Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Worthy Kickstarters: Star Fruit and Cartozia Tales

Let's begin with Robyn Chapman's modest kickstarter proposal for Star Fruit, a comic by animator/cartoonist Gretta Johnson. This is a gorgeous looking comic that Chapman is publishing through her own Paper Rocket Minicomics. It has reached its goal, but additional money could mean printing additional copies or other possible stretch goals.

 The other fundraiser I'd like to mention is the one for Cartozia Tales. This is a unique, all-ages fantasy anthology with eight regular cartoonists and two guest cartoonists per issue. Each artist gets assigned a quadrant of the map of their fantasy realm per issue, and they switch in the next issue. The lineup includes Mike Wenthe & Isaac Cates, Shawn Cheng, Jen Vaughn, Lucy Bellwood, Lupi McGinty, Tom Motley, and Sarah Becan. There's a lot of collaboration between the cartoonists, as one will pick up the stories of a character created and designed by someone else. The goal here is quite ambitious at $39,000 dollars. However, their plan is well thought out. This money will fund a full ten issues of the series, including printing and paying the artists a page rate, as well as commissioning full color covers from other artists. I did the math and it works out to be roughly a $45 page rate for each artist over the course of the series, which is a decent but hardly exorbitant rate. The project is a third of the way to being funded at the time I'm writing this, and I would encourage any reader interested in quality, intelligent fantasy comics to consider pitching in.

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