Erfworld 2016 Pin-Up Calendar is Rob Balder’s 5th successful Kickstarter campaign.
Rob started Erfworld in 2006, and with the help of four different artists over the span of four books, they released a fantasy/comedy web comic about a master strategy gamer who is summoned into a game like fantasy world.
Rob’s goal for this campaign is to collect high-quality prints of the first twelve pin-ups drawn by his current illustrator, Xin, over the last 18 months, into a 2016 wall calendar.
The catchy part is that the calendar will show the characters the fans are used to, but they will be in a setting and a moment that is unguarded and personal, which might not ever come up in the comic.
This way, the calendar will always stand as a special “master work” of Erfworld art. They are also extending their Battle Crest lapel pin collection with a new item you can get exclusively through the 2016 Pin-Up Calendar KS campaign.
But what is more than awesome is that Rob is redirecting all additional money pledged to this project to the artists.
And isn’t that such a wonderful thing to do, since they work weeks on a single image!
Essential Learning Lesson From These Makers:
16:16 – How does one make a living with free content online: inspiration from the first successful crowdfunding comic
19:05 – Giving to the community and receiving support how it works over time for a web comic
22:38 – Early stages of getting a webcomic out into the world
24:59 – Different ways to schedule updates: motivation and incentives
28:33 – The challenges of doing a week’s updates schedule
30:50 – Reaching the point where you start asking for support
33:03 – How to make it big by starting small in partnership with other creators
37:04 – The features of the comic audience: from the golden age to nowadays challenges of multiple entertainment sources
38:59 – New content: does the audience need updates or are they regulars
40:53 – Three specific actions that make a difference in crowdfunding campaigns