Dirty Water Comics Presents: Christie Pits
Christie Pits is a graphic novel telling the incredible true history of when young Jewish and Italian immigrants squared off against Nazi-inspired thugs in the streets of Toronto. The story behind the 10,000 person race-riot for the soul of the great nation of Canada is written by Winnipeg lowlife and Amateur-Jewish-Cage-Fighting Sensation Jamie Michaels, and illustrated by the prodigious Doug Fedrau.
Evocatively illustrated in black and white, weighing in at over 120 pages, and printed right here in Canada at 7X10, the Christie Pits graphic novel uses fictional storytelling to bring history to life.
This gritty ride through Spadina's immigrant community, tells authentic Canadian history with no holds barred. Each chapter follows an individual character, and the forces that brought them into the street on August 16th, 1933. These stories and characters thread together and intermingle to give readers the real feeling of a neighbourhood.
Why you should support us:
We're making real stories for real change. Although history never repeats itself to the letter, we can draw lessons from the past. A culture of hate always precedes real violence. The Christie Pits Riots offer lessons that are depressingly topical, and no less relevant today than they were in 1933.
The terms may seem at odds, but we assure you we've done our homework. Our lawyer assures us that the story and characters are entirely fictional, but we draw our universe (literally) from countless of hours of thorough research, primary sources, interviews, and archival materials to give readers an authentic feel of the times.
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Where are the funds going?
For many people on the Christie Pits Graphic Novel team, this project has been a full time job. We assure you it doesn't pay like one. Funding from backers goes right back into the project to support the costs of illustration, graphic design, research, printing, shipping, and backer incentives. your support makes this project a reality. We're also partnering with community groups to bring the Christie Pits story into the classroom. Additionally raised funds help put the project into the hands of under-served youth, and community organizations that make a real difference, reading is for everyone.
Jamie Michaels is a Jewish-Canadian writer from the mean streets of Winnipeg. He holds an MA in Fiction from the University of London. His comic book work has appeared in Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and South Africa.
Doug Fedrau is a talented Winnipeg based illustrator who is bringing the world of Christie Pits to life. He was educated at Red River College and has over a decade of experience in art and design.
Jordan Stranger is a Oji-Cree graphic designer working out of Winnipeg. In addition to making sure everything for Christie Pits looks sharp and is print ready, he also a skilled artist.
Helen Surgenor: Is a Toronto based freelance journalist and talented producer. As our project editor she keeps our stories grammatical, coherent, and free of bullshit.
Yale Michaels: Is an Oxford based research scientist and our long suffering project manager. He yells exasperatedly at the ceiling when we miss deadlines and is paid exclusively in pizza.
Liam Karp: is a Prairie Hebrew from Manitoba and a graduate from the University of Winnipeg film program. He is the project videographer, photographer, and worst arm-wrestler on the project team by a substantial margin. He works in film, both on set and post production.
Risks and challenges
Twitter is replacing the novel as the engine of dreaming for our generation. I believe it's worthwhile to take risks on things that are true and beautiful.
But to show you we're taking things seriously:
-Dirty Water Comics is a small independent press, but we've been making big waves. We have a proven track record of delivering quality work. Our last Kickstarter project, Canoe Boys was nominated for a Shuster Award, and has been picked up by comic books stores from Tokyo to London.
-All our books, merch, and creators are Canadian based. We pride ourselves on working locally, which also allows us to troubleshoot in real-time.
-We've contracted a professional editing and graphic design team to help bring this project home.
-The real challenge now is to gather enough financial support to continue the series. We've recieved a generous grant from the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba but it won't even come close to covering project costs. Our writer and illustrator have made this their full time job. Ideas are hard to eat, even important ones. Your support enables the creative team to have the time and resources to complete the graphic novel, ensure quality printing, and makes it possible for Dirty Water Comics to tackle new projects.
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