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A Virtual Creative Studio

We develop original comics and creative content with the participation of after-school programs and youth. And we've created this virtual platform so that you can participate in this collaborative process by sharing your own creative projects, ideas and input with those same after-school programs and others.

Back of the Yards

The Back of the Yards comic book series, a Made Collaborative production, was born in collaboration with participating urban youth on the West Side of Chicago. It is a Creative Commons project (meaning everyone can access and share it for free) and with this virtual creative studio platform, we will continue those collaborations with interested parties here virtually, building new comic content on the foundation of those original collaborations in the West Side of Chicago.

Let's Collaborate!

Behind the comic scenes, Made Collaborative is an immersive virtual studio experience. Our virtual Studio Cards facilitate collaboration with you by providing context for topics and concepts used to develop our comic.  But more than that, you (including the young people from after school programs, which will remain our project’s primary focus) can also access other projects and their independent creators for even more collaborative opportunities and inspiration. Just click the back of any card to begin your own creative journey.

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Who is…
Peaches?

Peaches

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Summary
Peaches is a comic character developed as part of the Back of the Yards comic series, a Creative Commons project produced by the Made Collaborative Studio. For now, known only by his nickname, “Peaches,” he is one of the neighborhood’s “Elders” who observe and comment upon the activities of the younger folks. Peaches backstory is rich, deep and yet-to-be revealed!
Core Personality Traits & Values
Peaches is the dignified moral compass the Elders. Even though he is very much a realist, Peaches tends to see the best in people and he encourages them toward a righteous path.
Primary Archetype
The Mentor
Motto
“Though our destiny is now our own, our search for that destiny has only just begun.”
Collaboration Background
Peaches was developed by Jimmy Briseno and Len Kody as part of the initial Issue 1 scripting process.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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Who is…
Eric Nyamor?

Who is Eric Nyamor?

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Summary Traits
TBD
Core Personality Traits & Values
TBD
Archetype
The Magician
Motto
TBD
Collaboration Background
TBD
Debut
Eric started working with Jimmy Briseno and Manny Dominguez in the very early days of this Made Collaborative project back in 2014, during initial meetings with youth in the after school programs of Chicago.
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Introducing
Back of the Yards!

The Back of the Yards! – A Made Collaborative Comic Series

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Summary
With this Studio Card production, we introduce you to the Back of the Yards!, a Creative Commons comic project produced by the Made Collaborative Studio. Back of the Yards is a story about young man in the West Side of Chicago that has what he believes to be a supernatural encounter and his subsequent journey to understand what is real and what isn't within his neighborhood.
When
We will examine past, present and future states of these neighborhoods in attempt to gain a better understanding of how these neighborhoods originally developed and evolved through the years.developed in collaboration with participating youth from the West Side of Chicago.
Who
As part of this collaborative series, we will also examine the residents of these neighborhoods, including early immigrants to present day inhabitants, and their corresponding influence and impact to our urban communities.
Why
In order to more fully understand some of the complexities of our urban centers, we must understand their neighborhoods, including the evolution of those neighborhoods and their residents. And, of course, we plan to incorporate some of these related themes into our ongoing comic series, Back of the Yards, with your collaborations.
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Project Updates & Announcements

Introducing a New Made Collaborative Series

August 18, 2023

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