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Love Unspoken: An Illustrated Star-Crossed Lovers Zine

A printed illustration book featuring the work of 20+ artists as they explore the theme of star-crossed lovers.

Love Unspoken: An Illustrated Star-Crossed Lovers Zine

A printed illustration book featuring the work of 20+ artists as they explore the theme of star-crossed lovers.

$3,712
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65
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 26 2017 12:53 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 26, 2017

About

LOVE UNSPOKEN is a printed illustration book about star-crossed lovers! This features the work of 24 amazing artists who each depict tragic couples throughout history and around the globe- from Orpheus and Eurydice of Greek mythology to Jack and Ennis from Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.

In this book, each artist picked a different pair of star-crossed lovers to visually explore the relationship of. The result is a detailed overview of one of the most famous themes in literature and history: star-crossed lovers. "Star-crossed lovers" are two people who are tragically held apart from each other due to outside forces, usually the expectations or rules of society. Directly below are some sneak peeks of some of the final illustrations.

In descending order: Joana Neves, Joy Yang, Natalia Data (x2), Alexis Page
In descending order: Joana Neves, Joy Yang, Natalia Data (x2), Alexis Page

This will be physically printed with 27 full color illustrations (including the cover) at 8.5 by 11 inches and perfect binding (similar to the spine on a paperback book).

Mock up of the book, cover by Felicia Wahlström
Mock up of the book, cover by Felicia Wahlström

Follow our blog loveunspoken-book.tumblr.com to keep updated on the production!

ABOUT US

Love Unspoken is managed by Emily Fender. I’m a student artist currently studying at NYU and can’t wait to share this project with you guys! Previously, I managed and contributed to Forgotten Kingdoms: An Arthurian Zine, a digital zine focusing on the Arthurian legends.

This project features the art of 24 wonderful artists:

Emily Fender | Karyn Lee | Kayla Fender | Stephanie Son | Elemei | Xanthe Bouma | Caitlyn Kurilich | Amelia Allore | Beka Duke | Arielle Jovellanos | Joy Yang | Natalia Data | Sara Kipin | Marta Milczarek | Sia Marmonier | Janet Sung | Joana Neves | Felicia Wahlström | Emily Siu | Alexis Page | Tiana Oreglia | Hanna Lefcourt | Qistina Khalidah | Larry Yang

With special mentions to:

FINANCIAL SIDE

Most of the money will go towards being sure the artists are adequately paid for all of their hard work, but a fair share will also go towards printing the book with Fireball Printing to ensure a high quality print that will do justice to the illustrations. A breakdown of the money is below.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about the book, either through here or our blog

REWARDS

YOU HAD ME AT STICKERS: $10 

Two 5x7in themed sticker sheets. One, by Natalia Data, is themed on the tragic stories of the ballets Swan Lake and Ondine. The other, by Elemei, is themed on the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. (Copy of book NOT included)

Elemei: left, Natalia Data: right
Elemei: left, Natalia Data: right

 

SEALED WITH A KISS: $20 

One 14x14in tote bag made from 100% organic cotton featuring a design by Beka Duke, with a one-inch die struck enamel pin designed by Joana Neves. The picture of the tote below is the exact tote you will receive but with a different design on the front. An updated mock up will be posted shortly with Beka Duke’s design. (Copy of book NOT included)

STARTER PACK: $30 

One printed copy of Love Unspoken. This will be physically printed with 27 full color illustrations (including the cover) at 8.5 by 11 inches and perfect binding (picture the spine on a paperback book).

STUCK ON LOVE: $35 

One printed copy of Love Unspoken, plus two 5x7in themed sticker sheets by Elemei and Natalia Data.  One sheet is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, while the other is based on Swan Lake and Ondine.

 

CUPID’S ARROW: $50 

Everything from the Stuck on Love tier (book + sticker pack) plus a set of three one-inch die struck enamel pins designed by Natalia Data. Limited!

IT TAKES TWO: $75 

Everything from the Stuck on Love tier (book + sticker pack) plus a set of two limited edition 8x10in prints on bright white 100% cotton paper. One print will be the cover art done by Felicia Wahlstrom, while the other will be one of Natalia Data’s illustrations that can also be found in the book itself. Both numbered. Proof images of the prints coming soon. Limited!

Natalia Data's piece bottom left, Felicia Wahlström's piece bottom right
Natalia Data's piece bottom left, Felicia Wahlström's piece bottom right

ETCH-A-HEART: $115 

One printed copy of Love Unspoken, a sticker pack, and a personalized physical sketch commission by Karyn Lee. Commission specific images coming soon! Information will be sent out after the Kickstarter finishes and if funded.

Commission specific images coming soon!
Commission specific images coming soon!

LOVE, INKORPORATED: $150 

One printed copy of Love Unspoken, a sticker pack, and a personalized ink commission by Beka Duke. The ink commission can either be colored in greyscale ink washes or tea tints. Information will be sent out after the Kickstarter finishes and if funded.

TECHIE LOVE: $250 

One printed copy of Love Unspoken, a sticker pack, and a personalized digital illustration commission by Emily Siu. Information will be sent out after the Kickstarter finishes and if funded.

QUEEN OF HEARTS: $500 

One printed copy of Love Unspoken, a sticker pack, and a personalized physical commission by Natalia Data using watercolor and gouache on A3 sized paper. Commission specific images coming soon! Information will be sent out after the Kickstarter finishes and if funded. 

Commission specific images coming soon!
Commission specific images coming soon!

 

Risks and challenges

Almost all of the artwork currently is in the rough draft stage and will be finishing in the next two or three weeks (as of May 26), with many of the tier rewards (like stickers and pins) already submitted. All of the quotes have been calculated and figured into the Kickstarter, with all the companies ready to receive the orders.

All of packaging and shipping will be handled by the sole manager Emily Fender and I am prepared with many boxes, tapes, labels, and more to take on the challenge! If we are fortunate enough to receive an unusually high volume of backers, then I also have friends and family to help out with the packing and shipping. I've gone through many possible complications to have solutions at the ready, and feel confident in handling any issues that may arise throughout the process.

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    Sealed with a Kiss

    One 14x14in tote bag made from 100% organic cotton featuring a design by Beka Duke, with a one-inch die struck enamel pin designed by Joana Neves.

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    LIMITED: Cupid's Arrow

    Everything from the previous "Stuck on Love" PLUS LIMITED EDITION set of three themed 1-inch die struck soft enamel pins designed by Natalia Data.

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    LIMITED: It Takes Two

    Everything from the previous "Stuck on Love" tier PLUS 2 LIMITED EDITION prints at 8x10in. One print features Felicia Wahlström's gorgeous cover art for Love Unspoken, and the other is one of Natalia Data's two illustrations from the book, each made for high-quality display.

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    Etch-A-Heart

    One signed printed copy of Love Unspoken, a sticker pack, and a personalized physical sketch commission by Karyn Lee (karynslee).

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    Love, Inkorporated

    One signed printed copy of Love Unspoken, a sticker pack, plus a personalized ink commission by Beka Duke (thedrawingduke).

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    Techie Love

    One signed printed copy of Love Unspoken, a stick pack, and a personalized digital illustration commission by Emily Siu (emirriart).

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    Queen of Hearts

    One signed printed copy of Love Unspoken, a sticker pack, and a personalized physical commission by Natalia Data (cakesmashing) in the form of an A3 sized watercolor and gouache illustration.

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