£1,255
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46
backers
26days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 14 2019 9:16 AM UTC +00:00.

£1,255
pledged of £3,600pledged of £3,600 goal
46
backers
26days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 14 2019 9:16 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The Campaign

Bright neon lights and towering skyscrapers, political and social unrest, religious movements and doomsday cults, military police and warring biker gangs of troubled youths. This is Neo-Tokyo, and it is about to E•X•P•L•O•D•E.

To celebrate 31 years of Akira and year it is set, the distant, dystopian future of 2019, Black Mass is creating NEO-TOKYO 2019, a risograph fanzine, dedicated to the world of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira: Neo-Tokyo. 

We wanted to create a book that celebrates the rich world of Akira by focusing on the people and places at the edges of Tetsuo and Kaneda’s stories, and the impact of Otomo’s dystopian vision of a future Tokyo. I decided to do this through Kickstarter to allow people to pre-order the book in a secure and open way without worries.

The Contributors

I initially planned for this book to be a simple zine, so I reached out to some of my favourite artists and put out an open call on Instagram and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the project. Now slightly a more robust book, I’m delighted to present the contributors to this fanzine:

Alexandre Godreau || Andy Williams || BAKAkid || Bon Idle (Sword Hunt) || CROM (Raiders, Bird King) || David Lawrence || Freya Nicolson || James Perrett || John Bryers || Marcus Cripps || Pocketwei || Pikimik || Rock Paper Riso / A.T. Zimmer || Thom Goward

Rewards

 *All artwork is representative of final product and subject to change

The Neo Tokyo 2019 book will be saddle-stitched, 195mm x 265mm and risograph printed in black and red throughout. 40 pages, including the cover, containing 35 pages of short comics, original artwork and writing 

Risograph printing is similar to screen-printing in the sense that images are printed one colour at a time using a stencil. Risograph machines push ink through a stencil that is wrapped around a drum as paper is fed through it at high speeds. As these machines run cold and use soy-based ink, they are energy efficient, create minimal waste and are a generally more environmentally friendly way to print.

Due to the way the printers work, sometimes you get misregistration and small differences in ink coverage, which means every single print is totally unique and special. While slight variations are beautiful, we do endeavour to maintain a consistent and high level of quality in the printing.

The Capsule Gang pin will be a 25mm diameter soft enamel pin with a rubber clutch and black dye finish.

Finally the A3 print will be a 3-colour variation on Bon Idle's cover artwork (colours and final appearance to be confirmed later).

The costs roughly break down like this:

  • £1100 for printing and other production costs (i.e. the Pin, ISBNs etc.)
  • £2100 for packaging & shipping
  • £400 kickstarter fees

Please note for international backers (outside the UK) any custom taxes or fees are not covered by shipping costs and are your responsibility should any occur.

Stretch Goals

If we’re lucky enough to raise over £4,200 we will upgrade the anthologies from saddle stitched (stapled) to perfect bound with a laminated cover for a more premium feel.

Risks and challenges

Black Mass has published several zines both by myself (Bon Idle) and other artists, as well as co-publishing the Let’s Make Comics anthology in 2018.

We are working with our trusted risograph printing partners Dizzy Ink who have years of experience printing and finishing publications of this size and scale. There are of course complications that can occur with large volume printing using a method like risograph, however, we have confidence based on past experience we will be able to deliver the book on budget within the set timeframe.

The artwork for inside the book is complete and final layouts are being produced alongside the Kickstarter.

I have strived to eliminate all potential risks and factor additional costs into the budget. External costs from third-party suppliers have been accounted for such as pin badges (thoroughly costed with supplier lined up) and stretch goals (additional finishing will require third party support which has been costed, information will be added to the campaign if/when necessary for this).

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