Not signed in (Sign In)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009

    I've just had an idea. I'll need help with this and I'm not doing it on my own, but I can provide some of the mechanics for it to work, if anyone else wants to pick it up and run with it. I'm going to ramble and just empty it out of my head for now, so bear with me:

    A fuckload of years ago I put together an anthology of aspiring and upcoming British comics creators' work called 'Never Mind The Comics'. It was given to a load of industry people and shared about at the Bristol comics thing. Some of it was sublime. Some of it was incomprehsible shit.

    What it *did* achieve was, for a while, to give a load of people the inspiration to get creating comics. About 20% of the people that had their stuff in it have since become comics professionals.

    I did a lot of the publicity and promotion for it - and subsequently became a PR professional, instead of a comics one, but there you go.


    The idea now is this:

    - Create a sampler in PDF format of new talent.
    - Bung this online.
    - Promote this to every single literary journalist in the Western world, all book reviewers, as well as the usual suspects such as geek-centric websites, basically as Gary Oldman said in Leon 'EVERYONE!'*.
    - The purpose of this is to let them know that there are a huge number of people creating art and literature that they are not necessarily aware of and that there is a massive grassroots movement. And that they should be covering this. Even if you don't agree that there is one, by doing this, we make it happen anyway.

    I am NOT going to be an editor for the work that would be included. Someone else can step up for that. Otherwise, it all goes in warts and all, for better or worse, just like with NMTC.


    *I have the means to do this. I am a PR god. Do not worry.
  1.  (5835.2)
    Oh, this is interesting...
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009 edited
    Would you consider reprints? And I might be interested in helping with a website (and providing hosting) or something, if I could leverage that to promote GUD. For me, PROFIT!!11!z0r would be more people interested in reading short fiction & poetry.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
    Okay, the point is comics, really, as short fiction and poetry are well enough served.

    And as for reprints, I suppose that it doesn't really matter if the material has been published before, so long as it actually representative of original comics creativity.
  2.  (5835.5)
    I'm down.
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
    Man. I'm misunderstanding stuff left and right today. and literature ~ is what tipped me the wrong direction (that and the note about editing). Also, I _thought_ I read you said the last one was comics and this one was going to be different, but re-reads say my crack prescription was re-filled without my knowledge, then shoved up my ass. Or something.

    Would you consider a collection of single-panel comics, then? :) That's as far as my skillset stretches to date, not counting some really horrid 3-panels-with-continuity rather in the vein of 1/0.

    Oh, while I'm at it, brit-only? Because that knocks me out, too. ;)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009

    I'd prefer sequential art, but so long as you've got some ambition to take them somewhere, then single panels could be okay.

    No need for Brit only this time.
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
    I'll talk to my artist. We started working on my first book, but are just barely past the script hand-off, so I don't know if I could contribute.

    This is a fantastic idea, by the way.
    • CommentAuthorSeanazz
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
    Hi Ali,

    A while ago I set up a webcomics hub.
    It was inspired by the Activate website.
    There is ongoing strips, as well as single panels.
    The point was to give a space to creatives to
    try some new ideas away from there usual lair.
    Maybe there could be some overlap with your idea?
    I have been holding of publicity until a few more ongoing
    Strips are on board.
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
    I'd be interested in contributing something to this. I think its a freakin great idea....
  3.  (5835.11)
    Shit, I know a local artist who I've collaborated on a number of projects with. Webcomics and whatnot. I'd love to light a fire under his ass and work with him to make something for this.
  4.  (5835.12)
    I'm down. How can I help?
  5.  (5835.13)
    Depending on the time frame, I'd love to get in on this. Me & a friend are working on a comic (only problem is, we're both writers, so it's going to be a while until we've finished the script and gotten an artist on board).

    Even if we couldn't make it in this time around, I'd still be keeping a close eye on this.

    Don't suppose you've got scans of the original? Would be great to see what the project looked like back in the day.
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
    I'm definitely in for a contribution. I've spoken to my writer to see what we can come up with.
    At the moment I don't have enough time to contribute anything more than pages, but if time permits in the future I'll do what I can.
  6.  (5835.15)
    Oddcult - what length of pieces are you envisaging?

    Willing to contribute and if there's any other areas such as web or promotion I'm happy to help.
  7.  (5835.16)
    Love to contribute.
    Jonathan Baylis
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
    Hello again everyone.

    What would be helpful now is for someone to take on the co-ordination of the sampler itself.

    You would need to be able to decide on a suitable format for contributions, which could then easily be turned into a PDF file that would be both readable and emailable.

    Then let people know the what this format for contributions is.

    Then give them a deadline for getting them to you.

    Then make the sampler.

    Then give it to me.
  8.  (5835.18)
    I would love to contribute. You can count me in.
    • CommentAuthorCatFang
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
    Fantastic idea

    Will you be posting specs / details here or will we need to PM/email you for details?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
    Okay - I need someone else who can handle that side of things, as described above.

    I don't have the facilites for doing the art-crunching that I used to, and frankly there's going to be someone else out there who's better at it than me anyway.

    Anyone want to pick up that baton? Sean?