The Sun and the Wayward Wind
A full-color comics and illustration anthology exploring and reimagining legends and lore from North America.
On lonely highways, giants lurk along roads and ghosts linger in rest stops. A deadly fire meets its grave in the green bay, and an earthquake crushes a home found in San Francisco. A daughter reclaims her father's old victory, while another journeys to Tepoztlán, thinking about her Mexican heritage and stumbling across something divine. Forgotten shores and talk of the legendary snake mountain, voices from the past and oceans in the sky...
Growing up, we absorb tons of shared stories from where we live. Urban legends, fables, and folktales morph over time, yet are defined by their determination to insert the fantastic into the mundane. This anthology has collected a new set of lore, told by the indie creators of today.
“The Sun and the Wayward Wind” is a full-color comics and illustration anthology, brought to you as an 192 page, 7.5”x10” softcover book. A line-up of sixteen comic teams and nine illustrators have come together to create new work that tells their own legend from North America. These creators bring you tales from the Arctic circle to Oaxaca, both historical and contemporary.
The next step is to raise the money to pay for printing, shipping, and paying our contributors. We are an independent publisher, and so are not affiliated with any larger publishing house or company. Here is the breakdown of our budget:
We hope you will join us in this new journey! Park the car, gather around the campfire, and let's tell some stories.
Comic Artists and Teams:
Femi Sobowale (Writer) and Caroline Dougherty (Artist)
Kat Elwell (Writer) and Sophia Zdon (Artist)
Cover art and book design by Brianna Gooch
Along with our outstanding line-up, we have some super-exclusive rewards accompanying our Kickstarter campaign!
A digital wallpaper version of the cover illustration of "The Sun and The Wayward Wind" by Brianna Gooch. Included with all tiers $5 and up!
A DRM-free PDF of "The Sun and the Wayward Wind" Included with all tiers $15 and up!
A physical copy of "The Sun and the Wayward WInd" mailed to your door! It comes with the PDF and wallpaper as well. Included at tiers $30 and up, with 25 early bird copies, get them fast!
A set of three 5”x7” postcard prints by contributors Raven Warner, Sarah Webb, and Ann Xu, wow! Included with all tiers $45 and up!
Three embroidered patches from guest artists Sarah Batchelder, Natalie Padberg-Bartoo, and Binglin Hu! Each designed their patch around a cryptid or American folklore creature of their choice, bringing you The Flatwoods Monster, The Hodag, and Blue Babe. These circular patches will be 3”x3”, with an iron-on backing. Get them individually or as a set! Included with all tiers $50 and up!
We also have special commission slots provided by our contributors! These are available at $115 and $205 tiers, and would be coordinated individually with each artist post-Kickstarter completion.
Full color, full body, single character commission by e jackson! Two slots available!
Full color, full body, single character with a simple background by Haley/Ivan Kasof! Only one!!!
7"x7" Black and white character bust by Sage Coffey! Five slots available!
Full color, full body, single character commission with simple background by Ashanti Fortson! Two slots available!
Full color, full body, single character commission by Hannah Schwartzkopf! Two slots available!
A 6x9 original watercolor painting from by Sarah Webb! Two slots available!
A limited color full body character commissions from AGLENNCO! Three slots available!
We also have a special tier for retailers and libraries only. Get five copies of the book at wholesale price, available for $75 plus shipping!
With every stretch goal reached, we will increase the page rate for comic creators and illustrators by $10, along with unlocking new features for the book and even more Kickstarter-exclusive rewards and previews!
- ✧ LOCKED✧ $36,000 -> $10/page bonus + Spot UV Gloss on the Cover!
- ✧ LOCKED✧ $40,000 -> $20/page bonus + SECRET REWARD #1
- ✧ LOCKED✧ $45,000 -> $30/page bonus + SECRET REWARD #2
- ✧ LOCKED✧ $50,000 -> $40/page bonus
- ✧ LOCKED✧ $55,000 -> $50/page bonus
And onwards!! There is no cap to artists' pay rates and we are excited to unveil to you our secret stretch goal rewards.
Time for some previews!!!
We're Dandelion Wine Collective, a small publishing press started in 2015 by Paloma Hernando and Sunmi, with a commitment to spotlighting great comics and marginalized voices. This book will be our third anthology we have published, and the biggest one so far. In the years since our inception, we've done everything we can to learn about independent comics publishing and have tabled at MoCCA Fest, SPX, DC Art Book Fair, and many other conventions. We are honored to be able to collaborate with so many amazing artists and writers on this project!
To learn more about DWC, visit us at dandelionwinecollective.com.
We want to give special thanks to: Taneka Stotts, Aimee Fleck, Annie Stoll, Cat Parra and Zora Gilbert, C. Spike Trotman, Kevin Czap, Ryan Sands, MICA Career Development, MICA Illustration, Stephanie Chin, Debbie Reese, Minh Q. Vo, Ana Maria Hernando, Milo Gould, and all of our contributors, past and present.
Risks and challenges
This is our first Kickstarter campaign and largest publishing project to date. However, we have all of our content, materials, printers and manufacturers ready and lined up to print the book and rewards post-campaign completion.
Potential delays may happen in the process of printing, shipping, and fulfillment, but we will be fully transparent and open in communication throughout the process!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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