Kickstarter has become a major engine to drive new comics creation in the United States, but what about the rest of the world? Well, now you have your answer, as Spain-based artist Enrique Fernandez is looking to the general public to crowd-fund his first major creator-owned work, a diminutive fantasy epic called Brigada.
In the story, a war-weary soldier named Ivvro has been tasked to organize and command a group of hardened convicts into a fighting force to stave off the black elves. Between trying to corral the inmates and achieve his goal, Ivvro and his crew are thrown off track when a mysterious fog descends on them and takes them do a strange new land. This strange new land is populated with other victims transplanted from their home surroundings, from animals to men to other monstrosities.
Fernandez is using an international analogue to the fundraising site Kickstarter called Verkami to fund his work, hoping to raise 39,000 euros (roughly $47,000 U.S.) by Aug. 13. Unlike most other crowd-funded comics projects, Fernandez intends for this avenue to be his only sales of the book --- with his Verkami donors being the only ones to receive copies of the book. That's an ambitious (although limited) game plan, and I wouldn't be surprised if that expands if the project gets off the ground.
Fernandez is relatively unknown in the U.S., as the only North American translations of his work are a 2007 adaptation of Wizard of Oz and some stories in Marvel's short-lived importation of Soleil's Skydoll series. Brigada is his first major creator-owned project, but hopefully not his last. Here's a sample page of Brigada the artist has shared online: