The goal of this project is to create a weekly comic-strip broadsheet titled Coffee Talk that will be carried in coffee shops or cafes. The purpose behind that goal is to breathe life into and revive the experience of the newspaper comic strip.
I'm a daily syndicated cartoonist. Unfortunately, newspapers are dying, and while my strip It’s All About You is in a handful of papers – the Boston Globe, the Tampa Tribune, etc. – I'm looking for a way for comic strips to really thrive.
The internet is great -- but there's nothing like reading comic strips in a newspaper you can hold in your hand. The project is therefore to create a newspaper of comic strips. Since much of my strip IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU takes place in a cafe or is coffee-related, Coffee Talk could be carried in cafes and coffee shops.
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU features Michael, a neurotic caffeine addict, and covers his relationship with Gina and a lot of other talkative, self-centered characters. http://coffeetalkcomics.wordpress.com/its-all-about-you/
What others have said about IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU:
“A wry and funny analysis of MAS (Multiple Anxiety Syndrome), IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU is an urban comic fable that details the persistent ignorance of smart people.”
“Tony Murphy draws delightfully jittery, caffeine-fueled comics that confirm what you've been thinking the whole damn time: It IS all about you!"
-- Keith Knight, Creator, Harvey Award-Winning Creator of The Knight Life
Some of the other strips I’ve recruited for Coffee Talk are:
MAX, by Marc Bilgrey: Max is a writer who is tortured by a muse with a sick sense of humor – and by pretty much everyone else in his life. http://coffeetalkcomics.wordpress.com/max-by-marc-bilgrey/
EVE N’ STEVEN, by Anne Gibbons: Eve’s a political activist who speaks her mind and doesn’t pull her punches. Steve is down with the cause, but prefers to ROLL with the punches. http://coffeetalkcomics.wordpress.com/eve-n-steven-3/
STRINGS ATTACHED, by Ali Solomon: If "Friends" was set in college and populated with people you could stand to be around, you’d have Ali’s strip. http://coffeetalkcomics.wordpress.com/strings-attached/
POP CULTURE SHOCK THERAPY, by Doug Bratton: It’s the Sta-Puf Marshmallow Man meets Peanuts meets Mr. Ed meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde meets Godzilla! http://coffeetalkcomics.wordpress.com/pop-culture-shock-therapy/
BITTER GIRL, by Joan Hilty: A dynamic cast of lesbian friends and lovers explore the central themes of shyness and unrequited lust.
Also featured will be other local artists and people whose stuff we just like, like Stephanie Piro, who does the great Fair Game. http://www.stephaniepiro.com/
The funds are needed for printing; also some sort of container for the broadsheet (a smaller version of the newspaper kiosk in Starbucks, for instance); distribution; and I need to pay the cartoonists for their work.
This is meant to be a regular, ongoing publication, so ultimately ads will have to be sold so that the project can fund itself.
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