While we’d successfully funded a print drive through Kickstarter last year, this is our first real Kickstarter project.
Meaning, this is the first project we’ve done that’s in the true spirit of what Kickstarter is all about.
Let me elaborate a little.
We knew we were going to launch another Kickstarter campaign this fall, and we had a tough decision to make. We could have done a follow-up to last year’s print project… or we could try and use Kickstarter to make something completely new.
In the purest sense of what Kickstarter is all about, it’s designed to help people crowdfund projects that would otherwise not happen.
What makes this campaign so very different from our last project is that it’s not a pre-existing story that we’re looking to print books of. Crimson Rhen of The True North is a brand new story we want to tell that will never see the light of day without help from crowdfunding.
That’s both very exciting for us… and a little terrifying.
However, video game developers, musicians and filmmakers do it all the time. They use Kickstarter to bring something new into the world based on a pitch and a dream, and give their backers a sneak peek into the development process along the way.
And at the end of the journey — be it months or even years — those backers are rewarded for their faith and patience, often with a digital download of the finished product that they helped create.
And that’s what we’re hoping to accomplish with this comic project. Let people see the story we want to tell, and let them partake in the journey of creating that story over the course of a year.
To borrow a little terminology from the game developers, backers of this campaign will get to “beta test” the graphic novel for us — page by page as it is created. And they’ll get to see our “developer’s journal” as we show them our progress every step of the way through our process blog. We also plan on getting some of our comic friends to contribute to that blog, so you can get input from different creatives on making comics. (Because contrary to popular belief, there is no “right way” to make comics, other than to make them good!)
So this Kickstarter is about the journey more than anything else.
And that’s what the spirit of Kickstarter is all about, Charlie Brown.
Reblogged this from our Kickstarter update page here.