If you live in or around Philadelphia and you know anything about comics, then you know the name Brad Guigar. He has been making Philly laugh for over 10 years with his webcomic Evil Inc. as well as his strips Phables and Courting Disaster.
What you may not know is that Brad has also forgotten more about how to make comics that some people will ever know. In addition to making great webcomics, he co-authored How to Make Webcomics, a book most consider the definitive statement on the medium, and runs Webcomics.com, an online resource used by hundreds of webcomic creators every day.
I mean, the man won a Philly Geek Award last year. Enough said.
Anyway, after years of waiting, Brad has announced that the follow up to How to Make Webcomics is finally ready to be unleashed on the public. The Webcomics Handbook will update and revise all the information that was in the original book as well as add whole new chapters focusing on things like digital comic distribution and social media. Culled from all the advice and columns he has written on Webcomics.com, he now wants to publish it in book form so everyone can have access to it and it can inspire a whole new generation of webcomic creators.
And he needs your help to do it.
Brad has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the funds he needs to make the book a reality. It includes all the bells, whistles and rewards usually associated with Kickstarter, but more importantly, you get to help a Philly guy inspire untold numbers of cartoonists across the country.
That’s pretty damn cool if you ask me.
So head over and make a pledge. If you do, Brad promises to shake your hand when he sees you (I’m not kidding, it’s one of the rewards).
Update: Unsurprisingly, it only took Brad a total of a few days to meet his funding goal for The Webcomics Handbook. Never underestimate a Philly guy.
Brad has added some stretch goal to the Kickstarter, which sound pretty great if you are a fan of the old Webcomics Weekly podcast. The first is a new podcast called Webcomics Confidential, which will be a series of interviews with some of the brightest names in webcomics today. The other is the return of Webcomics Weekly for a special episode, which if you listened to any of the original podcasts, you know is not only informative but really funny.
So keep donating and get yourself a copy of The Webcomics Handbook. The more money he makes, the better the finished product will be.
The Webcomics Handbook Kickstarter