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BACA is a collection of collaborative comics about what it is like to live and breathe in the San Francisco Bay Area!
BACA is a collection of collaborative comics about what it is like to live and breathe in the San Francisco Bay Area!
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Bay Area Comic Anthology Vol. 1, cover art by Roderick Constance.
Bay Area Comic Anthology Vol. 1, cover art by Roderick Constance.

 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.

BACA, hell yeah!
BACA, hell yeah!

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. 

Concept art by Einar Másson.
Concept art by Einar Másson.

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?” 

We all have a chance to be both the writer and the artist of a story!
We all have a chance to be both the writer and the artist of a story!

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!

Concept art by Roderick Constance.
Concept art by Roderick Constance.

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.

BACA, about and by the Bay Area.
BACA, about and by the Bay Area.

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.

Cost breakdown of BACA expenses, including running the Kickstarter campaign.
Cost breakdown of BACA expenses, including running the Kickstarter campaign.
The BACA team, like a boss.
The BACA team, like a boss.

 Meet us!

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.

First page of Clark 22, written by Roderick Constance and illustrated by Jeff Walker.
First page of Clark 22, written by Roderick Constance and illustrated by Jeff Walker.

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!

First Page of Visit of the Atrocious Lizard Monster, written by Jeff Walker and illustrated by Sean Marney.
First Page of Visit of the Atrocious Lizard Monster, written by Jeff Walker and illustrated by Sean Marney.

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.

First page of Here Come the Horses, written by Sean Marney and illustrated by Ed Orza.
First page of Here Come the Horses, written by Sean Marney and illustrated by Ed Orza.

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.

First page Music of the Sphere, written by Ed Orza and illustrated by D.B. Elsa.
First page Music of the Sphere, written by Ed Orza and illustrated by D.B. Elsa.

$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.

First Page of $3.75, written by D.B. Elsa and illustrated by Einar Másson.
First Page of $3.75, written by D.B. Elsa and illustrated by Einar Másson.

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.

First page of Hats, written by Einar Másson and illustrated by Gabriel Moore-Topazio.
First page of Hats, written by Einar Másson and illustrated by Gabriel Moore-Topazio.

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.

First page of The Siren, written by Gabriel Moore-Topazio and illustrated by Roderick Constance.
First page of The Siren, written by Gabriel Moore-Topazio and illustrated by Roderick Constance.

 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.

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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!

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    We made special one-of-a-kind postcards for the Kickstarter! They are watercolored and have the BACA logo embossed on them. Fanceeeeeehhh..
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    You get to hang out with some of the BACA team as they show you around the spots featured in the anthology... mission, Marin Headlands, the BART, etc. We will then take you out to dinner and hang out. You will also get the super mega awesome BACA package which contains the exclusive T-shirt, BACA Volume 1, a limited edition pin, the postcard, and your name on the Thank You page! (Travel costs are not included, other than public transportation, other restrictions apply)

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    We all love our pets, now you can make your dog eternal by making him/her part of the anthology! Your dog's drawing and name will appear in one of the stories of the anthology. What can be a better way to celebrate your pet's quirks and cuteness? You will also get the BACA package: book, t-shirt, pin, postcard, and your name on the Thank You page.

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    COMIC DEDICATED TO YOU
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    The whole Volume 1 will be dedicated to you. A thank you note just for you and a sketch of you will occupy one of the first few pages on the anthology. AND, you get to hang out with the BACA team while visiting spots featured in the anthology! You will also get the whole BACA package which includes the book, a t-shirt, a postcard, a pin, and your name on the Thank You page, all the way at the top!

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