Solipsistic Pop 4 stamp design by Katie Green
I created Solipsistic Pop - the UK comics anthology - in November 2009. In the space of the following year, I edited and published 3 volumes before taking a break last November to focus on my own comics and have a bit of time to reconsider how to make Solipsistic Pop a financially viable, self-sustaining publishing endeavour.
With Solipsistic Pop 4 I'm ordering a bigger printrun of 1,000 and investing in barcodes - hopefully solving a few distribution problems, making sure the comics are getting to a wider, larger audience - and also reducing the unit cost. Still, all this requires a bit more collateral than I've been used to and thus, Solipsistic Pop 4 needs some help.
I've decided to launch a crowd-sourcing campaign for this money through IndieGoGo - opening up the chance for people to pre-order the book and also support the anthology. There are all sorts of other incentives with original art and printing plates available depending on how much one invests.
If the target is reached - not only will I be able to make sure the book is printed without any financial risk on my part, but it will also allow me to invest any profits into future editions of the book and start paying the artists who contribute (who are currently supplying artwork for free which, as a freelancer myself, always makes me feel guilty).
The IndieGoGo campaign is here. Spread the word and tell everyone you know about it! I'm already overwhelmed by the support everyone has shown it - Becky Cloonan inparticular made me feel privileged to be working in this profession - which genuinely seems to attract some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Becky says it best when talking about the long hours of comics freelancing:
What makes it worth it though, is I love drawing. I LOVE IT. I love making comics. I love starting a new page and buying new paper, ink and brushes. I love telling stories! I love the people I work with, I love the people I meet. I love thinking about the syntax and language of comics. I love esoteric discussions about the comic book industry. I love the opportunities I’ve had in life because of comics. The second I stop loving it I will find something else to do. Comics are hard work. Comics are relentless. Comics will break your heart. Comics are monetarily unsatisfying. Comics don’t offer much in terms of fortune and glory, but comics will give you complete freedom to tell the stories you want to tell, in ways unlike any other medium. Comics will pick you up after it knocks you down. Comics will dust you off and tell you it loves you. And you will look into it’s eyes and know it’s true, that you love comics back.
The lovely promotional video was shot and edited by the exceptionally talented Ben Lavington Martin.