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Comics A.M. | Order of the Stick and the $1 million Kickstarter model

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Comics A.M. | <i>Order of the Stick</i> and the $1 million Kickstarter model

Publishing | Three million-dollar Kickstarter drives, including Rich Burlew’s $1.2 million campaign for The Order of the Stick, make the fund-raising site look like a pot of gold to some folks, but it’s not that easy: Suw Charman-Anderson, who;s contemplating a Kickstarter drive herself, looks at the factors that make the big money-makers so successful. [Forbes]

Editorial cartoons | The New York Times has responded to Daryl Cagle’s criticism of its hiring policy and fees for editorial cartoonists, saying the newspaper will delay bringing political cartoons back to its Sunday review section until editors have had time to revisit their policies. [The Cagle Post]

Editorial cartoons | For those who want a look at the bigger picture, Columbia Journalism Review surveys the landscape of editorial cartooning and in particular, the economics of syndication. [Columbia Journalism Review]

Editorial cartoons | As part of the centennial celebration of Cartoons Magazine, Super Itch takes a look at God’s gift to editorial cartoonists during the presidential campaign of 1912, William Howard Taft. [Super Itch]

Legal | Johanna Draper Carlson looks at the Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. lawsuit against Dynamite Entertainment, and questions whether the indefinite term for trademark rights means that copyrights never really expire. [Comics Worth Reading]

Awards | The manga nominees have been announced for this year’s Tezuka Cultural Prize; only one of them, Attack on Titan, has been licensed for U.S. release. [Crunchyroll]

Creators | Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato discuss re-introducing the Rogues to The Flash. [USA Today]

Creators | Robert Venditti talks about his upcoming work on Valiant’s rebooted X-O Manowar, as well as The Surrogates, his approach to writing and more. [The Weekly Crisis]

Creators | Longtime Danger Girl writer Andy Hartnell and new artist Chris Madden discuss the new miniseries. [USA Today]

Creators | Eddie Campbell responds in English to questions asked in French in a video shot at Angoulême, talking about his rejection of superhero comics (and Garfield) and his early influences. [Forbidden Planet]

Creators | Newcomer Natalie Nourigat talks about her diary comic Between Gears, her upcoming Oni Press graphic novel Over the Surface, and gender imbalance at the Big Two: “I doubt it’s any kind of sexist conspiracy, but the gender percentages published this year did surprise me. I believe in the argument that a variety of creators produces a variety of materials which attract a variety of readers, and it’s in companies’ best interests to right themselves when they are falling short of a diverse team. This issue is also important to talk about because Marvel and DC have such large market shares and, from what I have heard, healthy budgets for creators. They do a lot in terms of job creation in comics.” [Multiversity Comics]

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