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.
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 (Artwork) || Andy Williams (Comic) || BAKAkid (Artwork) || Bon Idle (Comic) (Sword Hunt) || CROM (Comic) (Raiders, Bird King) || David Lawrence (Artwork) || Freya Nicolson (Artwork) || James Perrett (Artwork) || John Bryers (Essay) || Marcus Cripps (Comic)|| Pocketwei (Artwork) || Pikimik (Artwork) || Rock Paper Riso / A.T. Zimmer (Artwork) || Thom Goward (Artwork)
The Neo Tokyo 2019 Fanzine 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.
The Capsule Gang Pin will be a 25mm diameter soft enamel pin with a rubber clutch and black dye finish of the iconic Akira capsule design. These pins will come on risograph-printed backing cards.
The A3 Print will be a 3-colour variation on Bon Idle's cover artwork. Risograph produces vibrant, vivid colours and we want to take advantage of that, so the final colour combination for the print will be decided by you! We will send out a backer survey with colour options once the campaign is funded and the most popular option will be printed.
*All artwork is representative of final product and subject to change
We are aiming to print around 300 copies of the zine. The exclusive bundles in this Kickstarter will cover the initial costs to realise this project. The costs which 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.
What is Risograph?
We are working closely with our long-term print partner Dizzy Ink who have helped us print all our risograph books since we started in 2016. They have worked with clients such as Kingston University London, Pentagram, Tate, GF Smith and more.
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 these printers work, sometimes you get what's called misregistration as well as small differences in ink coverage. This means that 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 throughout, and any prints that don't meet our high-standards are not used.
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 majority of the artwork for inside the book is complete and ready-to-print. Incomplete artwork is in the final stages and has been seen and approved. Final layouts are being produced alongside the Kickstarter to include details like backers' names.
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 for which will be added to the campaign if/when necessary for this).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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