Covey, who has cut his teeth doing freelance cartooning is learning what we all learn soon enough: Freelancing is not an endgame.
"I truly appreciate every opportunity I've been given. Kickstarter though, is my chance of doing a book without limitations. It gives me the ability to do the book how I envision it, and it opens up so many other possibilities."
I have seen lots of resistance among comics fans- many of whom are amateur or semi-pro cartoonists themselves- against people like Covey using Kickstarter in this manner. The idea being that one should only try to crowdfund a book once it is totally completed. I have even heard of fans that say anyone who seeks to do this has a "sense of entitlement" and shouldn't be allowed to divert attention away from people who have already created the comics and built their fanbase, say on a webcomic.
I personally think it's great to see artists out there testing the waters to see if they can drum up support for their unfiltered artistic vision. Whether it's established pros or newbies, I say if you have the creative skills, track record and marketing chops to make a crowd-funding campaign work, more power to you! Joshua Covey certainly has the drawing ability and a proven record at being on-time and up to par creatively. We'll see if he has the marketing game to raise the loot to get this made. He must be doing okay. He got my pledge...
Click here to see the rewards he's offering and to back his campaign.