by Marc Goldner
The Sunday Comics have been around for over a hundred years. For anything to be around that long shows comics are truly timeless. I’ve been repeating that phrase to myself and I think it’s been with me ever since I was a child. That must be where it all started now that I think about it. Reading and watching Dennis menace his hot-headed neighbor Mr. Wilson, an inquisitive boy named Nemo explore fanciful dreamscapes or watch the original grumpy cat Garfield show his disdain for Mondays. These are all memory strands stitched together in my brain like a stack of comic strips printed on U.S. broadsheet.
With our project currently live on Kickstarter, our team has become a part of this artistic tapestry to curate a wonderful publication that will house over 250 creators. Print has become a relic of the past gone by, but like with vinyl I believe that an older medium is still suited for the content our creators are working so tirelessly to dream up. Think of when film first debuted, that may have spelled doom for the comic business, fast forward that 100 years and instead comics are still around and thriving till today! Among the artists we have lined up are Cannes Grand Prize Winner Bill Plympton, former Disney animator Tom Bancroft, Reuben Award winner Danielle Corsetto, and Eisner Award winner Bill Sienkiewicz, signed on to bring a diverse array of both new stories and classics to comic book readers. We will also have infamous characters such as Dennis The Menace, Peanuts, Mickey Mouse, Little Nemo and brand new original renditions of Garfield. We’re all huge fans of all our creators and we’ve given them complete free reign to create original, never-seen-before content on full 15” by 22” inch U.S. broadsheet within The Sunday Comics. We’re getting submissions everyday and the work we’re seeing is truly stunning. Fans of all ages will be able to flip through the roughly 250 pages to find exactly what kind of comics they’re into. It’s being split into sections, just like a regular paper, but the difference is in the genres and different styles ranging from the serious and surreal to the fun gag comics of yesteryear. Seriously, how cool is it to be able to flip the page and transition from Jack Katz to Marc Hammermeister and then see Garfield sitting on that next page doing something we’ve never seen him do before. One of the coolest parts is that we’re taking completely new directions for Garfield courtesy of our creators. Having that plethora of diversified content is something that will keep people reading The Sunday Comics for years to come and passing it on to friends and family!
Additionally, I strongly believe in the potency of nostalgia. Again, it’s what makes everything in the medium withstand the test of time. We’ll be publishing Dennis the Menace, Peanuts and even Mickey Mouse strips! Bringing in some of the syndicated comics from major publishers like Creators, King Features and Universal UClick is truly an honor. Locally in Columbus, we’re working with The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library in having an “Archives” section with original scans from a wealth of classics like Gertie the Dinosaur and Little Nemo in Slumberland. We think we’ve got a great mix for our debut!
If you check out our Kickstarter page you’ll see we only have a few days left so all your support now really counts! Outside of our awesome specific creator-linked reward tiers we’re giving everyone the option to choose between the broadsheet sized newspaper and our special, collector’s edition hardcover that’s the same size of the newspaper.
Thanks to our favorite cat we hate Mondays. We want everyone to fall in love with Sunday again. We want everyone to take a part of Sunday with them to every day!
We’d deeply appreciate it if you would support us on Kickstarter. You’d warm our hearts, support the wonderful roster of creators and be able to share a wonderful spread of comics in physical, printed form. It’s worth it just for the feeling of ink between your fingers. Thanks in advance to everyone who’s able to support us on this adventure!
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