Hi there, crowdfunding
crowd. I'm Paul. I'm a donor. I enjoy crowdfunding because I like helping make good things happen. Really, it's the best feeling in the world. It's also cool to be a part of a larger project. And seeing regular people come together to make possible what established structures can't or won't support. It can also be a great way for a reader to give back to the creators.
In the past, I've supported campaigns to help spread science education and enthusiasm about science, create a documentary about Israeli and Palestinian children learning to dance together and overcome prejudices in the process, online friends make it through lean times, charitable organizations expand and spread the word, build and publicize the "Ground Zero Mosque" (which is not at Ground Zero and is not a mosque), build a statue of Robocop in Detroit, publish books that I'd like to read, and more.
Two of my all-time favorite webcomics are running Kickstarter campaigns. One is about to end, and the other is about to begin.
First up, Girl Genius
.The Girl Genius Kickstarter
ends this week. It's blown through two batches of stretch goals and is steaming ahead to the final one. Pledge now, and you'll receive PDFs of the entire run, including plenty of bonus content. If you've never read the comic, I guarantee it's worth it. If you have read the comic, it's a great way to reread, refresh your memory, and relive the awesomeness.
They're at about $284k now. If they can hit $300k, they'll be able to hire someone to help manage the business. Which means expanding into new territory. Which means even more Girl Genius awesomeness making the world more awesome with the power of its awesome. I really want to see that happen. Because it would be awesome.
has hit some snags lately. They had to part with their publisher/webhost and it got kind of messy for a while there. But Thunt, being a better man than I (which I do not say often or lightly), has refused to badmouth the other side, has publicly apologized for his part of the stressful and difficult situation, and has called for his fans to stay positive.
The Goblins/Evertide Games Kickstarter, which was delayed due to the whole kerfuffle, starts Monday. It's for a card game based on the comic. And it looks really cool. So keep an eye out for that.
(Crossposted to my journal and webcomics