Short Story: ChaosLife is a webcomic that focuses on the life of a queer couple, their cats, and all of the accompanying chaos. The goal of this project is to bring the comic to life in a beautiful paperback book for the first time with over 200 full-color pages, featuring a "best of" selection of the comics, as well as loads of bonus content! Having ChaosLife finally compiled into a honest-to-goodness-sold-in-stores-and-held-by-actual-humans book would mean the world to us, so even if you can't financially support this Kickstarter, I hope you'll consider sharing the link everywhere you can!
Who Are You?
Hey there! We’re A. Stiffler and K. Copeland, a little queer couple who make queer little comics!
Our work has been in anthologies like Smut Peddler: the Woman-Centric Porn Anthology, Blood Root: An Anthology of Horror, and Beyond: the Queer & SciFi Anthology. Our weird comics have also been featured in publications like The Washington Post, OutLook, The Australian Broadcasting Company, WIRED, Jezebel and so many others!
If you’ve been on Reddit, you’ve probably seen some of Stiffler’s logos and comics floating around, too!
And Tumblr was where we first started making comics about how magical nature is!
We’ve been making comics since 2011, and in 2014, published our first floppy, Lesbians 101, a tongue-in-cheek educational book about the lesbian sexuality! We love making comics and our chaotic life!
What is ChaosLife?
ChaosLife is an autobiographical comic and so much more! It chronicles our life together as a queer couple, our cats, pop culture references, edu-comics and random chaotic tidbits! It’s humorous, honest and full of something for everyone. You can read all of the ChaosLife comics online for free, too!
But we need your help to make our virtual more... physical!
About the Book:
The ChaosLife paperback book will be over 200 lush, beautiful full-color pages of our best ChaosLife comics! In addition, there will be behind-the-scenes looks at creating ChaosLife, personal essays, cat photos and BONUS comic pages that won’t be published online!
And for a limited number of backers, we’ll also be exclusively releasing a new printing of the sold-out Lesbians 101 -- a 20+ page floppy edu-comic about commonly asked Lesbian questions, illustrated in the same style as our ChaosLife comics! Other rewards feature exclusive buttons, original art, and more! So, while we're on that subject...
Stay tuned for future backer levels!
The ChaosLife book will be expanded to include a selection of 15 of our favorite recipes, with illustrations!
Check out the new Rewards lineup for 3 new Backer Tiers that include a Kickstarter-exclusive ChaosLife Tote Bag!
Where Does The Money Go?
Printing: 57% of our Budget
Shipping and Handling: 8%
KickStarter and Amazon Fees: 10%
Misc. -- unforeseen costs, damaged products or cat puke: 5%
And if we make over goal?
We have some AWESOME stretch goals planned, as well as some cool book features, so stay tuned as this Kickstarter project progresses!
Reviews of the ChaosLife comic:
“Their comics are incredibly relatable, capturing moments like your partner suddenly continuing a conversation you had weeks before (apropos of nothing), the universe thwarting your attempts to capture the perfect selfie, or the fact that your cat might have evil designs upon your neighbors.” - Stripped, PicoBong
“Chaos Life is more like a graphic diary than a serialized webcomic story, but the style is so clean, and the slice-of-life jokes so charming that it manages to be a cut above the rest.” - Aaron Colter, ComicsAlliance
“Stiffler and Copeland are a couple, and with their powers combined make comics that are hilarious, informative and eye opening. Topic including such pressing issues as Batman, the foibles of cat ownership and navigating gender identity.” - Sophie Joske, OutInPerth
“ChaosLife, one of the many comics made by A. Stiffler and K. Copeland, gives us a look into the life a really cute queer couple. It’s funny, politically and socially savvy, at times touching and always clever. Whether they’re detailing the hilariously relatable behavior of their cats, pointing out how ridiculous nature can be, or just showing us glimpses into their lives, they always know how to keep your attention.” - Mey Rude, AutoStraddle
Risks and challenges
After working in comics and knowing industry professionals for years, we’re confident that the risks are minimal.
Our printer is top-of-the-line, as well as being one of the leaders in comic printing, and knows our book inside and out. The project's December 2016 deadline is intended to account for any delays or errors during the production of the book, but we’re confident that we have all of our ducks in a row!
Signed Bookplate + EXCLUSIVE TOTE BAG! Get a DRM-free PDF, the DIGITAL WALLPAPER, and a PAPERBACK COPY of ChaosLife: Queers, Comics, and Cats with a SIGNED bookplate and a Kickstarter exclusive Tote Bag!
Buttons Bonanza + EXCLUSIVE TOTE BAG! Get a DRM-free PDF, the DIGITAL WALLPAPER, and a PAPERBACK COPY of ChaosLife: Queers, Comics, and Cats with a SIGNED bookplate PLUS an exclusive 4-pack of ChaosLife BUTTONS and a Kickstarter exclusive Tote Bag!
REWARD RUSH! Get a DRM-free PDF, the DIGITAL WALLPAPER, and a PAPERBACK COPY of ChaosLife: Queers, Comics, and Cats with a SIGNED bookplate PLUS an exclusive reprint of LESBIANS 101 AND the exclusive BUTTON 4-PACK!
REWARD RUSH + EXCLUSIVE TOTE BAG! Get a DRM-free PDF, the DIGITAL WALLPAPER, and a PAPERBACK COPY of ChaosLife: Queers, Comics, and Cats with a SIGNED bookplate PLUS an exclusive reprint of LESBIANS 101 AND the exclusive BUTTON 4-PACK and a Kickstarter exclusive Tote Bag!
BULK REWARD RUSH! Get a DRM-free PDF, the DIGITAL WALLPAPER, and TWO PAPERBACK COPIES of ChaosLife: Queers, Comics, and Cats with TWO SIGNED bookplates PLUS ONE exclusive reprint of LESBIANS 101 AND ONE exclusive BUTTON 4-PACK!
Original Comic Art! Get a DRM-free PDF, the DIGITAL WALLPAPER, and a PAPERBACK COPY of ChaosLife: Queers, Comics, and Cats with a SIGNED bookplate PLUS the original linework from an actual ChaosLife comic!