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An innovative, cutting-edge new publication, featuring social commentary through graphic journalism, photography and writing.
An innovative, cutting-edge new publication, featuring social commentary through graphic journalism, photography and writing.
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Launched by a three-woman team of RCA postgraduate studentsMODERN TIMES aims to be for graphic publications what This American Life is to radio- stories from everyday people, stories of everyday people told by today's most exciting artists, designers, writers and journalists. 

Think From Our Own Correspondent crashing full tilt into RAW.

Each issue will take on a different social theme, and feature a range of stories and images relating to that theme. We aim to promote graphic reportage as a valid form of journalism and to give a voice to social groups who are underrepresented in the mainstream media.

Issue One will focus exclusively on housing, with articles ranging from the systematic discrimination in public housing in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, 2014 takes on Depression-era propaganda, an illustrated guide to the Soane museum and personal recollections of family homes.

To get it off the ground, though, we need to get issue one out- and this is where Kickstarter and your help comes in.

Kathryn Martin's posters, an additional bonus for contributors of £100 or more.
Kathryn Martin's posters, an additional bonus for contributors of £100 or more.

With just £1000 we can get the first edition of Modern Times off to the printers and then into the hands of every major journalist covering comics, art and publishing in the UK. We're already in contact with Paul Gravett, curator of the British Library's current exhibition Comics Unmasked, and a copy will be in his hands as soon as its off the presses. Similarly, we've got Creative Review, the Guardian, the Independent and Time Out in our sights.

Modern Times will feature contributors from across the career spectrum- from established artists such as Peter Kennard and Olivier Kugler to 2011 Observer/Jonathan Cape winning graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg and current MA students in illustration, journalism and photography.

Isabelle Greenbergs' illustration from the Sir John Soane museum- an EXTRA BONUS to those pledging £50 or more.
Isabelle Greenbergs' illustration from the Sir John Soane museum- an EXTRA BONUS to those pledging £50 or more.

Although we're based in London, our graphic journalists come from across the UK, Europe and the USA.Contributors to issue one include:

But a mere GLANCE at Ray McGahan's essay
But a mere GLANCE at Ray McGahan's essay
Part of Olivier Kugler's contribution
Part of Olivier Kugler's contribution
A quick look at Jacob Perlmutter's '88 Days' project, a homage to Robert Frank's 'The Americans'
A quick look at Jacob Perlmutter's '88 Days' project, a homage to Robert Frank's 'The Americans'
Director Tom Cordell will be discussing his film, 'Utopia London' - a journey through the history of social housing in London and the story of the architects that engineered it.
A quick look at Alice Leora Briggs' submission, the 'Altar Parsioneros'- an example of a body of work which documents the 'death houses,' where members of the Juarez cartel tortured and murdered fellow citizens
A quick look at Alice Leora Briggs' submission, the 'Altar Parsioneros'- an example of a body of work which documents the 'death houses,' where members of the Juarez cartel tortured and murdered fellow citizens
              
Another SNEAK PEEK at Madeline Swift's work!
Another SNEAK PEEK at Madeline Swift's work!
A SNEAK PEEK of Madeline Swift's work
A SNEAK PEEK of Madeline Swift's work
A SNEAK PEEK of Jess Ruliffson's The Decisions (This comic originally appeared in Symbolia Magazine's Heroines Issue in 2013)
A SNEAK PEEK of Jess Ruliffson's The Decisions (This comic originally appeared in Symbolia Magazine's Heroines Issue in 2013)
              
A sneak peek at Fionnuala Doran's work
A sneak peek at Fionnuala Doran's work

Risks and challenges

We've already confirmed the content of and contributors to our first issue- the main challenge facing Modern Times is producing a finished publication that reflects the quality of the work it contains.

Publishing in London can be a tricky proposition- although we've access to some of the biggest print houses in the UK, that doesn't come cheap. We're currently sourcing printers, paper and printing methods to get the right balance between price and high quality printing.

This Kickstarter is to secure our first edition- if it is received well (and we're pretty damn sure it will be, excusing our big head) then we'll have to secure funds for a second printing.

However! We are exceedingly confident in the quality of Modern Times, and once it's out there and in the hands of every major independent bookshop, comic, zine and art store in London we'll have a much stronger base from which to secure funding for ROUND TWO.

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