Val Mayerik ~ On Kickstarting a graphic novel.

One major issue when working with a Kick Starter project is deciding upon, announcing and meeting a deadline. The creators choose the deadline and it would seem that they could choose as extended and as distant a deadline as they please but it is not that arbitrary. The contributors want to see results within a reasonable length of time and deserve just that. I’ve heard stories of creators taking years to deliver the completed project and sometimes just absconding with funds and never completing the promised work.

We certainly didn’t want to do anything like that.

Jim already had a complete script so there were no worries there but I had seventy some pages to draw, ink and color and I had to estimate the time it would take me to do that.  I am a freelancer and as a typical freelancer I have to take on as much work as I can. so I had to decide on scheduling priorities based on which client needed what work and how soon. A lot of that work was in advertising which usually operates on very short deadlines,( like the next day) so initially the Blood and Dust work was getting pushed further and further to the side. Just when I thought I had a chunk of time to devote to the book I got a call from an ad client. This was creating anxiety in both Jim and me.

Val Mayerik (to be continued)

 

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The original Kickstarter book.
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