Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Endtale


 While the last time we spoke about Solestar, we just did a basic recap of all five issues. Today we will focus on issue 1. With Siike Donnelly as the creator and writer, we have a large amount of talent for the penciling, inking, and coloring. It has 9 different pencilers, just one inker on the tenth page, and 7 different colorists. This book is definitely unique in many aspects. Issue One The Endtale starts off with a narrative from Isamu Takahashi also known as Solestar. He begins to reminisce about his beloved Ashley when she was still alive. While visiting her grave, he senses an ominous storm heading towards the city. By the time he got close enough, he realized that inside the storm is a heartbeat, a woman's heartbeat. 

 Unfortunately he recognizes the heart beat to Boom, a young American woman with the ability of manipulating electricity around her. While still upset at him for sending her to a holding facility, she informs him that she is looking for her partner. To avoid any major confrontation, he quickly outsmarts her and puts her to sleep with a simple pinch on the neck. Assuming the confrontation was over, he planned send her back to the holding facility. He then gets zapped in the eyes by someone else. Caught off guard with the surprise attack, Solestar soon realize that he's in a predicament with both Boom and Cloud!

  A story with a good way to end off an issue, The Endtale would make any reader want for more. With much more to come, Solestar proves itself with a strong beginning and having a spectrum of different art styles does not hinder it in any way. Issue one has a unique narrative lettering design in which I find truly awesome. Solestar Issue 1 The Endtale will be available around the Thanksgiving holiday so be ready!


Thursday, September 19, 2013



 We recently dived into a world where civilization is segregated with those who are addicted beyond control to Chem 19 and those who are not. Where once someone has taken it, they must continue to use it or they will die. We follow Dr. Jason Wagner, the creator of this apocalyptic drug in his mission on creating a cure for the very thing he created. In issue two, we soon find out that his own daughter Vivian has taken the drug and now needs to constantly be taking enough to survive. But with every drug comes an addiction, and Vivian is no different. With Dr. Wagner hiding her in his home, he arrives home with the required dosage he needs after managing to pass through the check point with from issue one. 

 With many things going on through a readers mind, one thing kept coming up while reading issue two. What happens if he gets caught smuggling Chem 19 out of the city. Addicted is the second issue of what i hope to be of a long ride into a not so distant dystopian society. While issue two shows more about the effects of the drug addiction than anything else, it is still a great issue that is setting the foundation of what can be a great run. Truglio's writing and Dedelis' artwork complement each other and puts what every parents worst nightmare into a solid comic book. Chem 19 #2 Addicted is available for $2.99 here.and in digital format for $0.99 here. Make sure to become addicted to this story and get your self a copy now!


Monday, September 16, 2013

The Zero Guard!


American Riot V.S. Damage

 After a short hiatus, Comic Unknown is back and kicking! We start off the month with Mega Maiden and Chop Chop Princess Issue 2. We last saw Mega Maiden and Chop Chop Princess kickin' robot butt and each getting new costumes. In issue two, we find these up and coming super heroines getting a special invitation from the Zero Guard, a super hero group based in the city. Zero Guard is relocating to another city and wants MM and CCP to become honorary members of the Zero Guard. With one of the members of Zero Guard staying to train MM and CCP, they quickly find the super villain Damage in fisty cups with The American Riot. With Damage's Hulk like attributes and American Riot's act first and think later in the act of justice style, the honorary Zero Guards get involved and once again shows the baddie who's boss.
Say Hello to the Zero Guard!
 With new allies everywhere, MM and CCP will soon find a new villain in the horizon only known as Robotina in which is everything but average. With two chapters down, Andeh Pinkard's harem/manga styled comics are the proper doses of crude humor in the life of two new heroes on the block. With new characters such as American Riot and the Zero Guard in the series, there is seems to be a good amount of networking going on with the dynamic duo. Like before, the manga art style seen in the issue benefits its humorous writing and allows the reader to enjoy the story line without anything holding it back. While not appropriate for most, Mega Maiden & Chop Chop Princess is always a fun read. It is still building up the Pinkard-verse with plenty of new characters appearing in this issue and more in the horizon. Mega Maiden and Chop Chop Princess Issue 2 is available for 2.99, so what are you waiting for?!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Cataclysmic Chapter

Written By: J. M. Thakar, Art By: Jackie Diaz, Addt’l Story Elements By: Jonathan Blitstein

 BarCode: Catalyst is the first part of the groundbreaking three part series. It is an epic tale echoing the journey of the Odyssey, merging historical fiction and sci-fi through a chronicle of the imprisonment of a scientist during WWII, and his quest to return home to his wife. The story is set in the Pacific Jewel Islands, a historical locale modeled after the Philippines. The PJI are a collection of four island provinces originally inhabited by indigenous Asiatic peoples, and now controlled by a white English speaking colonial government. 

