Breaking into the comics industry is difficult, but sometimes all that’s needed is a helping hand. Dare2Draw’s inaugural mentoring anthology looks to be that guiding force for creators just starting out in the industry — if it’s able to get funded.
A nonprofit based out of New York City, Dare2Draw has been offering mentoring and networking for all comics creators since 2009. Now, the program is looking to expand into print with its first mentoring anthology, and has created a Kickstarter campaign to fund its new goals. The campaign is asking for $17, 541, and with less than four days to go, it needs a bit of a boost in order to become a reality.
“It’s a project I really believe in and feel it’s important that it be funded, both because of the work that’s gone into it and because of the amount of good such a program can do in the comics field,” said Brendan Wright, editor for Dark Horse Comics and mentor for the project, in a statement.
If successfully funded, the new anthology program will pair up-and-coming comics creators with industry names like Ron Marz, Alex de Campi and Amy Chu to create volumes centered around creator-owned characters. The first volume would feature Steve Rude and Mike Baron’s character Nexus, a hero from 500 years in the future who is tasked with hunting down villains who commit mass atrocities.
To be fully funded, the Kickstarter must reach its goal by July 14, 2016.
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