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Help produce the zine SYNDICATE PRODUCT No. 20: THE META-COMICS ISSUE, which includes essays, stories, and comics about comics.

Hello, my name is A.j. (Anita) Michel, and I’ve been reading zines since 1986, and publishing my own zine projects since 1998. From 1998 to 2004, I published ten issues of LOW HUG, and several one-shot zines. Since 2004, I’ve been publishing SYNDICATE PRODUCT, a mostly compilation zine with issues focused on specific topics: packratting, television, cleaning, record stores, and so forth. (See samples of all available issues here: syndprod.etsy.com).

My current project is SYNDICATE PRODUCT No. 20: THE META-COMICS ISSUE, which includes essays, stories, and comics about comics.In this issue, contributors write and draw about what goes into making their comics, why they read comics, how they have created comics as therapy, trying to adapt favorite novels into comics, favorite creators and long lost characters and imprints, memories of first comic books and dusty comic book stores, some favorite writers and artists, comics used as comfort during childhood (and adulthood), and finally reading those “racy” comics that they peeked at as a teen, but never actually purchased.

Contributors include: JB Winter (the amazing cover you see in the video), Delaine Derry Green, Steve Bojanowksi, Alisa Harris, William Brian MacLean, Dan Shoemaker, Andrew Wales, Andrew Coltrin, Mike Faloon, Davida Gypsy Breier, Jen McCleary, Ken Bausert, Sean Stewart, Eric Lyden, and Juleigh Howard-Hobson.The issue will be 40 digest-sized pages with separate covers, and for the first time ever, I’m looking for financial help, as printing and postage costs have increased greatly in the past few years, and I’m doing a larger and higher quality print run than usual. I’m trying to raise $750 for this project.

Estimated Budget:

Cost for 300 copies, digitally printed B&W on 24lb paper, with 60lb B&W covers, and delivery: $425

Mailing Supplies (envelopes, labels, other packaging materials): $75

Postage for shipping to stores, contributors, reviewers, and backers: $200

If more money is raised, it will be used to increase the print run, perhaps add color covers, and send copies to zine libraries and archives around the world.

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