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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 06/23/2010

Tony Murphy's comics-newspaper project hits pledge goal

By Michael Cavna


Tony Murphy's message to his comics donors: It's all about you!

Murphy, creator of the Washington Post Writers Group-syndicated comic strip "It's All About You," wants to launch "a weekly comic-strip newspaper" called Coffee Talk. And today, Murphy announces that his Kickstarter project has reached its goal.

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"My vision is to have a publication that can exist in a place people gather -- coffee shops -- and that features intelligent, engaging comic strips (whose authors are still among the living)," Murphy writes of his project. He also wants his comics newspaper to reflect "the times with social and political commentary. Real comics by real people."

Today, the project exceeded its pledge goal of $5,500, thanks to more than 100 backers.

Besides "It's All About You," the comic-strip newspaper plans to feature such strips as "Eve N' Steven" (created by Anne Gibbons, who also contributes to "Six Chix"), "Max" (Marc Bilgrey), "Pop Culture Shock Therapy" (Doug Bratton) and "Strings Attached" (Ali Solomon).

"It's All About You," it's worth noting, is largely set in a coffeehouse.

Murphy, who also has worked as a proofreader for DC Comics, has posted a mockup of his newspaper, "My impetus for this, of course, is the dismal state of syndicated comic strips," Murphy writes.

His pledge-drive goal met, Murphy says he's now on to the next step: "Selling advertising!"

By Michael Cavna  | June 23, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  It's All About You, Tony Murphy, Washington Post Writers Group  
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