IF08 Editorial: Why IF supports 7000 B.C.

Let’s begin with a quote from Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud:Commentary_Ed.fw

I know in my own case, that discovering Wendy and Richard Pini’s self-published Elfquest comics as a young reader completely changed my understanding of comics’ potential. That encounter with one creator’s work made a crucial difference in the way I chose to make my own comics from that point on.

Every writer, every illustrator, every musician has discovered that one piece containing enough gravity to alter their universe. For me, it was watching a local barista in Portland, Maine go through the process of creating, publishing, and marketing his debut graphic novel. Without any support network, Ben Bishop poured his life into making Nathan the Caveman enough of a success that he could quit slinging java to pursue his art.

IF08 Cover by Michael Ellis, member of 7000 B.C.

IF08 Cover by Michael Ellis, member of 7000 B.C.

Ben’s process was a struggle at best and after learning about 7000 B.C., I’m sorry that he didn’t have a similar nonprofit to support his independent endeavor. As described on their site, 7000 B.C. is “a Northern New Mexico-based organization providing opportunities for comics writers and artists to develop their personal styles and storytelling ‘voices.'” They work together cross-promoting their works, securing tables at the regional cons, and providing workshops and other learning opportunities for artists at all points in their career.

Organizations like 7000 B.C. are vital to more than just the people who write, illustrate, and publish comics. By creating a nucleus of comic creators in a rural state like New Mexico, they provide readers with the opportunity to discover that story which will change their world.

Isotropic Fiction is proud to feature 7000 B.C. member Michael Ellis’s art for this issue’s cover.

7000 B.C.

Joseph Thompson’s work has appeared in several publications including Foreword Reviews, Greenman Reviews, and Aphelion Webzine.


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