When the near future arrives, will you be ready for the Violent Female Revolution? Of course you won’t. No one will be.
ETLE ILLUS combines the work of five illustrators to create a collection of stories and images from the time leading up to and including the ETLE Universe’s Violent Female Revolution. Filled with chronomultiplous badassery from artists Keith Carlon, Shantel Grant, Martha Hipley, Isabelle Lutz, and Poppy Lyttle, we’re excited to create two versions of this 106 page collection: a digital PDF and a full-color high-quality 8.5 x11 printed book.
We’re raising $3K so that we can print the first edition of ETLE ILLUS and premiere the graphic novel at as part of the ETLE Universe’s Visual Art Premieres this May 9th and 10th in Brooklyn, NY. Consider it self-preservation--the more you can learn about what’s to come, the better you’ll fare in the VFR. Maybe.
In 2012, the A.O. Movement Collective began work on a project called the ETLE Universe, and Shantel, Martha, Isabelle, Poppy, and KV joined the project’s team of 50+ collaborators as the resident illustrators. At first united by the effort to create an original work of queer/feminist science fiction, they quickly realized that what was coming to life during their brainstorm and sketch sessions was something far more real: a prophetic version of what will surely come.
Through other works of the ETLE Universe, we now know what will transpire: when the epidemic that will come to be known as the Absence poses an extinction threat to humanity, the FATH Company's invention of the R.I.B. (or, Reality Intensification Binder) will create a new race of TransHuman Indentured Cybernetics. But once rebel factions of the THIC hack their RIBs, questions of revolution will begin to loom. When the VFR happens, it will happen ahead of schedule. No consensus, no organization, no reason or logic. Something snaps. Women start killing, and they don’t stop. Fathers, brothers, sons, best friends, lovers, strangers—KILL ALL THE MEN. The VFR is bloody, horrific, terrifying. Moreover, no one can figure out what is happening: what is causing the VFR?
ETLE has made herself clear: we must try to help the rebel THIC at all costs, but so little record survives from the Violent Female Revolution that it’s hard to know how. Our work in this collection attempts to share the visions of what we’ve been able to uncover--direct information about the revolution, a sense of what culture will be like at that point in time, glimpses that might help you survive. Our only recourse is to show you what we’ve Seen, and then you can decide for yourself.
ETLE ILLUS combines the work of five illustrators to create a collection of stories and images from the time leading up to the ETLE Universe's Violent Female Revolution.
Martha Hipley's What's Keeping you Cleaved explores the relationship between a rebel and her anders from the perspective of the anders themselves. What would make them abandon their lives for such a relationship, and how does this change their own identity? The story places the ambiguity of anders creation and identity against flashes from a singular, intimate life.
In Shantel Grant's Red White and Blue, The newest american crime is being a woman.
Keith Carlon's The Librarian takes place in a distant corner of space, far outside the reach of any conscious mind, where there is a storage unit for the memories of a certain kind. We follow Pete. Well traveled, thoughtful, and lonesome; he lives his life for himself without cause for concern. Until he loses the use of his legs in a brutal car accident. As Pete adjusts to his seemingly unfair circumstance, the world too is changing. Loud clamoring and mob protests come to a head as the larger half of the world's population call for brutal justice. Screaming: Kill. All. Men.
After steamed pumpkin's squids , the na-na's are back with a series of portraits first developed for the A.O. Movement Collective's ETLE Universe project in Isabelle Lutz's ETLE, NA-NA'S & PROPAGANDA
Poppy Lyttle's Timeline follows the lives of 3 individuals over the course of the year leading up to the Violent Female Revolution, or VFR. Each person has a different relationship to their past, present, and future. Even though their lives seem distinctly separate, they are slowly being brought together.
ETLE ILLUS Postcard Set
One postcard sent to $5 backers, two postcards included with $15 reward, three postcards included with $40 reward, full set of five included in $65 reward.
ETLE ILLUS Prints
In addition to a signed print copy of ETLE ILLUS, the PDF version, and the 5-postcard set, backers at the $125 level will receive a 8.5x11 limited edition print from the ELTE ILLUS illustrator of their choice. Prints are signed and numbered, in a limited edition of only 25 prints per artist. Clockwise from top, images by: Martha Hipley, Isabelle Lutz, Keith Carlon, Poppy Lyttle, and Shantel Grant.
ETLE ILLUS Original Drawings
At the $500 level, backers can choose an original one-of-a-kind print from the artist of their choice. Only one available per artist! See backer rewards to the right for availability. Images by Martha Hipley (top left), Shantel Grant (top right), Poppy Lyttle (middle) and Keith Carlon (two sets, bottom two rows.)
Every penny raised in support of ETLE ILLUS will go towards helping the project be bigger, better, and higher quality. Our first goal accounts for the printing costs for the graphic novel and the work’s premiere exhibit, as well as artist fees, kickstarter prizes, fees, and postage. If we can reach our first stretch goal of $5,000, we’ll be able to order a larger run and invest in a more elaborate exhibit for the May premiere. If we can hit $6,500, we’ll be able to print a zine honoring the 20 women of terrogenist group WHOLE who sacrificed their lives in the united campaign to hack the FATH Company’s R.I.B.!
To celebrate the premiere of ETLE ILLUS, we’ll be launching an exhibit featuring work from the graphic novel May 9th + 10th in Brooklyn, New York. We’ll be showing concept art and final prints from the graphic novel and (fingers crossed) stretch goal zine, and will have copies of ETLE ILLUS available for purchase and perusal. We’ll be sharing the exhibit with two other ETLE Universe premieres--Jeff Poulin’s Conspiracy Wearables and Maria Baranova’s 1ND3X. Join us on the evening of the 9th for a opening night launch party featuring a performance from the AOMC and previews of what’s to come, or join us on the 10th during open gallery hours, or for a dance and draw with the AOMC in rehearsal. More info at www.ETLE.info.
To learn more about Keith Carlon, Shantel Grant, Martha Hipley, Isabelle Lutz, and Poppy Little, as well as other the 50+ collaborators of the ETLE Universe, click here.
Many thanks to ETLE ILLUS's team of artist curators, who provided the initial support for the project, helping us bring the work from its inception into being, and making the ETLE Universe a reality! Thank you Dwaine and Kim Vidrine, Juliana May, and Vana Carmona!
To learn more about the ETLE Universe's sustainable business model and curation system, please visit http://etle.theaomc.org/curator/
Risks and challenges
At this point in the process, we’ve already completed the graphic novel and ordered the first print run, so there’s very little risk involved on the part of our backers. We’ve already booked the space for our premier in May, so all that’s really left to do is ready the show and push for our stretch goals, so that we can print our additional zine insert.
One concern, as always, is ETLE’s involvement in all of this. We’ve been told that she generally will stay out of this time period and not re-emerge until the VFR, but based on what we’ve found...well let’s just say we want to avoid her arrival here at all costs. We’re hoping that this project can gain enough support to reach and even exceed our stretch goals, while still managing to stay under the radar of both the FATH Company and ETLE’s watchful eyes, but it is an ongoing concern. The knowledge that we’ve uncovered is valuable, and as more people start to believe us, who knows what attention we’ll attract.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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