My name is Stefania (aka StePanda) and I’m an Italian girl with the passion for drawing and comics. I'm writing to you because I would like to collaborate with you on a project together with other artists around the world. But first things first:
I attend many comic conventions in Italy, and together with my friend and colleague Sarina, we founded "IridArt", our group ( iridart.blogspot.it/
). Here you can see more photos of some of our gadgets: stepanda.tumblr.com/tagged/car…stepanda.tumblr.com/post/79931…
i recently had the opportunity to make a comic that has been very successful at a convention in Italy: "Ponysona Friendship in the world":
The purpose of this comic was not just to tell a story, but to also publicize and raise awareness of the creators. In fact, before each story are links to their respective websites to help the creator advertise themselves.
As a follow-up to our "Ponysona-Friendship in the World" we thought it would have been nice to make similar comic, but with artists and stories from all around the world! It would be an international project under the Iridart label that would tell of the stories, traditions and cultures from around the globe.
Thus, I am delivering this same message to other artists from other countries. There will be no more than one artist from each country, which will act as a representative and as a sole vendor in that country.
The cover of your story should be a photo of your city with your pony character in it, or if you wish, your pony character holding the photo (I can provide you some examples if you need them), in a corner there will be your name\nick and your website\blog of your choice.
As for the story, it must be original and draw from your nation’s culture (myths, legends, traditions, details of daily life, etc.), and the protagonist will be your personal pony character or characters. Note that existing characters of the My Little Pony universe are NOT allowed, nor are characters from other cartoons, movies, or comics / manga etc. Your comic should be made in black and white, you may make a colored version for yourself to publish on your website\blog but the final printable comic have to be all black and white only. It can be done in pencil, black ink or digital. The length must be between 5 (min) and 15 (max) pages. Obviously profanity, vulgar or pornographic material, racist, homophobic or political themes will not be accepted.
I will be the one selecting the artists that will participate in this project, i will accept just one artist for each nationality and deadline for submissions is july 1st 2014, after that no submissions will be accepted anymore.
The ultimate goal is to convey to the readers the feeling of being in your own country when he/she reads your story. When you have completed your entry, you will need to send it to us in English so that each author can translate it to his/her native language. Once complete, each author will have a translated version of the book that they themselves can have printed and sell at cons or online, we should also publicize the completed comic wherever we can. For example, I will assemble the books to print and sell in Italian and be the ONLY one to sell it in Italy, at fairs and conventions or on the internet. Further details about the format will be shared with your shortly. Online publication is only allowed for each artist’s individual story. You should not post the other artist's works online, to respect their right to sell their own versions of the book.
I think this will be a great way to promote artists from all around the world. Since each book contains artists from different parts of the world, each one of you is essentially advertising for the others as you sell your copies! As soon as I'll receive confirmation from the other artists, I will share their names with you, if you accept to partecipate in the project.
By the way, I will be drawing the main cover, but since it includes all characters, I need a reference of your Pony character so that I can draw it together with all the other artists’ characters.
Please if you are interested in the project please don't send me private messages or notes, just comment in this journal so if someone ask a particular question everyone can read it and my replies.
p.s. if you aren't willing to participate to this project, please if you can, share this journal, it would be of great help^^
I hope that the project will interest you all.