Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film by IronSpike

Pledged: $80 USD (+$40 USD shipping)
Rewards: “The Lackadaisy Essentials” eBook and Hardcover, Signed bookplate, “Lackdaisy Cats, Vol. 1” digital download, “Lackdaisy Cats, Vol. 2” digital download, HD digital download of Lackadaisy Animated Short, Digital download of soundtrack, Digital download of storyboards
Kickstarter start date: March 17, 2020
Kickstarter funded on: April 18, 2020
Estimated delivery date: April 2021

Context:

I’ve been following the Lackadaisy comic for years now, and got pinged about an upcoming Kickstarter via their Discord. I went for the high tier with a signed physical reward, and an actual copy of the film.

Result:

TBA.

Under the Haunted Moon by Brian Firenzi

Pledged: $15 USD
Rewards: Name in the credits, early digital download, production updates
Kickstarter start date: October 23, 2019
Kickstarter funded on: November 23, 2019
Estimated delivery date: January 2021

Context:

This animation project comes from Brian Firenzi, the creator of 5-Second Films (an enjoyable short film series), who has also starred in projects by TomSka, Freddie Wong, and other content creators I know of.

Result:

TBA.

True Tail: School of Heroes by Skynamic Studios

Pledged: $25 USD (+$5 shipping)
Rewards: Digital thank you card, Early viewing, Wallpapers, Soundtrack, Digital art book, Physical sticker sheet (4 characters + Logo)
Kickstarter start date: June 23, 2019
Kickstarter funded on: August 22, 2019
Estimated delivery date: December 2021

Context:

This project comes from the main creator of a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic/Powerpuff Girls fan-made episode known as “Double Rainboom” that I saw back in 2013. Internet crowdfunding was required for a pilot episode for their new original series, after they were turned down by various Hollywood studios.

Result:

TBA.

Hand Drawn – Feature Film by Felicity Morland

Pledged: $50
Rewards: Digital download, Thank you, Sticker, Name in the credits, Poster, Enamel Pin, Pencils, Postcard, Ability to enter contest, Digital extras
Indiegogo start date: October 24, 2018
Indiegogo funded on: TBA
Estimated delivery date: June 2020

Context:

I heard about this film when it popped up on my Twitter highlights. With familiar artists such as Bill Plympton, and those who have worked on Cuphead and Hazbin Hotel on board, I decided to pledge towards this project.

Result:

The film has not yet been released. Physical rewards arrived on July 5, 2019.

Hand Drawn-branded pencils, eraser, stickers, pin badge, and cards.

Ashens and the Polybius Heist by Stuart Ashen

Pledged: $150
Rewards: Signed Blu-Ray copy of the film, Name in the credits, Production updates, PDF of shooting script, Digital copy of the film, Ashen Coin, Set of 6 badges
Indiegogo start date: July 08, 2018
Indiegogo funded on: August 08, 2018
Estimated delivery date: August 2019

Context:

Ashens is a guy who reviews relatively useless items on his couch. Apparently at some point, he made a film with some familiar faces such as Chris Bingham and Larry Bundy Jr. I didn’t even see it before deciding to back this sequel. I saw it later though. Of course, I had to aim for the name in the credits tier, which was pretty expensive.

Result:

The film has not yet been released.

Crash Zoom – Series 2 (Animated Webtoon) by Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell

Pledged: £16
Rewards: Digital goodie bag (thank you video, artwork, music, etc.), Behind-the-scenes vlog/preview Vimeo channel access, Postcard (signed by Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell and Ben ‘Wonchop’ Smallman)
Kickstarter start date: May 18, 2018
Kickstarter funded on: June 21, 2018
Estimated delivery date: September 2018

Context:

I didn’t have enough money for Tom’s earlier Eddsworld Legacy campaign, so I promised myself I’d back his next crowdfunding campaign, which turned out to be for a new season of his hilarious original animated series.

Result:

The signed postcard arrived safely in July 2018. A proper first episode of Season 2 has not been released yet, though there has since been a new short.

Patreon for Awesome Video Games

Pledged: $50 per episode
Rewards: Name in the credits, Early access to episodes, Production updates, Extended blooper reels, Access to 360 degree footage behind-the-scenes content, 4K resolution episodes
Patreon start date: March 04, 2016

Context:

Video Games Awesome is a Let’s Play series I’ve been watching for many years now. But previously, the people behind it worked on a comedy series called Awesome Video Games.

Result:

Before moving from Canada to Japan, Fraser filmed a whole new season of Awesome Video Games. Over three episodes have been released early to patrons in an unfinished state, currently without credits.

Charlie the Unicorn: The Grand Finale by Jason Steele

Pledged: $20
Rewards: Name in the credits, DRM-free/HD download of completed movie, PDF download of “Charlie the Unicorn: Lost in Dreamspace” storybook, 12 Charlie the Unicorn trading cards (signed by Jason Steele)
Kickstarter start date: February 23, 2016
Kickstarter funded on: March 25, 2016
Estimated delivery date: December 2016

Context:

The Charlie the Unicorn series is some of the earliest YouTube animations I can remember watching. I had to help bring its finale to life.

Result:

The PDF storybook and physical rewards, such as the signed trading cards, were sent out in Early 2017.

Part One of the finale was released on October 11, 2019.
My name appears at the 9:11 mark in the middle column (see below).

Low quality image of some of the physical rewards, including Jason Steele’s autographed card.
The backer credits of Charlie the Unicorn: The Grand Finale. NeonWabbit’s name is listed here as “Darien ”NeonWabbit” Dickinson”.

There She Is!! 6th episode ‘another step’ by amalloc SamBakZa

Pledged: $40
Rewards: Name in the credits, Digital “thank you” card, Early preview of complete movie, 3 exclusive wallpapers, PDF download of “There She Is!!” art book, Doki & Nabi T-shirt, DVD, Physical “thank you” card (signed by amalloc), 5 illustrated cards
Indiegogo start date: January 12, 2016
Indiegogo funded on: February 12, 2016
Estimated delivery date: December 2016

Context:

A masterpiece in Korean indie animation, the There She Is!! series was first introduced to me on Newgrounds. It has since been remastered in HD for YouTube, and was neatly wrapped up in its 5th and final episode. However, an opportunity to crowdfund a bonus 6th episode and a DVD of the series arose, and I couldn’t pass it up.

Result:

The DVD and 6th episode have not been finalised yet. Some digital rewards have already been sent.

Patreon for Duo Cartoonist

Pledged: $25 per month
Rewards: Access to behind-the-scenes of DuoCartoonist’s works, Special tools for painting and animation
Patreon start date: October 2015

Context:

DuoCartoonist are two animators who made quality MLP-related content using Toon Boom software. They had a special Patreon tier for animators, giving away Photoshop brushes, tools for colouring in images quickly, and puppet rigs.

Result:

After a couple of months backing the tier described above, DuoCartoonist shut down their Patreon and seemingly disappeared from the internet.