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THE KICKSTAND: That's Chinatown, Jake

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A campaign to get comics into comics shops, an indy-comics anthology, all-ages monsters and Owney the Postal Dog all figure in this week's roundup of the most interesting Kickstarter projects.

Things seem to have slowed down a bit at Kickstarter; usually there are over 120 comics projects, but this week I only had 105 to choose from.

So here's a bonus mention: It's not a comic, but Mike Kunkel, creator of "Herobear and the Kid" and "Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam," has a new Kickstarter to fund a children's picture book, "Timmy and the Moon Piece."

While many Kickstarter projects include retailer incentives, one creative thinker has designed a Kickstarter in which, at least in theory, every comic sent to a donor will be matched by a comic to a retailer -- hopefully to be sold in the shop and help build an audience for the creator.

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Nix Comics 2013: It's the Big Ask, Baby!

What's the Big Idea? Nix, a small indy comics publisher based in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking funding for six anthologies to be published in 2013: "Nix Western Comics" #2, "Nix Comics for Kids" #2 and four issues of "Nix Comics Quarterly."

Moving force: Ken Eppstein, who pretty much is "Nix Comics." So far, he has published six comics, plus a webcomic that is regularly updated.

Selling point: Blurbs from Derf Backderf ("My Friend Dahmer"), Michael Allred ("Madman," "Atomics," "Red Rocket 7," "iZombie"), and Michael Kupperman ("Tales Designed to Thrizzle"). Also, Eppstein has posted all the back issues of Nix Comics so would-be participants can see what to expect.

Premiums: Because there are different lines of comics, the premiums are a bit confusing. Eppstein doesn't bother with a "thank you for the dollar level," but jumps right into it with a single Nix Comic for $7 or a full digital subscription for the year for $25. Print copies of all six comics will set the donor back $40. Then the T-shirts and extras kick in. Eppstein is also using Kickstarter to sell ads in the different anthologies.

This caught my eye: Eppstein will be paying the creators: About 40% of the funds raised will go to the artists of the comics. Another 40% will pay for production and shipping costs, 10% will go to Kickstarter and Amazon fees, and 10% gets plowed back into the business as marketing. Also, if the pledge amount is exceeded, he will add more anthologies on different themes as stretch goals.

Goal: $25,000.

Deadline to pledge: December 5.

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