This set of comic collaborations is part of an ongoing Made Collaborative series: Law Enforcement & Community Relations. With this set of comic collaborations, we will be working with youth from an interested after school program to develop three related comic collaborations described below. These collaborations will draw upon the “Peel’s Principles” blog, as well as the preceding “A Man Named Peel and His Vision” blog as reference points, and all resulting collaborations will be incorporated and published within the Back of the Yards comic series starting with the upcoming Issue #3.
The Comic Collaborations
1. Creating a New Back of the Yards Character – The Principled Officer
With this collaboration, we will develop a new comic police officer character for the ongoing Back of the Yard comics series. This collaboration will include development of the general outline, a back story, and potential story lines involving this new character along with corresponding illustrative panels that.
As further reference, we will also be creating two additional officers as part of future collaborations, who will continuously interact with this new character within the Back of the Yards comic series, each representing different police perspectives.
For this particular collaboration, the new officer character will be one who entered the force committed to Peel’s Principles, and still tries to live up to those standards despite all that he has been through on the police force, which will be part of the bio that we develop with the participating youth.
2. Develop a Comic Scene that Shows the Newly Created Officer Character Exercising Peel’s Principles
With this collaboration, we will develop a comic scene for the Back of the Yards comic series that includes a newly created police officer who aspires to Peel’s Principles. The scene will depict that officer exercising one or more of Peel’s Principles and may include one or more other existing characters from the Back of the Yards comic series.
3. Develop a Set of Castaneda’s Principles for the Back of the Yards Character, Carl Castaneda
Within Issue 2 of the Back of the Yards series, we introduce Mr. Castaneda, that energetic teacher of the youth’s After School arts program. As we learn, Castaneda has an aura of mystery about him. Nobody quite knows who he is, or we he came from. What we do know, however, is that Castaneda is a man of wisdom who captivates his students with an easy charisma and his appreciation for the role that art and creativity can play in the lives.
It is in that context, that with this collaboration, we would like to develop what we’ll refer to as Castaneda’s Principles, loosely modeled on Peel’s Principles above. Of course, these Castaneda principles will not necessarily have anything to do with law enforcement or community relations, but they will reflect certain bedrock principles, if you well, that Castaneda himself lives up to.
And with that, Castaneda may share these principles either with the youth he teaches, or perhaps only with comic character of Andrew. We will leave it to the participating collaborators to develop those principles along with perhaps a corresponding scene for Issue 3 of the Back of the Yards.
The following resources and references are provided as additional context for this set of collaborations. And we will add additional reference points as the collaborations develop going forward.
1. Project Blog: Peel’s Principles
As stated, these collaborations will draw upon the “Peel’s Principles” blog, as well as the preceding “A Man Named Peel and His Vision” blog as reference points
2. Book by Norm Stamper entitled “To Serve and Protect,” Copyright @2106 Norm Stamper.
Norm Stamper is a former police chief himself, and as such, provides valuable insights into some of the challenges of modern day policing. We will be drawing upon some of that insight as we collaborate together, in addition to other reference materials identified through the collaborations.
3. Thumbnail Sketches.
For quick reference, here’s an example of how an illustrated comic scene evolves from very rough thumbnail sketches and notes to the final version that you see in the comic itself upon publication.
4. Castaneda Concept Sketches
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5. Castaneda Character Background
Every collaboration we facilitate will follow the general process outlined below, with perhaps just slight variations depending on the subject matter or scope. And all such collaborations will be primarily facilitated via the Made Collaborative Facebook Workplace site (you can find out more about Workplace here.)
1. Develop the Template Manuscript
First, we will further research the topic, brainstorm together, and begin to develop a basic manuscript/outline for the comic feature topic.
2. Solicit and Engage Artist & Writer Team
Once the manuscript is developed, we will solicit and engage a team of artists together and begin preliminary work, including concept sketches and further story development.
3. Develop Budget and Secure Funding
Once the manuscript is developed and the artist team is recruited, along with some preliminary work developed, we will develop a more definitive budget for the project and secure funding (either through a targeted crowdfunding campaign, or self-funded depending on the specific collaboration).
Once funding is secured, we will work together to bring the collaboration to life, with continuous input from the youth and other collaborators via the Workplace site and supplemented by Zoom calls when necessary.
Once completed, we will immediately publish on this website and in a future comic issue.
Collaboration Updates & Other Notes
This set of collaborations has not yet been assigned! If interested, you can learn more by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Once assigned, we will post collaborative updates here as they develop right up until publication.