There are three reasons you should donate to Eddie Wright's Tyranny of the Muse project on Kickstarter:
- Comic books are awesome.
- Tyranny of the Muse is the comic adaptation of Eddie's amazing novel, Broken Bulbs, with art by Jesse Balmer. If you don't know why this is a big deal, check out my interview with Eddie from last year.
- Kickstarter is a way for independent artists and creators to find alternative funding sources without having to get on their knees for corporations. What's not to like about that?
If you're not sure how Kickstarter works, a project sets a specific goal and deadline ($4500 by October 18, in this case). Backers pledge to donate, and if it can garner enough pledges to meet their goal by the deadline, then the project gets funded. If not, then no money changes hands. As an incentive, backers are offered perks like autographed copies and other exclusive goodies. You can even set up payment through your Amazon account for added convenience.
Tyranny of the Muse at Kickstarter
tyrannyofthemuse.com (with sample art and scripts)
Broken Bulbs is available as a free ebook at:
And here's an excerpt from my interview with Eddie Wright:
MM: One of the things that struck me right away about the novel was your style. You have a very compelling rhythm to your writing, short staccato bursts, repetitive phrases, repetitive sounds. Is that something you do consciously, or do you prefer to let it flow in a stream-of-consciousness style? Do you edit much, or is the final version pretty close to how you initially put it down on paper?
EW: It starts as stream-of-consciousness. Puke really. I puke it out then I sort through the puke and shape. "Puke castles" I suppose. I try to figure things out after they're out. The rhythm is there from the start. I want everything to sound good out loud. As soon as I write anything I read it aloud to ensure that it flows and feels right and rhythmic. The editing is very important in trying to understand what I've written. I usually start with an idea, a place to land, and then I run there at full speed, then I look back and see if I can figure out how I got there and what it all means. I don't ponder specific sentences or descriptions. I try to capture a feeling. I cut-and-paste and shift things and delete. If a word messes with the flow, it's gone, or changed, or whatever. I want things to be readable and more importantly, re-readable. I like things can be read quickly and absorbed. That's always the goal.