About this project
(Video with Turkish subtitles/Türkçe altyazılı video)
This is our last week on Kickstarter. So if you've been putting off pledging, you may put it off for a few more days yet! (I've always been a last minute person myself).
If you're seeing this page for the first time, please scroll down for a more detailed description of the project.
Since we have reached our goal a few days ago, we are (finally) adding some stretch goals.
First off, good news: with our current pledge amount, we will be able to print some pages in colour. 12 pages, to be more exact.
Without further ado...
We have two stretch goals to start with. One includes getting our anthology with offset covers, and the other includes printing more copies.
If we make it to 6000$, we will be able to print the book with offset covers - which means higher image quality.
If we make it to 7500$, we can double the amount of copies we are printing. Currently, we are planning to print 250 copies, based on the demand from you, our backers. We will send comp copies to the contributors, and we will make the rest available to the public for purchase. If we print 500 copies, we'll be able to reach more people. This would also increase the fees we will be paying to our artists.
If you haven't checked them out already, have a look at our:
YET MORE NEW REWARDS
We will have prints of Pat's illustration, but the original art for this is also available at the 375$ (along with all other rewards)!
If you like this, you might also want to check our previous prints by Zeynep Ozatalay and Sam Wallman below. If you want to add one or more of the prints to your existing rewards, contact us and we can combine shipping and give you a discount.
We have two new prints by Zeynep Ozatalay and Sam Wallman on offer. If you would like to add either or both of these to your existing rewards, please contact us.
What is #ResistComics?
The summer of 2013 saw one of the greatest mass uprisings in the history of Turkey. What started out as a small scale environmentalist demonstration became a defiant outcry in the face of an increasingly authoritarian, conservative, neoliberal government.
The resistance became associated with creativity and humour of the protesters from early on, as they tackled the violent oppression of the state with a cheerful attitude of subversion. #diren (#resist) became a hashtag mantra in social media and on the streets.
#ResistComics has been inspired by the intelligence of the protesters and the sense of solidarity and collaboration in the air. We wanted to capture the spirit of the resistance in our words and pictures. We wanted to make a political statement without being didactic. We wanted to tell good stories about the resistance in different genres.
#ResistComics anthology contains 96 pages of comics, illustrations, a short story and an article on comics and politics. We would like to entertain, inform and inspire our readers through this anthology.
Here are some pages from the anthology:
So, what exactly happened in Turkey?
What is now known as the "Gezi Resistance" started with a few protestors trying to stop Gezi Park from being destroyed. The Prime Minister wanted to build a shopping mall in the middle of the park that would be modeled after Ottoman military barracks. When protests erupted in June 2013 all over Turkey, the officials suggested the protesters were a bunch of “looters” and they were making noise over “a few trees”. The truth was that people from various backgrounds and all walks of life were reacting against the oppression of this single party rule with one man in power for more than a decade.
As in the recent mass movements of the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement protestors in Turkey made use of social and participatory media to organise protests and more importantly to spread the news. The mainstream media were mostly quiet about the protests for fear of being shut down by the government. The Prime Minister publicly called Twitter “a menace”, while still using it to label the protests the work of foreign forces who were not happy about “Turkey’s progress” during his rule. There were violent conflicts between the police and the protesters on the streets, and simultaneously a battle of words raged on on the social media among the government officials, their supporters, and protestors.
Who Are We?
We are an international group of writers, artists, academics and critics. We are based in different parts of the world, including Turkey, France, Germany and Australia. In the early days of the resistance, we organised online to collaborate on a comics anthology. We used online tools to workshop scripts and artwork, and to exchange ideas. As we all have day jobs and other responsibilities (some of us became parents in the last year), it took us a while to bring our project to life.
We embrace a punk/DIY approach, and have been involved in every stage of production and we would like to self-publish our anthology through the support of our Kickstarter backers.
We are supporters of indie art and the comics scene and some of us have been involved with independent comics projects before. Some of us are professional comic artists and cartoonists published internationally, while others are first timers. We bring an eclectic range of styles and diverse stories.
Why Support #ResistComics?
You might think, "I have no connection to Turkey, why should I be interested in something that's happening over there?" or "this book would be too culturally specific for me".
We see our project as part of a larger global movement, which has universal themes. From the Arab world, to the US, from Turkey to Brazil, there is a growing restlessness. We would like a better future, where our basic rights, well-being, and environment have more priority over corporate interests. We would like to see people of the world unite beyond their national borders and work for equal rights and opportunities for all.
Our comics reflect our worldview. We tell stories that relate to the human condition, and we use genres and tropes that would be familiar to readers all around the world. Our comics aren't inaccessible, and we will also provide some context for what has been happening in Turkey by providing notes and timelines.
