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$10,158
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

About this project

Hi, everyone! I'm really pleased and excited to announce that Critical Chips is back with a brand spanking new volume packed full of comics essays and criticism. Last year, with your support, we published the first volume of Critical Chips through Kickstarter, and it did pretty well: it was nominated for an Eisner award(!), but more gratifying than that was to be able to create the zine itself, and to see people respond to it with enthusiasm. 

Critical Chips 2 contains a fresh batch of writing on everything from examining the parallels between magical girls and Black girl magic; Woodstock romance comics; Batman and body language; breaking down the comics page; a Milestone retrospective; moving beyond societal expectations of beauty and appearance; Punisher appreciation, Taiyo Matsumoto, and much more.

cover by Aleks Sennwald
cover by Aleks Sennwald

With a gorgeous cover and spot illustrations by Aleks Senwald, Critical Chips 2 is a 130+ page, perfect-bound, full-colour book with all-new writing from a myriad of voices, and some of the finest commentators on the medium and it surrounding culture. Now, more than ever,  it's so important to cut through the noise and have a place where strong, interesting writing on comics can stand on its own. The line-up is as follows:

  • JA Micheline
  • Evan Narcisse
  • Emma Houxbois
  • Joe McCulloch 
  • Juliet Kahn 
  • Kelly Kanayama 
  • Douglas Wolk
  • Jamila Rowser
  • Annie Mok (comics format)
  • Sruti Islam
  • Hannah K Chapman
  • Brandon Graham (comics format)
  • Zainab Akhtar

In addition to the essays, the zine also includes 56 pages of stunning new comics from Richie Pope, Molly Mendoza, Carta Monir, Carolyn Nowak, and Wren McDonald. Take a look at these fantastic excerpts:

page from Carolyn Nowak's 'The Big Burning House'
page from Carolyn Nowak's 'The Big Burning House'

 

page from Wren McDonald's 'Salvage'
page from Wren McDonald's 'Salvage'

 

page from Molly Mendoza's comic, 'Brunch'
page from Molly Mendoza's comic, 'Brunch'

 

page from Richie Pope's 'A Living Thing'
page from Richie Pope's 'A Living Thing'

 

page from Carta Monir's 'RIPMOM'
page from Carta Monir's 'RIPMOM'

All the essays, comics, and art for Critical Chips have been completed in full, and the zine is ready and waiting to be sent off to the printers. My focus is on keeping the kickstarter compact and manageable, to produce a high-quality book and to deliver it on time. This kickstarter is the *only* way to obtain a print copy of Critical Chips 2.

Rewards:

  • £7: a digital copy of Critical Chips 2
  • £11: digital copies of Critical Chips 1 & 2
  • £15: a print copy of Critical Chips 2
  • £19: digital and print copy of Critical Chips 2
  • £22: a print copy of Critical Chips 2, and a beautiful, exclusive A4 Luke Pearson print
  • £75: Retailer pack. 10 print copies of Critical Chips 2.
exclusive A4 print by Luke Pearson
exclusive A4 print by Luke Pearson

A brief note: if it looks like the cost of the rewards has jumped up a bit from the first kickstarter campaign, it has. The reason for that is this book is almost twice as big as the first volume. More pertinently, in my eager anxiety to price things at a point where people wouldn't be put off from supporting a project they were interested in, I fudged the costing on Critical Chips 1. It was my very first time running a kickstarter and one of the things I was very worried about was accessibility. While not an ideal situation, I'm still proud of the fact that I was able to pay all contributors on time and deliver all rewards without any hitches or delays, and have learnt a lot from the process.

Cost breakdown:

£1600: Writer's pay

£2300: Cover art, illustrations, cartoonists's pay, and design & layout

£1800: printing for 500 copies of the zine

£2500: Postage and packaging (bubble-padded envelopes and plastic sleeves for prints)

£800: Kickstarter and processing fees

Stretch Goal: £11,000 There's only one stretch goal for the book and if we hit it simply means that all the fantastic writers and artists involved would get paid a little more. It also means I'll be able to pay myself! Currently, I do all this on my own time because it's something I'm very passionate about, and my main goal is to have it come into being, but it'd be nice to be compensated a little for it, too.

 

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The book is complete in full and ready to go to print.

I ran and fulfilled the kickstarter for Critical Chips 1 on time and without any problems, and aim to use that knowledge and experience to do the same here.

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