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March 7-9, 2014
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March 28-30, 2014
April 5-6, 2014
New York City, NY
May 9-10, 2014
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July 12-13, 2014
Comic Con International
July 23-27, 2014
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Sept. 13-14, 2014
Maple Key Comics is a comics anthology magazine, serializing the stories of talented emerging cartoonists.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of Maple Key Comics, a bimonthly comics anthology featuring the work of over 15 indie comics notables including Jon Chad (Leo Geo), Sasha Steinberg (Stonewall,Queerotica), Sophie Goldstein (Best American Comics 2013), andRachel Dukes (Adventure Time, Garfield). Maple keys are the winged fruit that fall from maple trees like little helicopters. If comics are the fruit,Maple Key Comics hopes to be the wings.
The Kickstarter campaign will fund the printing of the first two issues, the first of which will be released in time for MoCCA Fest 2014. Exclusive incentives include prints from Luke Howard, Dan Rinylo, andLaurel Lynn Leake, and original art by 7 contributors.
Maple Key Comics combines the eclectic appeal of manga monthlies likeShonen Jump with the edgy aesthetics of minicomics. Each issue of Maple Key Comics will be a massive tome containing new installments of ongoing stories, one-shot shorts, and an interview with a featured artist.
Maple Key Comics #1 will include work by: Jon Chad, Bill “Billage” Bedard, Neil Brideau, Sophie Goldstein, Laurel Holden, Luke Howard, Josh Lees, April Malig, Joyana McDiarmid, Mathew New, Dan Rinylo, Sasha Steinberg, Iris Yan, Rachel Dukes, Will Payne, Laurel Lynn Leake, and Carl Antonowicz.
Maple Key Comics will be subscription based, with a choice of physical books or digital books. The first issue will be released on April 1st, and will contain 12 serialized stories, 3 short stories and 3 ongoing columns. It’s 300 pages of content in the first issue alone!
The serialized stories will last a full year, 6 issues, or half a year through issue 1 – 3 or 4 – 6. This way readers can read complete stories over the year and will have the opportunity to discover new cartoonists. Physical books will be in black with white and will cost $15, or $12 with a subscription. Digital books will cost $6, or $5 with a subscription.
Maple Key is edited by Center for Cartoon Studies alum Joyana McDiarmid, whose previous efforts include production manager for the comics anthology Queerotica, listed on several “Best of 2013” lists; a design internship at Top Shelf Productions; and her long-form comic Long Division, a part of her MFA thesis.
Upcoming issues will include contributors Carl Antonowicz, Isabella Rotman, and many more!
I spent the last week drawing an 8-page story (titled “shiny”) for the upcoming Maple Key comics anthology. Here’s a sneak peak.
More info on Maple Key and how to get a copy coming soon.