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We are a Montreal-based publisher. Our authors wish to translate their comics from French to English. We want to help them do that.
We are a Montreal-based publisher. Our authors wish to translate their comics from French to English. We want to help them do that.
410 backers pledged CA$ 24,301 to help bring this project to life.

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Well. It's been quite a ride and we're infinitely thankful to absolutely everyone who has pledged to the campaign. You will be getting your rewards as soon as they are ready!

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E-mail : info@editionspowpow.com

Website : www.powpowpress.com

Project Description

Pow Pow Press

Pow Pow Press is a Montreal-based, French language publisher that specializes in comics. Since its creation in 2010, it has published over twenty graphic novels and has rapidly become one of the biggest independent comics publisher in Québec.

For the last few years, the local comics scene in Québec has been steadily gaining momentum — somehow bridging the gap, in terms of style, between the classic European school of "bande dessinée" and American indie comics. Despite that momentum, however, only a handful of those graphic novels have been translated in English. In other words, those books have only reached a somewhat limited audience so far, certainly a smaller one than they deserve.

Pow Pow Press now hopes to translate some the titles in its already extensive catalogue, but in order to do so, we need your help. We've set up this crowd funding campaign in order to print our first three titles in English, after which we will keep on translating our new releases, as well as some of our back catalogue.

This is your chance to not only help these authors reach a whole new audience, but to score some awesome comics as well. Mile End, the bestselling title in our French catalogue, is an amusing, yet touching look at life in its famous namesake Montréal neighborhood.

Vile and Miserable has quickly become a cult hit in its original version, its witty dialogue and twisted sense of humor making it an oddball classic of the highest order.

As Long As It Rains, a more low-key and intimist tale, offers a sensible look at human relationships while showing off Zviane's amazing mastery of lighting and atmospheres. She recently won the Joe Shuster Award for "best cartoonist" — while the book itself won the Grand prix de la Ville de Québec for Best Comic of the Year.

The Books

Mile End

With a deft blend of humor and fantasy, Michel Hellman presents us with a wide array of anecdotes inspired by day-to-day life in the Mile End, a Montréal neighborhood known for its vibrant culture and history. Spanning a decade, Mile End tells of the neighborhood's evolution throughout the decade, drawing parallels with the author's own life.

(More details on our French Website page here.) 

Vile and Miserable

Lucius Vile works in a used bookstore that doubles as a used car dealership. With his coworkers who seemingly hate his guts, a therapist whose methods aren't quite sound, an annoying new assistant named Daniel, and Groundhog Day coming soon, let's just say things are getting a bit hectic for Lucius…

But who cares, right? Because today, it's Halloween.

This is the new cover for the English version of Vile and Miserable :

(More details on our French Website page here.)

For as Long as it Rains

A man and a woman, find themselves in an isolated cabin in a foreign country, unable to go outside because of the pouring rain. For the two of them, it's as if time itself had been suspended, as if nothing exists, save for the words of love they whisper to each other and the taste of dry sweat on their skins. But something lurks right underneath the surface, in the nameless gap between passion and reason. (Read the first pages.)

(More details on our French Website page here.)

Bonus Books

Select pledge tiers will also receive two sketchbooks: Dessins by Pascal Girard and Croquis de Québec by Guy Delisle.

Dessins

“Dessins” is the French word for “Drawings”. As the title implies, Dessins doesn’t really follow a dramatic arc: it alludes to many, yet never lingers on any. Pascal Girard has an uncanny talent to convey the narrative aspect of any given situation in a single illustration. This book collects some of the drawings he created in Montréal in 2013 and 2014.

(More details on our French Website page here.)

Croquis de Québec

Twenty years after leaving Québec to travel around the world, author Guy Delisle (Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City) spent a month in his hometown in July 2012. He took some time off from working on his other projects to walk around the city and draw a few sketches. Croquis de Québec collects these sketches — offering the reader the chance to discover or rediscover Québec City through the eyes of this remarkable artist.

