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RADIFY the Graphic Novel
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Thanks to all who made this campaign a success!  Any additional pledge money raised will go toward further production costs including: a fire and water safe box for the illustrations, the designated website, and art supplies!  

RADIFY - The Graphic Novel

I have never been more dedicated to a project than I am to this one!  That’s why I structured Radify to be the first in a series of speculative-fiction graphic novel mysteries set in the near future when breakthroughs in biotechnology have captured the public’s imagination. 

Radify starts just as medical tourism and overseas practices of unregulated reproductive human gene-editing procedures have triggered an international health organization policy summit. The summit is held in the United States, and at it we meet an American biotech mogul who’s inaugurating an influence campaign to manipulate the gene-editing market and build a new eugenic movement.  Outside the conference, a massive protest takes place on the streets.  Journalist Thomas “Target” James III is on the scene for news-blog Radify.  When he dies suddenly in the crowd, three unlikely heroes unite to search for the truth. 

One of Radify’s three lead character’s personal journeys will be highlighted in each novel of the series.  Cadence Morrow will be highlighted in Radify.  As Target’s girlfriend, she is devastated by his passing, wants to know the truth, and struggles to trust Roam and Alexandra who reach out to help her investigate Target’s death.  As if this isn’t enough, in her private life Cadence faces renewed pressure from family and doctors to shift the management of her intersex variation.     

Roam Sparks and Alexandra Cummings are Cadence's two cohorts; they will get featured attention in the next two novels of the series.    

Roam is a bio-ethics PhD candidate at odds with his wife over their new pregnancy and how to proceed with testing options and procedures that could fundamentally alter their child’s DNA.  Alexandra Cummings is a medical advertising office manager by day and a zine artist-activist illustrating the needs of queer people in medical care by night.

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What is "intersex" and why did I choose to write an intersex character?

Intersex is a general term used for people born with any of a range of characteristics that may not fit traditional conceptions of male or female bodies, including variations in their chromosomes, genitals, and/or internal organs. People with intersex traits have always existed.

I became interested in intersex stories because of my overlapping experiences with some people in the intersex community.  As a lesbian of Jewish decent who has undergone treatment for epilepsy I have had periods in my life where I felt safer if I hid my identity and have experienced gender expression discrimination and homophobia. When I developed epilepsy I worked with some doctors and medical practices that over prescribed or rushed into treatments without offering options or explaining the consequences and side effects of their decisions.  

I began researching intersex experiences over six years ago. During that time I grew committed to specific groups of intersex self-advocates and now work with intersex consultants who provide sensitivity readings of Radify, and help me refine Cadence’s story arc and medical timeline.  The character of Cadence is being face modeled by an intersex cinematographer and intersex activist.  In addition I have intersex individuals and an organization that I plan to collaborate with on the appendix and questions for the back of the book.  

The Rewards 

RADIFY Postcard!
RADIFY Postcard!
RADIFY Sticker!
RADIFY Sticker!
RADIFY the Graphic Novel!   (mockup)
RADIFY the Graphic Novel! (mockup)
New RADIFY Poster!
New RADIFY Poster!
Grid RADIFY Poster! (Mockup)
Grid RADIFY Poster! (Mockup)
Original Pen and Ink Drawings for the RADIFY Graphic Novel!  Drawings are on 9" x 11" Acid Free paper!
Original Pen and Ink Drawings for the RADIFY Graphic Novel! Drawings are on 9" x 11" Acid Free paper!
Full Page of Original Signed Drawings on Archival Paper! (mockup float mounted framed)
Full Page of Original Signed Drawings on Archival Paper! (mockup float mounted framed)

KICKSTARTER, HOW IT WORKS, AND MY GOAL AMOUNT!

If you’ve never heard of Kickstarter, it’s a website that allows creators like myself to post our projects to try to raise a specific amount of money to help fund them. The thing about Kickstarter is if you pledge money you get something in return. I don’t get anything and your credit card isn’t charged unless I raise the full amount in the time frame given. 

My goal with Kickstarter was to raise at least $7,600 to pay my support team and collaborators who provide: script readings, sensitivity readings, consultancies, protagonist character face modeling, photography, LLC creation, and legal and accounting work. Thanks to all who made this a reality!!! 

$7,600 GOAL REACHED! - Breakdown of expenses: 

Now if more is raised, here's where the money will go: Toward a fire and water safe box to store the graphic novel illustrations, the design and launch of the RADIFY designated website - complete with Blog, News and Updates pages, and illustrating supplies! 

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PLEASE continue to support RADIFY the Graphic Novel by following and sharing the project on social media! The updates will be infrequent as I’ll be illustrating full time, but you’ll get news of big hurdles crossed!!! Facebook: www.facebook.com/RADIFYaGraphicNovel    Instagram: radifygraphicnovel

Risks and challenges

As with any project, there could be some flukes and unforeseen complications, but I am a determined person and have already invested 6 year of my life in Radify. I am sure I will overcome any reasonable challenges.

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    All Above + 2 Original RADIFY Drawings!

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    Full Page of Signed Drawings + More!

    A full page of original signed pen and ink drawings from RADIFY – selected from YOUR favorite pages - each page is typically made up of 3-6 individual drawings (framing not included). A SIGNED UNIQUELY INSCRIBED copy of RADIFY, 2 additional SIGNED copies of the book to give as gifts, and a SIGNED UNIQUELY INSCRIBED poster. Your name listed under “I’m Especially Grateful to” on the RADIFY designated website, and an “I’m Especially Grateful to” acknowledgement in the paper hardcopy of the book!

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    CAMEO in book + Unique Large Artwork +

    A CAMEO appearance of you drawn into the book! We can discuss the options! Plus an ORIGINAL NEW LARGE drawing of your favorite character, unique and not from in the book! (Framing not included) A SIGNED SPECIALLY INSCRIBED copy of RADIFY, 3 additional SIGNED copies of the book to give as gifts, and a SIGNED UNIQUELY INSCRIBED poster. Your name will be listed under “I’m Especially Grateful to” on the RADIFY designated website, and an “I’m Especially Grateful to” acknowledgement in the paper hardcopy of the book!

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