About this project
Hey Baby is a comic memoir, which tells the story of my pregnancy, labor, and birth of our son. So far these comics have only existed online, which was a great way to share them while the story was still in progress. Now that the collection is complete, I'm excited to offer them as a book! Hey Baby will be an 80 page softcover book, black and white, with an introduction, and 60 comics (including 14 brand new ones that have never been published online.) With this Kickstarter, I'm trying to raise $1,250 to pay for the printing of this book.
We’re keeping this campaign pretty simple. By pledging at the $10 level you help us send this book to the printers, and you get your very own copy of the book. You pledge. We print. We mail. You read.
At the $25 level you receive two autographed copies of the book, and one signed 5x7 color print (available in salmon, gold, or blue), perfect for framing.
At the $40 level you receive five books - one for you and four to give away! This level is great if you want to give the book as a gift. Hey Baby will make a great baby shower gift, birthday present, or a “hang-in-there” gesture for new or expecting parents, or for anyone who enjoys a good story. You'll also receive one signed 5x7 color print (available in salmon, gold, or blue), perfect for framing.
If you really want to take a chunk out of our goal, you can pledge at the $100 level and you'll get five books, all three versions of the color print (salmon, gold, and blue), your name printed in the book, and one original custom doodle by, you guessed it, Breena Bard.
The comics are all drawn, the book is laid out and ready to go to the printers, we just need the funding to take this story from the screen to the page. When we reach our funding goal we will order the books, and you should have them in your hands by end of June.
In the process of drawing these comics, I realized how important it is to share our stories. I would be honored if you'd help me do just that.
What people are saying about Hey Baby (taken from facebook comments)
“Lovely, hilarious, and honest. I have thoroughly enjoyed and related to these.” - Avril
“I love your honest, vulnerable, heart-wrenching portrayal of birth. It's beautiful and bittersweet and everything that's real and right in the world.” - Jillian Maeve
“This is going to be such a good resource for pregnant women and those who want to support them.” Mollye
“With our little one coming soon these have been therapeutic” - Desiree
“These are continuously fascinating.” - Beth
If we meet our funding goal, awesome, these books get made. But let's not stop there! We're thinking up some good stretch goals to keep this campaign interesting. Just how far can we take this thing? WE SHALL SEE!
Goal: $1,250 (books printed and rewards fulfilled) - MET!
Stretch Goal #1: $1,750 (6 pages of additional comics) - MET!
Stretch Goal #2: $2,250 (Hey Baby sticker to all backers) - MET!
Stretch Goal #3: $2,750 (Paper upgrade) - MET!
Stretch Goal #4: $3,500 - (every book signed, plus new comics through the summer!) - MET!
Stretch Goal #5: $3,750 - (20 books donated to organizations serving new and expectant moms and dads)
Risks and challenges
Pretty low risk. The book is finished and ready to go to the printers. If you pledge for this campaign you will receive your book and other rewards. There is always some risk that a snafu at the printers, problems with shipping, or other minor logistical complications might delay your order some, but even then you will get your book this summer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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