About this project
Boom—stretch goal met! Everyone who pledges over $20 will automatically get the AMERICA 2020 mini. (More details below.)
A Special Issue of Our Journal
INK BRICK is a small press dedicated to comics poetry, founded in 2014. Our focus is a literary journal, also called Ink Brick. For the first time, the fall issue of the journal will debut in bookstores across the country. To celebrate this milestone, we've invited some of our favorite cartoonist-poets to collaborate on a special issue.
Support this project and you'll get 80 groundbreaking pages of full-color comics poetry by 20 creators at the top of the form. (Our distributor works well in advance, which is why we're building issue 8 before issue 7 is out!)
In 2017, everyone knows that comics are a powerful medium for storytelling and beautiful artwork. But what other expressive possibilities are hidden in the form? What new things can we say with all the elements of the comics page—the panel arrangements, cartooning, word balloons and captions, lettering styles, and on and on? In short, what else can comics do?
We started Ink Brick to answer that question. We started it to create a home for this exciting form that most people still don't know about, to create a community. We've now published six issues featuring over 100 creators from across the world. We're getting more work than we know what to do with, and we need your help to expand our reach and embark on exciting new projects.
Our press introduces new readers to the form and showcases diverse creators from around the world, whose varied styles and approaches point to the endless potential of the form. Your support will help us to reach new audiences, and to continue recruiting as many fantastic creators as possible.
You can also help us nurture the community of cartoonist-poets. Through our online store, we distribute projects for contributors and friends of the press, because we believe it's important for artists to make money from their work, and that a rising tide lifts all ships. We also occasionally publish mini comics to dive deeper into the work of individual artists.
As our issues quickly grew longer and featured more and more creators, we could no longer afford to pay contributor fees. We've committed to do so for this special issue, and your pledges will help ensure our ability to compensate all journal contributors moving forward. This is difficult, time-consuming work to produce, and supporting creators is the most important part of our mission.
Comics poetry has been around for a long time. You can find precedents in the collaborations between Joe Brainard and New York School poets like Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, and Barbara Guest; in "The Dream and Lie of Franco" by Pablo Picasso; or in George Herriman's Krazy Kat, to name a few examples.
What's certain is that there has never been more exciting work being done in the form, and that Ink Brick is a leader of the new movement.
We've done a lot in the last three years, and we're ready to do so much more. Join us for the next stage of our development—together we'll reach new audiences; support creators by providing a forum, creative feedback, direct compensation, and a marketplace for distribution; and we'll embark on more ambitious new projects with individual cartoonist-poets.
We can't do it without you, and we're deeply grateful for your support.
STRETCH GOAL DETAILS
If we hit $12,000 by the end of the campaign, we'll partner with our friends at Beehive Boooks and 4PANEL to produce a special comics-poetry mini in the spirit Allen Ginsberg's "America." The project will be called AMERICA 2020 and will feature multiple creators reflecting on where the country is right now, where it's been, where it could be, what America means...
If we hit the stretch goal, everyone who's pledged $20 or more will automatically get a printed copy of AMERICA 2020. We've already got a bunch of great creators signed on, with more to follow soon. Here's the contributor list so far:
Gregory Benton | Alyssa Berg | Anthony Cudahy | Molly Brooks | Warren Craghead | Erin Curry | Maëlle Dolieveux | John Hankiewicz | Keren Katz | Mark Laliberte | L. Nichols | Cameron Nicholson | Josh O'Neill | Alexander Rothman | Kenan Rubenstein | Jess Ruliffson | Anuj Shrestha | Alexey Sokolin | Bishakh Som | Andrea Tsurumi | Andrew White | Sophia Wiedeman
THE SPECIAL ISSUE
We gathered 20 of our favorite cartoonist-poets for this special issue. They are:
Vidhu Aggarwal | Alyssa Berg | Warren Craghead | Erin Curry | John Hankiewicz | Keren Katz | Mark Laliberte | Matt Madden | Paul Madonna (cover) | Alexander Rothman | Alexey Sokolin | Bishakh Som | Deshan Tennekoon | Andrea Tsurumi | Paul K. Tunis | Andrew White | Sophia Wiedeman | Shahar Sarig
The physical book is 80 pages, full color, 5.5" x 8.5" (~140 mm x 203 mm), perfect bound. It will ship in Fall 2017. All tiers that include the physical book also include a PDF copy of the ebook.
ANTHONY CUDAHY MINI | SNAKE ON YOUR PATH
This 32-page risograph mini is a meditation on the creator's partner's fight with cancer. A moving reflection on uncertainty, fear, faith, art, and love. Please note that the mini contains depictions of human bodies that some may consider inappropriate for young readers. Black-and-white on a dark gray cover, with interior pages cut to two paper sizes on light gray and white paper, respectively.
