What I had known about my Kickstarter campaign before it began three months later!
I never thought running a Kickstarter would be easy but I thought I had covered my bases. I’m now almost three months post Resurrection Men #1 and I’ve still not managed for fulfil all my backer commitments. So with tonight’s post I thought I would share with you my experiences of running my first Kickstarter.
Now I know this might sound counterintuitive. You go to Kickstarter to find projects that have yet to be made, right? Wrong! Or at least for comics it is. If you have a finished product excellent, you are in such a better position than anyone else who hasn’t.
When I ran Rez Men I knew I had already got all the art drawn up by Rory and finished the majority of my lettering. If I did have to wait on art to be completed, my real life commitments would have made that challenging but by having the comic ready to go I could share it with it with world once the fees had cleared which I did!
Pro tip – Have the comic finished or as close as!
I was chatting with CPUK for almost a year before my Kickstarter went live and I’m so glad I did. I went through so many variations of what the final product could be that if I had left it longer I would be unsure of the product I would be giving to my backers. I was lucky to get recommend to Rick from CPUK as he humoured me to know end and helped me work out what I needed.
Pro tip – Find your printer early and chat often!
Jeez was I naive with this one! I thought, “I’ve spoke to people on social media and I’ve built up some social links of potential backers. That will more than cover any coverage I need for my Kickstarter!” Oh Nicholas, you silly boy!
Get your comic out to everyone that reviews comics. Tailor your targeting of people that like your type of comics. Build up a social media presence. Get involved with other creators in the community. At the end of day, you all tend to support each other anyway when it comes to crowd funding.
Pro tip – Create a press kit. Get your comic seen. Get yourself be seen. Share your love for comics. Be that person everyone likes cause your just so damn nice and no one can say no to!
Postage is the devil! It is a money sink hole! Thankfully I was recommended by other creators to make sure I checked my fees before I launched the campaign and I would recommend you do this also! Do your research and always make sure you have all costings squared away! I still struggled with postage even with my prep!
Pro tip – Speak to your local post office and get your costings worked out and make sure to add the costs onto your rewards!
So most of the stuff I offered for rewards I could create or had access too. As a result I have managed to complete most of my Kickstarter backers orders. However, one of the add ons was an audio commentary of the first issue. Now, I thought I could create that easily but I am three months down the line its still on my todo list.
Pro tip – Make sure all your digital materials are in place before you launch!
As a teacher, one of my roles is to help instil a sense of resilience. We all fail. All the god damn time but it’s how we pick ourselves up and proceed that defines us. I know, it’s a cliche but it is cliche for a reason. There are nuggets of truth out there and this is one of them. I almost failed this Kickstarter. I was £500 short with less than a day to go but someone backed in at the last minute and saved the day. I was lucky. I hadn’t followed my other rules. I was cocky thinking I could raise £2000 easily. Don’t be me.
Pro tip – Be resilient.
I think if there is one I can take away from this whole endeavour is that people that I have never met, backed big bucks to make my dream come true. Not all are stranger, danger! There are those that genuinely want to see your succeed!
Pro tip – There are awesome people in world. Be one of them!
Thats it for today. Hope someone finds this useful! Enjoy,
The thing about writing comics and the reason I love it is that there are no set rules!
Sure there are guides, suggestions and best practices but comic writing at its heart is a no hold bars cage match of literature!
You don’t have to be an expert in a field to write comics. In fact, when I started Resurrection Men I was naive to believe that I could write a four issue series easily. Why not, right? Wrong. You may not need to be an expert but you need to able to create a plot, characters and drama.
When I write Resurrection Men I think of a scene. The scene often comes from some form of media I’ve seen or heard along the way. In the following examples taking from the upcoming issue 2 of Resurrection Men I’ll break down what I do and why. Let’s go write ahead.
So first things first, write Page 1 on the top of each page where you are writing for page 1. For example, this page stretches over a couple of pages in the script. When I hand this over to Rory it needs to be clear what page I am referring to.
Next Panel 1. A panel is the place where the art the reader will see is placed. Pro tip; don’t hide details from artists. Jeez did I learn that quickly. Sure hide it from the reader if you need to but don’t hide stuff from the artist ever!
If you have references of what you mean fire that over to the artist. They are not a mind reader! Also when you introduce characters for the first time in your script, capitalise their names. It helps the reader who is really the artist know if someone is important.
On that note lets just highlight one of those pro tips again. I once read that your script is only actually for one person, the artist. Write it with them in mind. What do they need to know to make their job smoother. I can’t remember who wrote that piece of advice but follow it!
Right, the numbers before the dialogue. This is something for not only the artist but more importantly the humble and overlooked letterer. By having these numbers, first the artist can leave enough dead space for the dialogue to be placed but also lets the letterer know the order of the dialogue. Now if you are your own letterer, artist, writer and editor you can ignore this advice but if not please use this number system.
Lastly for today, keep your dialogue tight and not overly verbose. The old adage of show, not tell is paramount here. Think of all the comics you love and the ones you get bored with and you’ll probably see sharp dialogue. Also, want to stress something? Make it bold.
Check the art by Rory Donald below based on that first panel.
I hope you enjoyed this break down of the writing game and this wee teaser of Resurrection Men Issue 2.
See you soon,
Hi guys, One of the more humbling factors of the success of the Resurrection Men issue 1 Kickstarter was the fact that so many different backers came from so many different places. As an indie comic book creator I thought it would be interesting to share with you where our 125 backers came from. I still can’t believe we sent a copy of the comic to Alaska, Argentina and Australia of all places! Enjoy, N.S. Paul
Great little article I found regarding what established comic creators see as the best comics for 2017. Surprisingly interesting. Did not see the Flintstones being in there!
Just wanted to share this awesome short documrty on the history of Image Comics. If you have been living in a cave the last 25 plus years, Image Comics are probably most well know for the franchises they have created such as The Walking Dead, Saga and Spawn to name a fraction. Click the picture below to watch the documentary now!
I really enjoyed this documentary and it inspired to get writing and making comics now more than ever.
Long time no post but what a post! I have finally finished Resurrection Men #1 and am currently running my first Kickstarter to raise funds to create a small print run.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the Kickstarter here. And check out these pages from the start of the comic.
Another Sunday, another film. Hot Fuzz is a cop based murder mystery black comedy. The second of Edger Wright and Simon Pegg “Conerto Triology” and my joint favourite with Shaun of the Dead (no one talk about The Worlds End – that was disappointing). If you are looking for an entertaining Sunday night movie, pick it up.
I’m proud to say issue one of Resurrection Men has all the art completed! Everything is now ready to be lettered and onwards to the journey of Kickstarter.
More information to follow in the next week!
Been a quiet few months here online but behind the scenes we are busy at work. Resurrection Men is currently 90% finished with only lettering and some minor art changes to be made which means we need to get word out about this comic I am very proud of.
So over the next couple of weeks I’ll be dropping social media postcards of the character of Resurrection Men which I would love for you to share with on social media to raise awareness of the comic.
Till next time my fellow resurrectionists,