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Comics journalism. Narrative-driven city reporting, with panels.
Comics journalism. Narrative-driven city reporting, with panels.
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UPDATE: We seem to have made it! Much thanks to our family, friends and everyone who's backed us this far—we couldn't have done any of this without you.

And now that we've gone over our goal a bit, we can add to the rewards and the # of copies we send out and print. So, any amount we go over will be put into more comics and gifts!

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You may have heard that traditional journalism is struggling, that print outlets around the country are going under—that the media isn't what it used to be... 

We can't change all of that. But we can make this book.

Our project is The Illustrated Press: Chicago, a full-color comics journalism compilation. The book will contain a series of stories over the course of one year (July 2011–July 2012), all based in Chicago neighborhoods, combining accurate reporting with comic-style storytelling. 

So, what is it?

While illustrated journalism isn't entirely new, the medium as a genreis relatively new. Our stories take a narrative non-fiction approach, but all of the people in our panels are living, breathing people and all of the word balloons are real quotes by those people.  

Ergo: comics journalism.

The completed project, a graphic novel compilation, will be a set of stories/illustrations in addition to sketches and notes created since July 2011. The finished product will contain profiles of unique Chicagoans, obscure places, true and unusual stories from around the city; drawn, narrated and based in real life. (For example, our first story, “Wedlock: Love and Marriage at the Cook County Jail,” followed one woman through her marriage at the county courthouse’s annual mass wedding ceremonies to her fiancé, an inmate currently facing charges of first degree murder. Our second story, "Chess Records," profiled Chicago's longest-running chess board and it's players.)

We've received a completion grant of $1,000 from the Albert P. Weisman foundation (Thanks, Albert!), but we need your help to get the rest of the way.

Your contribution will not only fund an innovative print project, but also support one of the many ways that journalists and artists are shaping new media for an emerging generation of media consumers.

And really, it's just the beginning. We've got plans for longer-form, narrative non-fiction stories (we're looking at you, public health system) and, ideally, a quarterly publication. 

We're sure you already understand how Kickstarter works, but, we need to meet our goal in order to get any of the funds at all. 

AKA, every bit counts. 

We've found a printer and have set up plans to get rolling as soon as we can. The full printing cost will be $3,045 (other costs include processing fees from Amazon and Kickstarter). If all goes well, 500 copies of the book will be released in August and will be available in stores locally, as well as online.

Thanks isn't really enough...But thanks. This is our ideal project and we appreciate you taking the time to read along.  

–Darryl and Erik

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    You'll get a digital download of our first comic, "Wedlock: Love and Marriage at the Cook County Jail" PLUS! a sticker. And our eternal gratitude.

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    We'll mail you a personalized thank you note via haiku. That's right, a haiku entirely about you. (includes a bonus high five and/or firm handshake when proximity allows).

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    We'll mail you one of the many notes/quotes hastily recorded by Darryl since this project began, most likely written on a yellow sticky note, a bar/restaurant napkin, the back of a business card or 4' x 8' reporter's notebook paper. AND we'll send you a sticker.

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    You'll get one of everything listed above. Plus, some original artwork from our reporting since July 2011 (includes rough, on-site sketches and storyboards).

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    You'll get a signed copy of the book, a poster (signed if you'd like) and a special note (probably drawn on) that you can use as a bookmark. Good deal, right?

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    We'll mail you a signed copy of the book and an "Illustrated Press" poster, plus everything listed above (includes original artwork, notes, the digital download, and, of course, the thank you haiku).

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    A signed copy of the book + a poster + a sticker + the personalized thank you haiku.

    AND! a mini-comic of yourself, hand drawn by Erik, written by Darryl.

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