My friends and I have created an all-ages fantasy comics anthology built up around this shared map of Cartozia seen above! It’s part imaginary cartography, RPG source guide and full-blown collaborative comics! We’re making Cartozia Tales because we think the world needs more comics that will attract young readers and let them celebrate adventure, curiosity, exploration, and fun. In each issue, the cartoonists travel to a different part of the map, leaving their characters to someone else’s devices and story-telling delights. In addition to the comics there are fun tutorials (like shown above) on map-making, masks, how to pack and more so make the reading experience even more interactive.
We’re fairly certain this type of collaborative, chance-driven storytelling has never been done before on such a large scale, and the results so far have been fantastic — immersive and playful for kids, engaging and complex for adults. Apparently every child who reads issue one develops an insatiable appetite for drawing maps. (including ones of the dog poops their dad hasn’t picked up in the backyard!)
Issue #1 is out with guest stars Dylan Horrocks and Jon Lewis, #2 will be out at SPX to everyone’s delight while #3 is currently being drawn! We launched a Kickstarter campaign on August 15th to deliver an entire year’s worth of vibrant, exciting comics, and we want you to join us in the adventure.
There are more previews available at the Cartozia website along with bios of the Cartozian cartoonists and how we split up the map each issue. One more fun fact is that we live all over the world too! From Vermont to Seattle to Minneapolis to NYC, New Zealand and more! There could be someone drawing Cartozia Tales right next to you at the coffee shop right now!