Maple Key Comics is a comics anthology magazine, released bi-monthly. It is dedicated to featuring the work of talented emerging cartoonists. Focusing on serialized stories, Maple Key Comics brings you the joy of new installments of your favorite stories with the convenience of having them all in one book. Maple keys are the winged fruit that fall from maple trees like little helicopters. If comics are the fruit, Maple Key Comics hopes to be the wings.
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Announcement: Issue 2 Star is indie comics darling Nicole Georges (Calling Dr. Laura, Invincible Summer) We're very excited to have her on board!
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Maple Key Comics will be subscription based, with a choice of physical books or digital books. The first issue will be released on April 1st, and will contain 12 serialized stories, 3 short stories and 3 ongoing columns. It’s 300 pages of content in the first issue alone! The serialized stories will last a full year, 6 issues, or half a year through issue 1 - 3 or 4 - 6. This way readers can read complete stories over the year and will have the opportunity to discover new cartoonists.
Physical books will be in black with white and will cost $15, or $12 with a subscription. Digital books will cost $6, or $5 with a subscription.
It’s like Mome (Fantagraphics), but with a group of stories starting and ending together. It’s like Shonen Jump or Shojo Beat (US publisher, Viz Media) but with indie comics. It’s like Oily Comics but all in one volume. Each issue will feature a Star cartoonist, someone who launched their career by self publishing their own comics. Issue 1 features Jon Chadurjian (Leo Geo, Bobo Backslack, Mesmer, Whale Town, Drop Target).
The creators were asked to contribute because they are great storytellers at the beginning of their careers. Maple Key Comics will give our stories the opportunity to have a wider audience than any one of us could do on our own.
I've received most of the pages for the first issue, and they look amazing! Everyone has knocked it out of the park, and I can't wait to share them with you!
Where Does the Money Go?
$7,000 will fund the print runs of the first 2 issues of Maple Key, let me buy ISBNs, shipping supplies, and a table at MoCCA Fest where Maple Key will debut. It will also cover all the little things, like stickers, postcards and promotional costs.
Everyone who supports Maple Key Comics will get a thank you in the first issue.
Cover of Issue 1, April/May 2014, by Luke Howard (11 x 14)
Cover of Issue 2, June/July 2014, by Dan Rinylo (11 x 14)
3 prints from Head Space, by Laurel Lynn Leake. (8 x 10)
Limited original art from Issue 1: Jon Chad, Sophie Goldstein, Rachel Dukes, Dan Rinylo, Mathew New, Josh Lees, and Joyana McDiarmid.
A Bit More
Maple Key Comics is starting small, and is planned to run for one year. If the first year goes well it will continue to a second year. The books will be published through CreateSpace, a print-on-demand service. This will allow for cost effective small print runs, quick turn-around and the option to sell through Amazon.com.
Maple Key Comics will be the first publishing venture of Samara Press. Samara Press will be dedicated to supporting new artists while exploring the world of publishing, creating beautiful print and eBooks, and staying on top of technological advances in publishing.
Risks and challenges
The first issue is almost finished, so there will be no problems getting it to the printer in time.
I have lots of experience publishing minicomics and have collaborated on the production of the comics anthology, Queerotica. This is my first venture publishing an anthology on my own and there will no doubt be bumps in the road. Luckily I have a wonderful network of cartoonists who self publish and work with larger publishers to help me get on my way.
Fulfillment of the Kickstarter rewards might take longer than I hope, but I’m planning on starting as soon as the physical copies of issue one hit my doorstep. Even if I have to lure my friends in with brownies and make them stuff envelopes, I will get books to you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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