David Danemen left Kickstarter over its use of blockchain technology, which made it a little harder to crowdfund their latest collection of web cartoons. But now they are bringing their latest to Thought Bubble, Humania! With the exclamation mark and everything.
Humania! is described as "an 88-page, full-colour collection of 25 of the best webcartoonists contributing their favourite comics strips about pets & animals. In addition, the book contains a brief (humorous) biographical section about each artist, a foreword, and an afterword. For this edition, Alex Cohen, creator of Tiny Snek Comics will provide the foreword."
David Daneman considers himself to be "the DenMother of Webcomics" — a term he feels he's earned as the world's foremost publisher of webcomic collections and the host of The PodComics WebCast, a podcast devoted solely to the art of the gag strip.
Humania! will be his eighth anthology in four years following Launch Party, Art Block, Block Party, Ships, and Big Mood (all humour collections), in addition to the non-fiction collections iMMigratitude – tales of Asian immigration and The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics.
At the moment, there aren't a lot of places to find collections of webcomics. Since the big dog publishers haven't stepped up to print and pay these fine artists, we'll do it ourselves. Rest assured that every artist is paid per comic per copy of the book sold. In fact, the largest chunk of the budget (37%) is devoted solely to paying the cartoonists.
And you can find David Daneman at Humania! at Thought Bubble, Table 106, this weekend.
Thought Bubble is the UK's largest comic art festival; a week-long celebration of comics, illustration, animation, and more that culminates in this weekend's comic convention. Focused on those who create comic books, specifically the artists, and the writers, it is especially supportive of small press. The festival was founded in 2007 by Yorkshire artist, Lisa Wood, also known as Tula Lotay, and was organised as part of the Leeds International Film Festival to raise the profile of comics in the area. The first Thought Bubble was held on Saturday, 10 November 2007 in the basement of Leeds Town Hall and was attended by a couple of hundred people, but has grown a little since then. The convention originally ran throughout Leeds but, in 2019, due to issues with Leeds City Council and the need for more space, the convention moved to nearby Harrogate. And earlier this year, Lisa Wood stepped down from the role of director to be taken by Travelling Man's Nabil Homsi. This week's events are already underway and the convention begins on Saturday the 12th of November until Sunday the 13th of November. Bleeding Cool will be reporting from the show all weekend long. Do feel free to say hi!