Spec Fic Needs You!
Art (c) Ramon Perez for the Nelvana of the Northern Lights Kickstarter
There are a lot of Spec Fic/Genre projects on the go right now that could use your support, or should be kept in the back of your mind. Today we’re spot lighting three in particular, one a wonderfully Canadian project (Nelvana is AMAZING, if you didn’t already know.)
If you have a spec-cause you’d like us to highlight here, don’t hesitate to submit! Details after the cut.
Image (c) Sanya Anwar for the Kickstarter Campaign
Nelvana of the Northern Lights is the first Canadian national superhero, debuting in Hillborough Studios’ Triumph-Adventure Comics #1 (Aug. 1941). She is also one of the first superheroines, debuting before Wonder Woman. Art, concept, and story is by Adrian Dingle.
Despite the popularity of these comics in the 1940s, they are lost for later generations. The books have never been collected or reprinted since their initial publication in any way and are now essentially inaccessible. Our campaign goal is to reprint the most popular and recognizable of Canada’s Golden Age comics, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, which is invaluable in terms of Canadian heritage and comics history.
The initiative was kickstarted by Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey, two comic book historians who participate in international fan and academic conventions to promote Canada’s comic book legacy. They have put out the call to international collections to borrow and scan every issue that exists of Nelvana, and reprint the comics in 2014.
Hope is a producer on Lost Heroes, a documentary on Canada’s superhero history set to air on Superchannel in 2013, directed by Orphan Black & Bitten writer/producer Will Pascoe. She is a member of the Toronto fan organization G33KPRON. Rachel has worked closely on the John Bell Collection of Canadian Comics at Library and Archives Canada, and documents Canadian comic books for the blogs Sequential and Comicsyrup.
Read more about Nelvana here or check them out on Twitter: @NelvanaComics
Cover artwork (c) Julie Dillon
From the (funded!) Kickstarter page:
“Most written chronicles of history, and most speculative stories, put rulers, conquerors, and invaders front and center. People with less power, money, or status—enslaved people, indigenous people, people of color, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, the very young and very old, and religious minorities, among others—are relegated to the margins. Today, mainstream history continues to perpetuate one-sided versions of the past while mistelling or erasing the stories of the rest of the world.
There is a long and honorable legacy of literary resistance to erasure. This anthology partakes of that legacy. It will feature stories from the margins of speculative history, each taking place between 1400 and the early 1900s and putting a speculative twist—an element of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or the unclassifiably strange—on real past events.
Our plan is to include about 20 stories, or about 100,000 words. The anthology will be released in trade paperback and DRM-free digital formats in the first quarter of 2014.”
I cannot wait to get my hands on this beautiful book. The editors, Rose Fox and Daniel José Olderhave recently announced their contributor table of contents, and the trade paperback will be published by Crossed Genres, a small press publisher “justly famous for producing high quality, genre-bending, innovative and inclusive magazine issues, anthologies, and the occasional novel.” They are based in Massachusetts, and is also the publisher of the next project that needs your help …
(ABOVE: You can purchase the collected anthology of issues 1-6 from the zine HERE: it includes 18 stories and 6 New Author Spotlight interviews. The original cover is by Hugo Award-nominated artist Julie Dillon.)
CGP is the publisher of Crossed Genres Magazine. The zine works a bit differently than most magazines. Every month, a new genre is chosen as the Current Genre; for that month, all Fiction submissions must combine that genre with some aspect of Science Fiction or Fantasy. The magazine is free to read online, and it published in biannual anthologies (print and ebook).
CG Magazine was founded in September 2008; Issue #1 was released on December 1, 2008. After issue 36 was released, CG Magazine was closed down due to financial and time constraints. However, an amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign enabled CGP to bring back the magazine, now as a SFWA-level paying market.
In December 2010 Crossed Genres released its first novel, A Festival of Skeletons by New Zealand author RJ Astruc. It has since released the novel Broken Slate by Kelly Jennings; the collection Salsa Nocturna by Daniel José Older; and the anthologies Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm and Fat Girl in a Strange Land.
But, that’s not all! Crossed Genres Magazine needs subscribers in order to survive. You can subscribe to either the eVersion, or the print version (print version is only available in the US at the moment, due to high shipping costs.) CG needs to reach 600 subscriptions in order to run the magazine through 2014. They currently have 300, which will bring them up to June, 2014.
If they don’t get enough subscriptions, they will close! And we DEFINITELY do not want that. Please consider subscribing! You get access to some amazing indie spec fic for only $15 for the eVersion, and you’re supporting a great indie project.