WARREN CRAGHEAD COMMISSION
A completely original 6" x 9" pencil drawing by Warren Craghead, drawn in response to whatever prompt you give him!
MAËLLE DOLIVEUX PRINT
A limited-edition, archival giclée print of artwork from Maëlle Doliveux's poignant piece in INK BRICK no. 3. Signed and numbered by the artist. 13" x 17"
KEREN KATZ PRINT
A limited-edition, archival giclée print of Keren Katz's gorgeous cover illustration for INK BRICK no. 2. The image is a portrait of the dancer Pina Bausch. Signed and numbered by the artist. 12" x 18.5"
These one-of-a-kind prints were generated during the press check for INK BRICK no. 2. By chance (!) the printer ran test pages of that issue over test pages from our previous one that were somehow still on hand. The results are gorgeous and weird mash-ups.Each one is approximately 9" x 12" and entirely unique.
ALYSSA BERG PRINT
An ultra-limited edition print by Alyssa Berg, featuring either the first or second spread from her piece in INK BRICK no. 8
436 pages of full-color comics poetry, including 3 spectacular anthologies featuring Ink Brick artists, as well as the special issue, INK BRICK no. 8. The anthologies are COMICS AS POETRY (ed. Franklin Einspruch, 80pp, 8.5" x 11", 2012); š! #18 (eds. David Schilter & Sanita Muižniece, 164pp, A6, 2014); and OVER THE LINE (eds. Chrissy Williams & Tom Humberstone, 112pp, 6" x 9", 2015).
WARREN CRAGHEAD ORIGINAL ART
Original, one-of-a-kind pages from Warren Craghead's piece in INK BRICK no. 8, the special issue! Pencil on paper. Note the page numbers; please specify which you'd like if you select this reward. We'll update the page to reflect what's still available.
Page 1 and Page 3 have been claimed. Pages 2, 4, 5, and 6 are still available.
JOHN HANKIEWICZ ORIGINAL ART
Original, one-of-a-kind pages from John Hankiewicz's piece in INK BRICK no. 8, the special issue! Ink and watercolor on paper. Note the page numbers; please specify which you'd like if you pledge at this level. We'll update the page to reflect what's still available.
MARK LALIBERTE COLLAGES
Original collages by Mark Laliberte! These "clean collages" are created on the back of hardcover books, and range from 4" x 6" to 6" x 9", and are part of the artists ongoing The Simple Sampler series. Each is handmade, one-of-a-kind, and signed/titled/dated on the verso.
Note the titles; please specify which you'd like if you pledge at this level. We'll update the page to reflect what's still available.
ANTHONY CUDAHY DRAWINGS
Original drawings by Anthony Cudahy from his forthcoming mini SNAKE ON YOUR PATH! Note the drawing numbers; please specify which you'd like if you pledge at this level. We'll update the page to reflect what's still available.
Drawings 1, 2, and 3 have been claimed. Drawings 4 and 5 are still available.
Since 2014, we've published six issues of the journal, featuring almost 500 pages of original art by more than 100 creators.
"...[INK BRICK is] the best possible place for newcomers to explore this rich new vein of comics." —Rob Clough in The Comics Journal
The Best American Comics has twice featured INK BRICK in its Notables section.
The Society of Illustrators' Comic and Cartoon Art Annual has included pieces from INK BRICK in every edition to date.
INK BRICK made the shortlist for the Prix de la BD alternative at the 2015 Angoulême International Comics Festival.
Our deep thanks to:
Marc Arsenault of Alternative Comics, Matt Moses of Hic & Hoc, and John Porcellino of Spit & A Half for distributing Ink Brick
Josh O'Neill of Beehive books for his consultation
Maëlle Doliveux for filming and advising on our video
Matthea Harvey for her consultation
Christina Xu for her consultation
Risks and challenges
We've proven our ability to deliver quality publications over six issues of the journal and several mini comics. By the time this special issue hits shelves, our seventh issue will be out as well. We've had time to perfect our format and production process, and we know that we'll get quality work from our printer.
We already have everyone's work this time, so barring an actual apocalypse, this book is coming out. Note that our distributor requires many months of lead time for our book to get into bookstores; thus the issue will not ship until the fall. (Some rewards tiers have additional shipping charges built in so that we can ship other books to you as soon as they're ready. We've indicated when this is the case.)
Your contributions will help us figure out how many copies to print. Knowing this can greatly reduce our risks and increase the long-term sustainability of our efforts.
It's always a challenge to coordinate getting rewards to folks. All of the creators contributing to this campaign are working professionals. We have great relationships with everyone and will be able to get rewards out promptly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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