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Kickstarter Campaign for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR Under Fire From Industry Professionals (Comic Book Forums)

  • Kickstarter Campaign for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR Under Fire From Industry Professionals

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  • Posted: September 3, 2020 5:07:41 pm
  • Can't say that I blame them.
    I think Keanu could have backed it himself or like everyone is saying Boom could have done it without the kickstarter...
    But if people are dumb enough to throw money at millionaires, then by all means go ahead.

    Last edited September 3, 2020 5:47:55 pm
    "Disliking everything is not the same thing as having an opinion"

  • Posted: September 3, 2020 5:48:59 pm
  • No doubt Reeves’ name recognition played a huge role in the crowdfunding success of the book, but he built his name through other avenues to gain that success.

    Those same comic “professionals” who are so outraged wouldn’t be saying a word if they were in his shoes and having that type of success. It reminds me of all these envy-stricken Marxist socialist who can’t stand to see other people around them outperform and achieve higher success than them. I believe in equality, not equity. Life isn’t always fair. You can either live miserably watching other people succeed, or work harder to achieve your own success. At least that is true in a free western society.
  • Posted: September 4, 2020 1:32:55 pm
  • I was under the impression that Kickstarter was for projects that creators couldn't afford to release to the public. I guess not.

    I'm not a fan of Keanu Reeves myself. He's not a good actor, but he can attach himself to whatever project he wants. No one should be upset at that. It's a free country.

    I wonder if other comic book companies (ie. Marvel or DC) will start using Kickstarter for future endeavors? Doesn't seem very fair to the non-professionals.
  • Posted: September 4, 2020 2:29:14 pm
  • I read a while back Jim Starlin was doing a Kickstarter for his Dreadstar Finale...I think IDW, Image and a few others would have picked it up but they wouldn't give him the cash he can get it doing it this way.
    So he was looking for $28K and got over $135K...who or where does the extra cash go?

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312724224/dreadstar-returns

    I understand why an up and coming comic creator would ask for some help funding a self published project. But an established publisher or well established creator(unless self-publishing) asking for a handout seems a bit greedy IMO.

    Last edited September 4, 2020 2:50:06 pm
    "Disliking everything is not the same thing as having an opinion"

  • Posted: September 4, 2020 2:49:10 pm
  • That used to bother me too, Canuck, until I learned more how crowdfunding works. The creators aren’t actually asking for a handout. Backers aren’t handing over money only to get nothing in return. When a person backs the project, he or she will receive the graphic novel or action figure, depending on what product is being funded. If the product is fully funded that is, otherwise backers get their money back if the crowdfunding doesn’t reach its monetary goal.

    Established creators like Jim Starlin, for example, have learned to cut out the middleman (a publisher like Image, IDW), and go directly to the customer. I honestly don’t blame them. The creators get to keep more of the money they’ve worked for instead of giving a huge percentage to a publisher. Dan Fraga, Ethan Van Sciver, Billy Tucci, etc have all learned this. It’s a new era for creators and publishers.

    But yeah, if backers were getting nothing in return and creators were just asking for a handout, I’d would completely agree with you for sure.
  • Posted: September 4, 2020 2:54:51 pm
  • I guess it gives them the relief of no pressure if the books sucks and doesn't sell because they have the $$ up front...wish I could have that kind of relief in my life.
    Like pay my salary for the year and then I can just do what I need/want to do for the year. Wink

    So what does happen to the extra cash like I stated in the above post?

    Last edited September 4, 2020 3:01:20 pm
    "Disliking everything is not the same thing as having an opinion"

  • Posted: September 4, 2020 3:18:29 pm
  • Starlin is asking for donations of $5 - $400
    Van Sciver $10 - $10K
    People are insane far as I'm concerned...I wouldn't do it in a million years.
    "Disliking everything is not the same thing as having an opinion"

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