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Identity is the first comic anthology from Northside Comic Artists
Identity is the first comic anthology from Northside Comic Artists
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Identity is the first anthology from Northside Comic Artists, a collective of comic artists from the Chicago area. Founded in early 2015, Northside Comics Artists strives to create a community of artists who support each other and collaborate on comics projects. Identity represents the collective work of fifteen of our members who, over the course of two months, each created a piece grappling with the theme of “identity.” The result is a collection of diverse stories and fantastic black-and-white art with genres ranging from poignant drama to surreal sci-fi and characters including humans, half-humans, lizard men, carrot people, and a ghost. 

Now that we’ve finished the comics, we need your help printing it! The final book will be a standard-size comic, saddle-stitched, with 44 black and white pages, and a fantastic color cover by John Vestevich. 

Below are some sample panels from each of the stories in our anthology.

Below are some descriptions and examples of the rewards available at each level.

Thank you for donating! You will receive a shout-out on our Twitter account (@nscomicartists) for being such an awesome person.  

A digital copy of the book (multiple formats available), plus a shout-out on Twitter.

A physical copy of the book, a digital copy of the book, and a shout-out on Twitter. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

A signed 11 X 17 color print of the cover, a physical copy of the book, a digital copy of the book, and a shout-out on Twitter. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

A Northside Comic Artists t-shirt (multiple colors and sizes available) + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

A custom, digital, full-color portrait by Kitty Curran (2 people max) + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

A custom, digital tryptic (3 panel) comic by Michelle Scott + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

A custom, digital, full-color mash-up of two of your favorite cartoon or comic characters by Edward Witt + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

A custom set of three envelopes by Troy Hunter + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

 Your favorite sci-fi/fantasy/comic character drawn as a cat by Andrew Larkin + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

You or a friend drawn as a warrior, ninja, or jedi (max of 2 people) + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +$6 anywhere else)

One 8.5 X 11 piece of original comic page (copy paper) + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$3 CA, +6 anywhere else)

One original 11 X 17 comic page (bristol) from the book (2 available) + everything from the $25 level. 

One original 11 X 14 ink illustration of your idea by one of the artists from our group (5 available) + everything from the $25 level.(free US shipping, +$3 CA, +$6 anywhere else)

A "Penultimate Backer" 5 X 7 laser-etched wood plaque with your face on it + second pick of original piece of comic art + choice of one $50 level reward + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$5 CA, +$10 anywhere else)

An "Ultimate Backer" 8 X 10 laser-etched wood plaque with your face on it + 15 original hand-drawn likenesses (2.5 X 3.5 on 100lb bristol board) +  first choice of original piece of comic art + choice of one $50 level reward + everything from the $25 level. (free US shipping, +$5 CA, +$10 anywhere else) 

We have selected a printer and have a quote on the book price. We’re planning on a run of 500 books. Here’s a breakdown of our costs:

  • Printing 65%
  • Shipping 17%
  • Unanticipated expenses 8%
  • Fees 10%

$2,500 - This amount will allow us to change printers and print a better quality book with a better paper stock and paper quality, plus better consistency in printing because it's a different printing process. This would result in better quality books being sent to all backers who selected a level with a physical print copy.

$3,000 - At this level  you will have provided us a great start on funding the second anthology from Northside Comics. If we reach this level, all backers (at every level) will receive a digital copy of that book when it is produced (estimated delivery December 2016) and a 50% discount on purchasing the physical copy of that book.

$3,500 - If we reach this level you will have funded approximately 60%-80% of Northside Comic's next anthology (depending on the print options we select). At this level all backers will receive a digital copy of that book and all backers at the $10 level and above will receive a physical copy of that book (estimated deliver December 2016).

Northside Comics is a collective of Chicago-area comic artists. We hold weekly drawing events around the Chicago area as well as special talks and demonstrations of interest to comic artists. All are welcome to join, and our membership grows by the day. You can see what we’re up to at northsidecomics.org

If you have questions about the comic or the group please email us at info(at)northsidecomics.org. 

Here are a couple of other places you can find us: 

Go to our website: northsidecomics.org 

Join our group: meetup.com/northsidecomics 

Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/northsidecomics 

Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/nscomicartists

Risks and challenges

The risks of backing this project are very low. The comic is finished and ready for print, so the only challenges will be ensuring the printing company adheres to our schedule and fulfilling the rewards on time. Thankfully, we have fifteen artists who are excited to help, so it’s very likely that the entire process will run smoothly.

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