Homecooked Comics Festival 2015

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Homecooked is Melbourne's yearly comics festival with a focus on local artists. It celebrates the great work being done by Australian comics creators. Our goal is to encourage them to do great new works, and to encourage the Melbourne community to try comics storytelling for themselves.

Originally an initiative of the City of Darebin, Homecooked started as a Sunday afternoon festival in Batman Park (yes, this was intentional). In 2015, as in 2014, Homecooked is being organised by Melbourne's open comics studio, Squishface -- and specifically, fest director Sarah Howell and fest co-ordinator Clea Chiller -- with support from City of Darebin, Arts Victoria and a host of awesome partners.

Sunday 26th April will see the return of the Homecooked comics market at Northcote Town Hall. There will be more artists and publisher stalls than ever in 2015, including a crew of newbie comic artists who received a Homecooked microgrant to help them print their first comic book!

There will also be free panels and drawing workshops presented by Victorian comic artists, for those who want to get into the nitty gritty of comic creation. The usual high energy stage antics and all ages drawing activities will be there, for everyone to enjoy.

So why do we need your help?

Our funding supports venue hire and our Victorian artists. This year, however, we're expanding the festival and inviting some incredible international and interstate guests to inspire you! It's these wonderful artists we need support for:

Paul Peart-Smith
Paul has worked extensively for Judge Dredd magazine and 2000AD. Other clients have included Marvel, Jim Henson’s workshop, the Wallace and Gromit comic, Heavy Metal magazine and Horrible Histories. The British comics wiki describes Paul as "Not only a great artist, but one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet".

Madeleine Rosca
Madeleine is best known for her all ages manga series Hollow Fields for US-based manga publisher Seven Seas. In 2007 Hollow Fields was one of four manga to receive an award from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs' as part of their inaugural International MANGA awards. Madeleine is also the creator of Clockwork Sky for young adults and the web-comic series Rise From Ashes.

Thomas Campi
Thomas has been creating comics for 14 years, primarily for publishers in Italy and France-Belgium, including for LeLombard and Dupuis. He has been exhibited at the Comic Strip Centre of Brussels, Belgium. His latest book, created in collaboration with Vincent Zabus, is Tears for an Afghan Lord, the story of journalist Pascale Bourgaux documenting the struggles of a village in Afghanistan.

Dylan Horrocks
Dylan is an Eisner award-winning creator best known for his comic Hicksville, a love-letter to the comics form. He has written for DC Comics, is a Contributing Editor of the International Journal of Comic Art and has been nominated for the Ignatz Awards, Harvey Awards and Prix d'Alph'Art. His latest book, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, came out in November 2014 with Fantagraphics.

What will we do with these great guests?

6pm Friday 24th April
Our guests will join us for the launch of the festival at The Snug Gallery, 447 High St, Northcote.

Saturday 25th April is the day to catch Dylan, Madeleine, Paul and Thomas. In the morning they'll be taking part in some very special limited-attendance sessions especially for our crowdfund supporters, so if you want to get up close and personal with these brilliant creators check out the rewards listed.

At midday, join Dylan Horrocks and Dean Rankine as they ask each other "Do stories have the power to change the world? if they do what are our responsibilities?"

Then, for the afternoon, bring your pencil case and join our guests for the Drawing Jam! Our special guests will be paired with local artists to draw and talk. 4 hours; 4 collaborations. Tables, paper and pencils will be available to the audience so you too can spend the afternoon drawing, drinking soup and eating waffles. That's right: THERE WILL BE SOUP AND WAFFLES.

From 12-5pm, on Sunday 26th April, our guest artists will join our local creators at the Homecooked comics market. Drop by, say hello and buy one of their books or some of their art.

How The Funds Will Be Used

Flights: 1821.90
Accommodation: 658
Credit card fees: 95.10
Pozible fees: 140
Marketing: 85

Any extra funds raised beyond the set goal will go towards the travel and accommodation of interstate and international guest artists for Homecooked Comics Festival 2016.

The Challenges

The guests are coming, the festival is happening and the stage is set! The only foreseeable problem is if we do not meet our funding goal.

If this happens, all events will go ahead as planned, and contingency money will be used to cover expenses. This outcome would mean next year's Festival would need to be scaled back to the one-day format employed in 2012-2014.

If the 2015 Festival is fully funded, however, we will continue our expansion and aim to bring more international guests for 2016, continuing to focus on providing new opportunities for local creators.

