LAAB. An art mag on black representation in sci-fi & culture
WHAT IS LAAB MAGAZINE?
- An annual newspaper-format review full of comics, criticism, interviews, artwork, and writing on identity and popular culture
- A social change forum created and masterminded by comics visionary Ronald Wimberly (Prince of Cats, Black History in its Own Words)
- A outlet for the boldest thinkers and artists to explore representations of race, gender, nationality, sexuality, religion and all other forms of identity
- A rogue publication from an alternate Afrofuturist dimension where Black Panthers run the New York Times.
In the age of white supremacists in the White House, actual Nazis and KKK members rallying in the streets, and the endless roll call of victims of police violence still growing, these issues are more urgent and relevant than ever. Help us create a powerful venue in which to explore them.
LAAB #0: DARK MATTER will concern itself with mythological blackness, and black bodies in science fiction.
Ron has recruited a cadre of bold thinkers, writers, artists, musicians, and genre-defiers to mine this rich territory. LAAB is their long-overdue soapbox, their stage, their megaphone, their clubhouse, and their launching pad – all in a mass-produced, widely accessible newspaper format that everyone can enjoy.
The debut issue will be jam-packed with:
- An interview with musician and actor Saul Williams
- A conversation with graphic artist Trenton Doyle Hancock
- James Romberger on Jean-Michel Basquiat
- A discussion with the poster artist Alexandra Bell
- A critical analysis of George Lucas's THX 1138
- Ronald Wimberly's visual tribute to Sun Ra
- A review of BLACK, the new comic from Black Mask Studios
- Over a dozen pages of comics and illustration by Ronald Wimberly
- ...and much more!
This Kickstarter isn't just about making this first issue happen. A community forum deserves to be heard by every member of the community, and so part of our funding goal goes towards donating a minimum of 200 copies of LAAB to free public libraries around the country. For every $5,000 we raise above our funding goal of $30,000, we will increase that amount of freely donated copies by 100. That's about one donated copy for every two and a half copies sold.
We're also offering a LOCAL HERO reward tier, which would enable a generous backer to donate 50 or more copies to an institution of their choosing.
This isn't just because we love libraries (though we certainly do). It's because LAAB's vision is incomplete if its ideas can't travel into every nook and cranny of our culture, and into every member of our community's hands.
$35,000: We will donate a total of 300 copies of LAAB to various free public libraries across the country.
$40,000: CUSTOM BAGS!
Every copy of LAAB #0 will come in a custom made plastic bag, designed by Ronald Wimberly and Maëlle Doliveux.
$45,000: We will donate a total of 500 copies of LAAB to free public libraries across the country.
$50,000: LAAB PATCHES!
2" embroidered patches featuring the LAAB logo. Will look very slick on a hat, bag, jacket, or literally anywhere else.
$60,000: FOUR NEW PAGES!
We will add FOUR piping hot pages of brand new content, bringing the length of the mag to 36 pages.
$70,000: We will donate a total of 1,000 copies of LAAB to free public libraries across the country.
$95,000: We will donate a total of 1,500 copies of LAAB to free public libraries across the country.
$100,000: EIGHT NEW PAGES!
We will add EIGHT pages of fresh new content, increasing the total length of the mag to 40 full broadsheet pages.
And so on.
We can't make this happen without you.
Our mission at Beehive Books is to enable unusual projects by artists and thinkers we admire -- unique delivery systems for vital ideas and aesthetics. Ronald Wimberly and the diverse cast of talents he's assembled for this issue are the kinds of voices we need tackling the complex and charged issues the magazine will address. We need your help amplifying their signal, and broadcasting it all over the world.
Please become part of this campaign, and make LAAB MAGAZINE a reality.
In order to raise funds for LAAB MAGAZINE, Ronald is making a number of pieces of original artwork available for sale exclusively through this campaign.
This is a rare opportunity to own a handmade, one-of-a-kind piece of Wimberly artwork. We will be adding pieces and new rewards throughout the campaign, so WATCH THIS SPACE.
If you're interested in a piece of original artwork not listed here, please contact us via direct message.
Pencil on animation vellum. $600.
THE UNITED STATES IS AN 18 WHEELER
Ink on bristol. $1,000.
Ink on bristol. $800.
"LES BOULES DU MAL" DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD
Ink and watercolor on bristol. $2,000.
ARTURO SCHOMBURG PORTRAIT
Ink on vellum, $1,500
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT PORTRAIT
Ink on vellum. $1,500.
RAMMELLZEE PORTRAIT Pencils
Pencil on vellum. $500.
SHE-HULK PAGE (MARVEL)
Ink on bristol. $1,200.
MISHKA T-SHIRT ILLUSTRATION
Ink on bristol. $1,000.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Ronald Wimberly is an artist who works primarily in design and narrative. He is also an accomplished cartoonist, having designed several graphic novels as well as shorter works for DC/Vertigo, Nike, Marvel, Hill and Wang, The New Yorker, and Dark Horse. His most recent works of note were the critically-acclaimed Prince of Cats, Black History in Its Own Words, and the cartoon essay “Lighten Up” for The Nib.
BEEHIVE BOOKS is a new small press founded by the artist and designer Maëlle Doliveux, and editor and Locust Moon co-publisher Josh O’Neill. They just finished funding a line of literary classics, illustrated by the great contemporary artists Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu and Bill Sienkiewicz. Along with his partners at Locust Moon, Josh published the Kickstarter-funded projects THE LOST WORK OF WILL EISNER and the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning anthology LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. Their forthcoming art book THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE collects the work of Herbert Crowley, a forgotten master of comics and graphic art from the early 20th century.
Risks and challenges
With seven successful Kickstarters totaling over half a million dollars to our name (between Locust Moon, Beehive Books and Janice Magazine), Josh and Maëlle are veterans of crowdfunded publishing. We know the tricky logistics of fulfilling these projects, and know how to overcome the inevitable hurdles in our way.
We've carefully priced out production costs for all magazines, prints and ancillary rewards, as well as expenses for domestic and overseas shipping. We’ve planned for the logistics of reward fulfillment. We know exactly how much money we need to get this project across the finish line. All we need is to finish the job is you.
There are many risks and challenges involved with publishing. Problems can pop up in ways we can't always predict. But we get better at this every time we do it. We have the knowledge, experience and commitment to persevere through difficulties and deliver a product that meets and exceeds the exacting expectations of our audience of discerning readers and collectors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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