About this project
SCHUYLKILL PUNCH is a two-color comics anthology featuring cartoonists in the Philadelphia comics scene:
The two colors are Teal and Hot Pink. The book will be printed using the Japanese copy machine, the Risograph on cream paper stock. The cover will be printed on card stock.
The anthology measures 8"x 10" and is 40 pages with a wrap-around cover.
The artists have been guaranteed a base page rate. Artists will receive a per page royalty for every issue sold over the $1500 Kickstarter goal.
This is an amazing collection of art and comics from the burgeoning Philly comics scene. It began with a meeting in February and now we're on the way to print in September! Help us cross the finish line!
It's been really great working with this group artists. If things work out I hope to continue next year!
Risks and challenges
This is my first anthology project. I am working with a fantastic and diverse group of Philadelphia region cartoonists, many I've known and worked with for years through the PHILLY COMIX JAM (which I organized for the group's first two years) and the PHINKWELL group (for the last five years).
I tried a different approach to working with artists on this project. I spent a lot of time talking to everybody, first at a group meeting then individually. Since I was working with all locals I spent time with each artist in person, talking about their art and ideas for their comic. I wanted to challenge the artists by getting them to work slightly outside their comfort zone. Everyone worked individually - nobody saw what anyone else was doing.
Working toward two-color art for the Risograph also presented new ways of doing comics (like using color pencil on layers) as well as technical challenges. I had the artists work with two color pencils for a few weeks to play around, get some new ideas and get used to seeing their work in Teal and Hot Pink.
By working personally with everyone I was hoping the book would percolate in my unconscious mind ("hello, Jungian collective unconscious!") and come together ("Synchronicity!") as a unified statement. I was amazed with the quality of work that began to come in. There have been great surprises! What has been really the most amazing thing is the similarities of theme in all the work. The comics here bounce off and reflect one another bringing out nuances that may otherwise be unrecognized - a comics gestalt.
The SCHUYLKILL PUNCH anthology project was a big experiment for me. I think the book came together beautifully. It was an honor and pleasure working with these artists. I think we have produced a book that will be a great read and re-read. You'll like it!
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