I don’t want to dream – R’lyehsfest for CBA vol 36|37

I don’t want to dream: art exhibition by Spyros Verykios
& release party for CBA vol 36|37 by CBK

Opening: May 5, 17-22 @ Hybriden (Bangatan 5 / Claesgatan 8, Malmö)
The exhibition will remain until May 25 (Tue-Thu 14-18)

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I don’t want to dream is a comic of 43 pages, entirely painted in oil, by Greek artist Spyros Verykios. It is a metaphysical horror story about how an experiment with mind-expanding drugs has unexpected consequences – or is it something else entirely? The borders between what is dream, reality and bedtime story are blurred sometimes.

In this very special exhibition, we will show a selection of the original paintings from this comic. There will also be some unrelated bonus material included, such as the originals from another of Verykios’ stories, published back in CBA vol 7.

cbavol36cvrLet’s plunge together into the pits of madness. Let’s watch the dissolution of reality, let’s dance with clear heads and see where it takes us. Let’s travel the river hiding in the desert sands until the wind rises and we reach the final collapse. Let’s look deep into the eye of the tiger. And see afterwards if we dare to dream.

The exhibition opening is also the release party (or as we like to say, R’lyehsfest) for the new CBA vol 36|37 (pre-order it here) where I don’t want to dream is included, along with three other stories, by Akab [IT], Elena Guidolin [IT] and Serena Schinaia [IT]. Cover by Radovan Popović [RS]. The theme for this volume is In the pits of madness.

Here are some samples from the exhibition (and you can find more from the book at our Instagram):

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Also check out Spyros Verykios at Instagram and Behance.

The exhibition is organized with the support of Malmö Kulturstöd, in cooperation with ABF Malmö. CBA vol 36|37 was made possible with the help of our crowdfunders at Indiegogo.

Crowdfunding successful!

We are happy to announce that even though we didn’t reach the goal we had set on Indiegogo, we still managed to cover almost the entire printing cost for CBA vol 36|37. It helped a lot that we found a new, cheaper printing house and that we got some big donations in the last days of the campaign. There are still some issues such as rent and distribution costs, but those are later concerns.

We are therefore extremely grateful and happy to announce the release exhibition for the book.

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This volume of CBA was made possible by our lovely crowdfunders:
Ola Hellsten | Nicolas Krizan | Natalia Batista | [anonymous] | Segal Hassan Mohamed | Eileen Laurie | Anna Ehrlemark | Rakel Stammer | [anonymous] | Ajon Kibreab | Morgan Löfstedt | Emma Elftorp | nicolau giglio neves da silva | David Lasky | Daniel Novakovic | Claudiu Revnic | pogono | [anonymous] | Klas Eliasson | Åsa Palmborg | [anonymous] | [anonymous] | Paul van Dijken | Patrik Schylström
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Hey there…

Just wanted to remind you all that it’s now just a few days left to donate via Indiegogo (last day is April 13)!

And if you also want to help us share it these last few days, here are some useful links:

Indiegogo:
https://igg.me/at/cbavol36
Video:
https://youtu.be/rWcGyx1-xbM
FB event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/430829517283396
CBK blogpost (general info):
http://cbkcomics.com/2017/03/12/crowdfunding-for-cba-vol-36
CBK blogpost (background story):
http://cbkcomics.com/2017/04/09/the-story-behind-the-crowdfunding-decision

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The story behind the crowdfunding decision

We’ve had some questions as to the story behind our decision to try crowdfunding for the new volume (by the way, please help fund us!). Why we lost the magazine support (“Kulturtidskriftstöd”) from the Arts Council. So here’s the story:

The previous CBK crew (ca 2012-2014) had this idea of publishing every other volume of CBA as a stand-alone graphic novel with one creator doing the entire book. The first one was CBA vol 23: All Saints by Marcel Ruiters, published in 2013.

In November of 2014, that crew didn’t work anymore for various reasons, and more or less decided to shut down CBK. One of the crew members who didn’t want it to die went to the comics school to invite anyone from there who would be interested in taking over to come to a meeting. They also made a general invitation/call for help. So a bunch of people from the school and some others (like one of the original founders who had left a few years previously) came to this crisis meeting.

Because of the abrupt end to the former crew, they left some loose ends for the new one to tidy up. One of those were the publication of the last few graphic novel volumes (vol 29, 31 and 33, the last one of which came out in 2016).

