so I went ahead and did a kickstarter for year one? help me out? reblog like crazy?
I guess I should describe the project since I haven't talked about it much on my livejournal. As some of you might know, I’ve been working on my first novel-length comic book for the duration of the past year. My book is called Year One, and through weekly vignettes, illustrates my entire first year living in Philadelphia, after a significant move from Chicago. In some pages, my weekly activities are illustrated. In others, just a pertinent conversation. Year One was drawn in real time, finishing 2-3 pages as every week went by. I’ve spent hundreds of hours working on this project over the last year and am very excited to get it out into the world in the form of my very first book! Prior to this project, the longest comic i had ever drawn was 6 pages long. Year One is 136 pages and will be offset printed and perfect bound at 8x10 inches. It is 100% complete from front cover to back cover (and scanned, cleaned up, edited, edited again, and sized for printing. I literally just need to hit send and fork over a deposit to the printer).
Year One uses a variety of storytelling formats to give an overall glimpse into a year in the life of a late twenty-something year old, trying to figure out her place as a young artist outside of the post-college years. It is lighthearted, somber, lonely, funny, and quiet. It shows the number of people who come and go throughout a year, new love, old romance, loss and grief, and more generally, the search for a sense of self.
You can read it for free online at http://www.everydaypants.com/yearone but it would be way more fun for you to read it in print.
Also it would be rad if you helped me out by posting about this somewhere too!
Oh my god, Ramsey. I just clicked on that on your website..and then I read the whole thing in one sitting. Ugh! So good! I love the complicated polyamory storyline, haha, I really want to know what happened after, I have so many questions. Great, amazing, incredible work. I hope you'll publish the shit out of that book.
Ooooh yea! :)
This totally made my night, really. It's weird, autobiographical comics have a certain element of 'handwritten letter' or 'awesome package in the mail', even when they're written for everyone at once. I'm so appreciative of all those stories and I'm still in the middle of that incredible feeling when I read someone's work - the feeling that I just followed someone's year so closely that I'm starting connect to their thoughts and feelings. I like how very real and 'this is really happening, these are our lives in our 20s and we all keep growing together in this time we share' it feels.
And it struck all kinds of chords with me right now, because some of my favorite people just left Chicago and I've been both giddy about a another wonderful, beachy, bikeridey Chicago summer coming up, and shifting around my ideas of what it'll be like in Chicago, with new people yet again.
Very randomly, this week I met these two kids who I hadn't seen since we all - they, me, you!! - were all at that vegan cupcake party a few years ago. I guess they needed to get out of the 'intentional community' situation for a minute and now they live really close to me and we spent a long time chatting and I really liked them. I guess Chicago life is just like that - a handful of great people leave every year, and you just have to move on all the time. Go to a goodbye party one day, meet some new people the next day (connect really quickly, invite them out to the beach, get a really great one-year-friendship out of them before they, too, move to Portland, or Austin, or New York). Have faith that the good ones will stay connected and be around for years and years. :)
No, unfortunately I think that's the only way. Kickstarter is pretty limiting in that way. I really appreciate it though. It looks like I'll be reaching my goal anyway! If you wanted to pre-order the book, you could send me payment in the mail for it. And if you wanted to do a larger donation and get all the 'rewards' that come with it, like prints and posters and things, you could still send that much cash in that mail, just let me know ahead of time and be sure to send it before the kickstarter is done so i can send out your rewards while i'm doing all the others!
i've appreciated your support all this time! Thanks!
On May 31st, 2012 10:27 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
I think the book itself would be fine :)
Could you give me a price for the book + the most recent list + the other zine you advertised a little while ago + shipping? I'd paypal you all of it, then, that would be great.
And yeah, I'm pretty sure you will reach your goal, if not way more ... :D Still 29 days to go and 4/5th reached - thats pretty amazing! :D
I know! I'm blown away. Well, the book is $14 and List 15 is $4, and Everydaypants #2 is $3.
That's $21 before shipping. The book will be a little heavier. So maybe an even $30? Is that okay with you? My paypal address is still email@example.com