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SCHUYLKILL PUNCH is a new two-color Risograph comics anthology featuring artists from the Philly comics scene. 
40 Pages •  8" x 10"
SCHUYLKILL PUNCH is a new two-color Risograph comics anthology featuring artists from the Philly comics scene. 40 Pages • 8" x 10"
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SCHUYLKILL PUNCH is a two-color comics anthology featuring cartoonists in the Philadelphia comics scene:

Art Baxter, Dre Grigoropol, Lance Hansen, Ian Harker, Terry LaBan, Bob Pistilli, Tommy Rudmose, Anuj Shrestha, Steve Teare and Cyn Why?.

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!

Thank you!

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!

Yo, SCHUYLKILL PUNCH!

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    SCHUYLKILL PUNCH Comics Anthology PDF

    This is a PDF of the complete anthology that can be read on your tablet or computer. The best way to read the anthology if you live outside of the USA or Canada. I will send you the link to download.

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    SCHUYLKILL PUNCH Comics Anthology

    A new 40 page two-color (Teal & Hot Pink) Risograph comics anthology featuring 10 Philadelphia area cartoonists:
    Terry LaBan
    Anuj Shrestha
    Dre Grigoropol
    Lance Hansen
    Tommy Rudmose
    Cyn Why?
    Ian Harker
    Bob Pistilli
    Steve Teare
    Art Baxter - Editor

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    Anthology + PDF

    You will receive a print copy as well as a PDF of the complete anthology that can be read on your tablet or computer. You will receive the physical copy by mail and the I will send you the link to download.

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    Anthology + Cover print or 2 Riso minis

    In addition to the anthology you will receive either a 11" x 17" Risograph print (on cover stock) of the unfolded cover art (seen pictured above) without lettering, signed by Art Baxter or my two 16 page Risograph minicomics: ABLAZE and GO LOOSE. Your choice.

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    Anthology signed by all 10 artists

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    Sighned Anthology + Print or 2 minis

    In addition to the signed anthology you will receive either a 11" x 17" Risograph print (on cover stock) of the unfolded cover art (seen pictured above) without lettering, signed by Art Baxter or my two 16 page Risograph minicomics: ABLAZE and GO LOOSE. Your choice.

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    Everything but the Portrait

    A signed anthology, PDF, cover print and two Risograph minicomics.

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    Anthology + I paint your portrait

    In addition to the anthology you will receive a 8" x 10" portrait of you painted by me using watercolor, gouache and ink on watercolor paper. The painting will be in a style similar to the art on the cover. Send me some images of you and suggest a color scheme and I will paint you.

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    Everything

    A signed anthology, PDF, cover print, two Risograph minicomics and a portrait of you painted by me. Plus: a thank you to you on the contents page!

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