We are Tabulit
Hey everyone. For those who don't know us, we're Tabulit. We are a Canadian Digital Comics Startup based in Montreal. Our mission is simple: "create a system in which comic artists can earn decent living income solely from producing comics."
My name is Alex. I'm the founder of Tabulit Comics, and I'll be introducing you the project on behalf of the team.
Below here are some previews of what you can expect.
FURR is Tabulit's first comic anthology.
Our first comic anthology's theme, is cats.
Well the project first started out as an idea when we re-branded ourselves back in September with Miro the Cat:
Miro the Cat Miro the Cat I wanted to create something around our new brand image. Something that would truly celebrate Tabulit and its artists. And plus, I'm a huge fan of cats. I myself have two cats. And in fact, Miro the Cat has actually been modeled after one of my own cats, Coco (who features in the promo video of this campaign).
So naturally, I began to pitch this idea of an anthology comic to Tabulit's artists, and many of them being cat owners, really loved it. And that was how the project was born.
Furr will be a 6 x 9 book, consisting of over 100 pages of comics, as well as illustrations about cats. More specifically, the comics will involve the artists' personal stories of their cats, or their experiences with cats.
We are raising $6,500 CAD, in order to fund the production, printing, and the delivery of the book. This is roughly the breakdown of the costs.
Also, shipping is a bit more for US and international orders as shipping to outside of Canada is quite expensive for us. However, we've budgeted within the goal extra room for this in case shipping costs are more than what we've anticipated.
Here are the talented artists of Tabulit Comics who will be participating in the production of this book.
Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin,TX. She is the creator of the recently released SPINNING from First Second books and the Eisner nominated webcomic On a Sunbeam. She is also a graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Kristina Luu is a Vietnamese illustrator and comic artist from Vancouver, Canada! She's currently studying animation at Sheridan and makes the webcomic "Intercosmic" as her passion project! She loves making inclusive media focusing on diversity and positive LGBTQA themes. Most of all, she loves creating fun characters and stories that make people smile.
Caity Hall is an illustrator, comic book artist and avid day dreamer based in Montreal. She likes to create cute art with a touch of darkness and enjoys long, romantic walks to the book store.
Ophelia Chiu is a Graphic Designer and storyteller. She focuses mainly on Visual Interactive, but enjoy sharing my experiences through joy and laughter by illustrating during her free time. She has a passion for image making and music, and hopes to inspire and create unity among people through the emotions they share when they view her work.
Jacob McManamy is a Toronto-Based illustrator. Commonly found Painting, producing comics, and cataloging photos of his cat. He Has also recently been contracted to create the offical tie-in comic to New Blood Interactive's game, Dusk.
François Vigneault is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, designer, and teacher (not necessarily in that order) living in Montréal, Québec. He is the creator of the sci-fi graphic novel Titan, serialized online and in print at Study Group Comics, and published in French by Éditions Pow Pow (May 2017). Recently, his work was selected by the Society of Illustrators for inclusion in their Cartoon and Comic Art Annual.
Brynne Johnston is Vancouver based artist/illustrator, dedicated to making pretty things. Or pretty weird things. Or weird things that are pretty.
Ross Brownell-Dupont grew up in Burnaby BC. He spent much of his childhood either outside or at the kitchen table with a pen and paper. There was never a moment where his imagination wasn't going at full speed. Even to this day his drive to create narrative persists.
Jade Armstrong is a 21 year old cartoonist living in Toronto, Canada. She is the illustrator for the webcomic CRUTCH and is part of the comic collective HELLO BOYFRIEND. Her favourite cats are Maine Coons.
Dani Elizondo is a Mexican Storyteller. She is an aspiring Story Artist working on getting her BAA in Animation. Dani loves comics, dogs and stop motion. She decided to tell stories in hopes of making people feel, and in the process make her feel something too! If someone is wondering, Dani loves little Enzo (Catbutt), even though he is a cat. He comes when you whistle, so she considers him half-dog. Gracias!
Isabelle Nguyen is an artist and graphic illustrator based in Montreal. Her comics have been published thanks to publications such as the Fine Arts Reading Room, Tabulit Comics and Carte-Blanche. She has displayed her work in a group exhibition at Studio XX through the 2016 Art Matters festival. Her favourite comic genres to read are slice of life romance and retro science fiction.
Maiji/Mary Huang is a happy little squirrel and also a Taiwanese-Canadian artist/writer based out of Toronto. Her comics, zines and poetry incorporate themes of mythology, introspection, everyday human experiences, and small fat animals. She is the creator of Now Recharging, a slice-of-life webcomic about a sheep-loving android who is bad at math and worried about nonexistence.
Rachel Song is a 17 year old full time student with a full time imagination working an odd part time job in New York City. She is a major cat enthusiast, despite being allergic. She tries to stay paw-sitive by drawing them, at least.
