When you hear the names Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Michael Netzer, Yaakov Kirschen, Joe Kubert or Pulitzer Prize winning author Art Spiegelman do you think simply of historic comic icons? Well did you know that Will Eisner adapted the little-known Jewish folk tale 'The Rabbi and the Inquisitor' with a modern New York setting? Have you seen Robert Crumb's interpretation of the legend of the Golem of Prague? When you think of Art Spiegelman does the short story 'Prince Rooster' come to mind?
Whether you answered yes or no to the above questions, you should back the Jewish Comix Anthology: Volume 1! Our goal is to bring 47 comic book and graphic novel artists together - including dozens of these little-known Jewish stories by well-known comic artists - into print in one collection for you!
We're bringing together artists from Canada, the US, Israel and the UK, making the Jewish Comix Anthology: Volume 1 unlike anything you've ever seen before!
Would you also like to see new stories by contemporary artists? Well, we've got those too! 27 of the stories will be new adaptations of Jewish folk tales, aggadot (Talmud) tales and more into this Anthology of truly epic proportions! The stories range from spiritual (Rabbi Ben Dordia, The Flute Player) to supernatural (The Shape-shifting Sorceror, The Bleeding Tree) to humorous (Digging a Pit, Onions and Garlic) to tales of wisdom, adventure and discovery (How to Fill a Room, Yaish and The Protector)!
The Jewish Comix Anthology: Volume 1 will contain the works of 47 creators. It will be 8" x 10", approximately 252 pages, a beautiful mix of black & white with color comic book/graphic novel short stories, printed as a hardcover, perfect bound book. If this campaign is successful the Anthology will be ready for print this coming May, and will be released in June.
We're glad you asked! Robert Crumb, Joe Kubert, Harvey Pekar, Art Spiegelman, Yaakov Kirschen, Michael Netzer and Will Eisner, to name a few of the giants whose work will be included. In total there will be 20 comic creators whose previously published Jewish-themed works will be in the Anthology. The titles that will be included by these amazing creators have been published by DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Vertigo and Drawn & Quarterly from the 1940's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's!
But what makes this Anthology unique is not just the previously published material from the titans of the comics industry. What this Anthology contains is ANOTHER 27 ARTISTS who are creating brand new material! We hand-picked each of these 27 artists to illustrate additional fascinating folk tales and stories from Jewish culture. Words cannot describe how excited we are to have these amazing talents involved - including several artists whose original artwork is up for grabs as backer rewards - Adam Gorham, Haiwei Hou, Katherine Piro and Michael Netzer!
For a complete list of all 47creators who are involved visit: www.jewishcomixanthology.com
Your support is going towards the 47 artists involved in the Anthology (including the newly commissioned work + the previously published material), printing costs for the first print run, and fulfilling backer rewards.
Of course, we're giving out copies of the hardcover edition of the book, but check out these other amazing backer rewards including bookmarks, postcards and framed, original artwork:
Any amount that is raised above our goal will go towards more print runs, some marketing and Stretch Goals!
Risks and challenges
As much as possible we worked out the risks before launching this campaign. We spent months contacting artist representatives, negotiating with publishing houses for rights and locking down individual creators (not literally, of course) for the newly commissioned work. We have contracts in place and letters of intent with every agency and individual involved. Everyone is ready to rock!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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