We’ve seen a lot of Kickstarter projects in the last couple years for some of the geeky greats. Larry Elmore was just the most recent (and successful) in a string of classic artists and game designers who are now getting another well deserved 15 minutes of fame.
I think it’s great. In many ways crowdfunding is a way for a creator to cash in on their popularity; i’d much prefer their fans give them money directly rather than see them get 10% of the take because their manager/distributor/promoter/etc all got their cut.
What happens though, when even this laudable trend goes wrong?
This week there isn’t much new under the sun. Well – there is a lot of new stuff; my life continues to be one wild ride of work obligations and moving preparations.
There just isn’t much new related to miniatures in crowd funding this week. Don’t believe me? You’re welcome to look yourself, but I’m pretty sure I found all the news that is fit to print, and you have seen most of them before.
That’s right, the majority of the projects launched this week were relaunches of efforts that didn’t go so well previously.
This is a bit of a departure from our traditional “Im a Backer” format, but I wanted to talk a project that has me all a flutter. A while back I mentioned that a number of new editions of great role playing games were going to roll out this year. My most hotly anticipated of those titles was third edition of White Wolf’/Onyx Path Publishing’s amazing “Exalted” game line. Well, late last week the Kickstarter project to fund a deluxe hardcover edition went live, and it’s tearing it up.
Look below the fold to learn more.
This week was a busy one for me. On a note utterly unrelated to Kickstarter or miniatures, I put an offer in on a house this weekend. Hopefully this means that in the near future life will settle down so I can devote some time to painting, and more time to blogging and such; in the interim though, as I prepare to move and all that, I imagine it will get worse before it gets better. We’ll see.
The current events of my life are the only overwhelming thing we have to cover today. This week we have 6 new projects to look at on Kickstarter and a variety of painting pictures to peruse.
There have been some high profile movie projects on Kickstarter lately that have managed to kick up some controversy in the blogosphere. It’s that delightful kind of controversy, replete with fan backlashes and everything! It’s been fun to follow, but I thought I’d toss my two cents out there.
Peek below the fold for more.
I just read them for the story. No, really!
We’ve all heard it. From people on the internet, to that loner in the comic book store… They don’t devour each monthly issue for the beautiful art, the luscious women, or the no holds barred action. They read them for the story.
That’s right – I’m talking about comic books. What were you thinking of? The other morning I was reading an excellent post over at the Delver on recent developments in Marvel, and it got me thinking. Particularly about the hit and miss nature of comic books.
Last week I complained about how crowded the field of professional Kickstarters is getting. This week I am (mostly) pleased to say there isn’t much to call professional.
Wait, that came out wrong.
Every miniature related project I saw this week, and there are four of them, are all done by passionate amateurs (talented and otherwise.) Even though some of these projects are a little rough around the edges, it’s nice to see honest-to-god sculpts and molds in a sea of professionally pitched, digitally rendered projects that have been flooding the market.