-er and she’s been hit up for her secret knowledge so often that she announced a while back she was just gonna do a PDF comic of how to run a Kickstarter and not have to deal with the constant queries. Individual pages of the project were shared to Tumblr over time, but other projects (including a Kickstarter for Sumt Peddler 2014: Peddle Harder¹) intervened.
Until today. I’ve just read Let’s Kickstart a Comic (And Not Screw It Up), and while it seems like a bunch of common sense to anybody that’s been eyes-open and paying attention for the past couple of years, the benefits of having all that common sense in one place are undeniable, especially since it’s only five bucks for all this wisdom. Thinking about doing a Kickstarter (or other crowdfunding campaign), especially one for comics? Do your homework (i.e.: buy this comic) first so we ain’t got to hear you complain later how you didn’t know it would be this hard. It’ll still be that hard, but at least you’ll know that going in.
In other news:
- Yep, it worked: Elon Musk is susceptible to comics.
- Bradley J² Guigar and Chris Giarrusso hit the comics shops tomorrow with the first collection of Tales from the Con.
- Christopher “Doc” Hastings and Anthony Clark absolutely killed it today. I can’t think of the last time I laughed so hard at a webcomic.
- TED talks are often a bit … let’s say somewhere between extremely optimistic and let’s all hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Then you have the ones that are just neat for the sake of being neat, such as Randall Munroe and answering unanswerable questions with the power of very approximate math.
¹ Electric Smutalloo? The Smut Strikes Back? Indiana Jones and the Temple of Smut?
² The J stands for Jay.