 Throughout the story we find Dr. Verma being escorted by General Martin to the location of an asteroid that crashed into Mt. Golo, causing it to erupt. Close to the location is a village being engulfed by the lava and while Dr. Verma attempts to rescue some, his struggle only went so far. We soon discover that the reason why General Martin is leading Dr. Verma into this dangerous situation is for these blue fragmented rocks that are more than just vibrant ores. With a villager quicly getting one in their possesion, the villager is instantly affected by the rocks influence. With not much to be done left on the island, the two managed to narrowly escape the island unlike most.

 Barcode Catalyst's illustration has hints of realism throughout its vivid scenery/background. Issue One begins to show an interesting twist into history during WWII; it gives us a refreshing tale and is keeps us in a mystery about whats going on. With an asteroid that has side effects on human beings, how will this new potential asset portray into the war? Only time will tell until the next issue will be released. Barcode Catalyst is available with an awesome discount that River Comics provided Comic Unknown of 25% OFF at checkout with the code RCFB813. So make sure to get your hands on it with the promo code!

With more to see of Barcode Catalyst, keep yourself up to date at Comic Unknown for everything indie!!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Xeno Habilis Exterminus & Grizelda

Welcome back to another story of the Comic Unknown Anthology!!
Today We Will Be Introducing

Ugli Studios Presents Volume 1!

  Volume 1 consists of two different stories but unlike most stories, both stories take a different turn in the story telling. Through the Eyes of Grizelda and The Great Vermin were created by Jason Lenox and David Paul, illustrated by Jason Lenox, Dani Kaulakis, Damon Haigh, Joseph Freistuhlerand, and colored by Dani Kaulakis.

 Through the Eyes of Grizelda takes place in what was once a golden empire known as Xendria but now ravaged by centuries of war. We follow Grizelda, a feline companion to a powerful and feared Necromancer Amon Kadesh. Amon Kadesh is the stagnant ruler of this empire and we find him in a battle with those brave enough to cause an uprising and end his reign. But the necromancer would never give up so easily; he has the ability to call out the Great Beast and end this battle.

 Instead of what most books would do and follow a good hearted hero in a quest to stop an evil entity, this tale does the complete opposite. It follows the vessel for the Great Beast of the Necromancer! While Grizelda easily makes her way back to the necromancer, we see the valiant warriors storming into a castle full of the living dead and cutting their way to Amon Kadesh. Right when they believe they have victory in their hands, Amon Kadesh chants the spell to release the Great Beast. In just a split moment, the tables have turned in this epic battle. This is an original and awesome story to catch and could easily continue as a stand alone comic.

 The Great Vermin follows Xeno Habilis Exterminus team leader Veer and his company with a mission to exterminate the scourge species X2987. They land on the planet that has these “Great Vermin” to eradicate them because they swarm across the stars like locusts, spreading famine, pollution, and disease. Without going into too much detail, this story was short, sweet, and had an awesome twist. While it is only a few pages, it definitely did the job. It is a great read and follows the quality over quantity guidelines that we rarely see these days.

 All in all, Ugli Studios Presents Volume 1 is an anthology that is both surprising and impressive. Each story had its own turn of events in which does not follow the norm, and it worked out perfectly. Ugli Studios Presents Volume 1 is a full color comic with some great pin-ups, and is available with autograph and shipping included for $6 or digital copy for $2.99


Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Fractured Society


 Lets imagine a future where civilization is segregated with those who are addicted beyond control and those who are not. Now lets imagine that there is a drug that exists where once someone has taken it, they must continue to use it or else they parish. That drug is called CHEM 19, and the man that is looking for a cure was the same person who created it! Created and written by Kevin Truglio and illustrated and lettered by Przemyslaw R. Dedelis, Chem 19 follows Dr. Jason Wagner. Dr. Wagner had created Chem 19 for use in war and was designed to foster addiction and dependence.The chemical compound attached itself to DNA of the user and if the user stopped taking the drug, then the chemical would disintegrate along with the DNA causing death.

