Ready to Jump On the Crowdfunded Gold Rush? This Game May Help

A QUESTIONABLE GAME by George Peter Gatsis ( youtube twitter ) for Bleeding Fool

 

As usual, I’m going to assume you understand the physics of making a 10 minute hamburger FROM A FROZEN STATE, and garnishing it with French Fries, Waffles and Ginger Snaps.

 

So, lets jump right into the treasure hunt by answering some simple questions along the adventure to the MONEY, FAME and GLORY that is all things Independent Crowdfunded Comic Books!

 

THE QUESTIONABLE GAME:

 

1) Do you have you a history of work you can show off?
If yes go to question (2). If no go to question (3).

 

2) Do you have a following of people that are NOT social media ROBOT accounts?
If yes go to question (4). If no go to question (5).

 

3) Do you have a social media following?
If yes go to question (6). If no go to question (7).

 

4) Are you comfortable with putting your REAL name in front of your followers?
If yes go to question (8). If no go to question (9).

 

5) Are you brave enough to start a) an online video library, b) online streaming library, c) online thought library, d) online commentary library?
If yes go to question (10). If no go to question (11).

 

6) Is your social media following greater than 100 followers?
If yes go to question (12). If no go to point (13).

 

7) Do you have access to the internet?
If yes go to point (14). If no go to question (15).

 

8) Are you brave enough to speak from the heart and DAMN the consequences of what people who disagree with you might say or do?
If yes go to question (16). If no go to question (17).

 

9) Do you want to get yourself a LEGAL PEN NAME and a masked disguise that you can operate under?
If yes go to question (18). If no go to question (19).

 

10) Are your opinions and thoughts POLITICAL based?
If yes go to question (20). If no go to question (21).

 

11) Do you want to get to the TREASURE without online social contact?
If yes go to question (22). If no go to question (23).

 

12) Is your social media following greater than 200 followers?
If yes go to question (24). If no go to question (25).

 

13) Looks like you fall into the REALM of HIGH QUALITY DIGITAL PRINT PRODUCTION ON DEMAND.
Do you understand what the first sentence in point (13) means?
If yes go to question (16). If no go to question (26).

 

14) You need people to be AWARE of you.
These aware people are your potential customers.
Are you prepared to create an online presence of yourself?
If yes go to question (46). If no go to question (47).

 

15) Do you make or have enough money to get yourself internet access?
If yes go to question (28). If no go to question (29).

 

16) Are you a writer / or can you writer a story?
If yes go to question (30). If no go to question (31).

 

17) Are you prepared to wait by a Yellow Brick Road for a happy go-lucky girl and pet dog, on their way to do battle against a Witch, over some shoes?
If yes go to question (53). If no go to question (54).

 

18) Are you able to go up and down walls, fly or lift things?
If yes go to question (32). If no go to question (33).

 

19) Are you prepared to sit back and watch life pass you by?
If yes go to point (34). If no go to point (35).

 

20) Are you prepared to become a commentator about politics and sell health stuff to support your commentating?
If yes go to point (34). If no go to point (37).

 

21) Do you have opinions and thoughts that are neutral and will not offend ANYONE?
If yes go to question (16). If no go to point (38).

 

22) Are you prepared to live in a life style that of the PRE-internet world?
If yes go to point (40). If no go to point (29).

 

23) Are you prepared to ask a friend or family member, who have social media contact to try this hunt?
If yes go to point (42). If no go to point (34).

 

24) Is your social media following greater than 300 followers?
If yes go to question (44). If no go to question (16).

 

25) Are you prepared to loop back and proceed to the next level towards the treasure hunt?
If yes go to question (16). If no go to point (34).

 

26) Are you prepared to understand the strange and wonderful REALM of HIGH QUALITY DIGITAL PRINT PRODUCTION ON DEMAND.
If yes go to question (47). If no go to question (46).

 

27) Do you realize you got to this question by bypassing the treasure hunt?
If yes go to question (1). If no go to point (33).

 

28) Get your self internet access and go to point (6).

 

29) Get a job and go to point (28).

 

30) Do you have an artist to translate your words into art?
If yes go to question (48). If no go to question (49).

 

31) Do you have a writer to translate your idea into the writing?
If yes go to question (30). If no go to question (51).

 

32) Are you prepared to get a job as a high-rise window washer, a commercial pilot or as a furniture mover?
Are you able to utilize tools like hammers, chainsaws, nail guns, wrench or other such tools?
If yes go to point (52). If no go to question (49).

 

33) Are you an alien from outer space?
If yes go to question (53). If no go to question (54).

 

34) This is not the Treasure Hunt you are looking for. Proceed to point (69).

 

35) That’s the spirit! Get back in the game! Go to question (16).

 

36) Do you realize you got to this question by bypassing the treasure hunt?
If yes go to point (34). If no go to question (1).

 

37) Are you prepared to loop back and continue this treasure hunt by getting bumped up a level?
If yes go to question (16). If no go to point (34).

 

38) Jump to point (39).

 

39) I see you jumped here from point (38). Proceed with a life of non-conflict, non-drama and get yourself AN INJECTION OF HUMOR by going to point (69).

 

40) There are places on the Earth that, IF YOU LEARN THE NEEDFUL SKILLS, can sustain you with food, shelter and clothing. These places are called your PARENT’S BASEMENT. Proceed to point (34).

 

41) Do you realize you got to this question by bypassing the treasure hunt?
If yes go to point (34). If no go to question (1).

 

42) Go get them and come back here, and proceed to question (1)

 

43) Do you realize you got to this question by bypassing the treasure hunt?
If yes go to point (40). If no go to question (1).

 

44) Is your social media following greater than 400 followers?
If yes go to question (55). If no then level up and go to question (16).

