Kansas City Comics: the Book

As anyone who’s been checking in on this blog knows, I’ve simply not been able to keep up with the “local news beat” aspect of Kansas City Comics. My day job and family commitments tend to swamp me for weeks at a time, which leads to gaps.

Rather than stress myself out about this, I’ve decide to take a new tack. I am currently at work writing a book about Kansas City comics. It’s currently titled, cleverly, Kansas City Comics. I’ve toyed with other potential titles such as The Official Handbook to Kansas City Comics, Who’s Who in Kansas City Comics, Untold Secrets of Kansas City Comics, and other silly variations.

My goal is to produce a book that is appealing to everyone from middle school age and up. It’s going to be a combination of features about comics-related people, places, and events from today and the past. It will have features on major comics creators with Kansas City connections (think Jason Aaron, Steve Lightle, Richard Corben, Bruce Jones, Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick, Ande Parks, etc.), the amazing impact that Kansas City had on classic animation, the creative force of Hallmark, syndicated cartoonists like Bill Amend and Don Carlton (plus the history and impact of Andrews-McMeel), comics fandom, small press, retailing, conventions, and so much more. It will also include as comprehensive a “Who’s Who” as I am able to compile.

The rough manuscript is currently about 60 pages and who knows where it will stop! I’ll be reaching out to the community for tips, interviews, contact information, and any other useful information. In fact, if you have suggestions, please send me an email at kirk@kansascitycomics.com.

As I get the manuscript further along, I intend to launch a Kickstarter effort to pay for graphic design, cover art, printing, and other expenses. First, though, I have to write the book. I’ll post announcements and requests for tips as events develop.

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