I am currently writing about this amazing project. Take some time to explore the site, as well as that of the company behind it, Zeroes 2 Heroes. Let me just say now that this project stands out for several reasons, some of which are
- It seeks to celebrate the relationship between Japan and Canada over the last 80 years. It is the result of a continuous open call for submissions from regular people of Japanese/Canadian descent. The best stories are commented by readers and participants of the community and chosen by a committee.
- It combines online digital tools with the publication of a printed book anthology featuring the winning submissions.
- It is based on user-generated content but reciprocates by stimulating comics creation, reflection on multicultural identities and the active participation in a social networking site composed by people with shared backgrounds and interests.
- It offers insight of what the future of publishing will be like by combining successfully print and digital tools, “opening up” the publishing platform to regular people. It is a social enterprise whose performance is collective, not unidirectional or vertical.
- Even though the first anthology has already been published on print they keep receiving submissions, and allow the publication of comments, reviews, blogs and new related work.
- The digital comics platform/reader allows the user/reader to learn about the creative/production process behind each story, including script, drafts, reference images, information about characters and creators, etc.
- This is definitely an example to learn from and follow. It needs serious consideration!