“For myself, I want no advantage over my fellow man, and if he is weaker than I, all the more is it my duty to help him.” —Eugene V. Debs
This is the first I'd heard about this. This is really a shame, on a bunch of different levels. It's the sort of thing I wish would succeed, in several different ways.
Several of the webcomics I follow have done Kickstarter programs to publish their webcomic in book form. There is obviously a market out there because all these guys have raised several times the amount they had set as goal. One guy has already turned out one beautiful hardback cloth-bound book, and is now on his second Kickstarter program to publish the second volume with a "box" that will contain both volumes as an option for the higher donations -- all while holding down a day job! There's definitely a market out there for quality content, which the mainstream publishers like Marvel and DC are not providing. Don't know specifically about works by/from/about people of color, but I do know of several out there with a large BGLT readership. (One guy, who put out a beautifully drawn graphic novel on his website raised over 3 x his Kickstarter goal for publishing it in book form). This may be the direction things are heading.
Kickstarter's great for people with a following. Part of the tragedy of VN is they had great word of mouth when they launched, but I think anyone trying to kickstart a similar project now would suffer from VN's failure--unless they already had a good record on their own, of course. Someone like NK Jemisin could still do it.