Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How to Raise Your Failed Comic Kickstarter From The Grave or Keep it Alive


By GILBERT DELTREZ - As an Indie comic creator who has a 66% successful Kickstarter percentage, I probably wouldn't take what I say too seriously, but please, heed this warning!

My first foray onto the crowdfunding spectrum with UNDER THE FLESH was met with success, my followup endeavor however, fell flatter than Rubio in Florida. Okay, maybe not that flat, but let me explain.

There seems to be this crazy notion that you can just pitch any crap on Kickstarter and get funded. Potato salads aside, you must learn to treat your brand as a business, and doing so equalizes to tons of prep-work that should be done before launching your project first-time-around. In fact, if you're somewhat clueless on what this entails, please read my buddy J.L.'s meticulously informative article he wrote amidst our first Kickstarter campaign.

After the preparations conclude, and your Kickstarter hopefully meets with success, you must not make the same mistake I did which horrendously tripped up my second Kickstarter, that I was all but a butt-crack away from giving my failed comic a second chance. Ask J.L., he'll tell you how I feverishly wanted to smash the final nail in the UTF coffin with a passion.

A little over a year later, and all it took was an outsider's belief in my project to bring it back Romero style! I reassessed the pro's and con's of my first Kickstarter campaign, and on my third attempt, I was able to crowdfund in one day.

Here's my three tidbits on launching or relaunching a successful Kickstarter campaign...

1. Timing...
Everything revolving around a successful Kickstarter is ratified by this concept. You need TIME to prepare and promote your project, ample TIME to run your Kickstarter (my third KS is only a two-week campaign, I'd say anything more than 30 days will impart major bouts with depression), TIME to solidify credibility by disbursing backer rewards within a reasonable time frame, and TIME for your backers to enjoy your rewards before launching your next issue. A lesson I learned the hard way. Also factor in the TIME of the outside world. Launching your Kickstarter comic project on the eve of SDCC or NYCC may not be the best approach, doubly so if you plan on crowdfunding in the shadow of the world's largest spending Holidays like Black Friday and Christmas. A facepalm moment I also tragically endured.

2. Money...
Time is also money, but the best money spent aside from helping the less fortunate, is to invest in yourself and your brand. You can't expect the world to give two tiny tits about your project. In a world that's choking to death on mass media products, indie projects are about as attractive as a portable eight track player to our contemporary youth who jam on iPhones powered by Beats headsets. The more "pro" the quality behind your work looks, the slighter your chances of getting noticed to a particular fan, which means you may need to curb your spending habits and utilize your resources in ways that build your product and availability. Lastly, launch with the lowest goal amount possible be practical and realistic, keeping in mind that you will still have to factor in out-of-pocket expenses that go beyond just packing and shipping, if you truly want success. Backers are just a Google search away from realizing shipping expenditures, so no need to balloon your goal amount.

3. No Fear in Failure
It's all about the power you see inside yourself. It all starts with a dream. Then the vision. To make it all worthwhile stems from the hope of success. Let it fuel you. Even when you fail, because you will. No success story is ever without failure, even the overnight ones are underlined with blood, sweat, and tears of countless hours of hardwork. If you're looking for a free ride towards success, then you haven't been paying attention. The right track begins with determination. Just a sliver of it will help you override failure on a way to becoming a better self. It's not easy to put yourself out there so remember you can't please everyone. Stick to what you love, and in doing so, you may find a fan who digs your work so much that it gives you that second chance to believe in yourself.

Keep an open mind, put in the time, invest in yourself, and do not fear failure, even in the darkest times, and good fortunes will come your way!

Hope this helped you guys in any way, shape or form. If you care to take a gander at the lovechild of J.L. and I, click the link!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Under The Flesh back on Kickstarter!

We just funded our Kickstarter campaign for Under The Flesh #2! Now we´ll be able to finish #3 and keep the story going! Thanks to all our backers for your trust and support.

Gilbert´s story is moving forward at a very fast pace. We are learning a lot about our protagonist´s hidden powers, what happened to the system and government after the collapse, and we also meet some new mysterious villians. Soon we´ll start to see an occult and mystical side to what was simply known as Desolation Day Virus.

If you love apocalyptic stories, check us out HERE!

Also remember to follow us on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Under The Flesh - Apocalypse

Someday this will come out again!

Wolverine coming back?!

I´d love to see this guy back in the Marvel Universe, don´t you too?

DC Heroes!

 Just having fun with some of my favorite DC superheroes!

Mazinger Z - Koji Kabuto

I don´t remember how old I was when I saw this guy ride his red motorbike for the first time. But I do remember that once I saw him glide into that robot´s head, drawing became the most important thing in my life.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Planet Hulk

Here are some sample pages from a Planet Hulk script.

Captain America - Western Union

Hey! Here´s my second Marvel project, edited by Chris Robinson.


Avengers - Gillette

Hey guys! Here you can check my first Marvel project, edited by Mark Paniccia and Mark Basso.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Friday, November 14, 2014

Zombie comic Kickstarter for Under The Flesh - Ravage Road NOW!

Hey! Just wanted to share the news: we have an active Kickstarter campaign right now! Great rewards!

If you love zombie apocalypse stories, this is for you!

Please, support us!

More info: www.undertheflesh.com


Friday, October 24, 2014

Under The Flesh #2 Ravage Road

The second chapter is ready! Don´t forget to visit www.undertheflesh.com for news!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Points to consider before you launch your Kickstarter comic book campaign! (26 and counting...)

Hey guys! I´m JL Giles, artist of the independent comic Under The Flesh. I´m here to talk about my research previous to the launching of our current Kickstarter campaign last July 6th, and the experience Gilbert Deltres, the creator, and I have been getting during its course. Still working hard to get it funded. Anyways, I thought I could share some of the information we´ve got accumulated, which could make your life easier in case you decide to launch a Kickstarter comic book project. ;)

To be prepared for the challenge you MUST listen to the advice of experienced and successful kickstarters...something that I am not. ;) Though I hope to be someday! I´m not claiming to know a lot. I´m not even a good writer...(on top of that, English is not my first language, so luckily I´ll just be able to make all of this make some sense.) This is just my way of giving back a little bit of what many others have given me. Sharing some of this insight might help you in the fight to START-KICKING some butt. :P

Monday, July 14, 2014

Under The Flesh on Kickstarter!

Hi guys! We are currently running a Kickstarter campaign for Under The Flesh. The funds will be used to pay for the printing of issue #1 and the art of #2.

Remember, you can see our work at our official site www.undertheflesh.com

We need your help to continue!! ;)

Feeling nostalagic? This is the art of the limited RETRO 80s inspired Print that you can get signed by me!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Zombie Comic UNDER THE FLESH Launches!!!

Get ready for the Apocalypse, cuz finally you can start reading our new webcomic Under The Flesh! A mix of horror, sci-fi, romance, and tons of meat!

Every Sunday you´ll be able to read a new page. Always for FREE ;)


Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Seeded (black and white)

Story by G. Deltres
Art by me.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Spider-Man & Black Widow (2013)

Here is a sequence that has some of my favorite Marvel characters.... Tried to keep it dynamic and fast! ;)