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Two years ago I co-founded Foxing Quarterly, a literary & arts magazine based here in Austin, Texas. My goal with Foxing was to spotlight literature and comics within our city and beyond. We’ve done this through readings, art shows, concerts, book swaps, and even a small-scale literary festival (pictured).
New South is a continuation of Foxing's mission. With the money raised through this campaign we plan to establish a large-scale books and comics festival for June 2015: a four-day celebration with two days of festival, bookended by corresponding events like an art show and concert. The festival, taking place on Saturday (6/7) and Sunday (6/8), will feature a book fair with 120-150 exhibitors and cross-disciplinary panels. New South will celebrate independent literature, alternative comics, small presses, and print culture. It will be highly curated, focused, fresh, and irreverent.
Since Foxing's inception, I have been fortunate enough to meet and collaborate with some very talented literary entities here in town, all of which have become good friends. American Short Fiction, A Strange Object, Austin Review and Write Bloody will have a hand in organizing this event alongside Foxing. Together, we'll work hard to make this festival a reality.
Additionally, your support will help us launch new year-round literary and comic programs under the New South umbrella. We see this as an opportunity to explore new methods of encouraging literacy and comic arts within our community.
We can only do this with your support. Please help us get started. Join us in launching New South’s first year!
Thanks so much,
Editor & Founder | Foxing Quarterly
Our team consists of several figureheads from the eclectic variety of lit journals and publishers in Austin.* Our collective mission is to support the literary arts at the local level and to bring publishers, writers, cartoonists, artists and readers into conversation. There is a very strong, budding literary scene happening right now in our city. We would love to encourage its growth. Together, we believe we can establish a very unique and exciting literary event in Austin.
Danithan (Foxing Quarterly), Director
Jill Meyers (A Strange Object), Literary Director
Shannon McCormick, Programming Coordinator (Comics)
Adeena Reitberger (American Short Fiction), Programing Coordinator (Lit)
Rebecca Markovitz (American Short Fiction), Programing Coordinator (Lit)
Derrick Brown (Write Bloody), Master of Ceremonies
*We are all working on this event for free. No money from this campaign will go into organizer payroll.
The space caps at 2,000 people. It is a perfect setting for a large-scale summer event. It has 3 large lawns (for exhibitors), 1 smaller lawn (for hourly panels), electrical outlets throughout, driveway for food trucks (very important), and a small loft above the museum office (green room for exhibitors and special guests).
It's important for us to keep this festival FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. This will help us encourage the growth of our local scene. And, as a frequent exhibitor at various festivals, I know the added pressure of costly table rates. By keeping TABLE FEES CHEAP for exhibitors, we'll buffer exhibitors' travel expenses and increase their profit margin at New South.
Furthermore, we plan to establish ourselves as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization. A small chunk of money received will go towards making this happen. There are certain benefits attached to 501(c)3 status: tax exemption, ability to accept tax-deductible donations, legitimacy of IRS recognition, and access to a wider selection of grants for further funding. This will help us continue to grow community outreach projects in our city.
- Tables & Chairs - $2,500 (Estimated for 120-150 Exhibitors)
- Signage and Advertisement - $2,000
- Tents - $1,350
- Delivery/Setup fees- $290
- A/V - $250
- Security (Required at the space) - $400
- Nonprofit Startup Fee - $850
- Kickstarter Rewards & Shipping - $1,800 (estimated)
- Kickstarter Fees - $2,000
- Venue - $5,500
TOTAL - $16,940
The remaining amount will help with any unexpected fees/emergency costs and, if this inaugural fest is successful, contribute to building New South's 2016 year.
With the help of many of our amazing friends, we have curated a wonderful cache of incentives for helping us fund this campaign.
Rewards include: original art, zines, lit journals, exhibitor space at the event, advertising opportunities, posters, apparel, stickers, buttons, and more!
Back in February, New South's organizers hosted a Post-it art show & reading at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle, Washington. We were very lucky to receive original Post-it art by a myriad of very talented artists and cartoonists. Several of these wonderful pieces will be offered as incentives throughout the duration of this campaign. Some of the artists involved include Jim Rugg, Ryan Cecil Smith, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Roman Muradov, and many many more!
NOTE: NEWEST POST-ITS ADDED AT THE TOP!
UPDATE: JIM RUGG POST-IT ART
UPDATE: NEW LARGE BATCH OF POST-IT ART
TOP ROW: Bangs by Roman Muradov, Squid & Whale by Sean Ford, Benny Shellfisch by Paul Hornschemeier.
MIDDLE ROW: #1 by Leslie Hung, My Outfit by Ryan Cecil Smith, #2 by Leslie Hung.
BOTTOM ROW: Fashion Cat #2 by Alex Schubert, Knife by Alex Schubert, Bart by Alex Schubert
(UPDATE: SOLD!) BEN SEARS POST-IT
(UPDATE: SOLD!) YUMI SAKUGAWA POST-ITS
UPDATE: POST-ITS (BATCH 2)*
(UPDATE: SOLD!) Glasses by Roman Muradov:
(UPDATE-SOLD!) Butterfly by Jim Rugg:
Every week we'll reveal new original pieces available to contributors. Each Post-it is limited to only 1 edition. We'll be announcing new pieces via this campaign's "updates" tab and our social media platforms. Follow us!
Also on Fox Hunting, Foxing Quarterly's blog:
(UPDATE: SOLD!) Vincent Price by Paul Hornschemeier:
(UPDATE: SOLD) Legs by Sean Ford:
Post-it Master List:
- Alex Schubert (6)
- Jim Rugg (6)
- Sabrina Elliott (5)
- Kevin Jay Stanton (6)
- Roman Muradov (16)
- Anis Mojgani (8)
- Jesse Lucas (4)
- Paul Hornschemeier (3)
- Pat Aulisio (4)
- Sean Ford (4)
- Yumi Sakugawa (2)
- Raul Gonzalez (2)
- Eric Reynolds (4)
- Leslie Hung (2)
- Laura Knetzger (5)
- Will Dinski (2)
- Liz Prince (3)
- Daniel Fishel (2)
- Ryan Cecil Smith (30)
- Jaime Willems (4)
NOTE: NEW REWARDS ADDED AT THE TOP!
UPDATE: NEW SOUTH/STREET ANGEL TOTE BY JIM RUGG
UPDATE: NEW FOXING SHIRT BY BEN SEARS
(UPDATE: SOLD!) Original Piece by Jensine Eckwall
The piece measures 12.5" x 17" (approximately). It will come unframed and be limited to only 1 edition.
(Note: This is not a print. It's the original painting.)
Risks and challenges
The risk is fairly low. Our venue is already booked and the festival dates are set. The money from this campaign will help pay for the costs of putting it all together. We have a great team of organizers, some of which have organized festivals before. We also have an amazing support system in organizers of other festivals who have offered their guidance in making sure New South is a success.
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