About They Have Issues:
In the late Summer of 2015, I popped onto a thread in The Valkyries Facebook page and asked a simple question:
“Hey, I noticed that a lot of us here are cartoonists. Would we want to do something with that?”
50-something likes and comments, and one year later, They Have Issues, a 67-page anthology with 18 contributors from around the world, home to 10 different minicomics, emerged on Kickstarter. The level of support was unreal, with the project becoming 154% funded, reaching a little under $7k in a month. I am so grateful to my contributors for their amazing and heartfelt stories, my editors for their help and passion, and of course all of the wonderful people who backed, tweeted, and helped boost our project! Thanks to all the big names and hometown friends and family that brought this project to life.
If you want to grab a copy for yourself, head over to the store!
If you’d like to check out all the stats and prizes we offered, as well as read our updates, head to the Kickstarter page!
Volume 2 is in the works!
We are now accepting submissions for Volume 2! With Volume 1 at 10 mini-comics and 67 pages, we’re hoping to DOUBLE that amount and do 20 stories with this next volume, so there’s plenty of room for everyone!
Contributor applications are here. Stories must:
- be between 1-8 pages
- feature at least one non-hegemonic* character
- begin and end in a comic book shop.
Cartoonists/pre-assembled teams of artists & writers will be given priority, but if we have extra artists/writers we will do our best to match you guys up! Contributors are looking at at least $20, with pay increasing as the Kickstarter climbs its goals.
*(Someone who’s not a straight white cis-gender male. Note that your character may be a combination of these things such as a white trans male or nonwhite cis female; We’re all sick of hegemony-dominated stories, but definitely don’t take this to mean you can’t write a dude if you want to write a story about a dude.)
Editor Applications are here.
I’m looking to give the editors lots more responsibilities this time around. These will include:
- Social Media Manager
- Kickstarter Monitor
- Copy Editor
But fear not! With greater responsibility comes greater pay! We will be prioritizing paying the contributors over printing extra books this time, as I have over 500 still left in my house. Editors are looking at at least $30, with pay increasing as the Kickstarter climbs its goals.