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MOB THIS! Issue #4 – The Mighty Titan

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Welcome to Issue #4 of MOB THIS! Focusing on the world of Creator-Owned Crowdsourced Comic Creation at Kickstarter and IndieGoGo!

 

“Imagine for a moment that you were the worlds strongest protector. Imagine that no knife, bullet or bomb can harm you. Then imagine in that moment you are told you have cancer.”

 Thus are the struggles of The Mighty Titan

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In this planned 5 issue series, creator Joe Martino, a two time cancer survivor,  takes his (and others) experiences with the disease and wraps it in this superhero shell.  He has assembled a very talented team to put this book together, and it looks to be shaping up for one not to miss!  Although this has a very serious undertone, make no mistake there will be plenty of action, monsters and mechas.

As of this article there are 3 days to go and Joe’s project is finally fully backed. Quite honestly, with backing and twitter buzz from the likes of Jimmy Palmiotti, and an alternate cover from Jerry Ordway, I cannot believe that this hasn’t gotten more funding.  I’m hoping that we are not seeing the beginning of a trend where smaller creator owned works are getting lost in the ocean of bigger names riding the Kickstarter trend…..what a cyber-farce that would be….

Anywho…there are plenty of great funding options for this one, and quite honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of them. All are very reasonably priced and a lot of bang for your buck compared to a lot of other campaigns I’ve seen. And to all of the other Kickstarters out here, you should take note of how Joe ran this campaign — constantly pounding the Twitter (@jgmcomics) pavement, finding plenty of media outlets to get the word out, and making sure his backers feel fully engaged with this campaign. It’s been great to watch and experience and I fully recommend.

“How we deal with this defines us. How we live with this strengthens us. What we lose is innocence and the loss of a clear mind.” – Joe Martino

 

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Kickstarter and IndieGoGo of course have more than just comics, and I’ll admit that I back more than comics because there is near limitless creativity on these sites. So starting with this issue, I’m going to include something a bit off the beaten path in MOB THIS! Extra!

For this first installment we’ll highlight a pretty awesome IndieGoGo campaign: The Bug-A-Salt! I could talk about how this thing is just plain fun and perfect to fend of a pending Zombie Fly Apocalypse, but I’ll simply leave you with the promotional video…it sells itself….

So there you have it! Open your computers, open your wallets and MOB THIS!

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MOB THIS! Issue #3 – Focus – Curiosities

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Welcome to Issue #3 of MOB THIS!

Focusing on the world of Crowdsourced Comic Creation at Kickstarter and Indie Go Go!

 

It’s gonna be a double issue this week Cosmic Book Men! Kickstarter is booming with comics these days, you’d be hard pressed to not find something that piques your interest.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2116:]]For this issue lets get things rolling with FOCUS.

“Focus, created/colored/lettered by Erik Wahlstrom and written by Zach Hunter, follows the story of Lee Mullen, a middle-aged passionless photojournalist who is like everything else in this epic drawn and inked by Matt Brownson.

After noticing strange anomalies in his photos, Lee decides to investigate and quickly finds himself thrust into the world of the supernatural. Fighting demons and chasing ghouls becomes part of his everyday routine. Lee is recruited by a secret organization known as Focus. Focus fights demons and ghouls summoned by the Cult using photography. The act of taking the demon’s photo captures a piece of it within the film. The new and constant fight against voodoo, hoodoo, and screw you’s jump-starts Lee back into an adrenaline fueled lust for life. Join us along our journey deep into one man’s fragile psyche that is being tested in this surreal action-adventure.”

The teaser image of the cover of this comic was the first thing that caught my eye. Simple, elegant and thought provoking. Loved it! The overall premise of the comic is refreshing and the art fits the proposed story perfectly. The first 13 pages of the comic are available at the creators website for review and it looks promising.

The sweet spot for this Kickstarter is at the $20 pledge level. You’ll get a signed limited edition Kickstarter cover with your hard copy of the comic as well as a digital copy. But if that’s too much, the digital version can be had for $5.00. As of this publication, the campaign has about 2 weeks left and only half way to funding. I’m really surprised that it hasn’t been funded yet, so head on over to the Kickstarter page and show your support.

Next up on MOB THIS! is Curiosities: An Illustrated History of Ancestral Oddity

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Created by the husband/wife, Dreamworks/Disney, dynamic duo of Mike and Vicky Yamada and written by Vicky’s brother Jonathan this one is looking great. The story is about two kids inheriting an odd old house with generations of accumulated wonder – A Cabinet of Curiosities. Curiosities is a fully illustrated 88-page hardcover storybook.

“It tells the story of a pair of kids who inherit a spooky old house from a long lost uncle. The house is full to bursting with mysterious doo-dads and trinkets. Each room being a strange, personally-curated monument to a crazy ancestor. A Cabinet of Curiosities!”

