Town Force One Comic Book



Oakland Kids First (OKF) amplifies youth voice, leadership, and organizing to createengaging and equitable public schools where all students learn, achieve and have power. Together in partnership with The California Endowment and Urban Habitat, we are seeking a sequential artist to create original artwork for a comic book about East Oakland that will be used as a tool for students, youth organizers, and community members to engage in civic dialogue and action.

The application deadline is Friday, June 28 2019 at 5pm PST.

In 2004, Urban Habitat produced “How Did We Get Here?”, a comic book about the policies and practices that shape community development and result in segregation and unequal access to opportunities. The comic book is used as a popular education tool for communities fighting for more equitable land use, housing, and transportation policies.
Since then, there have been multiple comic books produced in cities and towns across California telling the story of their community.

In 2019, East Oakland will be releasing a comic book as part of this series featuring a crew of four high school students called Town Force One as they battle head on the challenges that come their way – from school closures to gentrification and rapid urban development that threatens to erase their culture, history, and roots.
The purpose of this project is to be a fun and visually engaging community resource for students and adults to have tools that help communicate complicated issues that continue to oppress and challenge everyday life in East Oakland. As a companion to the comic book, there will be curriculum developed so that teachers can implement lesson plans into their classrooms as well as provide tools for how young people can stand up and take action at the school and local municipal level so they can be changemakers in their community.

The scope of this project entails (the story has already been written – this is a scope of work for a comic book/graphic novel artist):
● Proposal/approval of character design
● Developing the look/feel of the comic book
● Illustrating and coloring the book
● Preparing all files for final print, including cover
The ideal successful bidder has strengths in sequential art, character design, a strong visual aesthetic, understanding of Oakland history, culture, and politics, and to be a champion for young people advocating for their voices to be heard. This book is based on the lives of four actual people in East Oakland, so capturing their likeness to a relatable degree is an important factor in this project.

The criteria set forth below should be met to achieve successful completion of this project
Criteria 1: Completion of artwork as established in the scope of work
Criteria 2: Communication and adherence to deadlines
Criteria 3: Attending team meetings
Roles and responsibilities include periodical team meetings that may involve the following: project manager, funder, writer, and/or other collaborators. These meetings will be scheduled well in advance for critical moments and built into the overall contract, and will be a requirement for participation.

First and foremost, only qualified individuals with prior experience on related projects should submit proposals in response to this Request for Proposal. Artists interested in this project must
prepare and submit the following:
● Proposed artwork concept for ~35 page comic book
● Letter of interest, no more than one page in length which explains your interest in this project.
● Current resume with three professional references familiar with your work
● Work samples that contain at least 1 project that is substantially similar to this project (this can be in the form of a website portfolio, or prints of your work)
● A technical proposal no longer than 1 page that includes a proposed schedule of work.
● A price proposal must be provided that is not more than 1 page. This price proposal should indicate the overall fixed price for the project as well as per page rates and an estimated total number of hours, should Oakland Kids First decide to award a contract on an hourly rate basis.

Selection of Top Bidders/Notification to unsuccessful bidders
Issuance Date: By July 9, 2019

Start of Negotiation Negotiation Date: ASAP
Date of Completion Target Completion Date: August 31

A maximum of $5,000 commission for the artist(s) selected to realize his/her/their work.

Oakland Kids First will rate proposals based on the following factors, with cost and timeline being the most important factors:
● Responsiveness to the requirements set forth in this RFP
● Relevant past experience
● Samples of work
● Cost, including an assessment of total cost of ownership Oakland Kids First (OKF) reserves the right to award to the bidder that presents the best value to OKF as determined solely by OKF in its absolute discretion.

Submissions should be sent no later than Friday, June 28 2019 by 5pm to