Kickstarter is not a Charity. And that’s OK.
Ick: someone who grouses about Kickstarter “donations” and claims a real publisher should just get a loan, because they’re professionals, right?
Well, Kickstarter isn’t a charity.
Most people use Kickstarter as a way to acquire up-front funding by returning to the customer value for their money in the form of material goods. You know, those incentives.
I have a donation button on my website too, which is really a way for me to get paid by people who enjoy the content on my site, some of whom live in foreign countries and aren’t in a position to pay me any other way. I have to pay taxes on that money because it’s not a real donation. It’s income. People who hit the tip jar for specific reasons get original art or a print or a book. You know, value for their money.
No one is forcing you to buy anything at Kickstarter, or to hit anyone’s donation button. And if you could front your funding with an interest-free alternative to usurious bank loans (which have not been good for me in the past,) and you can make that work, then goodie on you.
In the end, if you gave someone money because you wanted to help them out, that’s OK, too.
As usual them who can’t grouse about them who can who find alternative ways to make things work.
Those who are vaguely certain those shifty, nasty little art types are getting away with something every time they sell a sticker and a comic book; but I applaud people who are able to make things work for them, and if that means getting up-front cash while avoiding 14% interest from a bank which may even claim they want to own rights to your work if things go south (ever think of that, bright spark?) then good on you.
Small business loans for comics creators? Yeah, right. Try that one yourself, wise one.
And if that doesn’t work for you, there’s always Patreon, where you can support your favorite creator with a monthly donation. I’m a big fan of my patrons, at least as big a fan of them as they are of me. I may even try Patreon someday, who knows?
Professional art making is the only job I can name that some people try to dismiss as a “lifestyle”. Apparently, people who write code, for example, believe their thought process performance is of value, while art product is only of value to people dumb enough not to download it for free.
Well, goodie for you.
And if that’s the way you think, then shut up about creators finding other ways to pay for making the art you are too cheap to pitch in for.
Yes, I mean you.