New reward added! One of a kind handmade postcards available at the $10 level!
We are artists from all over the world who came to the Bay Area. Now we are taking inspiration from the Bay Area to bring the anthology to the world!
BACA is a comic anthology with an eclectic combination of stories inspired by the equally diverse journey that is life in the Bay Area. Some of our tales include a time-travel romance, an interesting encounter with a giant lizard monster, the morning after a great night at a bar, and urban exploration gone wrong.
On a chilly morning in January 2015, seven comic creators met in the basement of the San Francisco Public Library (or as many locals call it, SFPL). At the meeting, BACA co-founders D.B. Elsa and Roderick Constance told the attending artists about their vision for the project. The Bay Area Comic Anthology would be a collection of short comics with a twist: unlike other anthologies where contributors submit work independently, the BACA contributors would all work closely together to enhance each others' storytelling and collaboration skills.
Months before that fateful meeting, co-founders Roderick Constance and D.B. Elsa met at a comic creators’ meetup and immediately realized that their style and passion for comics clicked. However, at the meetup, connection between writers and artists was challenging.
So what to do? How could they ensure collaboration? How could they help those who are just beginning to explore the comic medium and need to learn the spirit of collaboration, while also developing an understanding of the many steps it takes to make a comic? Roderick and D.B. thought “how awesome would it be if we make writers and artists do BOTH parts of comic creation?”
Under the BACA creative model, each contributor writes a script that they then pass on to another contributor for art duties: Einar draws D.B.'s script, who in turn draws Ed's script, who in turn draws Sean's script, etc. By making writers draw and artists write, both contributors will gain new insight into the comic-creating process, and become better comic creators!
Since January 2015, the group has gathered every month to compare notes and give its members some honest feedback. There have been hella laughs, hella discussions, and even a tear or two shed.
And what better theme than one of the forces that brought us together, our home, the San Francisco Bay Area!
After ten months of close collaboration, all of our work is complete. The comics are ready to send to the printers. That's where you come in!
The finished anthology will contain seven short comics, ranging from 6 to 12 pages, and totaling 55 pages worth of story plus 25 pages worth of extra material. The anthology will be in the standard comic book format (6.625” x 10.25”), with full color covers and black-and-white interiors.
We need your help to get this collection out there! And we have lots of cool rewards for donations of almost any amount!
New reward added! One of a kind handmade postcards available!
We have lots of cool rewards to thank you for contributing to our campaign!
After we get the minimum amount of funds, we have certain stretch goals to look forward to!
We have done very careful calculations and have being thoughtful of every penny, to ensure that you get the most from your buck! Below you will see the cost breakdown of printing the book, running the Kickstarter, and sending the rewards.
D.B. Elsa: A scientist, engineer, author of La Lemon Chemistry Zine, and co-creator/editor of BACA, Dona has a passion for the medium of comics and strong leadership skills that will carry this project through to the end!
Roderick Constance: Illustrator extraordinaire, and the other half of the leadership team, Roderick brings a sharp eye for design and detail and ensures that whatever we do, we do to the best of our abilities!
Sean Marney: Writer, comedian, and artist, Sean’s dry humor keeps our meetings fun, and his unique art style will make you excited to see what he does next.
Einar Másson: Comic writer and illustrator, Einar is a real team player with crisp and clean art, and a melancholy, yet sweet writing style that matches the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gabriel Moore-Topazio: Creator of the indie comic Asylum, Gabriel is an excellent writer, a great illustrator, and a super hardworking team member with a strong passion for comic storytelling.
Ed Orza: A talented writer with a “Can-Do” attitude, Ed’s motivation exemplify the kind of determination it takes to put together an independent project like BACA.
Jeff Walker: An experienced cartoonist, Jeff likes to go for the unexpected, leaving the reader wanting more!
The seven short comics are:
Clark 22, written by Roderick Constance & illustrated by Jeff Walker. A story with a surprising twist about the “morning after,” and a pointed look at what happens when a man forgets the unforgettable.
Visit of the Atrocious Lizard Monster, written by Jeff Walker & illustrated by Sean Marney. This scathingly comedic story imagines how politicians deal with an imminent threat!
Here Come the Horses, written by Sean Marney & illustrated by Ed Orza. A classic tale about a boy, a girl, and the mystery of ginger tea.
Music of the Sphere, written by Ed Orza & illustrated by D.B. Elsa. A group of young adventure seekers get more than they bargained for when they explore the hidden depths of Marin Headlands.
$3.75, written by D.B. Elsa & illustrated by Einar Másson. A close look at a young woman's musings while she rides the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.
Hats, written by Einar Másson & illustrated by G. M. Topazio. An anthology-within-an-anthology, as we take a snapshot-look into the many different stories that take place in San Francisco every day.
The Siren, written by G. M. Topazio & illustrated by Roderick Constance. A romance with a fantasy twist, this comic takes a look at the history of San Francisco through the lens of a very modern young man.
Since the comic is finished, after printing the books, t-shirts, and ordering all the other goodies, we will send the rewards right away! We estimate that you will receive the rewards around January 2016.
Risks and challenges
The bulk of the work is already done. The stories are completed, and ready to send to the printers. During the campaign, we will finalize the book layout and Kickstarter rewards. When the campaign ends, we will be ready to get the ball rolling on printing the book and sending the rewards!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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