ektokids will be experiencing a major overhaul in the next few weeks.
the concept of ektokids is being retooled and I'd like to notify all of you guys first.
We are still publishing the first issue as planned. A limited edition of 50 full color copies will be produced under the name: Cowboy Comics. Each member will recieve three copies and the rest will be archived and mailed to art directors as a catalog of student work. Your names and emails will be included.
The gallery is still happening but the content is in the air.
Why am I doing this?
I want to start off by saying you all made amazing, beautiful work. I had compliment after compliment about amazing you guys are. You all really came through and I'm going to make sure we all have something in our hands by October.
The thing is, this was my first attempt at anything like this. It was extremely successful, I believe, and I had fun seeing all the work roll in, but in the end, the concept I feel was a bit flawed on my end. I feel like the idea doesn't tread any new ground and is too safe.
I guess what I'm getting at is that the idea can be pushed about a thousand times further.
Does this mean the end for Ektokids? Not at all.
Ektokids is still the focus of my thesis and all of my energy and time. I just want to start with a clean slate and make a cohesive series of magazines and I feel the cowboy issue just won't fit.
What will become of Ektokids now? Whats going to be different?
The main ideas I want to focus on with the new Ektokids are:
I believe we should still be working as a collective and showing off ideas, but I'd like to have meetings and more collaborative efforts.
I don't want anyone to know who we are. I know this might be a sore point because most of us are illustrators but I feel its important for the focus to be on the art and not on us. I want to be able to have someone like Dan Krall produce a piece and never admit to making it. I want it to feel more like a hive mind and i feel we can be freer to collaborate or throw in shitty drawings without having to worry about our public image.
I'd like to include different artists that don't do illustrations, I want to contact people over the internet for submissions, I'd like to get Paul Pope to draw a piece of candycorn and publish it. I want the medium its distributed in to not always be comic form. I'd like to distribute CD issues or Floppy Disks. I'd like to hand a issue out to only a 2nd grade classroom in the suburbs. I want to get crazier.
there are other ideas of have, but for the most part, these are the major changes.
I'm sorry if anyone feels I'm letting them down. I've thought a long time about this though.
You are all still welcome to keep producing pieces and I really hope you all are still excited about this magazine. Nothing else has changed. I still want a community of artists working to produce some sweet shit for fun and exposing it to the public.
if you have any questions or suggestions, I'll be happy to answer.