MILESTONES: Evan Dahm finishes his second major long-form webcomic Order of Tales and already has announced a sequel, Vattu, to begin on July 26th. Congratulations to Dahm on finishing another story from his fantastically imagined world of Overside. Click here for ComixTalk's review of Order of Tales and the earlier comic Rice Boy. UPDATE: Lauren Davis has a good review of Order of Tales at io9.
DEAD TREES ON THE HORIZON: Writer/creator Darryl Hughes and artist Monique MacNaughton, the creative team behind the 50's style alien invasion adventure webcomic G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures, have negotiated a book deal with Anthony Coe, publisher of the independent small press book publisher First Run Publishing, to collect and publish GAAK as a graphic novel. First Run Publishing will be releasing the GAAK graphic novel into bookstores in September.
BUSINESS: I got an email from Travis Legge who is trying to raise funds to create a video series on the web using public domain superheroes (the first one planned is The new adventures of Miss Masque: Scourge of the Underworld).
The site he's using to raise funds looks like a Kickstarter competitor — it's called IndieGoGo. I hadn't heard of it before. From it's FAQ page: "IndieGoGo charges a 9% marketplace fee on funds raised. Projects are also responsible for 3rd-party payment processing and international wire fees. If you reach your goal, IndieGoGo pays you a 5% cash bonus on every dollar raised. Your net cost is just 4%." In contrast, Kickstarter states that "If a project is successfully funded, Kickstarter will apply a 5% fee to the funds raised. If funding isn't successful, there are no charges." The other major difference is that Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing fundraising model whereas IndieGoGo looks like you collect the money as you go whether you reach your goal or not (although you pay more to IndieGoGo upfront, 9%, until you hit your goal). Has anyone used both and can offer perspectives on the differences?
FROM THE MAILBAG: An email from Francsco Disa, about a new webcomic, called "I" which features images found by Disa from around the web by googling simple tags. Disa also mentions that he is only using images under a public domain or creative commons license.