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Comics Are Dying: The Comic

by Louis Southard and Over 100 Artists

A satirical journey through the history of the comic book industry recounted by 100 one-page comics by 1 writer and 100 artists.

A Comic Book About the Comics Industry, By the Comics Industry, For the Comics Industry

Foreword by Mark Waid

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Official A3-Sized Poster by Julianne Griepp

#The Book

For the better part of a century, people have said that comic books are dying. Crisis after crisis, the comic book industry has survived and lives to this day. So, to celebrate its harrowing journey into the 21st century, a satirical OGN about the history of comic books has taken shape. Introducing the ironically named Comics Are Dying: The Comic - a brief history and celebration of the comic book industry!

Curated and written by Louis Southard, a 24 year old comic book writer (THE BLACKOUT BOMBSHELL / MIDNIGHT WESTERN THEATRE / VILLAINS SEEKING HERO), the book is about the history of comic books using one-page short story comics with a new artist for every page. The main goal was to create a diverse team of over 100 people featuring a collective of established as well as up-and-coming artists from all walks of life for this. Comics Are Dying: The Comic exists to create a fun, educational, tongue-in-cheek, parodic, and optimistic book to help attract new readers, give artists jobs, and help comic book stores. With your support, we can make this book a reality and spread some great art into the world.

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#Preview

Here’s just a small sampling of interior pages:

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#Contributors

Louis Southard: Breaking into the comic book industry in 2019 at only 19-years-old with his first series Villains Seeking Hero from Action Lab Entertainment, he has since worked with publishers MASSIVE Publishing, Sumerian Comics, Zestworld, and Scout Comics. Collaborating with industry pros like Bill Sienkiewicz and David Hahn to newer talents like Vasco Georgiev, Sergio Acuña, and Butch K. Mapa, Louis has served as not only a writer, but a creative director on his creator-owned projects.

Artists: From new faces to old favorites, this creative team is brimming with artistic talent. Check out everyone involved!

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#Stretch Goals

$10,000 - Extra Pages for Director’s Commentary: have a detailed account and dissection of every reference and minor detail for the entire collection of pages.

$15,000 - 10 Additional Comics Pages: we couldn’t include EVERYTHING from comics history, but here’s your chance for us to add a little more! All new pages will feature a brand new artist.

#Timeline

The book is 100% completed and designed. So, when the campaign is over, the book will be ready to go to print. If some or all stretch goals are reached, additional time will be needed to include all bonus material.

Printing and shipping should take around three months from the moment we have print-ready files, so delivery of rewards is expected to be done in Fall ‘24.

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