The March 2016 issue of DOWNTOWN MAGAZINE features a nice article on the success of the DIE KITTY DIE Kickstarter campaign and of our plans moving forward. Please check it out!
We were very fortunate with our Kickstarter and we were blessed with many good friends and very loyal fans like Adam Alamo of the Fans Of Archie Comics facebook page as well as the Fans of Astrocomix Facebook page and Fred Bronaugh. These guys really helped us out and supported us with their pledges and by helping us get the word out there. They were hustling as much as we were!
I’ve credited her before, but I really can’t thank Pixie Trix Comix’s Gisele Lagace enough for all of her help and guidance throughout our whole Kickstarter journey. She is really the High Priestess of Kickstarter and she held our hand through the whole thing. She called everything correctly every step of the way and knew exactly from the start how much we would raise. I have no doubt that we would not have been anywhere near as successful without her help. I had been involved in a successful Kickstarter before with my first independent venture, the anthology Epics, but that was just dipping my toe in the water compared to what we wanted to do with Die Kitty Die. Luckily everything turned out well.
I can’t help but wonder how differently the disastrous Archie Kickstarter of 2015 would have turned out had Archie Comics made more use of Dan Parent, myself, and certainly Gisele Lagace. We would all have been more than happy to consult them on their choices had we been asked, but we never were. The Archie Kickstarter was one of the worst misfires I ever saw in my twenty-two years working for them. I don’t say that lightly or with any hyperbole at all. It was a series of one very bad decision after another from beginning to miserable end. It was like Kickstartering on the Bizarro World! It was a tragically missed opportunity that could have been a lucrative and useful tool for many future projects. The only two good moves in that waterfall of bad moves was that they stopped it quickly and once they stopped it, they stopped talking about it instantly. They kept the embarrassment to a minimum. Unfortunately, the fertile opportunity of the Kickstarter was utterly squashed. The Archie Kickstarter is still up on the Kickstarter site if anyone ever wants to review what should be a textbook study in the worst way to Kickstart! Of course, a quick Google search will also quickly turn up the details of the entire painfully embarrassing episode.
Back to Die Kitty Die…
As of this writing, Dan and I are in the process of putting the final touches down on Die Kitty Die. The first issue has been released and its available on Gumroad for a mere three bucks! Get it here:
The deluxe hardcover collection… with exclusive material including an only-available-here story by Gisele Lagace… will debut this July at the Montreal and San Diego comic conventions.
And remember! The DIE KITTY DIE deluxe hardcover with exclusive material is available NOW for pre-order! Just click below to order: