You're doing it. Whether the journey has taken a year or ten, you're now bringing your comics project to life. And you're already well on your way to sharing it with the world just by being here!
Getting started is the most crucial step, so we've prepared a bunch of really useful resources to help you to the finish line. Being prepared is the best strategy for any creator, so take a deep breath and take it one day at a time. You've got this!
- As a first step, make sure to check out our Publishing Resources page.
- Next, we recommend taking a look at our Creator Handbook.
- Then take a look at our zine for how to Kickstart a comics project.
- Thinking about creating your own zine? We’ve got a handy blog post about making a one-page zine, as well as this guide from zine maker Rona Akbari.
- Artist and zine enthusiast, Travis Millard, spoke with our colleagues at TCI about putting your work out into the world.
- Camilla, our Comics Outreach Lead, shares some tips and advice for launching a comics campaign.
- Additionally, these comics artists and writers share their tips on preparing to launch, planning rewards, stretch goals, and using social media.
- Here are 5 tips for running a comics project, from Kickstarter creator Vera Greentea, who currently has 15 created projects under her belt!
- Two indie comics creators, Ngozi Ukazu & Taneka Stotts, discuss forging their own paths in a changing industry.
- Illustrator, Kickstarter creator, and former Creator-in-Residence, Maëlle Doliveux, shares the process behind her cut-paper comics, and talks about the importance of working across disciplines.
- Emmy-winning cartoonist and playwright, Daniel Haspiel, discusses the power of creative communities.
- 50 South Asian artists explore what it means to be a bystander with The Bystander Anthology, a collection of comic and graphic narratives.
- Lucy Bellwood, a Kickstarter creator, illustrator and cartoonist, talks about the pros and cons of being an independent creator.
- Creator Greg Pak put together a few quick thoughts of what he’s learnt from running Kickstarter campaigns.
- Don’t forget to check out our Publishing Blog for more great tips.
- And finally, I Am Hexed comic creator, Kirsten Thompson, shares the 10 emotional stages of launching a Kickstarter campaign.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look at the Comics Explore page. We’ve also shared some of our favorite projects below:
- Pearl Low created TENSION to talk about her own experiences learning to love & accept her natural curly hair.
- 45 cartoonists shared their autobiographical comic about living with anxiety to create Sweaty Palms, an anthology to help destigmatize mental illness.
- The Nib has published thousands of comics from around the world, and they used Kickstarter to publish their first quarterly print magazine, featuring non-fiction, journalistic, and political comics.
- A five book series, Pass Me By is a queer rural tragedy following Ed, a reserved old man dealing with dementia in a small Canadian town.
- I Am Hexed had us at ‘supernatural political thriller’, a comic about the political struggles of modern day witches.
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Ready to take the plunge and start your Comics project? Go ahead and begin building it now - we're excited to see your creative idea come to life!