Ethan Van Sciver’s Cyberfrog raises half a million dollars; becomes most successful crowdfunded comic book in history
On Monday, the crowdfunding campaign for Cyberfrog: Blood Honey ended as a massive success, raising 6659% of its original goal for a total of $535,012 – that’s over half a million dollars, folks. For those keeping track, it’s also a new record for a crowdfunded comic book.
Cyberfrog is the creation of veteran comic book artist and YouTube Star Wars commentator Ethan Van Sciver, who is acting as both writer and artist for Blood Honey, with coloring duties falling to rookie colorist, Kyle Ritter.
Other than an anonymous attempt to confuse consumers and possibly to derail the project by creating a fake Cyberfrog crowdfunding page, the Blood Honey project has seen remarkable success from beginning to end. Originally seeking just $8 thousand to fully fund the project, that benchmark was reached roughly 20 minutes after the campaign launched.
Van Scriver created and published Cyberfrog comics from 1993 to 1998, but abandoned the character when he shifted into more mainstream work including the Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern for DC Comics, X-Men for Marvel, and even illustrating self-help psychology books. After being disillusioned with the comic book industry, Van Sciver decided to return to Cyberfrog as a way to create comics with full creative control.
Recently, lagging sales at comic shops and concerns of political/ideological encroachment into the professional practices of the comics industry has led several creators to turn to crowdfunding. Among these, Cyberfrog has been the most successful, followed by other projects such as Mitch Breitweiser’s Red Rooster: Golden Age, Brian Pulido’s Lady Death: Apocalyptic Abyss and Team Splatto’s Jawbreakers: Lost Souls.
Writer/artist Van Sciver doesn’t intend to keep the Indiegogo page open as an on-demand store, but it’s still taking orders at the time of this writing, so there’s hope for you to still jump in with a pledge if you act fast. Otherwise, Van Sciver has hinted that Blood Honey will eventually make it onto store shelves, one way or another.
Is this the best place to mention that Cyberfrog is now more profitable than Solo: A Star Wars Story?
You can check out the Cyberfrog: Bloody Honey Indiegogo page here.