Our Edgar Allan Poe Exclusive Kickstarter Campaign Funds in 30 hours!

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Wow! We launched our campaign for the exclusive print edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe on Monday and today, it is not only fully funded, but it continues to gain support! We can’t thank our supporters enough for believing in us and our story, which we feel is very special!

We are not stopping there–we will be posting stretch goals to keep this journey going. Please continue to spread the word and again, thank you so very much! If you have not pledged yet, you can HERE

Dwight and Rebecca

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Can We Count on You?

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MONDAY is the day, my friends! Monday, July 31st, we will be launching our campaign for the Kickstarter-exclusive PRINTED Special Edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1! This special edition will only be available in this form on Kickstarter, so you will want to make sure you get your copy! It features a beautiful new cover from David Hartman (see the teaser image above) and a special Making-Of section that is being designed by artist and HP Comics Production Manager, Tricia Martin. It is going to be gorgeous! We will also be including special prints produced exclusively for this project along with an Edgar Allan Poe t-shirt designed by series artist, Luis Czerniawski, and Tricia Martin. Trust me: you’re going to want one of these!

One of the (hard) lessons I learned about Kickstarter is that you need to have supporters pledge as early as possible. If there is a mad rush to pledge on day one your project has a much better chance of being noticed by Kickstarter staff and receiving additional promotion on their site. So I’m asking you to pledge as soon as you possibly can. Hit it hard and we’ll let Kickstarter know that we love a little Poe! And be sure to spread the love on social media as well. That helps us big time.

As soon as the project is live I’ll be all over social media breaking the news. And if you FOLLOW ME ON KICKSTARTER you’ll find out even before they do. So that’s definitely the best option.

We love you guys and thank you for helping us make comics! We very literally couldn’t do this without you!

-Dwight

Lots of Edgar Allan Poe Goodness!

Thumb_Ep_20Good morning, friends! I just wanted to drop a quick note to say hello and let you know that I am up to my eyeballs in awesomeness that I am dying to share with you. As soon as I can, you can rest assured that I won’t hold back!

If you have not already done so, please drop by Line Webtoon and check out the brand-new page of Terra Somnium by myself and artist, Louise Fitzgerald. We are nearing the end of the first chapter, and things have gotten extremely tense!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW

teaser_01In case you missed the big news, we will be launching a campaign for a Kickstarter-exclusive special PRINTED edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 on July 31st! We are absolutely thrilled! We get asked quite often about print copies of our books, so this will give us the opportunity to get our first printed book into our lovely, intelligent (shall I keep going?), attractive viewers’ hands (good enough?). So please, mark your calendars and plan to pledge. We will need to hit it fast and hard at the jump in order to reach our goal. We’ll also be sharing never-before-seen Poe-related art, videos, and other goodies with those who pledge along the way, so it’s going to be exciting!

As always, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you how much we appreciate the support and encouragement we receive from you every day. Sometimes it feels like a battle that would be easier to avoid or abandon, but YOU are always there with a word of encouragement, a share, a like, or an e-mail that steels our courage and presses us to redouble our efforts. We truly appreciate it. And to our patrons: you all are the best. We literally could not do this without you. If you have not yet become a patron, you can do that RIGHT HERE. $1 a month or $100, it all helps, and it all goes toward making comics. Patreon is being jerky right now, but as soon as it lets me, I’ll be sharing a top secret peek at the cover for I-Team #1 with our patrons, so now is a wonderful time to join us!

-Dwight

Support Indie Comics (For Real)

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“I supported him/her, so why isn’t he/she supporting me?”

Every indie comics creator has or will think it at some point in their career. It makes me sad to say that there is not much reciprocal support in indie comics between creators. Now, before you jump on me, allow me to explain. The reason for this problem may not be what you think.

Making comics is hard.

The amount of time, money, and marketing that is required to be a successful indie creator is insane. It can eat up your every waking moment. For those in the know, it’s a full-time job. For this reason, many indie comics creators only tweet and share posts about their own properties. It’s not that they don’t want to support fellow indie creators (for the most part), it’s the fact that they feel they don’t have the time or will to do it considering how tiring it is to manage and market their own projects.

What’s in it For Me?

I loathe this way of thinking, but it’s the way of the world. If one mentions “The Golden Rule” nowadays, most people have no idea what one is talking about. But if every indie comics creator would learn and practice it, we would have a stronger industry and a greater sense of community. We all benefit from a healthy industry.  We all benefit from a strong community. But getting there will require all of us to be active participants.

Be Intentional 

Before you accuse me of being all work and no play, feel free to examine my social media accounts. Sure, I share about what I’m watching or reading, but I also make sure that I share some social media posts by fellow creators every day.  I make a point of it. Indie comics are the lifeblood of the comics industry, and I realize that if I want to help the industry–and not just myself–I’ve got to be more aware of what I post. I have to make sure that I share and support the work of my peers as well. This is not to say that I spend hours every day sharing fellow creators’ work, but I do something every day as often as I can. I understand how important it is. I also know that it’s very easy to feel like Robinson Crusoe on the island of indie creators. In my 10 years of making comics, I’ve felt this way several times. But you know what I realized? There are enough of us out there that no one should feel this way for very long. All it requires is a simple share, like, or word of encouragement to “rescue” them, so why wouldn’t I do it? It’s not really hard. But it does require me to look outside myself.

So there you have it.  Be intentional. Take some time to support fellow indie creators every day. I started #IndieComicsAlliance on Twitter a couple of years ago because I saw this problem, but when I stepped away for personal reasons, it completely evaporated. That should not have happened. Someone should have stepped up and taken the lead. Others should have come alongside to help. The more shoulders, the lighter the load, and the more we can accomplish.  So if we all want a strong industry and community, let’s come together and make it happen. Are you with me?

-Dwight