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An original art anthology in homage to Shōjo, showcasing a diverse group of over twenty artists!
An original art anthology in homage to Shōjo, showcasing a diverse group of over twenty artists!
448 backers pledged $12,980 to help bring this project to life.

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Update 11/21/13 -  First Stretch goal met!! Thanks everyone! All books will now have beautiful foil cover!!

A beautiful preview gif made by Rebecca Mock
A beautiful preview gif made by Rebecca Mock

Update 11/11/13 - We’ve made it!!! Our goal has been met! Hana Doki Kira is going to happen and it’s all because of you! THANK YOU!!!!!  For every additional $3000 we raise, the book will get better, the artists will get more compensation, and you will get more cool swag! There are also secret push goal rewards hidden alongside and between those milestones, so keep your eyes peeled as the numbers go up! Let’s keep up the great work spreading the word about shōjo! 

Hana Doki Kira is a collection of comics and drawings from a fantastic group of artists all inspired by Shōjo - a sub-genre of comics that for many of us were among the first illustrated stories we fell in love with. We asked over twenty artists with diverse skills and styles to consider what  Shōjo personally means to them, and to create art based on their interpretations.

Shōjo is known for its distinctive use of flowery imagery, magical plot devices, and romantic themes. Our book takes its title from three key elements of the Shōjo world– ‘Hana’ meaning flower, ‘Doki’ echoing the sound of a pounding heart, and ‘Kira’-- the impression of sparkling beauty.

 All the art and copy for the Hana Doki Kira book has already been completed and is currently being formatted for print. We have all the content; we just need you to help us make this a reality!

The Hana Doki Kira book will be a 120 page limited edition book,  filled to the brim with lovely illustrations and comics from our participating artists. Our goal is to print the book and compensate our contributing artists for their hard work!

  • 107 pages of illustrations and comics!

  • 6”x10” perfect-bound book

  • A unified seafoam green color palette!

  • Showcases both amateur and professional artists!

  • 1000 books distributed among artists and supporters!

The base Kickstarter goal is to fund a limited softcover print run of a thousand books and the production of all the promotional rewards to go with it for example; posters, postcards, etc.

Additional funds from the Kickstarter campaign will be used to further foster awareness of artists both amateur and professional, while simultaneously continuing to bring credence to the beautiful, diverse genre that has inspired us all. First, we hope to compensate our artists for the beautiful work that they’ve done!  Then, we plan to allot a certain number of excess books to donate to local libraries, girls’ clubs and anime clubs to help foster the next Shōjo generation!

Other than the Shōjo theme that pervades throughout the book, all the art inside Hana Doki Kira follows a distinct color scheme - black, white, and seafoam green.  The narrowed scope of color not only ties the book together, but truly showcases all the creative ways in which the artists have employed their limited palette.  Depending on the success of this first book, future volumes of Hana Doki Kira will each have their own unique color attributed to them to create a spectrum of beautiful Shōjo-inspired art!

 All our goal funding will go towards the production of the book and rewards, shipping to our backers, and compensation for the artists who are sparing extra time to draw Commissions for rewards! 

 Our rewards include...

Here are the designs for the Poster & Tote bag.

Think of all the awesome books and magical companions it’ll be able to hold! It's double-sided!
Think of all the awesome books and magical companions it’ll be able to hold! It's double-sided!
Note these are mock-ups: the final poster will have art from every artist.
Note these are mock-ups: the final poster will have art from every artist.
Numbers in the icon represent additional rewards. For example The $80 tier includes two of every reward.
Numbers in the icon represent additional rewards. For example The $80 tier includes two of every reward.

Our goal is to just be able to print and distribute the book, but if our Kickstarter surpasses our goal,  we’ll be able to make the book even better for you and our artists!

Artist compensation: All our artists have contributed their time and effort for free. Each artist will be receiving copies of the book in return--but we want to give them a little something extra for all their hard work. For each extra $3000 we raise, our artists will receive a small fee per submitted page.

Book Upgrades: Each time we raise an extra $3000, we’ll also upgrade all books.   

  • MET! All books will be printed with a shimmery foil cover. ($12,000)

  • If we meet our second goal, we will include custom Hana Doki Kira bookplate stickers in all book orders. ($15,000)

  • If we reach our third push goal, we’ll upgrade all books to a hardcover edition! ($18,000)

  • Our fourth goal is wood-printed charms for all Tier 6 and higher backers. ($21,000)

  • Beyond that are even more surprises!

The Year 85 Group consists of six friends who all share a mutual passion and appreciation for art.  Shōjo has both kick-started and inspired a large portion of all our creative careers and, taking our cues from the Year 24 Group, a collective of female manga artists who are considered as revolutionaries of Shōjo, we wanted to share that same love of the genre with you!

As artists ourselves, we consider it important to compensate artists fairly for their work.  All the contributing artists donated their valuable time to create art for this book and we couldn’t appreciate it more!  For all their effort, we consider it appropriate that the artists who helped make this happen should share in its success.  

Hana Doki Kira is only a peek into the wide range of art that our artists are capable of, so please be sure to check them out on their own sites and portfolios!

