Homecooked Comics Festival 2016

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Homecooked is Melbourne's yearly comics festival with a focus on the great work being done by Australian comics creators! Our goal is to help them to do great new works, and to encourage the Melbourne community to make their own comics.

Started by the City of Darebin in 2012, Homecooked was originally a Sunday afternoon festival held in Batman Park (yes, Batman Park).

Homecooked now takes place at the beautiful Northcote Town Hall, and is run by Melbourne's open comics studio, Squishface -- specifically, fest director Sarah Howell and fest co-ordinator Clea Chiller -- with support from City of Darebin and a host of awesome partners.

This year's Artists Market takes place on Sunday May 1st, is free to the public and will feature the biggest lineup yet of local artists and new books (there's a bunch of new faces with excellent-looking work! Exciting)!

So why do we need your help?

This year we have half the funding but all of the ambition. We have again invited some inspiring interstate guests to help inspire your comic making and need your support to bring them here!

On Saturday the 30th of April (the day before the Artists Market), we're presenting a program of panels and workshops for anyone excited about comics storytelling, and featuring a host of Australian comics pros (think Wolfgang Bylsma, Tom Taylor and Rebecca Clements) plus a smattering of smart, cool people from outside the world of comics (think Kaaron Warren, Sam Twyford-Moore and Corrie Chen)!

You can pick up tickets to the workshops day at TryBooking or through this crowdfund (see right) -- but let us tell you a bit about our interstate travellers:

Wolfgang Bylsma (WA)

Wolf is Editor-in-Chief of Australia’s leading independent graphic novel publishing house, Gestalt, which he co-founded in 2005. For more than a decade, Wolf's helped change the nature of the comics industry in Australia and built reputations and careers for Australian talent in the international market.

Kaaron Warren (ACT)

An award-winning horror writer, Kaaron started writing early, penning her first short story at 14. Since then she has published countless short stories, four short story collections and three novels. In 2012 she won the Australian Shadows Award for her collection Through Splintered Walls.

We have a chock-a-block program of panels and workshops. Kaaron will be teaming with horror genre academic Naja Later and comic artist Sophia Parsons Cope for our Horror/Dark Fairytale Comic Writing workshop, which will guide you through the process of creating a concrete plan for your own frightening story!

Where: Northcote Town Hall
When: 12:30pm - 4:15pm
Tickets: $60 (available through this Pozible)

To help with our crowdfund, Wolfgang has donated a portfolio review for 3 aspiring Melbourne comic artists. You will get the chance to discuss your work with a industry professional and receive priceless advice on advancing your work to the next level.

Where: Northcote Town Hall
When: 10am - 11am
Tickets: $70 (available through this Pozible)

Wolf's also on our panel, Marketing for Small Press and Self Publishers with writer/podcaster/festival director Sam Twyford-Moore. This panel will be a great opportunity to hear how to get your comic out there and what the future of our industry might look like.

Where: Northcote Town Hall
When: 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Tickets: $15 or $45 for a full day pass (available through this Pozible)


Please dive in and give us a hand by picking a reward (see them all at right)!

We know it's tough out there for a cartoonist... so if you can't chuck us any dosh we understand! It is endlessly helpful to share this page around, so please do that if you'd like to support us!

You can also look into volunteering for the fest if that sounds fun (and it is)! Drop Clea a line: cleachiller@gmail.com

How The Funds Will Be Used

Flights: 1200

Accommodation: 717

Credit card fees: 88

Pozible fees: 110

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 2017.

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 2016 Festival is fully funded, however, we will continue the expanded two day format for Homecooked in 2017, with a 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.

