Let me start with a BIG thank you to everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter. It’s really awesome to find out that there are a great bunch of people out there who are willing to back our crazy little comic book. It’s only been a month but it honestly feels longer than that! But we did make it – 127% of our funding goal with is cool because I think that enables Brian to print a few more copies than he planned.
So first off, let me say that I’m glad the campaign is over and I’m sure everyone is going to be happy to not have to listen to me plug it. I’ve watched lots of other people promote their Kickstarters and it does get a bit much at times. But honestly, if we don’t talk about it, no one will. Plus, I’m really happy that I don’t have to explain what a Kickstarter campaign is for the next little while. Comics (in general) seem to be really involved with Kickstarter and it seems like we (everyone who knows comics and is involved in some way) knows what a Kickstarter campaign is. But apparently A LOT of people don’t – even thought they may have heard about Kickstarter and crowdfunding over the past couple of years. So to everyone who is new to the whole process, thanks for jumping in with us.
I gotta tell you, a Kickstarter campaign is a wee bit stressful. We seemed to start out with a bang and were 25% funded right away, but there was a point around week 3 where it really slowed down and I started wondering if it was actually going to happen or not. Brian kept saying not to worry but I know he was concocting plans for what to do in case things came down to the wire. Needless to say, that didn’t have to happen!
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of support.
This was really my first Kickstarter that I’ve been a part of. I did promote the UNLAWFUL GOOD Kickstarter a bit but I really didn’t have too much involvement with it since it was an anthology and I was already donating my design time regardless of how the Kickstarter went. Whereas for ANDREW JACKSON IN SPACE, I am directly involved since I’m doing the art and lettering (and character design, graphic design and whatever else is needed) and a portion of the money raised is for that. So I had a stake in this being successful.
And now I’ve got to get to work and actually start drawing! If you haven’t heard, Brian’s been hard at work editing, re-working and finalizing the script and I finally saw the new script last week and it’s even better than before. This story is honestly a great read and it’s only part one of a larger tale. I think we may hook you guys and keep you coming back. And also on my to do list… let’s not forget that a whole bunch of you got some of the sketch cards and commissions which I’ve got to do as well. I think I’ll be busy in the coming weeks and months.
Anyway, if you want to stay in touch with how everything is going with the project, my plan is to post stuff to Twitter and my Facebook page as I work. I’ll post work-in-progress for the pencils, inks, lettering and the sketch cards and commissions. You guys are the prime reason why we’re able to do this book how we want to so I definitely want to keep you in the loop as I work.
And that’s it! Thank you again to everyone who contributed and please be sure to stay in touch to see how the whole thing goes.