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Kickstart My Art | IDW Publishing’s Wild Blue Yonder

Fresh off its announcement at Comic-Con International, the creator-owned series Wild Blue Yonder scheduled to be released by IDW Publishing is looking for $12,000 to make that happen. Created by Zach Howard, Mike Raicht and Austin Harrison, the five-issue miniseries falls into the post-apocalyptic genre but is set in a new place — the skies.

In the fallout from pollution and radiation, the surviving members of humanity climb mountains to get away from danger and eventually find a precarious home in the sky with flying machines, airplanes and floating fortresses. The struggle becomes for the fuel needed to keep these machines aloft, with the upper class (literally, as in living above earth) fighting among themselves and the lower class left on the ground mining the precious resource.

“We’ve been striving to put Wild Blue Yonder together for a long time,” Raicht said in a press release. “It is so amazing that it is finally coming together. To be able to publish it at IDW, the same place that has produced some of my favorite creator owned properties, like 30 Days of Night, The Cape, and Locke and Key, is cooler than I can ever truly express.”

It might seem weird for comic creators to use Kickstarter when their project has already been picked up by a major publisher like IDW, but it’s not the first time. IDW is the home of the Womanthology, which was one of Kickstarter’s early successes, and Image has published several projects that got a majority of their funding through Kickstarter. In Wild Blue Yonder‘s case, the $12,000 they’re hoping to raise apparently is to provide the creators a living wage while creating the book, something that apparently their contract with IDW doesn’t provide. Not that that’s out of the ordinary — most all creator-owned contracts (with the exception of Vertigo and traditional book houses), provide little to no cash advances or page rates. Seeing an IDW book looking to Kickstarter is simply a reflection of the industry as it stands now.

Like I said, Wild Blue Yonder‘s creators are looking to receive $12,000 from their Kickstarter drive, and they’re already a quarter of the way there with 22 days left. The project is already backed financially by 124 people, including some comic pros like Joe Hill, Alex de Campi, Mark Andrew Smith and Duane Swierczynski. To top that off, in a promotional quote Punk Rock Jesus‘ Sean Murphy says that, “If this doesn’t win an Eisner, I’m going to punch the person who does.”

And I believe him.

Here’s four pages the team have shared through their project: You can see more at their Kickstarter page.




July 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

Some very nice-looking art.

Hope they get the funds they need so this sees the light of day

If it already has a publisher, it really shouldn’t be doing this. Particulalry since IDW seems pretty flush with funds from the success of their various licenses, collections, and archival editions. Publishers shouldn’t be allowed to use Kickstarter this way.

Mr. Pants: It’s being done by the creators of the book, not the publisher. The publisher doesn’t own the book, the creators do.

So does IDW only do back-end pay then? How does their deal for creators differ from the Image model?

Just to clear a couple of things up for everyone:

– IDW is not paying us up front to do anything. This is a true CO book. That is why we are in need of money to help me pay the bills while i draw five issues. I’m taking a major financial hit in doing this. We are not trying to fool people into giving us income that we don’t need.
– The contract with IDW is different in many ways than that of an Image book. I’ve done both and I prefer to work with IDW. Unfortunately, I can’t legally discuss my deal with them. However, they bring many things to the table that other companies couldn’t offer us.
– I get paid up front to do IDW books, but this isn’t an IDW book – it’s just being published by them. In that respect, we are a true CO book like any Image book. IDW is not doing the Kickstarter; we are. We need the money so we can devote our time completely to the project.
– Mr. Pants, why all the negativity? IDW is a solid company, but no indie company is “flush with cash” in any way whatsoever. They aren’t doing anything but publishing our book. Are you upset with Image creators that do this, too? All we are trying to do is produce a five issue series with the amount of money I usually get paid to do in less than two issues at Marvel or DC. I’ll be living like a monk for the next 10 months while I do this, and I don’t think asking my fans to give a few donations for some incentives is amoral or unjust.

anyhow, thank you to everyone who read the article and supported us in any way – money or exposure. We are very happy with the press we have gotten! Feel free to contact us about anything Wild Blue Yonder. =)

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