Fresh new Maple Key Comics in the shop!
I might be preaching to the choir here, but let me tell you folks a little bit about Maple Key Comics via the official press release. (Bold emphasis: mine.)
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Maple Key Comics issue two. Maple Key Comics is a bimonthly comics anthology featuring the work of indie comics notables, combining the eclectic appeal of manga monthlies like Shonen Jump with the edgy aesthetics of minicomics.
The inaugural issue of Maple Key Comics debuted at MoCCA 2014 and included indie cartoonists: Jon Chad (Leo Geo), Sasha Steinberg (Stonewall, Queerotica), Sophie Goldstein (Best American Comics 2013), and Rachel Dukes (Adventure Time, Garfield), among many other up-and-coming indie cartoonists.
The June/July installment of Maple Key Comics is a packed 268-pages, available in print ($15) and digital ($6) formats via the Maple Key Comics website. This second issue includes stories by indie comics vetrans: Jon Chad, Sophie Goldstein, Sasha Steinberg, Nicole Georges; Center for Cartoon Studies graduates: Bill “Billage” Bedard, Laurel Holden, Luke Howard, Josh Lees, Joyana McDiarmid, Dan Rinylo, Iris Yan, Laurel Lynn Leake, Carl Antonowicz, Adam Whittier; and many more.
Maple Key Comics is independently produced, printed, and distributed by Center for Cartoon Studies alum and 2014 Expozine winner Joyana McDiarmid. The first two issues of Maple Key Comics were funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in February 2014. For full solicitation and ordering information, visit www.maplekeycomics.com
Maple Key is one of my favourite ongoing anthologies out there. I recently went up to MeCAF to help promote it and was completely honest in my pitch, saying ”[Maple Key] has tomorrows cartoonists superstars, today!”
The first two issues were funded by Kickstarter but, starting now, the book will need to be self-sustaining, with the sales of issues one and two to pay for three, then three for four and so on. If you want to get in on the ground floor of something wonderful, or if you simply want to read nearly 300 pages of some wonderful freaking comics, you should totally go check out Maple Key Comics #2. You won’t regret it!