   The purpose of Chemical 19 was to bring the elimination or dependence of warring countries. With no cure provided, the drug found its way to every country. With little to no government support, all addicts are segregated into the cities and with no way out.In his travels, we see Wagner in the process of leaving the city. He is confronted with common criminals attempting to rob him of a vial of Chem 19 he is carrying. Fighting ensues and the thugs soon realized that they picked a fight with the wrong person. He reaches the checkpoint to leave the city and gets on the departure bus but the bus was quickly stopped by the checkpoint officers when they realize someone on the bus is attempting to sneak out of the city.

    With out any more spoilers, Chem 19 is an awesome read with a story that is basically in a post apocalyptic world and yet still controlled under one entity. It has it a great cover and illustrations and is an indie comic where you can't just stop on the first issue. The issue begins building the dystopian world and with one man searching for a cure. Chem 19 is black and white with about 30 pages of story and a few goodies at the end. It is currently available for an awesome price of .....$0.00! So just follow this link and start reading!. Issue Two is also available for digital download for only $0.99. Don't forget to check out Chem 19's Facebook page for instant updates of the series! 


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Samurai And His Sword


Today's comic will take us to an era with samurais and thieves. Where bordering nations are in great tension, we find a wanderer, a ronin, a Monkeyronin?
The Legend of Monkeyronin!

 Created, written, and illustrated by Scotty Clayton, The Legend of Monkeyronin series is a fantasy adventure about the title character and his sidekick Kusanagi, a spirit bonded to his sword. We find Monkeyronin on the way to the city of Sanja Inoue where he confronts three thugs attempting to rob an old couple. With these bandits underestimating Monkeyronin, they soon realize that they are no match for him. While Monkeyronin is seen kicking bandit butt and protecting the defenseless, we find another pair of characters known as Bato the Lightning Fist and Bing Bing. Bato has entered a fighting tournament and about to fight a big brute but right when he was about to fight, Bing Bing must leave to see the High Priestess of North, Lady Kaguali.

 The illustration gives this brand new series a a fully colored painted look in which looks great and makes perfect sense for this comic. Having an obvious name of what or who Monkeyronin is does not hinder the story. It is fun to follow Monkeyronin in his adventure and see a random spirit head following him as a sidekick. He makes a monkey out of his opponents with his own sense of humor. Without any complaints this is a book the whole family can follow. While this issue is about story building, we will soon see a powerful dark being crossing paths with our monkey samurai. Only time will tell on what will happen, until then we can only wait and see. While Issue One Morning Skirmish is available now for both digital ($1.99) and physical copy ($3.99), Issue Two & Three will be released on August 28th, 2013 for the same prices. 

Want to have a glimpse into the story of Monkeyronin? Check out the mini adventures of the samurai monkey known as Ghost Troubles and Monkeyronin's Backstory. You can follow updates of Monkeyronin in its Facebook page as well as Comic Unknown's page, so keep yourself to date with everything COMIC UNKNOWN!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mega Chopped!


 While searching through the wilderness of everything indie, Comic Unknown stumbled onto Mega Maiden and Chop Chop Princess. Created by Andeh Pinkard, MM & CCP is Manga Sized Trade Paperback with 122 pages of geeks rioting. While ignoring that horrible pun, this tpb consists of five issues in which all are available for purchase as stand alone issues. While MM & CCP is not suitable for young readers, it is definitely worth dipping your toes into if your looking for a parody of superheroes.

 Today we will start off with just Issue/Chapter One, or Punch One in which Andeh Pinkard calls it. It builds the world of Mega Maiden and Chop Chop Princess. They are in a mission to become new superheroes of the city but aren't sure how to accomplish this goal. While bumping into another superhero in which they respected at first, they soon realize that he is a complete jerk. They find themselves in their first battle with a baddie with the help of a blogger named Erik. They confront Doctor Clockwerk and Smashbox, an evil genius bent on controlling all machines to create a robotic revolution and his robot The battle comes to a conclusion and while MM & CCP enjoy their great victory, they noticed that they need better costumes if they want to be taken seriously.

 This manga styled comic is a very fun read. It shows that the two not so good aspiring super heroines have a shared love of punching criminals and delivering justice. While they are still honing their super skills, they meet some interesting characters along the way. It is a very entertaining read, Andeh would even considers it an adaptation of a TV drama (just humor him). Mega Maiden and Chop Chop Princess Issue 1 is available for 2.99, so get your copy now!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dedicated to all Pioneers

Welcome back to a very special edition of Comic Unknown!

We are proudly to present SOLESTAR!

