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The Gwan Anthology, a collection of short stories, centered around themes of foreign lands, the immigrant experience & cultural fusion
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We are proud to introduce Gwan, the anthology which highlights and celebrates comic creators who produce work with a sense of the immigrant/expat perspective, expressing both the joys and challenges of such a journey. The anthology includes short stories spanning a variety of genres: sci-fi, fantasy historical fiction, and slice of life.

Gwan (g’waan) is a common word in Jamaican patois and the Caribbean vernacular, yet also has roots in the Irish language. Although, this word is usually translated to “go on” and sometimes “get out”, gwan has a myriad of uses. Its meaning can change depending on the context and is more commonly used in conversation between close friends ie. “A watta gwan (What’s going on/How are you doing?)” or “Gwan rude boy (Show us what you got, hot stuff)”

It is within this vein of layered meaning and switching contexts, that immigrants and their children must strive, adapt and overcome, creating their own spaces and identities. The Gwan Anthology will be a collection that attempts to weave a common thread through shared stories. A place where independent creators can showcase their talents.

We have exciting stories from creators based in the U.S., as well as China, Spain, Germany, and more. Please join us in this celebration of the human spirit and the common the journey in the search for 'home'. (Here are just a few page samples)

Risks and challenges

Forward Comix is an award-winning indie publisher. We have published six graphic novels, and multiple short stories. This will be our first truly collaborative project. It’s very exciting but also presents new challenges. Most of the art and stories are complete! This campaign is specifically designed to get books out to excited readers more quickly and to help with distribution costs, getting into wider book markets.

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    Abridged digital copy of the anthology via Kindle or Comixology (Will only include 5 stories)

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    One printed version (printed version is the full anthology, including: 13 stories, 6 illustrated series, and pinup guest appearances from accomplished illustrators. 200 pages of content.)

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    Print copy of the full anthology, signed by Jerome Walford PLUS 11x17" print of the art for the cover

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    The above pledge reward PLUS producer credit in the book (Secondary line in your credit allows you to list where you were born, where you have lived and where you currently call home)

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    The above pledge reward PLUS Executive producer credit (Send a photo of you and your family when you first immigrated /migrated and it will be included in the executive producer family album of the book.) AND an additional copy of the anthology

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