A little while ago I made an announcement about the The Whole Story: Broken Telephone project I’ve been invite to work on. It’s a project put together by Ryan Estrada, who’s single-handedly brought together 18 different artists around an opportunity to create something pretty amazing. It’s basically 18 different stories each by a different creator. Each story also features a hero who is the villain of the previous story.
It’s taken Ryan 7 years to write and I’m honored to be a part of it.
Unfortunately, it’s has begun to look, for the first time, as if this project might not happen. As of writing this, the projects still needs $11,000 in pledges with only eleven days to go. At this rate it’s going to fall short of its kickstarter funding goal by a few thousand dollars. I’m REALLY hoping that doesn’t happen, so in an attempt to help the project reach its goal, I’m doing my part, as one of the creators, to spread the word. It’s hard to get the news out about a kickstarter (especially around this time of year) so I’d like to talk for a moment about what (to me) really makes this kickstarter worth contributing to.
Sure there’s great comics. Ryan is literally hemorrhaging comics. He loves giving them away and there is almost no way you’re going to get just the comics you ordered, should you contribute more than a couple bucks. Yes. The comics are really awesome. But for me, it’s about the creators.
I mentioned that there were 18 creators involved. Well, here they are:
You might be surprised by some of the names on that list. I certainly was to find at least two of my personal heroes there. But equally as exciting is the cast of up-and-comers and relative un-heard-ofs also included. While I may not have heard of some of these guys they are all shockingly powerful artists. And because of Ryan, many of them will (hopefully) be getting to complete their very first paid comic gig with Broken Telephone. Maybe you wondered why the funding goal seemed a little high for this project. Surely, we’ve all seen graphic novel projects KickStart for half what Ryan is asking. It’s because this isn’t just about getting a comic made. It’s about getting artists drawing. Ryan is a machine and could easily have put this entire book together himself. But instead, part of his vision was to have the story told in 18 different ways by 18 different talented people and ensuring that each of them was fairly compensated for their work. When he contacted each of us, he was very frank and upfront about this being a paid art job. In fact, the title of my invitation read “I want to hire you” (which did manage to get it dumped right into my spam folder, I might add). If you don’t know, this is something that talented young artists generally don’t see until they have become much more well established. The early years of trying to live off your art are comprised almost entirely of being taken advantage or “paying your dues”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been offered payment in the form of “Exposure” or simply found myself forced in to price renegotiations after the work was complete or simply stiffed for my work altogether.
So to have someone approach you with a real job that pays a real, competitive rate, which is offered to you up front, to create meaningful, quality art in COMICS is basically the holy grail, no matter how long you’ve been in the game. I feel I can confidently speak for all the artists involved when I say working on this project is somethings we really look forward to doing. Especially those of us without a whole lot else on our plates at the moment. It would be a real shame for any talented artist to miss out on an opportunity like this and just as big a shame for you to miss out on seeing what they can do. So why not give the Broken Telephone Kickstarter a first or even a second look and think about whether it’s something you’d like to contribute to. And, hey if you can’t afford to back the kickstarter you can still help IMMENSELY by spreading the word! You can link this post or reblog it or whatever! Or you can link the Kickstarter itself or my previous post on the project. Anything that gets people talking, because as much as this thing needs dollars, it also needs BUZZZZZZ! Thank you kindly for these moments of your time young people :)