It’s been an exciting month since we announced Fieldmouse Press. The response from the community has been amazing, and we got to spend a lot of time at Small Press Expo explaining our vision for the press, discussing our plans, and listening to feedback from the community.
Since then, we’ve had our heads down, working hard on the website, our financial plans, and our goals for the press. We’ve also been working with the Nevada County Arts Council, and partnering locally with California-based nonprofit organizations as we gear up for 2020.
Our first major project at Fieldmouse Press is a comics journalism hub called SOLRAD (www.solrad.co). This project will be built on four pillars – comics, criticism, collaboration, and community. Our goal is to create a safe place to explore the comics arts where cartoonists and critics can engage the artform together. As a part of this goal, we plan to publish quality comics criticism, interviews, features, advocacy for the form, and new comics for the web.
We’ve secured initial contributions to help build infrastructure for the site, and Alex Hoffman, our Secretary/Treasurer, has been designing a beautiful website that will serve our needs for years to come. But we need your help to get off on the right foot.
Being upfront with our financial plans, costs, and objectives is important to us. We want to be transparent and open about our finances. Part of this is due to the requirements of being a charitable organization in the United States. But more importantly, we want the community to understand how their donations are being used.
Fieldmouse Press is running on a minimum required overhead and has reduced nearly all potential costs for managerial responsibilities. For SOLRAD, we have a solid team of volunteers offering their expertise at no cost, allowing the majority of donated dollars (94%!!!) to go directly to artists and authors.
While we are planning for a larger publishing footprint, including print publishing, in the next 2-5 years, funding and operating SOLRAD will be our primary aim in this first full year of operations. Here’s a breakdown of our financial goals for the project:
While we plan to fund much of the work of the press with grants, we are also seeking the assistance of institutional & individual donors. We know that our efforts to broaden the critical conversation around the comics arts and shine light on the medium won’t be successful unless we have the support of our community.
We’re using Donate.ly to raise funds instead of a Patreon, Kickstarter, or GoFundMe because donations to Fieldmouse Press are tax-deductible.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, and thank you for your support as we’ve launched this press.