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Maple Key Comics, a comics anthology magazine, serializing the stories of talented emerging cartoonists.

About this project

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.

See comics pages and learn more about the creators in our Updates page!

Announcement: Issue 2 Star is indie comics darling Nicole Georges (Calling Dr. Laura, Invincible Summer) We're very excited to have her on board!

New Reward: $40 for a physical copy of Maple Key Comics and a commissioned piece of art drawn for you by Laurel Lynn Leake, Josh Lees, Joyana McDiarmid, Dan Rinylo or Luke Howard. Your portrait, your parents’ portrait, your pet, your favorite pop star, your favorite character from TV, movies, comics, video games, whatever. YOUR choice!

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About 

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).

Creators 

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!

Carl Antonowicz
Carl Antonowicz
Billage
Billage
Neil Brideau
Neil Brideau
   
Jon Chad
Jon Chad
Rachel Dukes
Rachel Dukes
Nicole J. Georges
Nicole J. Georges
    
Sophie Goldstein
Sophie Goldstein
Laurel Holden
Laurel Holden
Luke Howard
Luke Howard
Laurel Lynn Leake
Laurel Lynn Leake
Josh Lees
Josh Lees
      
April Malig
April Malig
                                  
Joyana McDiarmid
Joyana McDiarmid
Mathew New
Mathew New
Will Payne
Will Payne
Dan Rinylo
Dan Rinylo
Isabella Rotman
Isabella Rotman
Sasha Steinberg
Sasha Steinberg
Iris Yan
Iris Yan
                                         

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.

Rewards 

Everyone who supports Maple Key Comics will get a thank you in the first issue. 

Prints

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. 

Mathew New original
Mathew New original
Dan Rinylo Original
Dan Rinylo Original
Jon Chad original
Jon Chad original
Joyana McDiarmid original
Joyana McDiarmid original
Josh Lees original
Josh Lees original
Josh Lees original 2
Josh Lees original 2
Sophie Goldstein original
Sophie Goldstein original
Rachel Dukes original
Rachel Dukes original

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!

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    COMMISSIONS: Issue 1 of Maple Key Comics, physical copy AND a 5"x7" commissioned piece of art by your choice of Laurel Lynn Leake, Dan Rinylo, Luke Howard, Josh Lees or Joyana McDiarmid. Whatever you want us to draw, we will draw it for you!

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