FOR MATT BORS, publishing life begins at reception.

With several days yet to go, more than 650 backers have responded enthusiastically to the Portland-based cartoonist’s well-received push for funding, pledging nearly $33,000 to his Kickstarter campaign.

Topping $30,000 means that Bors — a comics journalist and syndicated editorial cartoonist — has hit his “stretch goal” and will have the money to publish two collections of his work.

“I was really humbled by the rapid response, and it looks like ... [I can] print a second book,” Bors, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist, tells Comic Riffs over the weekend. “...I'll spend 2013 putting out two books, drawing three cartoons a week, and plotting future projects.”


By hitting the initial $20,000 goal, Bors can publish a “full-color, 225-page collection” of his cartoons and essays to be titled ”Life Begins at Incorporation.” The planned chapters include “One Nation Under Employed,” “Afghanexam” and “The Avenging Uterus.” And by topping $30,000, Bors — who in March became the first alt-cartoonist to win the Herblock Prize — says he can publish a second, 125-page collection of his earlier work.

The Kickstarter funds also allow Bors to say those 18 magic words that many a career-building colleague would love to utter:

“For this first time in 10 years, I'm going to be able to focus solely on my comics.”.