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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.  


The Story:

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.

Members of the Swastika Club, Toronto, 1933.
Members of the Swastika Club, Toronto, 1933.

 

Members of the Alt-right, Charlottesville, 2017.
Members of the Alt-right, Charlottesville, 2017.

 

Historical Fiction?

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.

The Process
The Process

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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.

Our Team:

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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    Digital Copy of Chrisite Pits

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    Christie Pits Graphic Novel

    This is it, the real deal, Jews VS Nazi inspired thugs for the soul of the great nation of Canada. Incredible true history, beautifully illustrated and brought to life with authentic storytelling.

    The story of the Christie Pits is written by Jamie Michaels and illustrated by the prodigious Doug Fedrau.

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    Graphic Novel + Custom Graphic T

    Our limited edition graphic-T paired up with our hard hitting graphic novel. A steal of a deal! Choose from Men's or Women's T's featuring either the Dirty Water Comics logo or a limited edition custom T featuring original artwork from Christie Pits*

    All high quality merch printing is done right here in Winnipeg by our friends at Floodway Print Co.

    *Artwork of a Nazi thug being headbutted in the face now available upon request due to popular demand.

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    For cosy winter reading or to keep that noggin toasty on the toboggan. Dirty Water custom Zip Hoodie paired up with a copy of Christie Pits hot off the press.

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    Hoodie + Graphic Novel + Custom T

    Hey big spender. I bet you'd look great decked out in style. Custom Zip up Dirty Water Hoodie, paired up with your choice of shirt, and the Christie Pits Graphic Novel.

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    Canadian Retailer Bulk 10-Pack

    For Comic Book Stores and School Programs in Canada, order in bulk for big savings on pricing. If you're involved in a community program or working with underserved groups with a reduced access to opportunity please message us for sponsorship opportunities, we'd love to help. Reading is for everyone.

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    Custom Artwork Print + a Sketchbook Page

    Receive the Christie Pits Graphic Novel, an original page of concept pencil artwork from the Christie Pits Sketchbook used in the book+ a one-of-a-kind CUSTOM PRINT of YOU drawn into a scene from Christie Pits by the talented Doug Fedrau. The print will be numbered 1/1 and signed by both the writer and illustrator, coupled with a high resolution digital copy of the image.*

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