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LADIES OF LITERATURE is an art anthology dedicated to our favorite literary ladies! 100 artists. 100 illustrated book recommendations.
LADIES OF LITERATURE is an art anthology dedicated to our favorite literary ladies! 100 artists. 100 illustrated book recommendations.
LADIES OF LITERATURE is an art anthology dedicated to our favorite literary ladies! 100 artists. 100 illustrated book recommendations.
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LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 is an illustration anthology dedicated to our favorite literary ladies! We asked 100+ artists to illustrate their favorite female authors and book characters and show us why they fell in love with them. 

The results span over genre and time period, showcasing a diverse array of powerful and complex women. Think of it as 100+ illustrated book recommendations!

*Cover finally revealed!* (areas in yellow will be printed with gold foil)
*Cover finally revealed!* (areas in yellow will be printed with gold foil)
Back Cover (areas in yellow will be printed with gold foil)
Back Cover (areas in yellow will be printed with gold foil)

 LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 will be a 124-page, 7.5" x 10.5", full-color, perfect-bound, softcover book

This book will be the second installment after LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1, which debuted in the fall of 2013. It featured the work of 36 talented artists and had 56 pages of awesome female book characters and authors. To follow up on the success of Volume 1 we wanted Volume 2 to be even bigger and more beautiful than the first! 

Now we need your help to make it a reality!

Photos of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1.
Photos of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1.

The Ladies of Literature project is about women and their stories, and the notion that these stories are meaningful and worth sharing. Each artist chose their lady for a reason, and the passion put into each illustration shows how deeply female representation in books can resonate! From strong characters, to vulnerable characters, and everything in between. To characters young and old, and from all over the world and across the universe, there is no one definitive way to be a "lady." 

When you come away from this anthology, we hope that you become more acquainted with these fantastic ladies, revisit some old friends and discover new ones along the way. The point of this project is not to shame anyone for not reading every book ever, but to help you find a new favorite! It's all about spreading the love for ladies, literature, and literacy!

Follow us at ladiesofliterature.tumblr.com for more information about the first volume, artwork previews, artist interviews, and daily updates during the campaign!

LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 is edited by illustrators and zinesters Arielle Jovellanos & Janet Sung. Between us, we have worked on the See You Space Cowboy (a Cowboy Bebop fanzine), SAD/HAPPY: A Zine About Growing Up, That's So Sugoi!, and the first volume of Ladies of Literature. We're two friends that met in college, fell in love with self-publishing illustrated material, and haven't looked back since!

LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 boasts an amazing line up of contributors including:

Aatmaja Pandya | Abigail Malate | Aimee Fleck | Amanda Martin | Amanda Scurti | Amelia Chia | Aminder Dhaliwal | Andrea Poretta | Andy Lee | Angela Tong | Annie Stoll | Anoosha Syed | Aranda Dill | Arielle Jovellanos | Athina K. Poda | Ava Nguyen | Caitlin Ono | Captain Chants | Carey Pietsch | Caroline Dougherty | Charles Tan | Chie Y. Boyd | Chris Kindred | Ciel Bahena | Colleen Tighe | Courtney Godbey | Dana Guerrieri | Dana Wulfekotte | Daniel Shaffer | Deborah Hauber | Desiree Surjadi | Diana Huh | Ellen Wang | Ellie Yong | Emily Cheeseman | Emily Ho | Ena Kim | Enduro | Erin Lux | Fleur Sciortino | Fraeya Pinto | Glenn Harvey | Grace Chen | Grace Fong | Greg Wilson | Hannah Krieger | Janet Sung | Jenn Strickland | Jenny Xu | Jessica Kleinman | Julia Lipponen | Kara Argue | Karina McBeth | Katrina Richter | Katy Farina | Kaysha Siemens | Kelley McMorris | Kevin Jay Stanton | Kiernan Sjursen-Lien | Kristen Acampora | Kristen Davis | KJ Martinet | Kristin Kemper | Lana Chan | Lara Paulussen | Laura MacMahon | Lauren Degraaf | Lily Luo | Lily PfaffLiz Pulido | Lynn Nguyen | Magnus Atom | María Galán | Mariel Hester | Mark Ledgerwood | Marta Milczarek | Matt Rockefeller | Max Temescu | Michelle Hiraishi | Mildred Louis | Missy Pena | Molly Ostertag | Nic ter Horst | Nicole Xu | Nikkie Stinchcombe | Nilah Magruder | Odera Igbokwe | Olivia Aserr | Pablo Leon | Pam Wishbow | Penny Candy Studios | Rachel Smythe | Rafael Mayani | Ricardo Bessa | Rose Wong | Sai Nitivoranant | Sonia Liao | Sophie Blackhall-Cain | Stephanie Kao | Stephanie Stine | Susan Bin | Swati Addanki | Trung Le Nguyen | Vivian Ng | Xiao Li | Yssa Badiola | Zelly Thomas | Zofia Zabrzeska

Additional Artist Credit:
Poster Design by Rafael Mayani
Tote Bag Design by Vincy Cheung
Cover Typography by Paulina Ho

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The money raised from this Kickstarter will go straight into the production and printing of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2, a 124-page 7.5" x 10.5" full-color, perfect-bound, softcover book. Additional expenses include producing and shipping the backer rewards, and most importantly to compensate the artists that have generously donated their work upfront. Anything we earn beyond the goal goes into making our book as beautiful as possible!

