This set of comic collaborations is part of an ongoing Made Collaborative series: Neighborhoods & 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 “Random Encounters” blog, as well as the preceding “Give Me Death or Give Me Beer” and 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. Give Us Your Random Encounters from the Neighborhood!
Using the Random Encounters blog as a reference point, with this collaboration we will work with participating youth to capture their own random encounters within the neighborhoods, as well as explore other characteristics of their neighborhoods, and through these comic collaborations, further develop our own fictional Back of the Yards neighborhood with unique backstories that may be based, in part, on those random occurrences that the youth share with us.
2. Create your own Random Comic Characters for the Back of the Yards Series!
Using the Random Encounters blog as a reference point, with this collaboration we will work with participating youth to create comic characters for the periphery of the fictional Back of the Yards comics series, perhaps based on residents within their own neighborhoods. A basic bio for each of these “random” characters will be developed in collaboration between participating youth and writers, and ultimately illustrated by participating artists so that they may be eventually introduced in future issues of the Back of the Yards comic series.
3. Create Random Places Within The Back of the Yards fictional Neighborhoods.
Finally, in keeping with the “random” theme of this set of collaborations, we will be developing certain places within the fictional Back of the Yards neighborhood based on real places within the neighborhoods of participating youth. These places will include restaurants, shops, CTA stops, bus stops, playgrounds, abandoned buildings, places of business, parks, police stations … basically anything and everything that we see within our urban centers. We will work collaborate with participating youth to develop and illustrate these settings and places, which shall ultimately be incorporated into our fictional Back of the Yards neighborhood comic series in future issues over time.
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:
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Once assigned, we will post collaborative updates here as they develop right up until publication.