The art style really shows the pedigree of the husband/wife duo. It immediately reminded me of classic cartoon animation in the vein of many Disney stories combined with the modern flair of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. And for as little as $25 to own this great looking project, I can’t wait to get it in my hands. Pledge levels are very reasonable and some are very unique. The ‘student’ versions of the awards come with an Educational E-Book documenting the creation process, a Video Photoshop Tutorial, and a Set of Photoshop Brushes. Something budding creators may be interested in. I think this was a great option. As of this publication, the Kickstarter campaign had blown away its $4000.00 goal and sat at around $28,000.00! Head on over and show your support!

So there you have it! Open your computers, open your wallets and MOB THIS!

Looking for more cool projects? Follow me on Kickstarter.

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MOB THIS! Issue#2: Who Will Save The World?

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Welcome to Issue #2 of MOB THIS! Focusing on the world of CrowdsourcedComic Creation at Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.

 

This week we focus on another Kickstarter comic campaign. This 52 page one shot one comes to us from writer Rita Gorgini and artist Stefano Cardoselli. We’ve all seen Zombie movies, we’ve all seen movies or read about World War 1…but, what if Zombies were weaponized and used in Word War 1, what would happen….Who Would Save the World?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1917:]]“The Western Front. September 12, 1914. It’s early morning in the French trenches. Two soldiers eat as rain drowns the land. A strange green cloud covers the land as the sun rises. The smell of death grows as a sinister shadow is cast upon the trenches: the Germans are attacking. The French quickly

 arm themselves and open fire on the approaching enemy soldiers, but their bullets might as well be spit balls. The German soldiers who do fall, rise instantly and continue their approach. What ensues is a morning of massacre, the French had no chance. When the Medical teams arrive, all that remain are pieces of what were once soldiers: devoured by an unknown weapon.
 
As the French tend to their dead, the Germans are just a few miles outside of Paris. The Germans have harnessed a chemical formula that instantly revives their fallen soldiers. Germany now holds the most dangerous weapon on the planet. They call their new army “The Green Skull.” It doesn’t take long for Germany to overwhelm and overthrow all of France and Italy, the rest of Europe is next. The Empire is winning this war and now they prepare to take Britain. In an attempt to combat the quickly approaching attack, Britain calls on the US for assistance.  Who Will Save The World from this undead army?”
 
This one quickly caught my eye with the breathtaking depiction of a mustached zombie with a huge hole blown through his head. Always loving a good war story, mixing in the popular zombie mythos only makes this one potentially better.
 
I also love the promo video for this story, originally only silent, it was recently updated with some very appropriate dark metal….adding to the great art style highlighted in the video.
 
 
The campaign in is the home stretch and for only $8 you can get the printed version of this potentially great story. The sweet spot for this campaign is the $30 pledge where you get the comic, Kickstarter exclusive sketchbook, additional comics and other goodies.
 
Head on over to Kickstarter.com to help out!
 
So there you have it! Open your computers and open your wallets and MOB THIS!
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MOB THIS! Issue#1 – Sullivan’s Sluggers!

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Welcome to the first Issue of MOB THIS! Focusing on the world of Crowdsourced Comic Creation at Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.

For starters, let me discuss my thoughts on what I look for in a crowdsourced campaign.

The Pitch Video…

I’m not expecting a huge production for a pitch video, but a good creative pitch goes a long way. CREATIVE being the key word. If your pitch video is creative, it’s a good indicator of how creative your comic is! Keep the premise of the book focused and to the point, highlight yourself and highlight the art.

“Did it catch my eye on the drive by?”…

For me, browsing Kickstarter and IndieGoGo has replaced thumbing through the Diamond Distribution Catalog looking for a great new indie book. I’ll typically check the sites a couple times a week quickly skimming through the new comic campaigns. That little thumbnail photo and the short descripton is where is starts. Make it count!

You can check out some examples of what I’ve funded in the past by checking out my previous article or by following me at Kickstarter.

So let’s get this first installment of MOB THIS! going and highlight: Sullivan’s Sluggers.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1814:]]“Long past their former glory, the minor league Sluggers get an invitation to play a baseball game in a cursed small town. After the 7th inning stretch, the sun goes down, and the dysfunctional teammates find themselves fighting for their lives against a town of flesh-eating monsters!  Now, it’s up to coach Casey Sullivan to help his team escape from being the next dish in the town’s terrifying feeding frenzy!”

Baseball + Horror…. um, yes, please…

This comic brings together the Eisner nominated pair of writer Mark Andrew Smith (New Brighton Archeological Society) and illustrator James Stokoe (Orc Stain) for the first time for this very original story. Being a huge New Brighton fan, I’m REALLY looking forward to this one!

This campaign is one of the most popular comic campaigns that Kickstarter has had to date. It funded 5x their target in less than a week. It’s been called Baseball meets Zombieland. So much so that there are already plans in the works for a film adaptation of this!

The kickstarter edition of this comic in print will feature a limited edition hard cover that is exclusive to this first printing starting at the $30 funding level.

So there you have it! Open your computers and open your wallets and MOB THIS!

And while your at it Cosmic Book Men, support our CBN writer and creator Brandon Burrows in his latest IndieGoGo endeavor Red Run!

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