Ten or so days out from the ultimately unsuccessful completion of the Amiculus Kickstarter, I've had some time to reflect on the campaign and make plans for the future. I'd like to start by going though a list of Things That I've Learned:
1) "Failure" was very useful, and to a degree, necessary: as a newbie to Kickstarter, I learned a lot about what I didn't know. My takeaway was that Amiculus probably needed a bit more exposure and publicity in the run-up to the campaign for the amount I was asking. That said, I gained hard proof that the project is a marketable one, and I gained a great deal of exposure from the campaign and a nucleus of followers (you) that I plan to keep in the the loop every step of the way to the next campaign.
2) Planning for contingencies is never bad: Maintaining momentum in a project like this is crucial. While things are at a lull at the moment, we will be springing back into action in just a couple of weeks with the preview issue, Ex Libris Amiculi. Look for regular posts with debuts of art, character biographies and history, and some Roman Debauchery Fun Facts here and there.
3) Cat-Skinning 101: There's Always More Than One Way: Kickstarter is just one means of fundraising. While I am grateful for the support of my "Amiculi" in the campaign, and plan to launch another (reduced) campaign next spring, I am already devising a capital strategy that, if all goes well, will completely fund the art creation of the entire first volume, allowing me to present an all-but-finished project to my potential backers for Kickstarter 2014, with exciting new rewards and incentives. And, by the way, early signs show things are already going very well.
Bottom Line: Amiculus: Volume I is happening, come hell or high water.
More to come soon!