About this project
THE TEAM - William Evertson, Susan Shulman and Ria Vanden Eynde.
BACKGROUND: Art Mysteries is a series of graphic novels set in modern times chronicling the misadventures of three starving artists as they traverse the broken dreams of the treacherous ARTWORLD.
Welcome to Kalicorp Art Mysteries. Like all artists, our Seeking Kali Collective shares the frustrations of endless rounds of grant applications, presentations to galleries, promotion and still having the energy to produce art. There has to be more to it than luck, persistence and talent. We've put our heads together and come to some startling conclusions. In the Kalicorp Art Mysteries we share what we've learned about the mysterious labyrinth known as ... ARTWORLD. Each issue follows our humorous explorations into Artworld and features many fine under-represented artists as themselves or as guest villains. We include links to their work so that you can investigate their real identities. As luck would have it the real art world is so full of controversy that each issue also contains timely avenues for 'ripped from the headlines' excitement.
We have already produced five riveting editions that include guest villains such as artists Mark Bloch aka Marquis d’Blox, Jane Wang, aka Wang, Matthew Rose aka Matthew Scissorhands and Angela Ferrara as Molly. Many artists have also had cameos in the last five issues: Mara Thompson as Maramara, Betty Esperanza as Madame Betty, Picasso Gaglione and Keith Buchholz as the Gadget Twins, Luann Palazzo as the Shopkeeper, Philip Hartigan as Investigative Journalist, Joan Harrison as Curatorial Assistant, Photographer Zoe Hiigli, Bibiana Padilla Maltos and Hennesy Youngman as well.
Since the launch in 2012, Kalicorp Art Mysteries continues to hold a unique place in the comic genre. We are the first and only arts based comic that focuses on contemporary international working artists with the actual art world as a setting. Each page is a collage featuring our original art and photography. Underlying the humor in Art Mysteries is keen observation and critique of our field of endeavor, the arts. In 2013 we continue to mashup the artistic traditions of Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, Art Spiegelman and Ralph Steadman in our graphic social and cultural commentary.
For the non artist who may ask, "Why is this art?" Art Mysteries provides a hitchhikers guide to our wild road trip through unfamiliar terrain. For the collector who may ask, "Why should I care?" Art Mysteries is an inexpensive entry into the broad range of original art and print editions created by members of the Seeking Kali Artist Collective.
Our comics are not mass produced. They continue to be created by hand in limited collector editions using archival inks and papers.
WHERE YOU COME IN
WE NEED to continue to unravel the mysteries surrounding ARTWORLD. We are at the abyss of our investigations and need to press forward. With the help of the Kickstarter arts community, our families and friends, we will be producing another four action packed issues in 2013. We love developing these issues even though our families, friends and pets have told us, GET SOME SUPPORT or ELSE!!!! Our ultimate goal is to continue producing engaging and fun issues while travelling the maze of insanity in the art world. We need you to refill our piggy banks and ink cartridges. That’s why we are coming to you, our supporters, and offering up some really cool rewards in exchange for helping us continue our amazing artistic journey as we create the 2013 collection of four new issues.
WHO WE ARE
The Seeking Kali Artist Collective is William Evertson (USA), Susan Shulman (Canada) and Ria Vanden Eynde (Belgium) who in 2010 explored connecting their individual creative processes through social media platforms to create bodies of work involving traditional and non-traditional art forms. These social media platforms quickly became virtual studio spaces that the three artists used to invite other artists to come into and collaborate. All three artists exhibit internationally and their original works are included in collections worldwide. Their work has been at the forefront of many art projects such as A Book About Death and the Exquisite Corpse blog Analogue Narratives.
William Evertson’s website: http://www.williamevertson.net/
Susan Shulman’s website: http://www.susanshulman.com/
Ria Vanden Eynde’s website: http://www.riavandeneynde.com/
To date we have published five issues of the graphic novel Kalicorp Art Mysteries, all pigment printed on archival stock, hand collated and bound. Each issue has been limited to approximately 100 copies.
For 2013 we are expanding these 12 page limited edition comics to 150 for each issue.
The comic has also been included in several arts archives including the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, the Getty Museum, the Yale Archives and the Art Institute of Chicago.
BACK ISSUE SUMMARIES:
- Issue #1: Our first issue begins as a story in mid telling. Surely these characters are up to no good. Their motivations are conflicted and the back-story is yet to be explained yet our protagonists attempt to navigate the precarious ARTWORLD.
- Issue #2: The mystery deepens as some startling revelations come to light. ARTWORLD holds many secrets including robot forgers and mind control.
- Issue #3: Ria battles giant robots while the hidden Brazilian complicity deepens. ARTWORLD begins to see spots. The dark and utterly mysterious Matthew Scissorhands makes an appearance.
- Issue #4: Protected by blindfolds during the Hirst-storm, Ria and William’s sensibility survives intact while Susan is trapped in a Snow Globe.
- Issue #5: William and Ria travel to Belgium and France in search of Susan and their big art break. Will a rhino in the Musée d'Orsay, gargoyles and strange encounters in the Paris catacombs keep them from their shot at ARTWORLD fame? William, Ria and Susan uncover even more devious plots that threaten to keep Kalicorp under the art radar.
- Issue #6 (Spoiler) – William and Susan get an art residency. But will they ever be allowed to leave? (Where is the residency? Find a clue in the video and leave your guess in the comments to receive a bonus reward of an autographed picture of Mini Susan. Limited to the first 10 correct answers)
What our readers say about Kalicorp Art Mysteries:
Artist and Writer Philip Hartigan - "Told in a garish cut-up graphic novel style."
Artist and Filmaker Betty Esperanza - "I am going to brag about my comic debut."
Artist Bibiana Padilla Maltos - "Reading my Kalicorp Mysteries Series...Very Creepy!"
Filmmaker Ezra Soiferman - "A fun read and very strange stuff."
Artist Joan L Harrison - "I am riveted!"
Artist Corine Bayraktaroglu - "I just got mine in the mail, going to blog about it!"
Artist Picasso Gaglione - "One of the best zines around, No Joke!"
Artist Lawrence Charles Miller - "The super heros are all super!"
Artist LuAnn Palazzo - "YYYYEEESSSS!"
Filmaker Cam Boyce - "#3 is wicked gritty crafty wonderful!"
Artist Mara Thompson - "Double Loooooking....with a magnifying glass!"
Artist AnnMarie Tornabene - "I'm enjoying the latest issue of Kalicorp Art Mysteries and the 'unpaid intern"!
PORTFOLIO SAMPLES FROM ISSUES #1 - #5
Kalicorp Art Mysteries Around the World
All images ©Seeking Kali Artist Collective
Risks and challenges
During the completion of the first five issues in 2012, we've put most of our challenges behind us. The next four stories are outlined and ready to storyboard. The time, workflows and budgets are based on past experience rather than guesswork. Our main concern is tracking which of the various real time art world happenings to use as the backstory of each issue. Each subscriber can count on receiving an issue every three months.
CAUTION: EACH ISSUE MAY CONTAIN CONTAMINATED HUMOR!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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