 Solestar was written by Siike Donnelly, a brain aneurysm survivor. Donnelly survived a subarachnoid hemorrhage, commonly known as a brain aneurysm, in 2010. Having to rebuild his speech pattern and learn to walk again, Siike has reached out to other aneurysm survivors, finding that very little is being done to not only raise awareness to something that could affect anyone at any moment, but also found very little money being raised as well.

 Solestar revolves around Isamu Takahashi, a Japanese man that gets his powers during the bombing of Hiroshima. Waking in that disaster, he chose to use his powers to help rebuild his country. Over time he learned that he no longer aged like everyone else. In 2013, he meets the love of his life, Ashley. They get married, but 20 years after the day they met, she passes away from a brain aneurysm. When the story opens, it's Christmas Eve of the year 2099, the anniversary of the day he met Ashley. 

After over 150 years of life, Solestar knows that today will be his last day alive. He's sensed this day coming for a while. He accepts it, knowing he's lived a long, good life. Still, his compassion for mankind won't allow him to leave the world the way it is. Being the last superhero on Earth, and knowing that some of his villains still exist, waiting for him to die so that they can take over the world, Solestar embarks on his most difficult journey yet- to turn the bad guys good. From villains that control the elements (Boom & Cloud), to giant Godzilla-like monsters, irradiated men (Hotoke), and ending with his greatest enemy of all (Yuu Hasashi), Solestar aims to find the good in all of us, one last time. 

The story is told in five chapter in which over 60 different artists collaborated. 
Solestar is a very unique book in which helps raise awareness to those that have suffered and continue to suffer from ruptured brain aneurysms and while graphic novel will sell for $10,  all proceeds going to the The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Solestar, the amazing book with a deep meaning and a great cause.

With more to come about Solestar, keep your eyes out for Comic Unknown! Also, make sure to follow Comic Unknown on Facebook and Twitter!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ashes To Ashes

Welcome back to another great installment of COMIC UNKNOWN!

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 We return to the dark, often violent, tale of redemption & the quest for the truth. Man of God Issue 4 was released at Derby City Comic Con in Louisville, KY on June 29th 2013. If you missed out, issue four has a womping seven different covers (including a blank cover variant). With the dark story of who John Morris is and his quest for the truth, we find John Morris finding his way back to the church but in a standoff with Detective Boone. A battle erupts between the two and John is faced with a decision of what he should do. Throughout this issue we see multiple action packed scenes in which we find a character in a tough spot. If it wasn't John, it was Vince temporarily finding himself on Perpes bad side. The cover speaks for itself on issue 4.

 Death of John Morris Part 4: Ashes is a great issue with plenty of action, well written and illustrated, and with a twist for an ending. Having John finally able to speak is pretty awesome considering his charred body and everything hes already gone through. Issue four is another great chapter for the Man of God series in which leaves us in a cliffhanger for the next issue. The issue even had a fourth wall moment when Boone tells him that John isn't Batman and that this isn't a comic 
book (Sorry to burst your bubble Detective). All in all, Pinwheel Press has an awesome comic with each issue giving the reader what they want from Man of God. Only time will tell on what will happen in the Man of God universe. Man of God #4  Death of John Morris Part 4: Ashes is available at the Pinwheel Press Store starting at $3.50 for a physical copy and $2.99 for the digital copy. Issue 5 will be released at DanCan in Chicago, IL on September 21st or via there site so you should have enough time to catch up with the series!
Action Shot of the Day!
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A Triple Threat Of Aphrodite IX

Welcome back to an awesome new adventure with Comic Unknown!!

  Having just a over a month up and running, we have seen great comics, characters and creators come in and out of Comic Unknown. With some steam in this epic train, we have managed to get a glimpse into one of the most notable indie publishing companies, TOP COW! With Top Cow recently releasing a new Aphrodite IX on Free Comic Book Day, I have gotten the chance to review issues One, Two, and Three! 

 Just to have an idea of who she is, Aphrodite is assassin that is both cybernetically and genetically enhanced, but whose memory is purged after every hit to protect herself and her masters. So to keep this short and sweet, shes kicking ass and taking names in this new series. 

Now for the fun part. This not a single, not a double, BUT a triple review of Aphrodite IX!

 Issue one shows us a distant future where humanity is nearly extinct and where humans are divided into two factions, one with cybernetic enhancements and the other genetically altered. There centuries long war has brought lots of bloodshed between the two factions. During this war, Aphrodite has been accidentally awakened from stasis by a genetically altered human named Marcus and is quickly confronted by three "Cybers" in which Aphrodite doesn't even give them a fighting chance. Without spoiling anything else, Aphrodite IX issue one is action packed, beautifully illustrated, and brilliantly written, Sejic and Hawkins are a force to be reckoned with. The dialogue between characters are so realistic, the combination of that and the illustration makes you forget your reading a comic book  This is a must read for any person looking for an awesome sci-fi series, let alone any reader looking for a kick-ass story.

