OFF THE SHELF: Black Mountain-based comic creator Steve Mannion has been known to release his work in unconventional ways, including five crowdfunding campaigns for his comics and an eBay-facilitated release of at least one book's artwork.

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. Steve Mannion’s Fearless […]

ENGINEERING THE FUTURE: The Guzzoline Robotics team, which recently won a state-level competition, formed through local nonprofit Ashebots. A-B Tech provides a space for the youths of Ashebots to explore robotics concepts with guidance from adult mentors several times per week.

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a youth education group’s advancement into a multi-state robotics competition; local author Jason Chestnut’s dream to publish his debut novel; and A.C. Reynolds High School marching band’s quest to buy 25 additional uniforms.