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Wednesday
Nov022011

Grant me a Favor

This week began on a very high note for mine and Timothy's comic careers.  You may recall a month or two ago I was doing a lot of work on a grant application to Pitts County Arts Council.  Finding people to write letters of reference, coming up with an artistic resume, and remembering writing narratives about Maps were all things I never anticipated when beginning my pursuit of creating comics.  I had to learn a lot of new skills quickly, and just hope that what I pieced together was enough to convince the panel that our next book was a project worth their time and support.

Fortunately, we did convince them.  I have mailed off signed contracts and we have a check for one thousand dollars on the way.  This is going to be a large chunk of our printing costs for Maps and that's going to be a great help.  Maps is something I'm very proud of and I want to get it into lots of peoples hands.  I want all of the local schools to get a copy and I'd like to get copies to the guys at Top Shelf and Adhouse, as well as to colleagues at SCAD in Georgia and the Center for Cartoon Studies up in Vermont.

Not only is the money great, but it is also very flattering to be chosen to receive the grant.  I know this was a cross medium event.  They could have funded painters, photographers, musicians, composers, actors, playwrights, ballets...anything.  To know that they would support any comic book is awesome.  To have them support my comic book is truly spectacular.

Thanks for reading, I appreciate not having to write an application for you guys support.

- Jon O

Reader Comments (2)

You bros are some comic making (insert plural expletive)! Its been an honor to be a part of the discussion as it relates to your many comic ventures. You guys have put in the time, the heart, and the energy to give back to the community of which you've supported through your own purchases of thousands of titles, comicon road trips, and pushing of other comic writers/artists works onto friends such as myself. Its exciting, considering the work and journey I've witnessed you on, to finally see some recognition in the form of grant funds. You two would have powered on regardless of funds because you are true lovers of the art form, but that's all the more reason why you deserved the help. Public education, maps, hellidays, awful author, Mera, big dogs rule!, etc. You are a true inspiration to keep up the creative fight. Thank you for the brotherhood. More important than your comic accolades, You are world class dudes. Congrats! I look forward to being part of the conversation for the next 20 titles you guys come up with.

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Btw. Who is Jake Ellis?

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

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