(More details on our French Website page here.)

Stretch Goals

Once we reach our goal of $20 000, we will start translating other titles from the Pow Pow catalogue.

Vampire Cousins

Unlocking at $25,000 — Camille is invited by her cousin Frédérique to return to the old manor house where she spent the best summer of her childhood. But when she gets there, nothing in the sinister landscape she enters corresponds to the fond memories she has always cherished… and the wary people she meets at the village tavern seem to fear the place they call ‘the Devil’s house’. As for the mysterious Frédérique, she refuses to touch garlic soup, garlic quiche, and garlic scape salad. Les cousines vampires reads like a long-forgotten B-movie…

(More details on our French Website page here.)

Apnea

Unlocking at $35,000 — Zviane's Apnea is a spare, minimal exploration of emptiness. It is not a story as much as a feeling, the feeling one gets when imprisoned within oneself, unable to see through the troubled water… unable to see the air, just above one's head. In 2011, it was awarded the Bédéis Causa Prize for Best French Language Comic Book published in Québec.

(More details on our French Website page here.)

The Rewards

Pins! Shirts! Prints! You can get more than just books by pledging to the Pow Pow Press Kickstarter campaign!

Screen prints

All screen prints will be silkscreened by local legend Simon Bossé, of Mille Putois fame. Check out his website: http://milleputois.bigcartel.com/

Screen print by Zviane. 8 x 6 in.

Screen print by Samuel Cantin. 6 x 8 in.

Screen print by Michel Hellman. 8 x 6 in.

Screen print by Pascal Girard, 4 x 6 in.

Screen print by Pascal Girard, 4 x 6 in.

Screen print by Cathon, 4 x 5 inch.

T-Shirts

Men's shirts will be printed on American Apparel Short Sleeve Crew Neck shirts. Women's shirts will be printed on Short Sleeve Women's T-shirts. Both are super soft and sweatshop-free 50/50 blend shirts!

Artist's spotlight - Guy Delisle

More info about this package here.

The Big Bundle

Here's where you get it ALL. The Big Bundle collects many hard-to-find items including tons of limited run special edition prints. Copies of all yours books (except Croquis de Québec) will be signed by the authors and include an original drawing. You'll get posters. You'll get shirts. You'll get more pins than you'll ever need! You'll even receive a unique Christmas card signed by all Montreal-based members of the Pow Pow crew.

Follow us

Facebook page: facebook.com/powpowpress
Twitter: twitter.com/powpowpress
Website: powpowpress.com
French website: editionspowpow.com

Thank you

We'd like to thank Montréal's own Solids for letting us use the track 'Traces', off their amazing 'Blame Confusion' LP. Be sure to check them out at http://solids.bandcamp.com

We'd also like to thank the fine folks at Le Port de Tête for letting us shoot our video in their beautiful bookstore.

Risks and challenges

Having released 21 books in French so far, we are confident that we have the experience required to produce these books. We want them to be ready for TCAF 2015, which means we will be on a tight schedule. Of course, the biggest challenge we will be facing is that of the actual, physical translation of the books. All of the authors will be handwriting these English versions of their comics, which is a pretty time-consuming job. However, that means these translated books will truly be faithful to the original versions and just as nice as them — which is very important to us.

All books will be printed on Enviro Print 80 lbs, 100% post-consumer recycled white paper by Imprimerie Gauvin in Gatineau, Canada. From an ethical and environmental point of view, we feel much better working with local printers — even though it means paying a little more to produce our books. We've been working with Gauvin since 2010, so we're confident that these books will be beautiful and, most importantly, that they'll be delivered on time.

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    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT : SAMUEL CANTIN - ORIGINAL, FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATION which served as the basis for the cover to the English version of Vile and Miserable + ORIGINAL DRAWING in your copy of the book and Sam's SCREEN PRINT.

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