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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Hey, Amateur

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

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Each story is part personal “how-to,” part “how-so.” Learn new skills or hone the ones you’ve got from “How to” use a knife like a French chef, create a talisman (& then destroy it), talk to a celebrity and more! Some of our 1-pagers will also illuminate aspects of the comic book storytelling process like writing, drawing, lettering, coloring and editing.

HEY, AMATEUR! originated as the final page in our BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY anthologies. And, as you can see below, it demanded to be expanded.  With over a quarter century of experience, award-winning DC/Vertigo and Black Crown editor Shelly Bond will wrangle an inventive assemblage of writers and artists from veterans to newcomers including Michael Allred, Gail Simone, Simon Bisley, Jill Thompson, John Allison, Liz Prince, Mark Buckingham, Magdalene Visaggio and others to be announced throughout the 30-day campaign.

The goal of HEY, AMATEUR! is to create a 128-page exclusive hardcover of 1-page stories that entertains, educates and empowers while saluting the artform we love. The plan is to give each story a spread of real estate so we can include the creator bios and a bit of extra info. The remaining pages will allow us to procure an introduction and an afterword from comics pros and experts from other disciplines. We also plan to run some process pages. Our ultimate goal is 100 stories/224 pages so with any luck we’ll get there.

As of August 7th, this project has raised $8,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project has 24 days left to raise the $50,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $5, you will get a postcard.  For a pledge of $20, you will get a digital copy of the book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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