Former Oklahoma resident Amy Chu is utilizing Kickstarter to produce her latest comics anthology, “Girls Night Out: Tales of New York.” Chu, who lives in Princeton, N.J., was inspired to create this anthology about New York after tropical Superstorm Sandy hit the coast.
“It was right after Hurricane Sandy,” Chu said in an email interview. “My family and I were pretty much stuck in N.Y. for a week and saw a lot of crazy stuff, but terrific spirit. So this is kind of a love letter to the city in my own way.”
Chu, co-founder of Alpha Girl Comics, decided to take to Kickstarter to fundraise — and build excitement for — this project.
“I thought I would try it out,” Chu said.
“I noticed that Kickstarter is not just about the money, but a great way to engage with fans and the public, and this has turned out to be entirely true. I am building an entirely new fan base by crowdfunding.”
Chu was born in Boston, studied architectural Design at MIT, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She's visited 49 countries and all 50 states; her ties to Oklahoma date to just after high school.
“My parents moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, from Iowa just after my high school graduation, so I spent summers and Christmas in Edmond,” Chu said. “My dad is still there. I love going back every year to get my barbecue and strawberry cake from Leo's and to visit the National Cowboy Museum.”
Chu's Alpha Girl Comics began as a project with director and writer Georgia Lee. Their goal is to get new audiences, especially women and girls, into reading and making comics.
“Part of our focus is to write great stories with strong and realistic roles for girls and women,” Chu said. “We're not shy about saying that, and we've gotten nothing but great support from people within the comics community. Not all the stories are about women, but we just feel like we need to represent.”
Since Alpha Girl's debut, the company has published the sci-fi mystery “Meridien City” Nos. 1 and 2; “A Visit to the Museum of Chinese in America” and “Girls Night Out” No. 1.
Several artists from the first “Girls Night Out” will return for “Tales of New York.”
“Many of artists are from my first anthology — I pick artists for what they bring to the specific story and characters first and foremost, but I also like to work with friends,” Chu said. “It makes it more fun and personal.”
Chu's Kickstarter campaign runs through 2 a.m. Dec. 17. You can contribute or find out more at: www.kickstarter.com/projects/amychu/girls-night-out-tales-of-new-york.
More “Girls Night Out” and “Meridien City” are in the works from Chu, who is on twitter @amychu and Facebook at www.facebook.com/iwritecomics.