Hey all… just unearthed this great article from Alex Woolfson in 2013 that seems very apropos to our DIY week:
I’m going to tell you how to succeed with Kickstarter. I’m going to tell you this in part because I’m looking to spread the word about my currently-running Kickstarter project: The Young Protectors Volume One, but mainly because I think that crowdfunding is the most effective (and most fun) way for people like you and me to get the large amounts of money we need to make awesome stuff.
WHAT GOT ME STARTED WITH KICKSTARTER
First, a little bit about why you should listen to me. To start, I’m just a regular guy with a somewhat regular day job as a freelance video editor. As a gay kid growing up, I loved action films and superhero comics, but I never got to see what I really wanted to see—and that’s kick-ass genre stories with heroes, real heroes, who just happened to like other guys. I wanted those stories to feel just as slick and professionally produced as the big budget stories I saw with straight heroes and it soon became clear that if I really wanted to see that, I was going to have to create those stories myself.
Maybe you have a dream like that too. Some story burning inside you, something you know that other people would want to see just as much as you, but you also know that no major corporation will ever pay you to make it the way you know it should be made or even just fund the printing of it. And let’s face it, credit cards can only take you so far. That’s where I was when I had finished the one-year run of my first webcomic, the gay science-fiction thriller Artifice , and tried to bring it to print as a premium-quality graphic novel by raising funds through Kickstarter.