6 lessons that turned a failed comic Kickstarter into a successful one.

Kickstarter can be a brutal business. So much rides on such a short period of time. It is not only an emotional roller coaster but a psychological one too. Euphoria awaits those who emerge victorious from the crowdfunding arena but despair awaits the unsuccessful. I have been on both ends. Especially with issue #2 of Daughter of Titan.

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Kickstarter Capitalism: the worth of debut and returning creators

Kickstarter is a wonderful platform for creators. But amidst all the good it does for indie creators like myself, within its chest beats the heart of a capitalist. Kickstarter operate on a “no-win, no-fee” basis. So they gain nothing when campaigns fail. And failing campaigns are bad for business.

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The rise of the Scottish indie comic scene

Scotland has a vast and interesting association with the medium of sequential art. Unbeknownst to many, but it is argued that the first ever comic was published in the Scottish city of Glasgow in 1826 (featured image), preceding the birth of the comic (as we know it today) in the form of Funnies On Parade by nearly a century. Since then, the country is largely ignored in favour of the powerhouses of the United States, and the creative wealth of writers from neighbouring England. But a new era may just be on the horizon.

So come join me on a tour of some of Scotland’s best comic book exports!

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Daughter of Titan: “Thelma and Louise meets RoboCop…”

Callum McSorley

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“Let me be honest. I have had major superhero fatigue for a few years now,” says Richard Mooney, the Scottish creator and writer of indie superhero comic, Daughter of Titan. He’s not the only one, with several superhero movies a year being flushed out by Marvel and DC along with countless television series on streaming services – many on the verge of cancellation – it’s unsurprising that people have come to find the genre tiring.

So then why make a superhero comic? “I wanted to write a story that looked like a superhero story but was actually so much more. I wanted to use superhero tropes to then write about government and corporate corruption, the role of the media in society, the morality and ethics of human augmentation, and how human relationships are affected by great and sudden change.”

Thus, in 2017, Daughter of Titan was born – a…

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2018 in review – A personal account

It was always going to be difficult following such a stellar 2017. But not only did 2018 manage it, but it smashed it as well. Adventuring in S.E. Asia, speaking at Comic-Con and a return to Daughter of Titan. This post is personal and likely of no interest to anyone. I don’t publish it to brag, but after a few bad years, it is nice to have a run of good ones.

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Black holes disguised as white lines; the power of the comic gutter

The comic gutter is quintessentially Lovecraftian in nature: it is the world between worlds, the space between spaces, black holes disguised as white lines that will eventually (like the cosmic horrors that inhabited the world of Yog Sothoth) devour the world of the comic book. But where are it’s worshippers, it’s disciples and followers? Fear not, because as high priest of the church of the gutter, I am here to explore the wonderous and terrifying nature of these enigmatic spaces and convert you all.

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