Kickstarting The Tithe

By Mike Rosenberg

Earlier this Summer, the fine folks at Penny Arcade began a little experiment on Kickstarter. Their goal was to see how much support they could get to run their Penny Arcade website, ad-free, with additional original content.

The title of the project was "Penny Arcade Sells Out". And it ended up raising over $525,000, which at the start of 2013, will provide the following to fans of the comic:

-Penny Arcade's home page, free of ads

-PATV will showcase the Strip Search reality show, featuring 10 web cartoonists vying to win a grand prize of cash and full use of Penny Arcade's studios to promote their work for one year

-A six-page Automata comic that will run alongside the regular comic strip

One of the stretch goals that was part of the Kickstarter, however, was what really got me excited.

Art by Mike Krahulik, featured on the Penny Arcade Sells Out Kickstarter page

Lookouts: The Tithe was a stretch goal that would be unlocked if the Kickstarter campaign reached $550,000. It was planned to be a six-page special that showcases the girls growing up in the world of The Lookouts. Of course, it received quite a bit of buzz.

So much buzz, in fact, that Mike Krahulik announced via his Twitter page that he would still create and run this special six-page strip alongside the regular comic, despite the stretch goal not being reached. And with art like this...

...we are anxiously awaiting more details on this project. After all, as big fans of The Lookouts, it is hard not to be excited to see more of Eyrewood Forest come to life.

To learn more about Lookouts: The Tithe and the many other projects that have begun through the Penny Arcade Kickstarter page, be sure to visit their website and their Kickstarter page for more info. For more information on The Lookouts comic series, visit The Lookouts page here at cryptozoic.com. The Lookouts Issue #1 is available now in comic book stores, and is available online through comiXology. Issue #2 of The Lookouts is slated for release in early October. 

Rosenfloggen's picture Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg has been a long-time trading card game fan and an active freelancer in the hobby game industry since 2004. He wrote, editted, and managed web content for Cryptozoic Entertainment from March 2012 until October 2013.