on 29th Apr 2016 at 1:59pm. The payment portal is closed now.
A$15 +Ticket to a Day 1 panel!Pledge $15 for a ticket to any one of the Room 2 events on Sat Apr 30: - Character Body Language (10am, with Dani Cresp & Neil Sanders) - Hand Lettering (12:30pm, with Alex Clark & Ben Hutchings) - Marketing for Small Press and Self Publishers (2pm, with Wolfgang Bylsma & Sam Twyford-Moore) - Dream Team (3pm, with Tom Taylor, Rebecca Clements & Corrie Chen) - Humour and Humanity (4:30pm, with Kenton Penley Miller, Jo Waite & Sonja Hammer (remember, all-day tickets are $45 -- see below!)
1 Chosen | 99 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$20 +All GoneGestalt Comics packA selection of comics from Gestalt including: BELIEVE by Tom Taylor & Emily K Smith MIDAS by Tom Taylor & Mikiko Ponczeck THE EXAMPLE by Tom Taylor & Colin Wilson ROMBIES #0 by Tom Taylor & Skye Ogden ROMBIES #1 by Tom Taylor & Skye Ogden
10 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$25 +One Off Squishface ZineSquishface founder Ben Hutchings and Squishface member Chris Gooch have been champing at the bit to do a collaborative zine. They have something pretty funny cooked up, so you might want to get your hands on this!
7 Chosen | 23 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2016
A$30 +All GoneCopy of 'The Diemenois'A copy of Jamie Clennett's latest book 'The Diemenois.' Here some details about this beautiful book: • Shortlisted for an Aurealis Award. • Won silver at the Ledger Awards. • normally retails for $39.95 • published by Hunter Publishers • Took 9 years to make!
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A$35 +Golden Age printsMatt Emery and Pikitia Press have donated 5 gorgeous A3 prints from the Golden Age of New Zealand Comics. They are all printed on 300gsm recycled matte card stock.
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A$40 +Sarah Firth printSarah Catherine Firth has donated 10 prints of her beautiful artwork "Pride & Glory." This work is "an ode to the garden pride of older residents in Brunswick East, Melbourne."
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A$45 +Full Day Room 2 pass10:00am - 5:45pm 30th of April This pass allows you access to all the Homecooked workshops happening in room 2 on Saturday the 30th of April. Check out the program at http://squishfacestudio.com/homecooked.
4 Chosen | 21 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$60 +Horror Comic Writing 12.30pm - 4.15pm 30th of April Workshop your unnerving story idea into a concrete plan with guidance from award-winning horror writer Kaaron Warren, horror genre academic Naja Later and cartoonist Sophia Parsons Cope.
3 Chosen | 22 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$70 +Portfolio Review10:00am - 11:00am 30th April Have Gestalt editor in chief, Wolfgang Bylsma, look over your work and give you a professional insight of where to take your art.
2 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$100 +All Star Comics gift packA gift pack selection of All Star Comics titles such as: Blacksad: Amarillo by J.D. Canales The New Avengers: Breakout The Wicked and the Divine by Gillen, McKelvie Star Wars: Original Trilogy Sweet Tooth: Out of the Woods by J. Lemire Saga by B. Vaughan and F. Staples The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Prelude Chew: Taster’s Choice by J. Layman, R. Guillory One-Punch Man by One The Valiant by Kindt, Lemire, Rivera Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Batman: Eternal 1 by Fabok, Snyder, Seeley
1 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$105 +All GoneBeginners Face Painting This face painting class, run by multi-award winning face and body artist Susanne Suedy Daoud, is a perfect beginners' introduction to face painting kit setup, basics of best health and safety practices, and foundation skills, including sponge blending, line work and one strokes. YOU get to request what you want to learn! All materials, equipment, and light refreshments provided. 7pm-10pm Wednesday 25 May 2016, Looney Bin Products, Ferntree Gully, VIC. Bring an old hand towel and a mirror.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$110 +All GoneMilk Shadow gift packA gift pack selection of Milk Shadow Books with the following titles: The Trials of Francis Bear by Gregory Mackay You Stink and I Don't Vol. 1 by Ben Hutchings You Stink and I Don't Vol. 2 by Ben Hutchings It Shines and Shakes and Laughs by Tim Molloy Zombolette by Scarlette Baccini No Map, But Not Lost by Bobby.N
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A$145 +Manga Arts Prize PackA selection of beautiful products from Manga Arts including: Hi Tec C Assorted pens. Black 025, 03, 04 and Pink, Orange and Green 025 pens. Screentones with Manga Paper B4 size 10 Assorted Screentones with B4 Manga Manuscript Paper pack (40/sheets) Copic Multiliner SP pens with spare nibs & ink cartridges 5 Assorted Copic Multiliner SP Brush pens with different sizes of spare nibs & additional ink cartridges. Colours include: Orange, Wine, Sky Blue,Pink, Olive
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$150 +All GoneAllen and Unwin gift packA gift pack selection of Allen and Unwin titles such as: Tango Collection by Bernard Caleo The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan Five Wounds by Jonathan Walker and Dan Hallett Australia to Z by Armin Greder Sensitive Creatures by Mandy Ord Great Gatsby by Nicki Greenberg Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy The Silence by Bruce Mutard Rivertime by Trace Balla Rockhopping by Trace Balla Anders and the Comet by Gregory Mackay KidGlovz by Julie Hunt and Dale Newman
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A$151 +Jess Parker WorkshopLearn how to make comics from drawing pro Jess Parker! She'll run you through how to draw stunning expressions, structure your comics and how to beautifully ink your work in just 2 hours.
1 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$155 +Gestalt Graphic NovelsAustralian independent publishers Gestalt have offered this amazing selection of graphic novels including: WALLED CITY BOOK 1: HIS DREAM OF THE SKYLAND by Anne Opotowsky & Aya Morton WALLED CITY BOOK 2: NOCTURNE by Anne Opotowsky & Angie Hoffmeister VOWELS by Skye Ogden THE DEEP Vol.1: HERE BE DRAGONS by Tom Taylor & James Brouwer THE DEEP Vol.2: THE VANISHING ISLAND by Tom Taylor & James Brouwer and 3 more titles on top of this!!!!
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$200 +Squishface residencyFor 1 month you can work your project through at Squishface Comic Studio. Be surrounded by experienced comic artists and illustrators. Good for up to 12 months after the conclusion of this crowdfund campaign.
1 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$400 +All GoneTim Molloy CommissionAn original black and white A4 art work drawn for you in the nightmarish style of Tim Molloy. If you want to depict your most surrealistic, weird, apocalyptic dreams on paper, then Tim is the perfect man for the job!
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2016