On lonely highways, giants lurk along roads and ghosts linger in rest stops. A deadly fire meets its grave in the green bay, where love blooms between a woman and a spirit in the water. Forgotten shores and talk of snake mountain, voices from the past and a train ride with the Jersey Devil…
Personal folklore, local legends, and reimagined stories all come together in one exciting, new visual anthology.
“The Sun and the Wayward Wind” is a full-color anthology of comics and illustration, brought to you as a 180 page, 7.5”x10”, softcover book. A line-up of fourteen comic creators and ten illustrators create new work under the theme of telling their own tale from the continent of North America. These twenty-eight creators bring you snapshots from the Arctic circle to Oaxaca, ranging from historical to contemporary, with both realistic and speculative fiction.
This is our relaunch campaign for the project, and we are fully committed to bringing this book to life. Here is what has changed:
- We have decided to absorb the cost of printing into a competitive business grant we received from our school last April called MICA UP/Start. By doing so, we have brought down the initial goal and focused our campaign entirely on pushing forward the work of our artists.
- We have lowered the sale price of our book, reflected in all of our reward tiers.
- We have adjusted the production costs of our rewards, and created samples to show exactly what you can expect from our Kickstarter-exclusive patches and postcards!
- We have new and improved reward tiers that include more commission slots, early bird tiers, original comic pages, and in collaboration with Ipsy Bipsy Studio, an opportunity to have DWC help you make your very own risograph-printed minicomic or zine!
Our main goals now are to raise the money to pay for shipping, reward production, and paying our amazing contributors. Here is the breakdown of the initial budget:
Without further ado, it’s time to park the car, gather around the campfire, and share some stories.
Femi Sobowale (Writer) and Caroline Dougherty (Artist)
Cover art and book design by Brianna Gooch
Along with our outstanding line-up, we have a ton of fantastic Kickstarter-exclusive rewards! Here is what you can expect from each of our reward tiers.
"Fur-bearing Trout" - 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!
"The Jackalope" - A DRM-free PDF of "The Sun and the Wayward Wind" Included with all tiers $15 and up!
"The Wampus" - 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 $27 and up, with early bird copies available at $25 for the first 48 hours of the campaign!
"The Dwayyo" - A set of three 5”x7” postcard prints by Raven Warner, Ann Xu, and Sarah Webb, printed on a shimmery “Pearl Linen” cardstock. Included with all tiers $42 and up!
"The Jersey Devil" / "The Chupacabra" - Three guest artists, Natalie Padberg-Bartoo, Sarah Batchelder, and Binglin Hu have all designed their own patch around cryptids and American folklore creatures. These circular embroidered patches are 3x3”, with an iron-on backing. Get them individually or as a set! Included with tiers at $45, $50 and up!
"The Chupacabra" also has a new early bird tier available at $47 for the first 24 hours of the campaign!
"The Hudson River Monster" - This reward tier is for retailers and libraries only! Get five copies of the book at wholesale price, for $67 plus shipping!
We also have special commissions available from many of our contributors at $115 and $205 tiers! These commissions will be created post-Kickstarter completion, and coordinated individually with each artist depending on their schedule and materials. Details for each commission can be found in their individual tiers!
"Pine Mountain Devil" - This new tier at $300 includes all previous rewards, along with an original comic page from Ann Xu’s “The Sun and the Wayward Wind” comic "Shepherd." You will also receive an additional copy of each our previous anthologies, "3 AM" and "Add Value/Add Time", both of which also feature Ann’s work!
Make your Minicomic/Zine with DWC & Ipsy Bipsy! AKA "Bigfoot Makes a Zine!!!!!!"
DWC editors Paloma & Sunmi, along with risograph printing studio Ipsy Bipsy, will help you bring your minicomic or zine to life! We will workshop your idea, edit your work, assist with layout, and finally, print and bind your very own passion project! This is perfect for an individual looking to try out risograph for the first time, or maybe for an organization who needs a nice pamphlet for an event. Whatever your idea is, we will help you create a 5.5"x8.5" 16-28 page zine, and ship it to you from Ipsy Bipsy here in Rockville, Maryland.
✧LOCKED✧ $23,000 -> $10/page bonus
✧LOCKED✧ $25,000 -> $20/page bonus + Illustrated Map Poster by Stuey Stulack
✧LOCKED✧ $28,000 -> $30/page bonus
✧LOCKED✧ $32,000 -> $40/page bonus + Digital Short Comic by Tillie Walden
✧LOCKED✧ $35,000 -> $50/page bonus + SECRET REWARD
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.
The first stretch goal reward at $25,000 will be an 11”x17” illustrated risograph poster by Stuey Stulack, which will pinpoint the locations where each story in the book take place on a map of North America! Included with all physical reward tiers.
The second stretch goal reward at $32,000 will be a new short comic by Tillie Walden, drawn in textural, vibrant style with ink and markers. This comic will be published digitally and sent to ALL backers as a PDF!
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'd like to give special Thanks to: Taneka Stotts, Aimee Fleck, Annie Stoll, Cat Parra and Zora Gilbert, Kevin Czap, Ryan Sands, MICA Career Development, MICA Illustration, Debbie Reese, Minh Vo, Ana Maria Hernando, Milo Gould, and all of our contributors, past and present.
Risks and challenges
This is our relaunch of a previous Kickstarter campaign and we have taken various measures to ensure that this one will reach initial funding, mainly with the decision to invest a sizable amount from our company's grant to print this book
By producing many of our rewards beforehand, we will ensure quality and timeliness in production of the final rewards. Our fulfillment date is currently predicted for May 2018, but even with our generous scheduling, delays may occur with outsourced jobs and international shipping from our selected offset printer in Canada.
All artwork and visual components of this book are complete and once the interior design is finalized, it will be immediately ready for print.
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