by BK Munn
Winnipeg’s Prairie Comics Festival has started a fundraiser for its second annual anthology. Billed as a limited edition collection of comics by Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta creators that acts as a showcase for the event, which runs May 5-6. The zine is 40 pages, black and white (digital version includes colour), and includes work by S.M. Beiko (w/Maia Kobabe), Hope Nicholson (w/Scott Chantler), Scott A. Ford, Lupi McGinty, Ian Cormack, Kathleen Bergen, Donovan Yaciuk, Joshua Barkman, Jamie Isfeld, Robert Pasternak, Eric Dyck, and Nyco Rudolph.
The ask is $3000, with a $20 pledge getting subscribers a copy of the collection.
About the Fest:
We are an annual curated festival dedicated to promoting the creators behind comic books, with a focus on artists, writers, and publishers who live in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
Run in collaboration with the Winnipeg Public Library, the festival connects comic book creators and publishers with readers, teachers, academics, and librarians, increasing the breadth of exposure they would otherwise not receive. Though inspired by festivals such as Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, and Small Press Expo, the Prairie Comics Festival is more intimate in scope, to provide opportunities for personal interactions between readers and creators.
In addition to exhibiting the work of creators to the public, the festival also seeks to advance the skills of comic book creators through specialized learning panels taught by other creatives. These panels also foster discussions that highlight comics as a unique form of literature, art, and media.