No. We won’t.
Recently it was revealed that not only had Kickstarter blocked Richard Meyer’s Jawbreakers campaign for alleged TOS violations [it was, as I understand an apolitical comic, and despite being mildly too salty for people with emotional hypertension, Richard is a fairly apolitical guy], they leaked their communications with him to Richard Pace who dumped them all over Twitter.
Now, IndieGoGo decided to tank Chuck Dixon’s Alt-Hero Q project after it had finished funding for nebulous claims that it had violated their terms of service. Backers have been refunded their money, but there’s nothing on the project page that would seem to violate the terms of service. IndieGoGo pulled the plug on Alt-Hero Q the same day that a Bleeding Cool article featuring an in-depth interview with Vox Day was posted. Following the outcry of their lunatic readers, Bleeding Cool took down the article and issued an apology. This is certainly not a coincidence.
Cirsova has never really NEEDED to crowdfund. All of our projects are finished and paid for by the time that the Kickstarters have gone live, which is how we’ve been able to ship out as soon as the money clears. Before the Alt-Hero Q incident, we had considered moving to IndieGoGo; we even have an extensive Illustrated Stark project page setup and waiting for us to flip the go-live switch. This changes things, however. Going forward, we plan on taking our products straight to print, making them available on Amazon and through retailers without spending a month flogging a crowdfunding event.
We hope you will stick with us despite no longer using these platforms.
[Disclosure: While I backed for Chuck Dixon’s Alt-Hero: Avalon on Freestartr, a platform that was recently murdered by its payment processor, I was not a backer of either Jawbreakers or Alt-Hero Q.]
As of right now, we only need to raise another ~$600 in subscriptions. A big chunk of that could be covered by anyone who backs for the original line-art for Cirsova #8 by Benjamin A. Rodriguez.
Abe Strongjohn’s original manuscript for Magelords of Ruach, Misha Burnett’s handmade Book of Lost Doors boxed set, and the signed Adventure of the Incognita Countess by Cynthia Ward have already sold out, so this is our last big-ticket item at the moment.
Also, a few authors have offered to donate ebooks that will be included in addition to previous issues of Cirsova and subscriptions at the $20+ tiers. So far, we have confirmed Friend of the Magazine J.D. Cowan’s Grey Cat Blues. Others TBA.
We’re on track to hopefully raise $4000 for Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars.
We’ve unlocked a LOT of stretch goals, and I think we will hit more, so I wanted to highlight what it is we’re offering and what you’ll get for backing:
- Electronic copy of the new Wild Stars novella
- Electronic and softcover copy the new Wild Stars novella
- All 7 issues of the 2002 Wild Stars comic run*
- The Force Majeure: Prairie Bay comic*
- All of the above
- Multiversal Scribe Magazine
- All of the above
- The 1984 & 1988 Wild Star Comics, Erlik and First Marker.
$45 (ONE LEFT!)
- All of the above
- Across the Distance and Wild Stars art portfolios
- Spider-Raft Variant Cover ($10)**
- Hardcover ($30 US, $35 non-US)***
*:Free to US backers; due to international postage rates, non-US backers will need to increase their pledge by an additional $40 to receive these comics.
**: Backers may choose from either cover or pledge an additional $10 to receive both copies (no additional S&H)
***: Hardcovers may be shipped/fulfilled separately—this allows us to save on international shipping to make them more affordable to non-US backers.
It’s the last week of our Kickstarter for issues 3 & 4! We’ve been hovering around just $200 shy of our goal as backers tinker with their pledge levels down the final stretch. To be safe, I’d like to see us well up over our $2500 goal so no last second surprises sink the ship.
Some things to consider:
-Backing for $1 gets you 3 issues
-Backing for $3 gets you all 4 of our 2016 issues
-We have a track record of delivering pledge rewards within about a month of the Kickstarter’s end date (two weeks for funds to process and about two weeks for fulfilled items to arrive.
-By those who have read us, we are considered one of the best new ongoing SFF publications on the market.
Please help us clear this hurdle so we’ll have funds to keep going in 2017!