Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Worthy Fundraiser: Maple Key Comics

It's no surprise to me that one of the most ambitious of all classes at the Center for Cartoon Studies (2014) is embarking on an ambitious comics project. That would be Maple Key Comics,edited by Joyana McDiarmid. The project is for an anthology, and it's based on the old Mome model. That is, the book will come out more than once a year (an incredibly bi-monthly, in this case), and it will be a mix of serialized stories, short stories, and a focus on a particular "star" artist. The first issue features Jon Chad, author of Leo Geo. The contributor list relies heavily on CCS alum (though Neil Brideau is in there as well), though the list doesn't overlap with Chuck Forsman's Oily Comics at all. That goes to show just how deep the talent pool is at CCS, especially as this anthology focuses on the classes of 2014 and 2015 first and foremost in the initial issue. I imagine that reach will extend as future issues are published.

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