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A diverse collection of comics and essays riffing on the image and idea of masks.
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$6,000 - We will print the run in hardback! All backers receiving a print copy will automatically be upgraded to a hardback copy!

The Project

MASKS: An Anthology is a collection of comics and essays examining one of comics most indelible symbols: the Mask. Featuring eight original comics and four insightful essays from writers and artists from around the world, this anthology looks at masks in new and exciting ways.

MASKS Cover by Dean Stuart
MASKS Cover by Dean Stuart

The Comics

Our writers and artists have really run wild with the theme of masks, ranging from the literal to the figurative. No two are alike! Here's a little taste of what we have in store: 

 

THE ROYAL - Created by Elliot Balson
THE ROYAL - Created by Elliot Balson

 

MISSED CONNECTIONS - Created by Willa Johnson
MISSED CONNECTIONS - Created by Willa Johnson

 

BUNT - Written by Scott Baumgartner, Art by Siobhan McDonald
BUNT - Written by Scott Baumgartner, Art by Siobhan McDonald

 

FACELESS - Created by Patrick Ehlers
FACELESS - Created by Patrick Ehlers

 

SIMON THE ADVENTURER - Created by Louise Xa
SIMON THE ADVENTURER - Created by Louise Xa

 

BLUEBERRIES - Created by Anna Coughlan
BLUEBERRIES - Created by Anna Coughlan

 

THE CURATOR - Created by Seumidh MacDonald
THE CURATOR - Created by Seumidh MacDonald

 

THE CURSED MAN - Written by Gustav Lacok, Art by Paul Clark
THE CURSED MAN - Written by Gustav Lacok, Art by Paul Clark

The Essays

These essays, examining how masks have been used in various comics, are written by a collection of comics scholars, historians, and critics, including Megan Sinclair, Louise Quirion, Patrick Ehlers, and Spencer Irwin. They've come up with fascinating topics -- ranging from superheroes to art installations -- that will help place our comics in the context of history.

The Rewards

A personal "thank you" on all MASKS-related social media.

Your name will appear in all print and digital copies of MASKS as a listed backer. Includes social media "thank you".

A downloadable PDF of MASKS: An Anthology. Includes backers' list and social media "thank you".

A physical copy of MASKS: An Anthology. Includes downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

A physical copy of MASKS: An Anthology and your choice of any 2 MASKS stickers. Includes downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

A physical copy of MASKS: An Anthology and your choice of MASKS Print (DEAN STUART's cover, select pages from ANNA COUGHLAN's BLUEBERRIES, or select pages from WILLA JOHNSON's MISSED CONNECTIONS. Includes downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

Your choice of any 4 stickers, any two stickers and a print, or any two prints. Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

Have your comic or portfolio reviewed by MASKS editor DREW BAUMGARTNER (MLitt Comics Studies). He will read your script/portfolio of an original property (up to 22 pages) and provide a written critique. Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

One A4-sized commission from ELLIOT BALSON, artist on THE ROYAL for the MASKS anthology. (Check out his work here and here.) Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

One A4-sized commission from PAUL CLARK, artist on THE CURSED MAN for the MASKS anthology. (Check out his work here.) Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

One A4-sized commission from ANNA COUGHLAN, artist on BLUEBERRIES for the MASKS anthology. (Check out her work here.) Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

We will ship your copy of MASKS around the world to be signed by every contributor! Includes downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

MASKS editor DREW BAUMGARTNER will edit and letter your comic of up to 24 pages! (Check out his lettering work here.) Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

One original illustration created for MASKS by illustrator EMMA DAISY BOUMAN. (Check out her work here.) Includes print copy of MASKS. Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

One page of original artwork from BLUEBERRIES, created by ANNA COUGHLAN for the MASKS anthology. Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

MASKS editor DREW BAUMGARTNER will edit and letter your graphic novel of up to 144 pages! (Check out his lettering work here.) Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

The original cover art to MASKS by artist DEAN STUART. Includes print copy of MASKS, downloadable PDF, backers' list, and social media "thank you".

The Funding

We are seeking $5,000 to print and ship this book. The comics and essays are complete and ready to go, so we just need to print it, which is where you come in!

We have some exciting stretch goals prepared if we exceed our goal. Any funds in excess of those stretch goals will be put towards our next anthology. 

Risks and challenges

Because the artwork, essays, and design from the book have been completed, the primary concerns with this project will be printing and shipping. Printing will be handled overseas, which will add a bit of time to the process, but will hopefully be mitigated by the fact that the book can be sent to the printer as soon as we are funded!

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