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'E-READER' • $10 - A PDF copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2!

Please note that every subsequent tier will also receive a PDF version!
Please note that every subsequent tier will also receive a PDF version!

*NEW! 'E-READER DELUXE' • $15 - PDF copies of both LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1 and LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2!

 'EARLY BIRD GETS THE BOOK WORM' • $20 - Early Bird Special: First 100 backers get a physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 + one random postcard at a special rate!

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We'll randomly select one of these awesome 4" x 6" postcards! Collect them all!
We'll randomly select one of these awesome 4" x 6" postcards! Collect them all!

'LIKE AN OPEN BOOK' • $25 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 + one random postcard!

*NEW! 'BOOK SMART • $35 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2, a PDF of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1 + one random postcard!

 'DOUBLE DOUBLE' • $40 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2, a limited edition reprint of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1 + one random postcard!

Sold out!
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*NEW! 'DOUBLE DOUBLE DELUXE' • $50 - A SIGNED physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2, a SIGNED limited edition reprint of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1 + two random postcards!

'PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND A POSTER' • $60 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 signed by LoL editors Arielle Jovellanos & Janet Sung, postcard pack of all 6 designs, and a Kickstarter-exclusive poster designed by Rafael Mayani!

Cop one of these 11" x 17" Kickstarter-exclusive posters by Rafael before it's too late!
Cop one of these 11" x 17" Kickstarter-exclusive posters by Rafael before it's too late!

'THE TELL TALE TOTE' • $75 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 signed by LoL editors Arielle Jovellanos & Janet Sung, postcard pack, poster, and screenprinted tote bag designed by Vincy Cheung!

COMMISSION TIER • $125 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 signed by LoL editors Arielle Jovellanos & Janet Sung, postcard pack, and a character commission by Chris Kindred!

Have your favorite or original character drawn by Chris!
Have your favorite or original character drawn by Chris!

COMMISSION TIER • $125 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 signed by LoL editors Arielle Jovellanos & Janet Sung, postcard pack, and a character commission by Kristen Davis!

Have your favorite or original character drawn by Kristen!
Have your favorite or original character drawn by Kristen!

COMMISSION TIER • $125 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 signed by LoL editors Arielle Jovellanos & Janet Sung, postcard pack, and a character commission by Katy Farina!

Have your favorite or original character drawn by Katy!
Have your favorite or original character drawn by Katy!

COMMISSION TIER • $140 - A physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 signed by LoL editors Arielle Jovellanos & Janet Sung, postcard pack, and an original watercolor commission mailed to you by Michelle Hiraishi!

Have your favorite or original character drawn by Michelle!
Have your favorite or original character drawn by Michelle!

*NEW! 'TREASURE ISLAND' • $150 - A signed physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2, a signed limited edition reprint of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1, postcard pack, limited edition tote bag, and the poster!

 'GET ILLUSTRATED!' • $200 - A signed physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2, postcard pack, AND your face (or a friend's, or even a pet's!) will make a special illustrated cameo on a special thank you page in the book. (Reading your favorite book or stuffing your face with some pie!)

This could be you!
This could be you!

'EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE' • $500 - A signed physical copy of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2, a signed limited edition reprint of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 1, postcard pack, limited edition tote bag, poster, and commissions from LoL editors Arielle Jovellanos and Janet Sung. PLUS, a custom haiku from Arielle, a personalized love letter from Janet, and a super special illustrated cameo of your face in the book! And lunch on us! If you're local, we'll go out together! If you're not, we'll hang out on Skype and you can pick our brains about art, life, whatever!

Be our best friend forever!
Be our best friend forever!

• If we reach $20,000 the book gets fancy gold foil-stamped covers!
REACHED!
• if we reach $25,000 every $60+ backer gets a 4-piece sticker pack with designs from Xiao Li, Penny Candy Studios, and your LoL editors, Arielle Jovellanos and Janet Sung. Plus the artists receive additional compensation!
REACHED!
• If we reach $30,000 every backer with a physical reward also gets a bookmark designed by special guest artist, Rebecca Mock! Plus the artists continue to receive additional compensation!
REACHED!
• And so on! As we raise more money, contributors will continue to receive additional compensation and backers will receive extra goodies!

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See more artwork previews, info about the first volume of LoL, as well as important updates on our tumblr page: ladiesofliterature.tumblr.com

We'll also be releasing exclusive artist interviews for the duration of the Kickstarter campaign.

We can't make this possible without you! Tell your friends and family to pre-order copies of LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2! Thank you!

Risks and challenges

All artwork for the book has already been submitted and compiled. The InDesign file is 95% ready to be sent to the printers. All the backer rewards have already been designed and are ready to be put into production as soon as the Kickstarter ends.

The editors, Arielle & Janet, have organized and shipped large orders of zines in the past. Ladies of Literature: Volume 1 alone sold over 300 copies, all packaged and shipped out by yours truly. We are prepared to deal with any problems that may arise, and will inform our backers immediately of any future delays.

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