Issue Two

 After waking up into a new world, we find out that Aphrodite has a few more tricks up her sleeve besides being an epic coordinated assassin in the second issue. She has the ability to modify her physical appearance (loosely shown in issue one) and the ability to secrete artificial pheromones which cause anyone effected to become attracted to her to a point that they will not attack. Issue two focuses into recovering the body of what once was Marcus's drake named Glamrung and capturing the second in command to Executor Chronos. Even with this victorious accomplishment, Aphrodite has been "slaved" once again and is under control by her handler, Burch. During this time, Burch has twenty minutes to control Aphrodite and than shortly erasing her memories causing her to not know what is going on. The dynamic duo known as Sejic and Hawkins has once again put forward amazing illustrations with such a great narrative  that anyone can forget that they're reading a comic book instead of watching a film. The story is in a perfect pace where you would keep reading until you sadly noticed the issue is done. In a shocking ending, issue two is left in a cliffhanger (like the previous) and keeps the reader asking for more. Aphrodite IX issue two has the perfect balance of dialogue and action scenes that would keep anyone's eyes glued to the pages.

Last but certainly not least, issue three!!

The issue starts off with Marcus and Aphrodite chasing the escaped prisoner with the Gens's mythical/majestic creatures as transportation. While still capable of being under Burch's control, Aphrodite begins to fight the influence she's under. She begins to question herself and becomes confused of who she is and what is happening to her when she blacks out for those twenty minutes. You soon find out that Chronos will stop at nothing to annihilate the Gens. With many surprises in store throughout the issue, one thing never changes, and that's that Aphrodite is a hell of an assassin. If she is targeting you, prepare to say goodbye. The series only gets better and better after each issue. With great tragedy comes amazing writing, and boy did issue three have it's share of bloodshed. Having a beautifully unique art style can only strengthen the series, each panel looks like a painting of the epic tale. I tip my hat to the creation team of Aphrodite IX for creating yet another great issue. This is definitely a series worth reading and having in your collection. Issue Three was released today July 17, 2013 so make sure to grab your copy NOW!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

An A-peeling Interview

Welcome Back to Comic Unknown!

With the vast amount of interviews here we have yet another awesome interview!
 Banana Man's creator Vincent Cracchiolo

What made you want to work in the comicbook industry?

I have been a comic fan my whole life, and so after reading thousands of comics, sometimes you want to do something of your own. You don't necessarily think you can do it better, but you feel like you have your own stories to tell or show.

How did you and Chris Caldwell create the idea of Banana Man?

It all started as a request from a friend of mine who had graduated from the Kubert School of Cartooning, Chris Caldwell. He wanted me to write a superhero comic for him; I wanted to write about something realistic. So I wrote about a superhero who had no powers. Everything that would happen could actually happen in real life; it would just be rather unlikely.

In a sleep deprived state while working a couple jobs I came up with what I thought would be a universally appealing hero: Banana Man. We threw together a short book just to see what kind of reaction we would get at the local comic convention, and I left the story with an open ending just in case...

Who is your favorite all time super hero/villain? Why?

Spider-Man is the best all time superhero. Great powers, great costume, real world problems, and then he doesn't take himself too seriously. If you are reading a comic, you want it to be funny.

Why a Kickstarters campaign?

I always wanted to publish the book professionally, but it is expensive to get it printed, and then there is a lot of pressure to sell the book after that to try and recoup your costs. Kickstarter allowed me to basically presell the book, that way the printing is paid for up front, then I just ship the books out. It made is risk free for me, and that ended up opening the book up to all sorts of people that would never have heard about it before.

Did you ever consider another crowdfunding site?

I never considered another crowdfunding site. There are all sorts of them now that just try to copy what kickstarter has done, and they try to put it down by saying you don't keep the money if it doesn't get funded. That is kind of the point though, if my book only got halff funded I would not have wanted to keep the money because then I would be responsible for the other half so that I could get the product to the people that paid. And if you are just worried about not getting funded, then maybe you don't need to be doing the project.

Were you expecting the amount of pledges Banana Man recieved?