In the event that a particular guest needs to pull out (in case of personal emergency, for example) and is unable to fulfill a particular reward, we will work with those who requested that reward to sort out an appropriate replacement.
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A$20 +Squishface Mini-ComicLimited edition mini-comic masterminded by Squishface Studio founder David Blumenstein. David has a little project in mind. Be one of the few to hold it in your hands!
21 Chosen | 29 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2015
A$30 +Dylan Horrocks Talk​12-1pm Saturday 25th April Your ticket to see Eisner Award winner Dylan Horrocks "In Conversation" with Simpsons Comics artist Dean Rankine. Enjoy hearing Dylan and Dean discuss the power of fantasy and the ability of art to change the world. This is definitely not just for comics artists!
10 Chosen | 45 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$40 +Original Art Postcard16 people will receive a Homecooked Comics Festival postcard with a sweet little drawing on the back by one of the guest artists.
1 Chosen | 15 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$45 +All GonePikitia Press PackAustralia/NZ comics publisher Pikitia Press has provided us with a pack of their excellent comics for you! Check out the photo attached! There are works by Sarah Laing, Moonbeard, Ben Constantine, David Blumenstein's latest and of course work by Matt Emery himself. Oh, and there is a history of Australian Comics. ​This reward includes entry to the Drawing Jam (1.30-5.30pm Saturday)
3 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$50 +All Star Gift PackA selection of awesome comics curated by our favourite city comics retailers, All Star Comics (53 Queen St, Melbourne)! ​This reward includes entry to the Drawing Jam (1.30-5.30pm Saturday)
2 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$51 +All GoneCopic Drawing Pen Set3 black ink copic drawing pens of various sizes, 1 small copic brushpen and 1 medium copic brushpen. Replacement ink cartridges included. All thanks to the awesome folk at Manga Arts!
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$55 +Sketching with ThomasUrban Sketching session with Thomas Campi. 9.30-11.30am Saturday 25th April Fifteen people will have the chance to hit the streets with Thomas Campi for some urban sketching! If you've checked out Thomas' site you'll see he's a gun artist with plenty to teach anyone. ​ This reward includes entry to the Drawing Jam (1.30-5.30pm Saturday)
6 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$65 +Breakfast with Paul​10-11.30am Saturday 25th April Eight of you will have the chance to attend a quiet breakfast with Paul Peart-Smith. Eat, chat, talk comics. Ask him anything you like about the industry. Order the eggs; they're fabulous. ​ ​This reward includes entry to the Drawing Jam (1.30-5.30pm Saturday)
1 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$70 +Portfolio Review​10-11.30am Saturday 25th April We've made time for six artists to consult with Madeleine Rosca. Show her your portfolio and receive valuable advice about your work and the world of manga. ​ ​This reward includes entry to the Drawing Jam (1.30-5.30pm Saturday)
2 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$100 +All GoneMilk Shadow Books PackFine local comics publisher Milk Shadow Books have generously donated a gift pack of local comics and graphic novels for funders at this level. You will receive one copy of: Awkwood (Jase Harper), Mr Unpronounceable and the Sect of the Bleeding Eye (Tim Molloy), The Trials of Francis Bear (Gregory Mackay), All You Bastards Can Go Jump Off A Bridge (J. Marc Schmidt), No Map, But Not Lost (Bobby N), Yuck! Number Seven (various) and 24 Hours From Paradise (Ben Hutchings).
3 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$150 +Allen and Unwin Gift PackA gift pack containing a great selection of kids and young adult comics and illustrated books such as Anders and the Comet by Gregory Mackay, Sensitive Creatures by Mandy Ord, One Minute’s Silence by Michael Camilleri, Rivertime by Trace Balla, The Tango Collection, and The Grimstones books set (4 titles).
1 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$151 +Copic Colour Brushpen Set12 colour Copic Multiliner Brushpens with replacement cartridges, thanks to the wonderful Manga Arts. Colour brushpens are a joy!
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$200 +1 Month at Squishface​One month residency at Squishface Comics Studio. Got a project you want to work on alongside experienced cartoonists and illustrators? Join us for a month. Good for up to 12 months after the conclusion of this crowdfund campaign. This reward includes entry to the Drawing Jam (1.30-5.30pm Saturday)
2 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$250 +Special Guests' ArtworkFor supporting us at this level, you will walk away from the Saturday Drawing Jam with one of the one-off amazing collaborative artworks produced by our guests that day! ​ ​This reward includes entry to the Drawing Jam (1.30-5.30pm Saturday)
1 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$399 +Sacha Bryning CommissionAn original black and white A4 art piece drawn for you by Squishface Studio founder Sacha Bryning! Sacha's art is so cool and original it's hard to know how to describe it. The man's got chops. We'll contact you to find out what you'd like Sach to draw.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2015
A$400 +Ben Hutcho CommissionAn original black and white A4 art piece drawn for you by Squishface Studio founder Ben Hutchings. Ben's a comics master with an incredible imagination. We'll contact you to find out what you'd like Ben to draw, but you might just want to let him decide...
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2015
A$401 +All GoneDean Rankine CommissionAn original black and white A4 art piece drawn for you by Simpsons Comics artist and professional nice man Dean Rankine. Most people ask Dean to draw them as a Simpsons/Futurama character, but we bet you can think of something... weirder.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2015