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A retreat for 15 comic-book artists working on ambitious graphic novels.
A retreat for 15 comic-book artists working on ambitious graphic novels.
117 backers pledged AU$ 11,542 to help bring this project to life.

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AU$ 11,542

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WOW! We hit our goal in less than 24 hours. We can't quite believe it.

 

 

10K - WE GET TO HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER

We have a photographer we'd like to bring to Indonesia. His name is Gabe. He's a massive dreamboat. He shot the excellent convict themed portrait series from our 2015 residency. If we hit 10K we can afford to pay Gabe to come take photos. 

14K - FEE WAIVER FOR AUTHORS

We work hard to make our project affordable for our participants but we do charge them a $300 fee for the two weeks. This covers about half of our food and accommodation budget. The rest we make up in grants and donations. If we hit $14000 we'll waiver the fee and make the residency free for all of our authors. 

STRETCH REWARD#1 - if we hit $14K we'll mail all supporters who donated $20 or more a postcard from our studio in Indonesia.

20K - FLIGHT SUBSIDY FOR AUTHORS

We're all paying for our own flights to indonesia but if we hit $20k each participant will get a $400 subsidy to help with travel costs. For most of us that will be around half of our flight expenses. 

STRETCH REWARD #2- If we hit $20K We'll upgrade that postcard to a limited run screen printed post-card made on-site at Krack Studio. 

 

Comic Art Workshop is a two-week residency for authors of ambitious comic books. Fifteen artists take fifteen half-finished graphic novels and we go away for fifteen days to work out how to make our good books into better books. Our residency is a space for skill sharing, criticism and high-level literary workshopping, one designed especially for graphic storytellers. When we’re there our goal is to solve the creative problems that we need to solve so that we can get our books finished and into your bookstore. 

Here's a mini-documentary from our residency in 2015 which was a huge success.

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So, this year it's happening again, but in 2017 we're going to run the retreat at Krack studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It's going to be amazing. 

Our artists are experienced cartoonists who are looking to level-up their practice. Some have published books already. Others are working on their first major books.

One thing we all share is the pain and isolation of working alone on a big project for years. It’s the cartoonists’ lot. That’s why we started this residency. 

You can read more about our authors and the projects they are working on here on our webpage

Hang on... Did we mention that two of our comic art heroes are coming along?

We usually invite some international authors to come along as mentors. This year we’ve invited Sonny Liew from Singapore and Sarah Glidden from the US. Both have published New York Times bestsellers and are swaddled with awards and accolades. Sonny Liew just won three Eisners. Three! 

HERE'S THE RUB

Running a residency is expensive and we try to keep costs down for the artists. We have applied for several grants and we got one, but we’re still $7000 short of a shoestring budget. The basics are already sorted. We’ve got food and accommodation covered and all of our artists are paying for their own flights. What we’re asking for is the extra money we need to pay for our workspace at Krack Studio and to help with the costs of getting Sonny Liew and Sarah Glidden to Indonesia. Do you reckon you could chuck in? 

WHY HELP US?

The short answer is this: fifteen new graphic novels

When you donate to this campaign you will be ensuring that fifteen authors get the support they need to finish their ambitious projects. Fifteen authors will level-up their practice. Fifteen authors will become part of an enduring support network. Fifteen graphic novels will one day arrive in your bookstore, books that might not exist without your support.

Also, we’ve got heaps of great swag and personalised commmisions to send you if you support us. 

$10 or $50 - Our 2015 Sketchbook Anthology - Drawings from "those two weeks on the island." $10 for the PDF or $50 for a hardcover copy.

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$25 CAW Zine pack - A collection of zines from our crew.

$50 CAW Swagbag - A tote-bag containing an assortment of delicious CAW swag. Books, badges, patches, choo-choo bars, stickers. 

$100 CAW Limited Edition Jumper - Printed in water-based ink to keep it soft and cozy, this thing will totally make your coolest friends jealous.

$200 Indonesia Screen Print Series - A series of four screen prints drawn by Comic Art Workshop artists and printed in collaboration with Krack Studio.

$1000 A One-off Artist Book - A one-of-a-kind sketchbook full of original drawings, paintings and sketches created as a collaboration with each of our amazing artists. 

This was an artists book from our 2015 residency, given to a supporter
This was an artists book from our 2015 residency, given to a supporter

 

$50 Chris Gooch Will Draw Your Weirdest Dream - Jot down the plot of your weirdest dream and send it to Chris Gooch. He will render it in all its detail into a one-page comic and send you the original artwork.

$50 Nicky Minus Will Make You Pretty - Nicky Minus will paint an A5 portrait of you in lurid watercolour and send it to your mailbox.

 

$100 Mirranda Burton Will Linocut Your Animal Friend - It might be the cat that sleeps on your feet, the possum in your compost or the catbird that comes in the back door and pecks at your pomegranates. Whatever the case, donate $200 and Mirranda will immortalise it in a lino print and send you a few copies.