 

45) Well, here you are again. Skipping the treasure hunt and landing in a non-questionable point. So what do you do? How about hop skip and jump over to question (16).

 

46) You are not ready for the treasure hunt. Proceed to do something else awesome and go to point (69).

 

47) Head over to this GOOGLE LINK on DIGITAL PRINTING ON DEMAND. Once you think you learned enough, hop back in here and LEVEL UP and go to question (16).

 

48) Do you have a colorist for the comic book art?
f yes go to question (56). If no go to question (57).

 

49) Get yourself an artist to collaborate with by going to these fine places  DIGITALWEBBING.comDEVIANTART.com, and  FIVERR.com.
If the first sentence in point (49) is not possible, then learn to draw and then go to question (48).

 

50) Hold your horses! You jumped too far. Head down to question (38).

 

51) Get yourself a writer by going to one of these fine places  DIGITALWEBBING.comDEVIANTART.com, and  FIVERR.com.
Go to question (30).

 

52) Well then, get yourself a copy of HANDYMAN.

 

53) Well then, you’ll need a DOSE of reality to get over humanity. So get yourself a copy of THE ABDUCTABLES.

54) Are you an alien from inner space?
If yes go to question (58). If no go to question (59).

 

55) Is your social media following greater than 500 followers?
If yes go to question (60). If no then level up and go to question (16).

 

56) Do you have a letterer for your comic book?
If yes go to question (61). If no go to point (57).

 

57) Get yourself a letterer by going to one of these fine places  DIGITALWEBBING.comDEVIANTART.com, and  FIVERR.com.
Then head over to question (61).

 

58) Since inner space is a temporary realm for traveling between realities, where did you originate from?
The left side of the universe, go to question (63). The right side of the universe, got to question (64).

 

59) Head over to point (34).

 

60) Is your social media greater than 1000 followers?
If yes go to question (65). If no then level up and go to question (16).

 

61) Do you have someone who will help package up your comic book for the printer?
If yes go to question (66). If no go to question (62).

 

62) Get yourself a production manager for your comic book by going to one of these fine places  DIGITALWEBBING.comDEVIANTART.com, and  FIVERR.com.
Then head over to point (66).

 

63) What part of the left side of the universe did you come from?
Vogshere, Krypton or Ego? Head over to question (67).
Cybertron, Caprica or Coruscant? Head over to question (68).
If your planet is not listed then head over to point (34).

64) Are you from United States? Head over to question (70).
Are you from Canada? Head over to question (71).
If your location is not listed then head over to question (72).

 

65) You are ready to LEVEL UP BIG TIME.
CREATE an email list by asking your followers to sign up, so they can get the special notices you will be putting out.
Head over to question (16).

 

66) You are ready to LEVEL UP AGAIN.
Head over to question (73).

 

67) You are too focused on your immediate environment and are unaware of the greater world around you.
Head over to this place called INDIECRON and discover some awesome worlds to expand your mind.

 

68) You are of the mindset that of a machine. You need to relax and laugh some more. Head over to INDIECRON and get yourself something that will tickle your funny bone.

 

69) Get a copy of JOE KING vs. WORLDs GREATEST AVERAGE HERO.

 

70) Come on! What are you doing jumping around the universe??? Get with the treasure hunt! LEVEL UP and head over to question (16).

 

71) Look, eh. I have one thing to say aboot you. Stop jumping aboot and head over to question (16).

 

72) There’s no hope. Submit to the independents ( INDIECRON ) and learn what they are doing right. Head over to question (16).

 

73) You have your team together.
Now you need to figure out the costs that will determine what your Crowdfunding Goal is going to be.
Head over to (74).

 

74) Some of the numbers you’ll need to figure out.

 

______ how many pages in the book
______ how many books do you want to print

______ $ cost of the cover art
______ $ cost of the interior art ( layout + pencils + inks + color )
______ $ cost of the lettering
______ $ cost of proof reading
______ $ cost of preparing the files for press
______ $ cost of the printing

______ weight of the comic book
______ weight of the packaging material to mail your comic book (very important WEIGHT is a significant cost when mailing items)

______ $ cost of the shipping material
______ $ cost of mailing
______ $ subtotal

______ $ cost of crowdfunding fees
______ $ total cost

______ $ cost per book ( total cost / how many books )

______ $ cost of your crowdfunding goal ( $ total cost + percentage (%) of profit margin )
______ $ cost of your lowest REWARD ( $ cost per book + ( $ cost of shipping / how many books ) + percentage (%) of profit margin )

______ how long will your team take to produce the book
______ how long will your printer take to deliver the books
______ how long will it take to package up the rewards and put them in the mail
______ subtotal number of days
______ add at least 2 to 3 additional months as a buffer incase of unforeseen circumstances
______ total number of days to deliver the rewards
(very important it’s better to deliver on time or before your estimated date)

 

NOTES:
1) “percentage (%) of profit margin” is the number that ends up as your profit.
2) since taxes are different around the world, it is not calculated in the formula.
3) cost of items such as TRADING CARDS, BOOK MARKS, T-SHIRTS or ORIGINAL ART  are extra costs on top of the $ cost of the printing.

If you PLAYED THE TREASURE HUNT without skipping, you may end up with the feeling of being overwhelmed.

It is overwhelming and if you made it to point (74) then you have gotten further than a lot of people who dived into the CROWDFUNDING without figuring out all the essential details.

George Gatsis

George Peter Gatsis is an illustrator and has been hands on producing a wide range of Advertising & Marketing content for the past 20 years. When he isn't creating, George loves to relax, put his feet up and read comic books, watch movies and TV, and eat a plain cheese burger with sweet potato fries. Check out his website georgepetergatsis.com and subscribe to his Youtube channel, and follow him on Twitter.