Mythological fantasy comic “Icarus and the Sun” flying high on Indiegogo, raises $300k on first day

Brazilian artist Gabriel Picolo unleashed Icarus and the Sun on Indiegogo this week, and the 60-page graphic novel immediately soared past the $300 thousand (yes, $300,000) mark in 24 hours. That incredible total places Icarus and the Sun within striking distance of Ethan Van Sciver’s Cyberfrog: Blood Honey as the most successful crowdfunded comic book of all time.

But what is Icarus and the Sun all about? Here’s an overview of Picolo’s history with the project taken from the Indiegogo page.

“A few years ago I was doing my 365 days of doodles challenge. It was supposed to be just one illustration, but I felt there was so much more to tell about their relationship. So I started to craft a story revolving around their tragic break up. To my surprise, the story resonated with a lot of people that started to follow my work. Because of that, I got a lot of opportunities to work as a comic book artist. I was never able to publish this book by myself, and this has been a personal goal of mine for a while. After lots of planning, I’ve decided to do a crowdfunding so we can make this happen together. I am reaching out to you, a fan of these characters, to join me on this campaign to launch their full story for the very first time.”

Backers can get a digital version of Icarus and the Sun for $15, while physical copies of the book start at $22. You can add a set of 3 artwork prints for a total of $32, but all of the higher-cost tiers are already sold out.

Having already raised more than $340 thousand, the Icarus and the Sun crowdfunding campaign has already achieved its first two stretch goals. The books will now be hardbound, and physical-tier backers will also receive a set of cactus stickers. Picolo has promised more stretch goals as the campaign moves forward.

What do you think? Is the book destined to shatter records? You can check out some sample artwork below or visit the full Icarus and the Sun Indiegogo page here.

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