Frequently Asked Questions
It’s huge, yes. We know.
That’s because, firstly, the contributor list is huge. It’s 51 people from 13 countries, and we’re committed to paying all of them at international rates. Far too many of us have worked on projects where we’ve not been paid at all, or have taken a cut in our pay. We want to not do that. We want to create a new normal in publishing culture (sounds high-handed, but it’s true) especially in the field of comics and sequential art.
Secondly, design and production. We’re envisioning a certain quality of print and web design and production, so as to be able to best showcase the amazing pieces that all our contributors are working on. This costs - we’re trying to create the very best.
Thirdly, editorial and admin. The editorial team of 6 has already been working for five months now, and will be working on this until launch early next year. This work needs to be compensated.
Lastly, rewards. We’ve spent a LOT of time planning and revising our timelines and budgets to make sure we have accounted for rewards, production, payments and shipping. We have three bases for shipping for this project; in India, in the UK and the USA - which has enabled us to offer a price for the book and rewards that is inclusive of shipping.
The budget breaks down like this:
24% - Contributors fees (web and print)
44% - Production fees (including web hosting and printing)
13% - Design and administration fees (over 1 year)
10% - Editorial and project management fees (over 1 year)
9% - Kickstarter fees plus overheadsLast updated:
If we don’t, we don’t. We will try to make the project happen some other way. We wanted to reach out to our supporters directly and that is an important part of how we envisioned the process. So we’ve come to you first.Last updated:
Our initial wishlist was over a 100 creatives. We spent a lot of time trying to include as many as people as possible. In fact, we’ve left a lot of amazing people out, which we truly regret.
South Asia is pretty big, as you know. We reached out to many artists from other countries, as well as the diaspora and displaced across the world. We wanted the contributor list to be as diverse and inclusive as possible, and we arrived at this set with that in mind.Last updated:
From the initial wishlist, the editorial team worked together over many weeks to arrive at a second list. Keeping diversity and representation in mind, we looked at artists - individuals and collectives - from different countries, identities, languages, abilities, kinds of work. We reached out to people, and with the confirmations we received, we put this set together.Last updated:
At this point, we’ve issued contracts to all the contributors people have sent in their concept notes for their pieces. We’re now hoping to raise the money before the next stage of the project - which would be giving the creators the go-ahead to develop and flesh out their pieces, and simultaneously start designing the back-end of the website and design the book.Last updated:
‘Bystander’ typically has had a negative connotation, in that it denotes inaction. But we chose this theme to unpack all the other meanings it carries/could carry. Someone could be a bystander because of identity, marginalisation, fear, mental health, disability, gender, caste, class - inaction could have many reasons. ‘Not wanting to get involved’ is a common refrain, especially in South Asia, made by those who choose not to engage, which also directly implicates the broken police and justice systems as well as a lack of faith in government, especially in rural areas. Inaction is also internal conflict, inaction is the inability to cope, it is the shutting down of our response systems. Being a bystander could also entail all these possibilities. The anthology seeks to engage with all these issues.Last updated:
We have tried to make many of the rewards relevant to the theme, as well as enticing. They cover a gamut of issues related to the word ‘Bystander’.
The ‘Lost in translation’ set of postcards by Priya Dali are designs of attempted translations of the word into other South Asian languages ( Urdu from India/Pakistan, Bengali from East India and Bangladesh, Tamizh from Sri Lanka and South India and Meitei from North East India) - this tried to point to the fact that this word does not translate easily, and the concept has to be communicated in different ways in the subcontinent.
The Bystander Alphabet Set Sticker by Kruttika Susarla is from her series called ‘36 days of Feminist Type’ - a project where she sought to contextualise the feminist movement within the lived experiences of women and minorities in India. Every letter of the alphabet has been illustrated with a concept of feminism or lesser-known feminist organisations and activists through the number series. This project seeks to shift the feminist narrative In India from the mainstream, middle class, western, white single-story feminism to an intersectional feminism in the Indian context. She has generously donated 9 of the designed alphabets - which spell out the word ‘Bystander’, as a reward for this project.
‘Pre-Occupied’ by Pearl D’Souza is a very special poster-zine exploring ideas of narrative, geography, time and memory. These are all concepts that tie in with the bystander experience. Geography alludes not only to physical spaces and places as we know and traverse them, but also to something that spans time, continuously shifting with memories and the people who have inhabited them. Pre-Occupied maps these psychogeographies, intersecting memory, identity, and journey in the format of an experimental comic zine that opens out into a poster.
The Space Between by Gopika Bashi and Studio Kohl is a set of 3 zines exploring what it means to be a 'Bystander' (especially in a South Asian context), and the theme of bystander intervention. The set navigates the grey spaces between binaries of us/them, action/inaction, visible/invisible. Each zine explores these ideas through a different lens – Self, Community/ies and Society.
The contributing artists have also donated many zines/prints/comics that are up for grabs in the Print Potluck. And there are original artworks from the final anthology which are available as rewards as well.
In addition, there’s also a Graphic Walk with Mira Malhotra of Studio Kohl and a session on the History of Indian comics with Aarthi Parthasarathy (Which includes a set of old Indian comics for you).
And lastly, there’s the invitation to co-publish the Anthology with us! We’re seeking ten individuals/organisations/communities to help us realise this project.Last updated:
Yes, they are.Last updated:
Yes, this will be provided, but we are depending on our funders to make sure they provide correct and complete addresses and we will be following up with everyone before shipping. To reiterate, we’ve set up 3 shipping centres (India, UK and US) which will help us follow up on any issues more efficiently.Last updated:
Yes, even though this is a big ask, we’ve also got some stretch goals in mind.Last updated:
If we manage to raise more than our ask, we would like to do some of the following (there are many more things we have in mind, but in order of stretch-iness) -
- Put out an open call for submissions on the theme - for which the contributing artists will be paid. The pieces will be showcased on the website.
- Conduct on-ground workshops on the theme of the bystander with communities across South Asia and the diaspora in other countries
- A larger print run of the print publication, with an intent of getting it to as many educational institutions, libraries and community spaces as possible
- Translation of the print and web pieces into 1 South Asian Language (to start). This is the most ambitious stretch goal, and would take a lot of time, effort and money, but this is very much on our wishlist.
- And of course, we would be offering some stretch rewards, which would include more original artworks and publications - from many artists including Aleesha Nandhra, Shreyas R Krishnan, Janine Shroff and Jasjyot Singh Hans.Last updated:
We're currently not set up for this, sorry. Kickstarter is an all or nothing process, and we're not planning to sell the book/rewards outside of this platform. We're a small team and logistically this would be a bit too much for us to handle.Last updated:
We have got some images up already - though this anthology is a Work-In-Progress at this stage. The work for the anthology will proceed only if we are fully funded by this campaign, so that’s in June. If it happens, then from that point on, we will be sharing all the progress with our backers.Last updated:
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