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General Chat => Books & Comics => : Ancient Otter 05 November, 2013, 08:46:48 PM

: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Ancient Otter 05 November, 2013, 08:46:48 PM
..and they are turning to crowdfunding to help them out:

Kickstarter page (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fantagraphicsbooks/fantagraphics-2014-spring-season-39-graphic-novels)

Hard to say if they will hit the target, I've seen boardgames and miniatures games raise over a million dollars but will comics buyers stump up?

: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Ancient Otter 05 November, 2013, 09:33:58 PM
They are currently at $33,358 out of the $150,000 they need after one day, compared to something like say £8,569 out of £110,000 after 4 days that Sir David Attenborough needs to help save Mountain Gorillas (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sir-david-attenborough-help-us-save-the-mountain-gorilla)...so maybe Fantagraphics will pull through..mountain gorillas maybe not :'(
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Bazooka Joe 06 November, 2013, 08:08:39 PM
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

I've donated a meager amount, it all counts though. They produce great books.
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Grey M@a 07 November, 2013, 12:22:39 AM
I am tempted by the complete Eightball collection for $120 just need to work out if I can put the money aside for it. Already splurged on the Zenith collected book recently. Not sure the lass will be happy with another £100+ spend on a book xD
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Jimmy Baker's Assistant 07 November, 2013, 06:43:04 AM
They are currently at $33,358 out of the $150,000 they need after one day, compared to something like say £8,569 out of £110,000 after 4 days that Sir David Attenborough needs to help save Mountain Gorillas (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sir-david-attenborough-help-us-save-the-mountain-gorilla)...so maybe Fantagraphics will pull through..mountain gorillas maybe not :'(

Looks like Fantagraphics has now tripled their total whereas Sir David's fund has only increased by another grand. However, they are not quite comparable, the gorilla thing is an out-and-out charity fundraiser, and as such has to compete with every other charity in the universe.
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Bubba Zebill 07 November, 2013, 09:08:56 AM
I am tempted by the complete Eightball collection for $120 just need to work out if I can put the money aside for it. Already splurged on the Zenith collected book recently. Not sure the lass will be happy with another £100+ spend on a book xD

I'd say support it if you love it.

Time and again quality and true art fails where pure papp succeeds…what's wrong with this world?
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Dunk! 07 November, 2013, 10:54:25 AM
Too late!

All the affordable Pete Bagge or Stan Sakai tiers are gone.

Pissing arse-biscuits.

Dunk!
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Ancient Otter 07 November, 2013, 07:48:55 PM
Time and again quality and true art fails where pure papp succeeds…what's wrong with this world?

It's interesting to see how susceptible to a knockout Fantagraphics was with the loss of Kim Thompson, considering how much of a graphic novel institution it is.
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: BPP 08 November, 2013, 09:59:37 AM
Is it clear they are in trouble? Alternative revenue streams and 'save us' are two very different boats.
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: Colin YNWA 08 November, 2013, 10:28:13 AM
As it was 'reported' on Bleeding Cool (or reported on The Beat I forget which now) it was related to the fact that Kim Thompson was editing a number of books. With his passing this work couldn't easily and quickly be replaced and so a number of books and hence the revenue they would generate, didn't make it out in the time hoped and while they will all still be coming its left a hole in there short term budget which is why they are having the campaign now. Fingers crossed once through this period of significant change the company will be fine.
: Re: Fantagraphics are in financial trouble...
: IndigoPrime 08 November, 2013, 11:45:50 AM
Judging by the Kickstarter, cash-flow is the problem, and with books that were expected to be out not on sale, that leaves them exposed. Still, the Kickstarter's currently on $112k, and so it'd be a shock if in nearly four more weeks it can't make another $38k.