Ivan Spajić Buturac
A site that enables comic writers, sketch artists, inkers, translators and indie merchandizers to connect on a micro level and progressively build a strong network
Comics are an important form of freedom of speech and artistic expression. Europe is the cradle of comics (Franquin, Herge, Bunker, Pratt), but Euro comics seem to be dying away. And it's not that Europeans don't read comics, it's just that Euro comics are still stuck in old business and publishing models.
E.g. while there are dozens of books on how to create comics from US, it's difficult to find a single one from European masters. Also, if some European comic is issued, it's most commonly created for local language and then translated, at a high price. Finally, the whole distribution and merchandising logic isn't adjusted to new media reality, in which online media and on-demand production are taking over.
By creating a place that puts indie individuals on the map, everything changes
A year from now, euro artists will be experimenting with ideas they've had for years, finally able to realize them and get feedback, thanks to collaborators. Artists will find other artists with same styles, ideas or ambitions and start loose but continuous collaborations, that may grow into stronger forms. They will be able to create and display a reputational path that will more easily get them into new projects.
Readers will be direct judges of the quality of comics.
A professional network can form, with 3d printers, injector molders, digital printers and other merchandizing solutions adjusting to specific needs of this community.
- develop site
- contact all relevant media to reach independent artists and reach out to educational institutions to promote the project to young talents
- once first projects are launched, support artists with promotion, to spread the effect
- listen to feedback and improve the site, integration and networking capabilities
- support offline meetups and formation of "style schools"
Funding requested from Advocate Europe