Ethan Nicolle first broke into comics when he created Chumble Spuzz for SLG Publishing in 2007 which was nominated for an Eisner Award for humor in 2009. He went on to create a web comic called Axe Cop with his little brother that became a viral sensation and went on to become an animated series on FOX and FXX. He has had multiple pitches optioned at Cartoon Network and worked as a staff writer and story editor on VeggieTales in the House at Dreamworks Animation for Netflix. He also did the book illustrations for Nick Offerman's books Gumption and Good Clean Fun.
Emmanuel Filteau is an artist from the greater Montréal region. He published his first book, Origine, in 1997. Since then, He also maintained an online comic strip called H.O.T. Team and worked with multiple journals and magazines. Recently published the first issue of Tales from the Interface. He’s been working on the general idea of Tales from the Interface for more than 10 years. It came out of a love of short stories and science-fiction. His greatest inspiration come from Asimov, Poe, Lovecraft, Bradbury and all EC comics like Weird Fantasy, The Haunt of Fear, Tales from the Crypt etc.
Katie So is an illustrator and cartoonist from Vancouver, BC. After graduating from graphic design school, Katie found her place in small press comics, through which she has had the opportunity to exhibit her work around the world. From there, she honed her illustration style to the recognizable brush and ink work she is known for. Whatever medium she is expressing herself in, Katie's work retains a sense of dark introspection and humour.
Filis Ozkurdum is a mostly self taught artist based in Montreal. Growing up, Filis watched and read a lot of Japanese cartoons and comics. So that may or may not explain the artist's drawing style. On Tabulit Comics, Filis publishes 'Tea Time With Filis'.
J. Kiakas (theJokingWallflower) is a storyteller situated in the Montreal, Canada area. Primarily focusing on publishing; she’s got her hands in comics, illustration, novel writing, script writing, animation, storyboard, you name it she’s tried it. She loves goofy stories just as much as she does the dark and mysterious.
Isabelle Arné is a French illustrator based near Bordeaux, she draws comics and illustrate books cover, just loving to bring colors to the stories and their heroes.
We also have Guillaume Morrissette writing us a fabulous introduction to this book.
Guillaume Morissette is the author of The Original Face (Vehicule Press, 2017) & New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the 2015 Amazon.ca First Novel Award & was also translated & published in French. His work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Vice, Electric Literature, Nouveau Projet, Funhouse Magazine, The Quietus & many other publications. He lives in Montreal.
And last but not least, Cover and Book Design by Grace An.
Grace An is a 2D artist and Illustrator based in Montreal. She has appeared in multiple exhibitions, film festivals and publications under the name, Sunshinable.
The principal reward is the book. But we're also including some other bonuses.
Post card sets.
We're going to be printing post cards of the beautiful illustrations that will be included in the book. Below are few samples:
Illustrations of your own pet.
This one's for the pet owners. Get an illustration of your pet, drawn by one of Tabulit's artists.
A comic of your pets included in the book.
We talked about our cats. It's time for you guys to share your stories! Got a story about your own pets? Get it in the book as a 2 page comic done by one of Tabulit's artists!
Our story goes way back to September 2015, when we were just an idea. Myself, and two other friends got together on a mission to create a digital platform for serialized books and comics. Our plans were grandiose, and we were dreaming big.
However, in developing our platform from ground up, we ran into multiple difficulties. As a startup with absolutely no money, no connections, no nothing, we basically had to do everything from scratch. The pressure built up and after a bit over a year, my cofounders moved on, understandably, because we were living on no money during that period. I just couldn't give up though. I love comics, and I had worked real hard to get together the small group of just over 10 comic artists I had managed to gather (most artists assumed I was spam mailing when I was emailing my pitches). So I persevered. Found a new business partner, cracked open a new website. We relaunched as Tabulit Comics back in February of 2017, and we have now grown to being a collective of over 60 artists actively producing and publishing comics with us.
So, to celebrate the great talent of our artists, and the intense passion we all have for comics, we decided launch an anthology, which brings us to Furr.
In closing, we've always wanted to do a comic anthology like this one, where we'd get to gather such a wonderful group of talented people under one book. So this is our chance to make it happen. Please help us get there! Thank you very much for supporting Tabulit's first anthology everyone!
Risks and challenges
We have initiated the production of the book by paying deposits out to the artists. There is a slight risk that content production may be delayed but we have a set deadline that everyone is aware of and is committed to.
The obvious risk and challenge will be that this is the first time we're doing this. Fortunately, we have very capable people on the team putting the book together. I myself have much experience with project management, ensuring that all the logistics, communication and coordination comes together on the book. Grace is a skilled and experience designer who will be designing the layout of the book. Ed, Tabulit's COO, will also be helping with any additional tasks if needed.
We've also quoted everything, and have prepared for as many contingencies as possible in order to make sure that we have budgeted ourselves correctly.
Another possibility is the delay in delivery of rewards, but we will be as transparent and responsive as possible during the entire process so that should there be a situation where a delay or an issue occurs, we will be able to handle it swiftly without much inconvenience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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