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The Hook

A poster comic that looks great on the wall... but is also a 14 page comic. Once folded and cut the poster becomes into a mini-book, and the story is transformed revealing a modified narrative!

An original and novel idea that brings the formal elements of comics center stage!

Background

Hi, I'm Jim. I'm an artist, I make comics, and I also run a project called the Mobile Comics Factory (MCF). I love comics and zines, so I'm regularly trying to come up with new ways to engage young people in zine and comics culture.

Example page from previous comic 'Heart Wood Sap'
Example page from previous comic 'Heart Wood Sap'

I even gave a TEDx talk about the MCF project, and about why I think it is important for young people to draw:

In my work with children and teens over the past year I have developed a series of comic strips entitled Panel Discussion. These are short meta-textual pieces designed to teach the formal elements of comics through the narrative of the comic itself. I also really enjoy showing people how a simple sheet of paper can be turned into a book with just a few folds and cuts. Did you know that was possible? no glue or staples required! I love how this transforms how we relate to and understand the paper. We don't add or remove anything, it is simply reconstituted. See the video below for a demonstration of how this works (no that isn't the poster)

 

The Pitch

A poster that reads as a giant A3 comic strip. But there is a secret to this poster... By following the included instructions you can fold and cut your poster to turn it into a book! This will not only change the form of the comic but it will also change the story! Panels will be moved around, some may be hidden, new panels will now be visible that were on the back of the poster before. Now, as you read the book the story will still make sense! It will have changed, but it will still be coherent.

The finished product will be sent to you, but will also become a new resource for the mobile comics factory and allow me to improve the work I do with young people on the streets and in schools.

The Journey To Completion / How will my pledge be spent?

The time and restrictions of the MCF project do not give me the means to make this idea the best it can be within its framework. But you can help, with your pledge you give this idea not only funds to print it but a vote of confidence. We can make this happen. If I know there is an audience for this idea outside of the MCF then I'll know it's worth doing.

I have already created a non-narrative prototype that is functional and exists as a proof of concept. However creating a narrative work is much more complex and will take time and head-scratching. By funding this project through kickstarter I can establish a link with an audience for the project. Share my progress with you and we can enjoy the challenge together!

I will not be using any of the funds to pay myself or outside parties. 100% of funding will be put toward the materials, printing and distribution costs of the project and putting this poster in your hands! If the project takes off and we make much, much more money than expected, I will use those funds to invest in equipment to improve the project and higher quality printing. I'd also love to create some bonus rewards for you lovely ones.

 

Risks and challenges

There is one challenge in this project that looms large, - maybe no one wants this comic! and this is the reason for coming to kickstarter. Creating this meta-comic in a way that looks aesthetically pleasing as a poster - but also still makes complete sense when turned into a book is going to take a lot of planning to get right. I feel I am most of the way there, but I cannot justifiably put the energy required to making it just right unless I know the outcome is going to be seen and enjoyed.
This is a passion project and so if funded, aside the risk of not completing by planned time (end of 2017) there is very little risk. The only delays that could happen would be about ensuring quality to the consumer and I will work very hard to make sure every backer is satisfied and feels they've contributed to something that could not have happened without them.

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    Digital Fist Bump

    Your fist meets mine in an wonderous show of support. Let me shower your inbox with digital rewards to delight your desktop or phone. A thank you email including artwork from this project and PDFs of my last two comics.

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    2-in-1 poster

    This is it. Your very own A3 poster, its got printing on both sides and would look great on the wall.
    But don't forget you can also turn it into a beautiful book, revealing a new narrative when you do! includes 'digital fist bump rewards'

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    Double Your Art

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    Signed Art Cards - Limited Edition!

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    Draw Me Like One of Your French Memes

    I'll send you an original sketch of whatever you request in a manner influence by meme culture. I'll even do a portrait of you if you send me your photo. No reason necessary
    But you also get the poster, the art card, and the digital rewards

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    Bankroll this thing, ooooh cash salad!

    Meet in Folkestone at Beanos café and I'll treat you to a vegetarian meal. (if you really want meat we'll go to googies, i'm not fussy!) This reward is contingent on being able to agree a date to meet. Ask me anything you like, get a cola - go crazy!
    Includes all previous reward tiers!

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    • CASH SALAD! meal with the artist
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