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Insane New "Critical Chips" Kickstarter Aims to Pay Writers for Comics Criticism

Written by Jude Terror on Monday, October 03 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Insane New

A new print zine from Comics and Cola's Zainab Akhtar features critical essays from ten of comics' top writers, and plans to actually give them money.

Source: Critical Chips Kickstarter

In a move that bucks all conventional wisdom of comic book journalism, Zainab Akhtar, the talent behind Comics and Cola, is back with a new project, a print zine featuring comics criticism from ten of the top names writing about comics today: David Brothers, JA Micheline, Claire Napier, Whit Taylor, Joe McCulloch, Juliet Kahn, Kelly Kanayama, Annie Mok, Kim O'Connor, and Akhtar herself. It will also feature a new 6-page comic by Sophie Franz, and covers and illustrations by Sophia Foster-Dimino. Launching on Kickstarter, the zine is hoping to raise exactly £3,900, or about $5000. Backers can get a digital copy for £4, or a physical copy for £8. The project is described as:

Critical Chips is a 55-page, perfect-bound, full-colour, A5 zine that gathers new writing from 10 of comics most vital and engaging contemporary commentators. Subject topics are wide and varying, from examining the ending of Tite Kubo's Bleach to The Question and corporatisation; the secularisation of Satan to queerness in Krazy Kat; creator self care to comics academia; Jessica Jones to omake; Copra to the curious joy to be found in imperfect work. Each essay is between 1500-2500 words.


All of that sounds pretty good, except for the fact that nobody invited comics most vitallest and engaging critic: me. But imperfections aside, what really stands out is the project's purported goal of actually paying these critics for their work. We know, it sounds totally crazy, but it's right there on the page:

Cost breakdown:

£1200: Writers pay. Each contributor is paid £120 ($150) for their essay.
£840: Payment for Sophia's cover art and illustrations, Sophie's comic, and design and layout work done by Dan.
£600: Printing. Quote for 200 copies of a 55-page, full-colour, perfect bound book. Printed with a 300gsm white matt recycled cover and 90gsm off-white recycled interior pages.
£900: Postage and packaging costs.
£360: Kickstarter and processing fees- these come to approximately 10% of the set goal.


The zine aims to ship in December, so if this sounds like the sort of thing you're into, head over to Kickstarter and pledge now.



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