Well, yeah, but the problem with those options is that none of them are as bad of an idea.Not sure a kickstarter would work.
Let's see, Nightfall has a fandom of what, 300 based on that poll at the top? Homestuck has a fandom of at least 7 million by my estimate based on unique page views, and got almost 25,000 backers; if the ratios hold that would be... about one person? That can't be right. Let's throw out that math, call it maybe 10% willing to help the artist, optimistically, so 20-30 people?
A new copy of adobe flash would cost... okay, adobe is refusing to tell me anything, but outside sources seem to say about $700 new or 200-300 on craigslist or ebay. Kickstarter takes 30% IIRC, so best case scenario is 10$ each from about thirty people, and it might take as much as $50 per person or more, which is a nontrivial amount for most. And you'd need to go through all the legal hoops and paperworks the kickstart requires, and spend the time for whatever the backer rewards were (probably 88-ish fanarts?), and it might not even work.
Paypal donations would likely be a better option for raising money, since it wouldn't be on a time limit, they don't take as much of a slice for basic things and you don't need to go through any hoops unless you're registering as a business or an official charity, etc. Most of the people who would have any chance of contributing would be here or maybe your Tumblr so there isn't any problem getting the word out and you don't need the big framework Kickstarter provides.
You can also reduce the price if you can prove you're a student, but again I can't find how much and I can't be bothered to search more now.
Or you could take a free option instead of the official adobe product. Piracy would obviously be against forum rules to talk about or recommend, but while I was looking for the price I got directed to this site which claims to be open source alternatives. (When it's easier to download a free knockoff than to find the price of your product, you're doing it wrong)