The thing is that CBA had had this “kulturtidskriftstöd” since 2005(?), and when we applied again for 2016, we got rejected. The explanation was that CBA had turned into something that was less of a magazine, and they thought we should apply for litterature support instead, for the separate issues as separate books.

So we tried that, but with no success. Another problem is that the litterature support is applied after the fact, so you still need to have the money for printing etc before hand. So we really wanted to get the “kulturtidskriftstöd” back. After a meeting with a representative for the Arts Council, we thought we had understood what to do to get it back; we stopped with the graphic novel volumes and returned to a pure anthology like it was before, with 4 issues/year.

We thought that it’d be a one year step back, but that now we had made amends and solved the problem. But no. Another rejection. This time because we were “too much of an anthology and not enough of a magazine”. Which was kind of a shock since the difference between now and all those years when we got the support was negligible.

We will make another try in the application for 2018, to add more text material that’s relevant to the subjects we’re working with, and to the comics scene that we’re a part of. It’s an ongoing process and a balance between what we want to do and what our readers want and what might give us money, and we may end up in some other direction along the way.  We’ll stay true to our ideals while trying to adapt and then we’ll see what works out.

And in the meantime we still need to finance this year’s publications (and rent, somehow), so now we’re trying out crowdfunding as an alternative.

So now you know a bit more about the current situation, along with some hints of where we might be going in the futurte. If you want to be part of the crowdfunding, go to the Indiegogo campaign page.

Seriefestfest + more crowdfunding stuff…

Follow @cbkcomics on Instagram. During the current crowdfunding campaign, we’ll be posting images from the comics of the upcoming volume, so it’s a good way to see some really nice art!

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If you want to support us but can’t afford it yourself, maybe you know someone who could/would want to? So it would still be a great help if you just share it

Here are some links:
Indiegogo
Youtube promo video
Facebook event

And if you want to help but don’t like the Indiegogo platform, you can also give us money via PayPal instead: info [@] cbkcomics [.] com
or meet us live, for example this weekend at Seriefest (or the official party Seriefestfesten at Hybriden on Saturday).

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Crowdfunding for CBA vol 36

We need your help!

CBA has been around for a long time, publishing lots of great stories that move far outside of the commercial mainstream of comics.

For our upcoming volume, you can be a part of making it possible! We want to make this issue as awesome as humanly possible and that is why we need your funding (and also because we just lost the funding we’ve been relying on for many years).

Go to our campaign page at Indiegogo to help us out!

We’re looking for donations to cover the costs of printing and distribution (and if we get some extra we might even be able to pay the rent) for the upoming CBA vol 36: In the pits of madness, featuring comics by Spyros Verykios, Akab, Elena Guidolin and Serena Schinaia, with a cover by Radovan Popović, edited by Mattias Elftorp.

Check out this promotional video, by Víctor Expolio, with music by Feberdröm and art from the book:

Horror meets madness and the inevitable collapse in this new volume of CBA, beautifully drawn and painted in heavy brush strokes and oil paint and sharp lines and halftones.

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Let’s plunge together into the pits of madness. Let’s watch the dissolution of reality, let’s dance with clear heads and see where it takes us. Let’s travel the river hiding in the desert sands until the wind rises and we reach the final collapse. Let’s look deep into the eye of the tiger. And see afterwards if we dare to dream.

Some of the perks for donations (go to the campaign page for all the details):

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CBA vol 35 – samples

CBA vol 35: BLEED is out!

You can order it here, and if you write publicly about comics and want a review copy, let us know and we’ll send you one.

Here’s on review already, at Serienett.no

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Here are samples of some of the comics (click for bigger):

For the release event, we made a bloody art exhibition together with Tusen Serier & friends. It was amazingly cool, if we may say so ourselves:

You’ll find more detailed photos at the Tusen Serier site.

XMAS2016 SALE!

Until January 1 we have a Christmas SALE in our webshop, where you can now buy all of our books, along with Tusen Serier’s and Wormgod’s, at 30% off the regular prices!

Take this chance to make your life (and your collection) complete! Shop the last Christmas presents in our store! MAYBE they’ll even arrive before Christmas (no, they won’t, but still…)!

Use the coupon code: XMAS2016 at the check-out in the webshop.

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