Artists continue to use the goose of potential gold that is Kickstarter.

Comics rock-star Neil Gaiman and rock rock-star Amanda Palmer today have launched a Kickstarter project to help crowd-fund a mini-tour of the West Coast.

The newlyweds say they are are seeking $20,000 in donations so they can record the five-city tour this fall and offer a CD and digital download of the event, titled “An Evening With...” (Update: The campaign has reached its goal this morning in a matter of hours.)

Gaiman tweeted that for pledges of $500, a limited number of backers will receive “VIP tickets etc to support our attempt to record the evenings for posterity.”

The “Sandman” author and former Dresden Doll promise a chat-style evening of “weird instruments,” as well as “some unpublished and uncollected Neil Gaiman stories and poems.”

The tour will kick off Halloween night at L.A.’s Wilshire Ebell Theatre and conclude 11 days later in Vancouver.

This summer, Gaiman was an early vocal supporter of the Kickstarter campaign to fund the Womanthology book project. Led by artist Renae de Liz, Womanthology raised more than $109,000 to become one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns ever.


Kickstarter is also proving fruitful for the creators behind the comics documentary “Stripped.”

Webcomic creator Dave Kellett (“Sheldon,” “Drive”) and Sundance-veteran cinematographer Frederick Schroeder (“Four Sheets to the Wind”) say today that they’re providing a video update of their feature-length film.

The new footage (below) features cartoonists Kate Beaton (“Hark! A Vagrant), Richard Thompson (“Cul de Sac”), Greg Evans (“Luann”) and Ryan North (“Dinosaur Comics”) in conversation.

The “Stripped” campaign, which has surpassed its initial goal, is seeking to raise additional funds to improve the quality and potential reach of the film.



Also still “live” is the Kickstarter project for the documentary project “Untold Tales of the Comics Industry.” Seattle-based comics writer Brandon Jerwa has raised more than $6,000 for his film, whose interview subjects include the “Chew” team of John Layman and Rob Guillory and artist Ben Templesmith.



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