This set of comic collaborations is part of an ongoing Made Collaborative series: Neighborhood & Their Residents. 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 “Give Me Bear of Give Me Death” blog, as well as the preceding series introductory 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 Short Comic Feature on Chicago’s Lager Beer Riot of 1855.
2. Creating a New Comic Character based on Levy Boone.
3. Developing the Existing Comic Character of the General Store Owner – Koz.
4. Developing a Short Comic Feature on the migration of Latinos and African Americans to Chicago and other urban centers.
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 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.
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 email@example.com!
Once assigned, we will post collaborative updates here as they develop right up until publication.