Alternatives to Funding for Comic Book Creators | ACFA-Cashflow

It’s a good idea to know about the available funding possibilities for comic creators if you want to develop comics. This article aims to illustrate the differences between project and ongoing financing possibilities and some of the funding resources accessible. I’m not going to go into how to get a bank loan (I am not even sure if that is an option for comic creators).

Funding Options


A recurrent source of financing could be beneficial if you create content regularly. People who labor regularly would appreciate this. Working on a continuing comic series, for example (their own). This is a frequent strategy used by webcomic authors.

You can be a hobbyist or a professional seeking to make a living by creating and selling comics. 

You can use your creative process to develop and offer original content in exchange for continued financial support.

People willing to support you financially will be your biggest admirers, regardless of what content you supply. Because they want you to stay true to yourself.


Consider project-based funding when you need a specific amount of money to start and finish a project. It would help if you had a clear plan for completing your project to get the most out of project-based funding. You should know exactly what you require from the time you receive the funds until the job is completed.

Funding Resources/Tools

Family and friends

Friends and family might be a good alternative to crowdsourcing. Requesting their assistance and support for your comic can yield positive and unexpected results. The reason for this is that there are several advantages to enlisting their assistance, including:

  • You’re more likely to enlist the assistance of friends and family.
  • If they are unable to assist you financially, they may be ready to help you in other ways, such as:
  • Getting things in order (budgeting, accounting, finding resources, etc.).
  • Provides you with timely and accurate feedback.
  • Provides you with timely and accurate feedback.
  • If they say no, nothing horrible happens.
  • If you don’t receive enough financial support, you can always try crowdfunding.


You can use crowdfunding tools to advertise a project or raise money. I’ll talk about two of the most popular platforms: Kickstarter and Patreon.


Look no further if you’re seeking a program to automate your continuing fundraising for your comic(s) or content. Patreon includes all of the bells and whistles you’ll need to communicate with your patrons, distribute unique content, and (of course) collect your funds on time.

People are more likely to support a creator in today’s world personally. Not necessarily by purchasing comic books from a store (brick and mortar or other). Instead, they’re leaning toward directly funding an artist to keep doing what they’re doing. Patreon makes it manageable and straightforward to do so.

Allow me to use my Patreon page as an example, even though I’m not a comic writer (yet). 

Regularly, I publish new content (once every two weeks on Thursdays). 

There are a lot of people who come back to read my blog.

So here’s what I did:

  • Make my page.
  • I explained what I do regularly.
  • Provided exclusive content (behind-the-scenes stuff).
  • Described how I would use the assistance.
  • I expressed my gratitude.

This allows me to obtain direct feedback from my readers who wish to encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. In my case, that means doing research on comics and creating content that will help me make them.


  • You may establish a long-term relationship with your audience.
  • You can gain a following while working on your design.
  • Your fans will spread the word about your work.
  • You have the option of rewarding your fans.
  • You can enlist the assistance of your supporters.


Kickstarter is undoubtedly the most well-known of the project fundraising platforms. Kickstarter allows you to promote your comic or other ideas to the public and ask for financial support to meet your goal of covering the costs associated with finishing your comic. You can even offer incentives for making a specific monetary contribution (which is not required but strongly suggested).

You have a certain amount of time to promote your Kickstarter page. If you meet your target, you will receive the funds you have raised (minus the cut going to Kickstarter). Nobody loses money if you don’t meet your target. So there’s no harm done.


  • Either you get paid, or you don’t.
  • You get to establish a fan base of people who will pay you to see your project through to completion.
  • Your supporters will almost certainly promote your work.
  • You may thank your supporters, which will likely motivate them to donate even more to your cause.
  • If you don’t succeed the first time, try again! 
  • You can always relaunch your Kickstarter campaign.

Final Word

By now, you should have a solid concept of the different sorts of funding alternatives and tools that comic producers might use to start or continue generating comics.