I was not expecting the pledges I received at all. I put a low price to get funded just wanted to get it made and hoping for the best. I have never made money on this really, I just didn't want to lose money. I ended up making it a little high just to be safe, and it was interesting to say the least to watch the pledges over the month. I was expecting it to be mostly friends and family, which I kind of feel bad about, they don't need to fund my dreams out of guilt, but kickstarter really has a lot of people that browse it looking for cool projects. Almost 70% of my backers were people through kickstarter.

What should people expect in the Trade Paper Back?

The TPB is the complete collection, I have thrown everything we ever printed in there, plus all the fliers and some extra things I have thrown in. We are also doing two new pages at the end to kind of cap everything off.

Did you ever have a scene/ issue where you look back and thought "WOW!"?

Yeah, going back through and putting this altogether has been pretty funny. There are a few things I am finding questionable, like poop in the microwave, but I never got any negative feedback.

How can viewers find your comic book?

The website is the best place to go, It has not been updated since the last issue came out since I have been busy working on the TPB, but I will get it updated once the book is off to the printer. There is lots of stuff on there to go through.

Are there any more book coming from Crack Comics in the future?

No more plans for any more comics, it took me so long to get this last one out, but it felt very rewarding to finally finish it, and it ends in a great spot.

Directly from the creator, the TPB will be coming out soon. Want to know what else C.U. will have in store for you? Just follow the blog and our Facebook/Twitter pages and keep up to date for everything C.U.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The clash of all things indie..... crowdfunding

Welcome to Comic Unknown! 
Today we will be going down a different road for a topic. Today we will talk about CROWDFUNDING!!!!


 Crowdfunding  is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowd funding can be used in multiple types of categories. Art, comics, dance, design, fashion, film and video, food, games, music, photography, publishing, technology, and theater are all categories that you would find in a crowdfunding campaign.

So how does that relate to comics?

 Like said before, comics are one of the many categories that you would find in a crowdfunding site. Crowd funding has been seen in the past to help pay for projects that we see today in indie comics. There are many reasons why a comicbook creator would use crowdfunding. From gathering funds required to print their comicbook to funds to hire someone into their production team, there are just too many reasons for crowdfunding. 

For example, when Comic Unknown had previously asked Jonathan Swinney (letterer of Man of God) why they used Kickstarters, he responded with:

"We ran out of money completing the first three issues. We overprinted issue #1 based on information that Diamond gave us and what we expected our sales to be at C2E2. This had a devastating effect on our budget for the first story arc (Issues 1-6). Kickstarter gave us the money to print the last three (3) issues of the story arc and get them into the fans' hands."

 With the few reasons of crowdfunding, supporters get incentives depending on the amount of money they  each pool in, varying from getting a digital copy or a physical copy to as big as being immortalized into their comicbook. With  many sites out there, the most popular sites for crowdfunding are Kickstarters and Indiegogo. 
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Each site has its pros and cons, its strengths and weaknesses. 

 Kickstarters has a huge community and is very well known. 
The way they get funding is called the All or Nothing funding model. What that means is that if the goal the founder would set up is not reached within the allocated time, the project will not get funded. As much as that sounds a bit drastic, it is a powerful tool to help motivate backers to reach the goal. They have a set of guidelines that the project is required to abide by, and it is also more difficult to create a project outside of the U.S. (or UK) with Kickstarters. Kickstarters uses Amazon Payments as the only method of payment.

 While Indiegogo has a much smaller community, it is more lenient with the funding model let alone easier to create around the world. While they do offer an all or nothing model, the founder can choose whether or not they would want that option. Even though founders put a goal of a specific amount, the goal does not have to be reached to be funded. Indiegogo uses Paypal as the method of payment. 

Project Fees

Another main difference between the two sites are the project fees. Kickstarters charge a rate of 5%, while Indiegogo charges two different rates being 9% (if the project DID NOT reach its goal) and 4% (if the project DID reach its goal).


 If your project is within the United States (or UK) and it qualifies for Kickstarters, go for it. Even though they have the all or nothing model, they have a huge community. When ever someone talks about crowdfunding, Kickstarters is usually the first option people go with. 

 Banana Man's creator Vincent J. Cracchiolo did not hesitate to use kickstarters. 
He said, "I never considered another crowdfunding site. There are all sorts of them now that just try to copy what kickstarter has done, and they try to put it down by saying you don't keep the money if it doesn't get funded. That is kind of the point though, if my book only got half funded I would not have wanted to keep the money because then I would be responsible for the other half so that I could get the product to the people that paid. And if you are just worried about not getting funded, then maybe you don't need to be doing the project."

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