Michael May talks to Mark Andrew Smith about his collaboration with James Stokoe, Sullivan’s Sluggers, the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The Kickstarter model has room for publishers and also room for retailers. Comics are small right now and this is growth, and it helps the creators ,who should be at the top of the pyramid but are actually almost under it, to actually benefit and be rewarded for their labors.
Kickstarter books need to be published and printed by people who know what they’re doing and have a lot of experience with that. So I could see publishers charging a fee for production and publishing in the future for Kickstarter creators to streamline things for publishing so that book quality stays high and has consistency.
I think in the future this will be a normal thing. Kickstarter will be there to fund projects but also to be a creator-centered distribution system.