Back on July 30, 2018, I unveiled IndieChron, crowdfund tracking of independent comics from my site here meant to highlight indie books and show how much of a dent they’re making in the industry from their successes.
The point was this: we would promote indie books, have a good spot for people to find links and be able to surf and find books they want as a kind of news aggregator.
It was a spreadsheet, I was updating by hand with Edwin Boyette, and while it served its purpose, it was ultimately taken by a twitterite named PixelTraitor who made a much better site out of it and so I let them do that.
The purpose was always support indie comics. It was always “whoever asks to be on, can be on”. Those was always our plan as, in July, my group I was involved with was very inclusive and wanted everyone who makes and loves comics to be a part. It was a true indie revolution for the positive.
That changed over the last month as this group got taken over by alt-left internet trolls who form harassment mobs to try to harm different creators of all stripes. The site that I allowed to take over from my spreadsheet began gatekeeping books off over personal politics between creators — the antithesis of what my movement and indycron were supposed to be about.
So I sent forth with a great guy Joey D (the programmer of IndyCron) to provide what it was always intended to be: a hostpot for news for indie comics. We’re upgrading the way it’s looked at with a focus now on promotion of indie works. We want it very clear and easy to read, something folk can find any book they choose and click on the books.
The best part is we don’t only track IndieGoGo, a site with about 1/100th the amount of indie comics that Kickstarter has — but we have the main kickstarter site as well. This helps us fully get the scope of what’s out there on the market. I’m also using a news feed to talk about comics the come out through other means and even have a pull list for indie comics in the comic shop.
It’s a TON of work. Just adding these and doing the blog and sourcing news weekly is going to be a chore. I don’t get paid from it, I’m paying for the hosting and site. This is all to help indie creators and readers have a very organized site where they can peruse and find projects they want to support.
Comics on the site don’t necessarily have my endorsement, as that’s not the purpose. This is a news website like anything else. If, say, Ethan Van Sciver puts up a book, I will list it. If Gail Simone puts up a creator owned book, I will list it. We at IndyCron will not discriminate as that’s not our job or roll here, just to promote indie comics.
Anyway, the site is here, so check it out.
And if you like what I’m providing and do want to support, please just check out my book, Flying Sparks: Meta-Man Special which I released directly to Amazon. Silver Age-style fun, $4.99. An affordable and available indie comic like everyone asked for.