UPDATE: We've reached our funding goal of $5000!! Every donation/pre-sale from here on out with go to paying the artists involved!
The concept behind SP7 is to contextualize the post-manga wave in western art-comix within the broader history of manga itself by paying tribute to the ground-breaking publication GARO. In short, we feel as though the GARO phenomenon of personal, idiosyncratic, and experimental manga is re-manifesting itself within contemporary art-comix due to the residual influence of the 2000’s manga boom in America. What EC was to the Undergrounds of the late-60’s/early 70’s, Manga is to today’s most interesting underground cartoonists. By featuring the works of these western artists together in a traditional right-to-left/newsprint/pulp-manga format we hope to engender discussion about the trans-national influence of manga on the broader world of art-comix.
The foundation of our intended aesthetic is GARO itself. The design of the book is meant, for a moment, to fool the onlooker into believing they’ve discovered a new issue of GARO (which has been out of publication since 2002.) For this reason we’ve modified the GARO logo to reflect the letters SP. More importantly the book will read right-to-left like a traditional manga.
We are making some departures from the classic GARO format in order to
stand out in the art-comix market, most notably an over-sized format (10” x 13”.) The interior pages will be unbleached newsprint and feature full-bleed artwork.
Each contributor will receive multiple contributor copies. We are aiming for a page count of 100-150 pages and a price point of $15.
If the funding of this project ends up going ABOVE our goal of $5000, the money will go DIRECTLY to the artists involved based on their contribution to the book.
Zach Hazard Vaupen
Ryan Cecil Smith
Keenan Marshall Keller
Editors: Ian Harker & Box Brown
- (36 days)