By supporting our project, you will also be supporting comic art in Turkey. There aren't many opportunities for Turkish comic artists to publish their works. We are happy to introduce the works of some talented artists to an English reading audience.
Also, check out:
1$ - The Digital Mini Comic
Every backer will receive a 10-page digital mini comic, a sampler of our work, when they pledge. You will receive an immediate download. It includes three comics from the anthology and an alternative cover by our talented cover artist Okan Bulbul.
5$ - Postcards
For 5$ you can receive a postcard from Sydney, Australia. Choose one of the three postcards: 1) Our cover image by Okan Bulbul, 2) "Mutation" by Ugur Sertcelik 3) "POMA" by Okan Bulbul. Or for 10$ you can get all three cards. Can Yalcinkaya will write a personal message in your card (if you want).
10$ - The Digital Comic
You like reading your comics on your electronic devices? You can have the entire anthology in PDF and CBR formats for only 10$.
15$ - Posters
Get one of our gorgeous A3 prints on 300gsm silk for 15$. Or get a print and the digital copy of the anthology for 20$. OR get all four prints along with a digital copy of the anthology for 45$!
15$ - Limited Edition Fanzine+Digital Copy
Limited edition, numbered zines with 3 stories from the anthology. We printed 50 of these and 30 unnumbered copies went to friends and colleagues as a preview. There are only twenty copies left, and we won't be making any more of these. When you get the zine, you also get the digital copy of the entire anthology. Don't miss it!
PS: The 'zines are A5 size, 16 pages with B&W interiors and colour front and back covers.
20$ - Tote Bag
For 20$ you can get a tote bag with the ResistComics logo.
20$ - The Print Anthology
The physical copy of the anthology contains 96 pages of comics, illustrations and articles on the theme of the Gezi Resistance. A4 size, B&W interiors, colour front and back cover. You also get the digital copy of the anthology.
30$ - T-shirt
Get a black tee with the ResistComics logo on it.
We have also prepared lots of different combo options with more than one reward. For 100$, you can get the digital mini comic, three postcards, four prints, digital and physical copies of the anthology, tote bag and t-shirt!
200$ - Original Art by Ugur Sertcelik
Ugur is a talented artist, whose work has been published in Turkey (Tam Macera, Deli Gucuk, Dumankara) and the U.S. (Orision). His horror themed designs evoke a Lovecraftian feel. Ugur will draw an A3 size illustration with horror and resistance themes for one backer. See some examples of his work above. PLUS you get everything at the 100$ level.
200$ - Original Art by Okan Bulbul
Okan is the talent behind our cover. His resistance themed paintings and portraits have been widely circulated since the protests. His style ranges from realism to fantasy art. Okan will paint an illustration for one of our backers. The topic of the painting is subject to approval by Okan. PLUS you get everything at the 100$ level.
200$ - A Skype Lecture by Can Yalcinkaya
ResistComics editor Can Yalcinkaya is an academic with backgrounds in American literature and Media Studies. His research interests include comics, film and popular music. Can will give a skype lecture to you (and your friends if you want) on any of these topics: A history of graphic novels, Turkish comics, Turkish adaptations of Hollywood Blockbusters (Star Wars, Star Trek, The Exorcist, E.T., Superman, Spiderman etc). PLUS you get everything at the 100$ level.
250$ - Get your project edited
Can also has professional experience in editing and proofreading. He will proofread/edit your short story/script/academic article (up to 10,000 words). PLUS you get everything at the 100 level.
350$ - Script Workshop
The ResistComics writers produced their scripts through a collaborative process, workshopping and exchanging ideas. We thought this process helped a lot with our writing. Writing can be a lonely business, but with constructive feedback from peers can provide insights we might otherwise overlook. The ResistComics team will workshop your comic script (up to 10,000 words) with you. Can will then proofread/edit your script. PLUS you get everything at the 100$ level.
If you want to combine any other rewards, just send us a message and we can arrange it.
Where will the funds go?
The funds will be used to pay our artists, print the book and to meet the costs of the rewards. By supporting our project, you will also be supporting independent comic artists.
Thanks for taking the time to find out about our project. It would mean the world to us if you decide to support us, and share the project with your networks.
Motion Graphic Trailer: Ugur Engin Deniz
Sound Design: Guney Ozsan
Camera & Interview: Annie McDermott & Stephen Abdallah
Risks and challenges
At the time of writing, the contents of our anthology is nearly complete. As our Kickstarter campaign goes on, we will continue working on finishing everything. This includes two comics that are currently being inked, two illustrations, one article on comics and politics and one timeline of the Gezi protests. We are confident we will be able to finish these in June and if we successfully fund our project, we will go to the printer. We will start sending out physical rewards in July (please check the delivery times of individual rewards on the right side of the page).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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