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A Comics Anthology of Top-notch Creators Sharing Their Hidden Talents Via 1-page 9-panel Comics!
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ALL PROS, NO CONS! Top-notch writers and artists share hidden talents from the practical to the peculiar in a collection of 1-page comics. 

Each story is part personal “how-to,” part “how-so.” Learn new skills or hone the ones you’ve got from “How to” use a knife like a French chef, create a talisman (& then destroy it), talk to a celebrity and more! Some of our 1-pagers will also illuminate aspects of the comic book storytelling process like writing, drawing, lettering, coloring and editing. 

HEY, AMATEUR! originated as the final page in our BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY anthologies. And, as you can see below, it demanded to be expanded. 

  With over a quarter century of experience, award-winning DC/Vertigo and Black Crown editor Shelly Bond will wrangle an inventive assemblage of writers and artists from veterans to newcomers including Michael Allred, Gail Simone, Simon Bisley, Jill Thompson, John Allison, Liz Prince, Mark Buckingham, Magdalene Visaggio and others to be announced throughout the 30-day campaign.

The goal of HEY, AMATEUR! is to create a 128-page exclusive hardcover of 1-page stories that entertains, educates and empowers while saluting the artform we love. The plan is to give each story a spread of real estate so we can include the creator bios and a bit of extra info. The remaining pages will allow us to procure an introduction and an afterword from comics pros and experts from other disciplines. We also plan to run some process pages.  Our ultimate goal is 100 stories/224 pages so with any luck we’ll get there.

 NEW REWARDS PACKAGE! AMATEUR CLEAN UP!

 AMATEUR MONKEY BUSINESS!

It was all our intern’s idea.  Once he was given a suitable moniker, it went to his head.  Presenting, The Monkeys of Amateur SKETCH LOTTERY Level!

50 artists will donate a 4 X 4 signed sketch of their version of Doctor Tork in their own inimitable style. Since it’s a lottery, there’s no telling whose work you'll receive. But know this: It will be cool. And collectible!

For $75 this level includes: the hardcover + one random sketch of Doctor Tork + signed bookplate + digital copy

Mark Buckingham turned in his sketch already which is no surprise. As his former editor of Fables for 15+ years, I know he's a deadline cruncher and I expected no less. Cheers, Bucky, for your superb flying monkey intern, Doctor Tork!

 Caitlin Yarsky also decided to jump on the opportunity to put Doctor Tork in a very refined state of mind...Remember you can upgrade your pledge at any time!

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STRETCH GOALS

Unlock 60K and every hardcover gets a bookplate by artist Philip Bond and other contributors. Plus: We add more how-tos in the story pages!

Unlock 75K and we increase the story count from 50 to 75 stories! That’s 25 extra stories and 176 pages!

Unlock 90K and we'll embellish the cover with a spot gloss and add a ribbon bookmark.

Unlock 100K and we increase the story count from 75 to 100 stories! That’s 50 extra stories and 224 pages!

Unlock 105K and beyond and we include all the stretch goal bonuses and give proportional page rate increases to the creative talent. You'll sleep better at night knowing that our extraordinary writers and artists will receive a fair cut of your contributions.

Risks and challenges

Producing a large hardcover book with many contributors from different time zones requires a lot of coordination. Editor/curator SHELLY BOND has a proven track record that spans nearly three decades, editing beloved comic book series Fables and The Sandman in addition to anthology titles. Bond edited and co-curated her last Kickstarter, FEMME MAGNIFIQUE, which contained 50 stories by over 100 writers and artists from around the globe. It funded close to 100K and was delivered on time to 1,733 backers.

FEMME MAGNIFIQUE was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Anthology for the softcover that was published through her imprint, BLACK CROWN/IDW Publishing. If HEY, AMATEUR! is funded as a hardcover, BLACK CROWN will release the softcover with a different cover in summer or fall 2020.

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    45 min Skype Drawing Tutorial

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    In this 45 minute Skype tutorial, you and Lucy Sullivan will study hands, eyes, noses, your environment & draw each other’s portraits utilizing blind or contour drawing techniques.

    Lucy is an Artist, Author & 2D Animator based in London. Before moving into comics she taught Observational Drawing at a number of UK universities for over a decade. Lucy has Co-Directed & Animated music videos for Coldcut & One Eskimo and designed & drawn Pre-Visuals and illustrated backgrounds for Film & Television. Her comics work includes self-published 1in4Zines, Dark Horse Comic’s Black Hammer among others. Her debut graphic novel Barking will be published by Unbound in March 2020.

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    Amateur Star!

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