Contributing Artists:
Annie Stoll
Elisa
Rebecca Mock
Lindsay
Kelly/Hkezza
enduro
Stefanie Morin / PK
Catherine
Janet Sung
Alex Bahena
Kaitlin Reid
Alice U.Cheong
Shelly Rodriguez
Catarina Yuugi
Sarah O’Donnell
Becca Hillburn

Megan Brennan
Sloane Leong
Anna Rose
Kris Mukai
Leslie Hung
Aimee Fleck
Carey Pietch
Tim Ferrara
Chelsie Sutherland
Alice Meichi Li

See more art previews and process images at our tumblr, as well as updates about the project and educational resources:

hanadokikira.tumblr.com | facebook.com/hanadokikira

We can’t make this possible without you! Tell your family, friends, and magical sidekicks and help us make our dream book a reality! Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Each organizer of the Hana Doki Kira book is an artist in their own right and has produced comics, art, and merchandise on a small scale before. We have successfully collected all the artwork for our book and are currently putting the files together to send to the printer. We are already in conversation with our printer and the producers of our pledge rewards, and have carefully planned out each step for production and fulfillment.

We are just six people with normal day-jobs putting this book together in our spare time--we’ve put a lot of time and effort into organizing and making our own contributions, but none of us have the funds to print a book at this scale without help. We will also be handling the production of the pledge rewards and carrying out the fulfillment of orders ourselves.

Printing the book itself may take up to 2-3 months after the Kickstarter funds are transferred to us. Once the books have arrived, we can start re-distributing them to backers and artists.

We are coordinating with a couple dozen artists in several countries, and certain high-tier items like signed bookplates and commissions may take more time to produce just due to shipping and communication times.

We feel that the strength of this project is in the artists, who have all donated their beautiful work to the book with no guarantee of compensation. We are not looking to profit from the project, so all extra funds from the kickstarter will be distributed back to the artists.

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FAQ

  • “Shōjo” literally translates to “young girl” in Japanese. Accordingly, “Shōjo manga” (or just “Shōjo” for short) is a genre of Japanese comics aimed at young girls and women. The genre rose to prominence in Japan in the 1970s and expanded through both mainstream and independent comic creators. Many successful comics of the genre were translated and sold in Western markets, where they quickly gained popularity among female readers.

    Many of the organizers and artists of Hana Doki Kira have a nostalgic relationship with the Shōjo comics of the 80’s and 90’s. We may have taken different paths since then, but the genre connects us even now.

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  • The Year 85 Group members are Annie Stoll, Elisa Lau, Rebecca Mock, Lindsay Cannizzaro, Kelly Cuenca, and Joyce Lee. We are the 6 official “organizers” of the Hana Doki Kira book. Each of us is a big fan of shojo and counts it as a big influence in our work. Some of our favorite Shōjo artists were members of a revolutionary generation of manga artists called the “Year 24 Group” (all members were born in or around 1949, or Shōwa year 24 in Japan). Since we were all born around 1985, so we decided to give ourselves a name in homage our heroes.

    We aren’t the next Year 24 group--but we hope to inspire them.

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  • “Shōjo” is the romanization of the Japanese word 少女 (pronounced shōh-joh). The common colloquial spelling expands the ‘ō‘ sound into “ou.” The term can be spelled either way.

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  • No. Although Shōjo is a genre targeted at girls and 25 of our 26 artists are female, we do not consider this project to be girls-only. Part of Shōjo’s appeal is that it reflects on the complexity of human emotions, which apply to everyone. Everyone’s lives can be improved by Shōjo-ness!

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  • Sorry, but no. We have decided to simplify things for ourselves by not doing this.

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  • We would give it a PG rating. We think it is appropriate for ages 10+

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  • Very cool! Shoot us an email at hanadokikira{at}gmail.com and we'll talk!

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  • The early bird tier was $20 and for just the book. We opened up more slots to the regular price tier which is $25 (named the Doki Doki Deluxe Tier) and it includes all four post cards! We thought it would be a nicer deal to be able to get the deluxe preorder for $25 rather than making the book by itself $25 and making the deluxe $30. We're trying to raise our goal, but also be affordable to everyone as well.

    The $25 tier is the "regular" price tier and it comes with an excellent bonus: really pretty postcards that you can frame or send to friends.

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    TEA FOR TWO--two Hana Doki Kira books, two postcard packs, two posters, two tote bags, a thank-you in the back of the book, and a PDF copy.

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    A LOVELY ORIGINAL SKETCH--the Hana Doki Kira book, a postcard pack, a special HDK poster, the tote bag, a thank-you in the back of the book, A PDF of the book PLUS an original sketch from one of our artists, selected at random!

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    A SPARKLY COMMISSION--the Hana Doki Kira book, a postcard pack, a special HDK poster, the tote bag, a thank-you in the back of the book, A PDF of the book PLUS an original sketch by one of our artists of anything shojo-related that you want!

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    THE INNER-SENSHI COMBO--five Hana Doki Kira books, five postcard packs, five posters, five tote bags, a thank-you in the back of the book, and a PDF copy.

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    ALL OF OUR HEARTS COMBINED ULTIMATE BACKER--The Hana Doki Kira book signed by every artist with a commission by each of the 6 members of the Year 85 group, a postcard pack, a poster, a tote bag, a thank-you in the book, and a PDF copy.

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