$50 Josh Santospirito Will Illustrate Your Love Letter - You pen a letter to someone you love and Josh Santospirito will illustrate it with the care and passion of a medieval monk illuminating a sacred manuscript. He will then send it on to the recipient in a handmade envelope scented with the second least expensive perfume from the pharmacy in Moonah, Tasmania.

$200 Campbell Whyte Will Draw Your Home In Isometrics - Ever wondered what your life would look like in isometric projection? Of course you have. Well, our man Campbell has been doing isometric fan-art forever. Pledge $300 and he will send you a drawing of your bedroom, your kitchen, the garage or the lunchroom at work. You can even take advantage of his amazing talent for HBO fan art and put Tyrion Lannister in your wardrobe or Al Swearengen in your breakfast nook.

$50 George Rex will Draw Your D&D Avatar - Georgina Chadderton (aka George Rex) will draw you a full colour portrait of your Dungeons and Dragons avatar and send you the original art. The portrait will be A5 sized and coloured with Copic marker.

$100 Max Loh Will Draw You Becoming Your Food - Taking pictures of yourself with your favourite food is so last season…time to show just how much you love food…by turning into it yourself! For $200, Max Loh will chronicle the epic journey you took to become your favourite dish in a black and white one-page comic. A bungled kitchen experiment resulting in a mysteriously delicious shepherd's pie? A robot rearranged your molecules into a bowl of laksa? The possibilities are endless!

$100 Sanchia Hamidjaja Will Draw Your Pet In 20 Poses - We all know you keep a gazillion pictures of your beloved pets in all kinds of poses on your smartphone. Sanchia Hamidjaja is willing to illustrate 20 of them! She will use only the finest watercolour, gouache and ink (that she has on hand) and then post them to you so you can show them to your pet.

$350 Sonny Liew Will Send You Original Art - Sonny Liew needs a bit of room in his studio now that he has all those Eisner Award statues to store. Donate $350 and we’ll kill two birds with one stone. You’ll get a page of original artwork from Wonderland, Sense and Sensibility or Doctor Fate and Sonny will get some extra space.

$350 Thi Bui Will Illustrate Your Family Recipe - We get it, we get it. Your grandmother makes killer custard… or dumplings… or borscht... or pigs trotters... or whatever. Ensure that the knowledge stays in the family by donating $350 and getting Thi to illustrate the recipe in her gorgeous brush strokes. Send Thi the recipe and process photos if possible. Imagine the original artwork framed on your kitchen wall. It’s gotta be an instant heirloom, right?

$100 Owen Heitmann Will Draw Your First (worst) Date - Owen Heitmann is offering to draw a one-page comic of a memorable date that you had. The first date with your current sweetheart? Your worst Tinder disaster? You provide the details, Owen will draw it and send you the original art!

$100 Natalia Zajaz Will Draw You (in the FUTURE) - Donate $100 and Natalia will do reduction lino print portraits showing what you will look like after environmental armageddon renders the planet an inhospitable toxic hellscape. So like, what you'll look like in 5 years. FUTURE YOU.

$200 Fionn McCabe Will Draw You The Ugliest Portrait - Fionn McCabe will do his very best to create the ugliest portrait possible of you or someone you love, or someone you hate, or that jerk from the sales team at work who keeps using the last of the milk and never replaces it. Yeah, fxxk that guy. But do it tastefully, with an awful portrait painted in expensive oils.

$200 Gregory MacKay Will Explode Your Best Machine - Gregory MacKay will pull apart your Subaru Forester, your slow-cooker or the fighter plane that your grandad flew in the Second World War. If you have a fondness for something mechanical then all you need to do is donate $200, let Greg know the make and model and he’ll draw the hell out of it and send you the original drawing.

$300 Eleri Harris Will Draw You A History Comic - Send the incredible Eleri Harris a short family history or a lead to your favourite historical moment and she will work her cartoon magic. She'll send it back to you in the mail as a hand drawn and watercoloured comic postcard

 

Risks and challenges

The risks are low on this one. The Residency is locked in. Accommodation is sorted. We've booked our flights. We're all scrambling to get our manuscripts ready for each other to read. All we need now is that extra bit of cash to get our mentors to Indonesia to make the experience all the more special.

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    CAW Tasmania Anthology (digital only)

    Pledge $10 and you will receive a pdf of the anthology of sketches from our 2015 residency. 200 pages of drawings made on remote Maria Island in Tasmania.

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    CAW Zine and Print Sampler Pack

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    Chris Will Draw Your Weirdest Dream

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    Josh Will Illustrate Your Love Letter

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    Sarah Will Draw Your Stuff

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    Nicky Minus Will Make U Pretty

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    George Rex will Draw Your D&D Avatar

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    Limited edition screen printed Comic Art Workshop jumper.

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    Leigh Will Draw Your Anxieties

    Write a list of all your worst fears on paper and the infamous Leigh Rigozzi will draw them into one of his patented list comics and send you the original artwork..

