Harvard Book Store is launching its first comics anthology. Minimum Paige will include work from some of the New England graphic novel community’s most well-known names. The bookstore is also currently holding a contest for customers to submit their own cartooning and graphic storytelling works for inclusion in the book.
“We’re very excited to be publishing our first comics anthology … this fall,” said Harvard’s Rachel Cass. “We’ve had a number of submissions so far.” Minimum Paige is a follow-up to Microchondria, a collection of microfiction published by the store last year. “That one went really well,” Cass said. “We had a huge response. Minimum Paige is sort of offshoot of that.”
The store’s call out for the Comics Contest says, “Whether it’s a few humorous comic strips, an autobiographical mini or a tale of super-powered vengeance, we want your submissions!” Select entries will be included in Minimum Paige and will be automatically entered to win a Harvard Book Store gift certificate. The deadline for submission is August 19.
The anthology will showcase the talent of local artists, including Ignatz Award-winner Liz Prince (Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?), DC Comics artist Joe Quinones (Wednesday Comics), Boston Comics Roundtable editors Dave Kender and Dan Mazur, and others.
Minimum Paige will be published using Harvard Book Store’s in-house Espresso Book Machine, aka Paige M. Gutenborg.