1. Hey, long time no see 🙂

    I’ve been learning about/working with comics/animation for a long time, and have been hoping to get more people from Christian fiction circles interested in producing those mediums. So I’m glad I’m not the only one that sees the potential.

    Just a few notes for anyone looking to start their own projects: There’s print on demand options available for comics as well, so technically Kickstarter isn’t necessary for everyone, even if they have a low budget. And of course someone could start out just selling digital copies. Once a publisher has enough of a backlist, they could also use a Netflix like model for their comics(services like Payhip have subscription billing).

    As far as hiring artists on a low budget, there are payment models that could be applied instead of up front payment. In the audiobook industry, narrators can be paid upfront, OR will narrate in exchange for a percentage of royalties. Similarly, comic artists could either be paid upfront, or work for royalties instead. A hybrid option could also be arranged: a smaller upfront fee, with the rest of the payment consisting of a smaller percentage of royalties. It all just depends on the project, budget, and what the artist/publisher finds the most workable.

    I’ll tentatively say that I might be interested in taking comic and animation work in the future, in between my own projects. I’ve already been doing a lot of work in terms of learning comic and animation publishing, so I have an understanding of more than just the art aspect. Or, I could answer questions pertaining to indie animation production. At a minimum, I could point you to some resources.

    Anyway, good luck with the Kickstarter. Looks like you guys are making good progress on funding 🙂

  2. notleia says:

    So that’s what you’ve been doing!

    This is, like, the weeb-iest response possible, but what helped me to understand the difference between making a comic/graphic novel/manga and something like storyboarding is reading Hayao Miyazaki’s manga for Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
    Because he draws like a storyboarder, not like a comic artist/mangaka. The best way I can explain it is when he wanted show Nausicaa riding off into the sky on her glider, he drew three or four panels of the figure receding into the background rather than one panel with, like, swoosh lines or something.

    Also, if you feel the need to read manga to do research on the art of graphic storytelling, of course the weebs in the house will have plenty of recommendations for you.

What do you think?