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    Mirranda Will Linocut Your Animal Friend

    It might be the cat that sleeps on your feet, the possum in your compost or the catbird that comes in the back door and pecks at your pomegranates. Whatever the case, donate $200 and Mirranda will immortalise it in a linocut print and send you a few copies.

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    Owen Will Draw Your First (worst) Date

    Owen Heitmann is offering to draw a one-page comic of a memorable date that you had. The first date with your current sweetheart? Your worst Tinder disaster? You provide the details, Owen will draw it and send you the original art!

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    Sanchia Will Draw Your Pet In 20 Poses!

    We all know you keep a gazillion pictures of your beloved pets in all kinds of poses on your smartphone. Sanchia Hamidjaja is willing to illustrate 20 of them! She will use only the finest watercolour, gouache and ink (that she has on hand) and then post them to you so you can show them to your pet.

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    Tala Will Draw You (in the FUTURE)

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    Max Will Draw You Becoming Your Food

    Taking pictures of yourself with your favourite food is so last season…time to show just how much you love food…by turning into it yourself! For $200, Max Loh will chronicle the epic journey you took to become your favourite dish in a black and white one-page comic. A bungled kitchen experiment resulting in a mysteriously delicious shepherd's pie? A robot rearranged your molecules into a bowl of laksa? The possibilities are endless!

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    Indonesia Screen Print Series

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    Pat Will Draw You In His Next Book

    Pat Grant will draw a picture of YOU into one of the crowd scenes in his upcoming graphic novel and then send you the page of original art in which you appear. The Grot is a story about teenaged con-artists in post-industrial Australia. It will be published by Top Shelf in the US, Ici Meme in France and Bao in Italy. Embed yourself in Pat Grant’s slimy dystopia for all time.

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    Liz Will Review Your Manuscript

    Have you got a graphic novel or a book that you’re working on? Want to get some advice on how you could make it better? Liz MacFarlane is a writer, a lecturer in creative writing AND an editor at Twelve Panels Press. Pledge $200 and she will read your script, or draft, and give you a detailed manuscript assessment.

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    Fionn Will Draw You The Ugliest Portrait

    Fionn McCabe will do his very best to create the ugliest portrait possible of you or someone you love, or someone you hate, or that jerk from the sales team at work who keeps using the last of the milk and never replaces it. Yeah, fxxk that guy. But do it tastefully, with an awful portrait painted in expensive oils.

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    Campbell Will Draw Ur Home In Isometrics

    Ever wondered what your life would look like in isometric projection? Of course you have. Well, our man Campbell has been doing isometric fan-art forever. Pledge $300 and he will send you a drawing of your bedroom, your kitchen, the garage or the lunchroom at work. You can even take advantage of his amazing talent for HBO fan art and put Tyrion Lannister in your wardrobe or Al Swearengen in your breakfast nook.

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    Gregory Will Explode Your Best Machine

    Gregory MacKay will pull apart your Subaru Forester, your slow-cooker or the fighter plane that your grandad flew in the Second World War. If you have a fondness for something mechanical then all you need to do is donate $200, let Greg know the make and model and he’ll draw the hell out of it and send you the original drawing.

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    Sam Will Stuff You Into A Fleshy Cube

    You get to send Sam Wallman a photo of you and your two best friends. Sam will squish you all together into one of his fantastic gravity resistant flesh cubes. He’ll send you the original drawing, on high quality 300gsm watercolour paper.

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    Eleri Will Draw You A History Comic

    Send the incredible Eleri Harris a short family history or a lead of your favourite historical moment and she will work her cartoon magic. She'll send it back to you in the mail as a hand drawn and watercoloured comic postcard.

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    Sarah Glidden Will Paint Your House

    Send Sarah a photo of your house and she will mail you a 7 inch by 7 inch watercolour painting of your home. Let her know if you’d also like a monster looming over the place. She can do that too!

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    Thi Will Illustrate Your Family Recipe

    We get it, we get it. Your grandmother makes killer custard… or dumplings… or borscht... or pigs trotters... or whatever. Ensure that the knowledge stays in the family by donating $350 and getting Thi to illustrate the recipe in her gorgeous brush strokes. Send Thi the recipe and process photos if possible. Imagine the original artwork framed on your kitchen wall. It’s gotta be an instant heirloom, right?

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    Sonny Liew Will Send You Original Art

    Sonny Liew needs a bit of room in his studio now that he has all those Eisner Award statues to store. Donate $350 and we’ll kill two birds with one stone. You’ll get a page of original artwork from Wonderland, Sense and Sensibility or Doctor Fate and Sonny will get some extra space.

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    CAW One-Off Artist Book

    Clearly, you're some kind of angel. The 2017 Comic Art Workshop participants will fill a high-end sketchbook with drawings, paintings, collage and handwritten thoughts. We'll wrap it up in home-made wrapping paper and send it to you.

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