What is this zine?
This zine is a collection of comics from creators based or formerly based in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Alberta.
This is a collective experiment which means that the project is able to keep its costs low as any of the net profit is being fully, 100% split among the artistic creators themselves, with design work and labour being volunteered.
Supporting this project means you're supporting a small and vibrant creative community in regions that are not served by many book launches, comic conventions, and publisher opportunities. The talent and diversity in the creators is staggering and it's exciting to showcase our community to the world.
The zine is all designed and ready to go to print, so delays are not expected at all, especially as the printer, Avenue 4 Communications is right in our city of Winnipeg! We will have as many artists as we can get together to sign copies of the book in Winnipeg, MB before we send it out (we can't promise a number as it depends on everyone's schedules)
What is the Prairie Comics Festival?
Prairie Comics Festival opened in July 2016 and had a massively successful first year attendance for a one-day festival. Comic creators and publishers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta showcased their works in a busy and thriving market, making new fans and connections with other creatives. All with the support of the Winnipeg Public Library and the City of Winnipeg!
No table or attendance fees have been charged, which we want to keep up with as long as possible! Our next festival date is May 6-7, 2017 and we're expanding to a full weekend!
The print zine is 36 pages, colour cover, black and white interior, 6.75 x 10.25, saddlestitched comic.
The digital zine is 59 pages, colour cover, colour & black and white interior pages, 6.75 x 10.25, PDF.
Stories and Creators include:
- Cover by Nicholas Burns
- Foreword by Nyala Ali
- No Bad Days by Charlotte Finn, Ing, and Ryan Ferrier *exclusive to this zine*
- Three Ravens by Autumn Crossman
- Bow Island: Centre of the World by Eric Dyck
- Goodnight Moon by Nicolette Nuytten
- Place Into Being by Robert Pasternak
- Buzzed by Stacey Bru
- Sad Poetic Comic and Oh God by Elaine Will
- Street Style Samurai: Word on the Street by Jamie Isfeld
- About My Dog by Sam Hester
- Chronicles of Era Volume 2 Preview by Scott Henderson
- Excerpt of Three Feathers by Richard Van Camp, Krystal Mateus, and Ryan Ferrier
- Conversation by Jason Mathis
- King of Pies and Me vs. Me by Ryan Harby
- Big Game by Nyco Rudolph
- Back cover by Lexi Watson
The digital copy also includes:
- Extended versions of King of Pies, Me vs. Me, Chronicles of Era
- Acid Man and Getting Ahead by Robert Pasternak
- Infinite Loop by Elaine Will
- Field Guide: All Hallows by Courtney Loberg
- Saskatchewan by Gillian G
- Penguin Investigations by Dara Perih
Scott Henderson - Winnipeg, MB
Scott B. Henderson works as a freelance illustrator. He is the illustrator of several sci-fi/fantasy and history graphic novels including 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga, and Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story, and the creator of The Chronicles of Era.
Elaine Will - Saskatoon, SK
Elaine Will is an illustrator and cartoonist most well-known for her acclaimed graphic novel Look Straight Ahead, a Xeric Award winning story about mental illness.
Gillian G - formerly of Saskatoon, SK (currently Toronto, ON)
Gillian G. (Goerz) is a cartoonist, writer, and full time artist. Her upcoming graphic novel Shirley Bones is generously supported by the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. Originally from Saskatoon and Lethbridge, Gillian currently lives and works from Toronto, Ontario
Courtney Loberg - Saskatoon, SK
Courtney Loberg is a comic artist living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She's spent a lot of time having semi-sublime experiences in the prairies. Read about them in her short comics and new graphic novel, The Rangeroads.
Charlotte Finn - Calgary, AB
Charlotte Finn is a gay transgender lady who was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where she lives and works to this day. She reviews comics at ComicsAlliance and now writes them as well.
Richard Van Camp - Edmonton, AB
Richard Van Camp is a Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT, with more than 20 books to his name in just about every genre. He and Scott Henderson were nominated for an Eisner in 2016 for their graphic novel A Blanket of Butterflies. Mahsi cho!
Nicholas Burns - Winnipeg, MB
Nicholas Burns is an England-born, Winnipeg raised creator who writes, paints, draws comics and storyboards for film.
Jamie Isfeld - Winnipeg, MB
Jamie Isfeld is a full-time new media developer at the University of Manitoba who makes comics, illustrations, and more.
Sam Hester - Calgary, AB
Sam Hester is a Calgary graphic recorder and comics creator.
Jason Mathis - Calgary, AB
Jason Mathis is a full time artist, recently moved back to Calgary after living in Glasgow for the last 7 years. You can see some of his paintings on his website and he promises to get his comic work up there really soon too.
Robert Pasternak - Winnipeg, MB
Robert Pasternak is an inter-dimensional artist living in Winnipeg. His comics fuse the abstract and surreal with novelty packaging.
Along with all of the above artists, writers, and letterers, coordination of deliverables will be done by Hope Nicholson of Bedside Press, design of the book will be done by Sam Beiko of Chizine, and printing will be by Avenue 4 Communications in Winnipeg.
So how'd you come up with this number and what are you going to do with the money?
The money asked for is the printing cost of a run of 100, plus 1 comp each for the creators, and Kickstarter fees! If the funds go over this amount, that's just more to split around the board for the artists.
Risks and challenges
The project is already made and just needs to be e-mailed to the printer, so risks are extremely low.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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