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How Alternative Comics Found a Home on Kickstarter
While comic books and the comic arts have long held a prominent place in mainstream popular culture, there has always been an “outsider art” streak in the medium, particularly in alternative and underground comix. And outsider comic artists tend toward a strong DIY ethos, up to and including funding their work. Learn about the medium’s alt-history from artist and designer Ganzeer, who recently crowdfunded his debut graphic novel The Solar Grid on Kickstarter, and from Oriana Leckert, Kickstarter’s Senior Outreach Lead for Publishing & Comics, about some of the ways the platform has facilitated innovation and experimentation by queer people, people of color, and other marginalized people whose work is situated outside of the mainstream comics world.

Dec 8, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ganzeer operates seamlessly between art, design, and storytelling; creating what he has coined: Concept Pop. His medium of choice as described in Artforum is “a little bit of everything: stencils, murals, paintings, pamphlets, comics, installation, and graphic design.” With over 40 exhibitions to his name, Ganzeer’s work has been seen in a wide variety of art galleries, impromptu spaces, alleyways, and major museums around the world, such as The Brooklyn Museum in New York, The Palace of the Arts in Cairo, Greek State Museum in Thessaloniki, and the V&A in London. His current project, a sci-fi graphic novel titled The Solar Grid is the recipient of Foreign Policy’s prestigious Global Thinker Award. Image © 2018 Ganzeer, Inc.
Oriana Leckert
Oriana Leckert is the Senior Outreach Lead for Publishing, Comics, and Journalism at Kickstarter, where she helps creators bring a broad range of literary projects to life. She’s written and edited for Vice, MTV News, Slate, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Atlas Obscura, and many more. Her first book, Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity, grew out of a multi-year project chronicling the rise and fall of under-the-radar creative places across New York City. Headshot by Lauren Renner