It’s a given that anyone working on a webcomic is only in it for the money. There’s simply too much free cash floating around the webcomic business. We TRY to create a little something for the people, and BAM, suddenly it’s all about the benjamins and the tax shelters and the what have you. But I promise, deep in our creative hearts, we wish we could go back to the simpler times when creating a webcomic was all about getting the ladies into our cribs.
I’ve drained the pool of water, so there’s some place to dump all the folding green when the money truck pulls up to the house. I’d get the driver a sandwich or something, but I don’t know where the kitchen is, and it’s the help’s day off. He can drink from the garden hose if he’s parched.
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, your odd little Order of the Rabbit Bonus Moments.
This is a painting I found online by a guy named Dimitri Drjuchin called “Mistrust at the Order of the White Rabbit”. It’s pretty cool…
That would be enough for your bonus moment…but at the same online gallery, I found this canvass by the same artist:
So, Dimitri gets the win.
Oh, and you can go here if you’re at all interested in the original ORDER OF THE STICK. Though, with all his cash, the creator probably thinks you’re beneath his notice. The 1% are like that…
Money in web comics, uhhh, yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Kinda like a 3-legged dog being useful on a working farm.
But, then, I found the following on YouTube for what was my favorite shopping locale every weekend, an organic farm named White Rabbit Acres, when I lived in Florida (the best dang produce in the world was grown at this place):
I’ve never heard of this web comic until just now. I tried to check it out, but it became apparent three strips in that I had no idea what the hell was going on. Still…a million dollars? Must be nice!
We’d never heard of it either, but out oldest son was so excited when we mentioned it to him–turns out he has all but two of the books and is thrilled he now has a chance at getting them.
Travis, the theme of the webcomic is that it’s a D&D game from the perspective of the characters…but the characters are self-aware that they’re in a game and frequently break the fourth wall to make wink-wink meta-commentary about the game. The joke of their name being that they’re all stick-figures because the creator isn’t really that much of an artist.
Initially it starts as more of a gag strip, but as it rolls along it quickly becomes a very good story in it’s own right with major arcs and interesting characters. It never forgets it’s comic roots, but quite a few people enjoy it for the merits of it’s story, not it’s comedy.
Won’t Kickstarter eat like 1/5th of that money, nevermind the taxes on an income boost like that, plus the expenses out of that to pay for printing and shipping (you do have to use the money contributed to pay for the project)?
I believe Rich Burlew already has a corporation called Giant in the Playground. From his updates, it sounds like he was planning on sinking most of the money into replenishing stock, so after expenses, there probably won’t be much of a hit.
Kickstarter fees are 7-10% of the money. You have to factor all those costs into what you ask for–the point is to ask for the amount you need to finance your project. So, someone putting a project up has to consider taxes, fees, bad pledges etc.
If the project is funded over the amount asked, it’s up to the recipient to decide what happens to the money. Generally people seem to try to find a way to fold it back into the project and expand it somewhat, or sometimes they’ll post throughout the fundraising period to state what they’re planning to do. More and more, people are going in to Kickstarter with the understanding that it is possible for a project to be “over” funded.