We present THAT GIRL COMIC. A new, self-contained anthology in which women cartoonists take on the theme of 'growing up'.
'Growing up' can mean a lot of different things, and can occur in a lot of different contexts and at any stage in life. Growing up can be a positive experience, but can also be filled with pain, anger and anxiety. Sometimes we can reflect upon these experiences with humour, sometimes not. We've given our contributors full reign to depict 'growing up' however they choose, through the medium of comics. Fiction, factual, political, personal...the brief is entirely open!
We are TGC, Scotland's comic collective for women. We regularly publish anthologies and work to promote women comic artists across Scotland, while forming a social, supportive network for our members.
We are an informal and inclusive group that welcomes women artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience. We're not a for-profit organisation, or any type of 'organisation', really. We're just a group of like-minded pals who love sharing our stories through comics.
You might know us better as 'Team Girl Comic'. We previously published twelve zines and books under this name, and while the essence is essentially the same, this is a brand new project which calls for a bit of a re-brand. What started as a DIY local zine with a affectionate nod to 90s tween magazines has expanded and evolved over the years. You could say we've been doing a bit of growing up ourselves.
THAT GIRL COMIC will be an A5 size comic book, with black and white content and a full colour cover designed by the wonderful Ren Wednesday. It will contain at least 40 pages of comic content: we want to include as many women's stories as we possibly can within our budget. We'll be posting previews of artwork throughout the campaign.
The precise reason why we need funding
When TGC began, it was entirely self-funded. Then in 2012 we ran our first Kickstarter campaign, asking readers to back our 5th issue. We asked you to help us so we could become more financially sustainable, with each issue funding the printing and promotion of the next. This was a huge success and completely altered the future of the collective- five years and seven more books later we are still going strong.
We want to continue to publish comics and collectively promote the work of our members, but we want to do better than that. We believe that paying our contributors is a step in the right direction. By pre-ordering your book on Kickstarter you'll not only be helping cover our print costs, you'll be helping support women artists in Scotland.
Risks and challenges
We've been producing comic books on time and on budget since 2010, so there is very little risk that the book won't materialise. We've set our funding target at a number that will guarantee we can deliver books to all our backers, and pay our contributors at the same time.
We plan to have all books printed, packaged and posted in July 2017. We already have several pages ready and the deadline for final artwork submissions from all our members is well before this date, so it is unlikely there will be any artwork-related delays.
We'll be using our regular printers, Comic Printing UK, who are incredibly supportive and reliable.
If there are any delays to the publishing of That Girl Comic for any reason we'll keep all our backers informed and updated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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