DARK MUSINGS #59 – DarkBrain’s Crowd-Funded Comics – first success!
by Andrew Zar 12/23/13
Zeopatra #2 is now available, FREE, to all of our fans! Made possible by our new Crowd-Funded Comic initiative: http://www.darkbrain.com/dbe/CrowdFundedComics.aspx
This is just the first step for DarkBrain – as more and more comics will be made available via this method. DarkBrain will, in fact, be announcing a bunch more comics going this way soon – it is an exciting time.
This new model has several aspects that are simply not the “normal” way things are done:
- There is no middleman taking a huge percentage for basically providing only a shopping cart. I was always baffled why Kickstarter seems like a good idea to any creator who has enough knowledge to make their own shopping cart. I mean you not only have to give them a percentage, you also have to do all your own marketing of the campaign.
- This is not a for-profit model. The only thing this model does is fund comic creation. Once created, the comics are free. That aligns the initiative with my motive for making DarkBrain in the first place – it has always been, and will always be, about making the comics. Pure and simple.
- The model is not built on advertising-based sponsorship. In fact, in my mind, the advertiser-funded model is the single most poisonous aspect of current entertainment. It rules our lives and impacts everyone, even those willing to pay to get rid of it. The for-pay content creation companies (HBO, Starz, Showtime, even Netflix) are putting out some great content while the advertising-based networks put out endless junk.
This is an exciting model for DarkBrain and the one I hope becomes our future for all our comics. When this model works, the result is a tremendous free library for new readers to enjoy. And there is no limit to the amount of content that be created with this model, it is simply up to you!
Till next time,
Above art is the cover of Zeopatra #2 by Dani Calero. Copyright 2013, DarkBrain, LLC, All Rights Reserved.