Hello Kickstarter community! My name is Serhend Sirkecioglu and I'm a cartoonist and art-teacher. I love making comics, I also love to teach people how to make comics, and a long held dream of mine is to make an anthology.
I've tried numerous times since I learned what an anthology was in High School and for many reasons(being banned from using the school copier, lack of enthusiasm from other submitters, life, etc.) it failed, but I kept trying. When I got into SVA I knew I would be among cartoonists, so making an anthology would be easier; but kept the idea on the back-burner and returned to it every summer, trying to figure what kind of anthology I wanted to make. I didn't just want to make one for just me, my friends and/or my aesthetic cousins. I wanted to make a anthology and then some, something in the corner of all rookies who have no idea where to start or who to show their work to. By senior year, I knew what I wanted to do and this is the first step towards it.
What were about
This is Max and Roxie. They're the mascots of Moxie; respectively a page boy and flower girl, the two lowest rungs on the entrepreneurial ladder. To me being a cartoonist is today's bottom rung but one with great potential and that's why Moxie was made for the rookies, underdogs, and otherwise unknowns of cartooning and to give them a fighting chance at becoming a creative professional...Yes you've heard this before, but where Moxie is different is not in who it was made for but how it operates:
By submitting a body of work totaling 30pgs to Moxie, one of two things will happen:
1. Congratulations, you're in the book and we'll represent and promote you for the year of publication to help you find work in the industry! we'll do this by sending the book directly to those who can hire you, hustle on the convention floors, and championing you overall. Afterwards, you become a Moxie Alum and go on-call to be a mentor to other submitters to Moxie.
2. You didn't make the cut, but you're now paired with a former Moxie contributor who will be your mentor/sponsor and give you a in-depth critique and pass on advice from the editorial staff along the way to take with you back to the drawing board and learn from while you put together a new submission for the next issue of Moxie.
Through this inter-personal editorial process, Moxie envisions to create a deep and potentially inter-generational family of cartoonists having each others backs in the industry. From there we could even build a organized coalition of cartoonists. Not only Moxie will be discovering new talent it will also be grooming new talent too!
Speaking of new talent, here are the featured cartoonists of Moxie 01:
The cartoonists featured in Moxie are friends whose bodies of work I enjoy and respect. I can see them going far in their own respective ways and through Moxie I want to help them and others reach their cartooning potential.
You'll find out more about each cartoonist and their stories in Moxie during our weekly interviews!
The Nitty Gritty
In order to fully realize Moxie we need to print it and that's when you come in. To do a 226pg, 200 copy, B/W interiors, with a color cover print run of Moxie it will cost: $3700 to print the books, produce the rewards, pay for shipping and Kickstarter/Amazon fees. We only want to print enough books to send to publishers, press, and art directors then sell the rest at MoCCA; The bare minimum to get Moxie off the ground. The book is 70% complete, so by the end of the campaign we will be compiling and sending the book straight off to the printer!
Now the rewards! Moxie not only does anthologies differently, it's does backer rewards a little differently too. At first it's the standard fare of rewards, copies of Moxie, stickers, pins, and T-shirts; but when you hit the $50 pledges you've just come across.............The Moxie Press Kit!
The Moxie Press Kit(or MPK for short) is designed for backers to act as our guerrilla ad campaign by giving you a combination of pins, stickers, and a shirt to promote Moxie and help attract readers and most of all submitters. People need to know we exist if they want to submit work to us and we want to do it on the digital front and the grassroots level! During the campaign we will be sending you Flyers and such to post all over your city/town, be a liaison for local events, and visit comics shops in your area to convince them to support Moxie! Pledging to the MPK also involves pledging some man hours for some time during and after this campaign, keep that in mind before pledging to it.
One thing to keep in mind, is that MOST of the stretch goals result in upgrades to the press kit. These consist of things like more copies of Moxie, postcards, original prints, and other things that are really cool and/or will help you further spread the good word of Moxie. So if you want cooler stuff, you gotta work for it! Go out there, promote Moxie then post pictures and videos on the Moxie Facebook page of how your promotional skills are the bee's knees!
Our other rewards after that include premium shirts with Max and Roxie designed by each artist for you to choose from (we will be revealing these during the weekly interviews with the Moxie cartoonists) Admission to MoCCA with the option to pick up your rewards there, Invite to the Moxie Speakeasy (hanging with us eating/drinking in NYC), & the opportunity to be a guest editor for Moxie 02!
So lets make Moxie a reality, get the ball rolling, and give future rookie cartoonists an answer to the age old question "where do I go if I want to be a cartoonist?" so you can simply say "Go to Moxie."
Risks and challenges
The primary challenge would be expedience, as the books will be sent to me and most of the Moxie crew is in NYC so I'm on my own in shipping these out. I've already called in family and friends (I even hired a intern) to help me ship off the rewards ASAP. It's to me integral that you get them ASAP cause it will determine how many backers return for Moxie 02.
A second challenge is this is my first time wearing the editorial hat. I'm learning the ropes and reading whatever I can, most of all revisiting other anthologies from a editorial perspective. I'm going to deliver the best anthology I can to you while learning on the job.
Finally there is submissions. We know they'll be coming, but How many will we receive and how many will we have to correspond with between seven people? This is more of a post project challenge but it should be addressed since it involves the key selling point of Moxie.
The Moxie Press Kit! It includes: 3 copies of Moxie + 10 Pins + 10 Stickers + Shirt. The stretch rewards are dedicated to this pledge level only and you'll get your name in Moxie 01 and Moxie 02 under "Moxie Press Team".
Our thx + 2 copies of Moxie 01 + A Moxie sticker and pin + A Moxie T-Shirt + a T-Shirt of Max and Roxie designed by one of the Moxie cartoonists! each contributor of Moxie will do their own design of Max and Roxie for you to choose from.
Our thx + 2 copies of Moxie 01 + A Moxie sticker and pin + A Moxie T-Shirt + a T-Shirt of Max and Roxie + Day 1 Admission to MoCCA 2013! hang out with the Moxie Crew and I'll personally hand you your rewards! Transportation and lodging is on you though.
Our thx + 2 copies of Moxie 01 + A Moxie sticker and pin + A Moxie T-Shirt + a T-Shirt of Max and Roxie + Day 1 Admission to MoCCA 2013 + Invite to the Moxie Speakeasy...were just gonna go out and eat/drink to celebrate the success of Moxie after the first day of MoCCA, but it will still be all kinds of special and we will make a toast in your honor too!
Our thx + 5 copies of Moxie 01 + A Moxie sticker and pin + A Moxie T-Shirt + ALL 7 T-SHIRTS of Max and Roxie + Day 1 Admission to MoCCA 2013 + Invite to the Moxie Speakeasy + a spot as a guest editor in Moxie 02! you will get to look through the submission pool and short list 3 cartoonists(excluding yourself) for us to pick one to feature in Moxie 02! you can even interview them too if you want for the book!