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Dive into a novel with illustrations about the connections we make. In a surreal journey, a woman seeks adventure and finds her soul.
Dive into a novel with illustrations about the connections we make. In a surreal journey, a woman seeks adventure and finds her soul.
Dive into a novel with illustrations about the connections we make. In a surreal journey, a woman seeks adventure and finds her soul.
62 backers pledged S$ 8,507 to help bring this project to life.

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Book sample [Digital render]
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AND IT RAINED

And It Rained is a surreal novel with illustrations, about a woman who seeks adventure and finds what really matters. This is a story about being completely flawed and not only moving past our mistakes but gaining strength to grow into better children, parents, lovers, friends.

Written for visual thinkers, it's an engaging read made up of vivid scenes. 

A book by Adeline Pang
A book by Adeline Pang

BONUS UNLOCKED

As a gesture of gratitude to my wonderful backers, I've decided to include five additional illustrations in the novel. Do stay tuned by clicking the UPDATES tab!

THE BOOK

Size and paper stock were chosen for portability so that this pretty paperback novel can accompany you on your adventures.

The art style is a clean, modern take on art nouveau.

  • 8 X 6 inches
  • 105 gsm cream paper
  • 300 pages
  • 26 [+5] illustrations in Black + White
Inside the book
Inside the book

THE STORY

She lives in Singapore, a city of perpetual heat and rain, where the streets are bright, the shops are full and people are lonely. Within this heightened world of indistinct identities is a man she calls Grisly, who is dark and likes to play rough—alternating between cruelty and tenderness, seeking her when they're apart—they share a dangerous affinity and she is certain he could be the devil.

Please enjoy an excerpt from the book, in sound and moving images:

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THE ART

What began as a straight-up novel evolved into a novel with illustrations. These are some of the fantastical pictures I saw in my mind while writing; I'm including them so that I can share the world of 'She' with you and invite you into this intimate space.

An overview of illustrations in the book
An overview of illustrations in the book

THE AUTHOR + ARTIST

"The protagonist, 'She', is an atypical heroine. She's extremely human, and makes the mistakes that come with being human; it's a character that contains that balance of vulnerability and gumption." - Adeline Pang

About Adeline Pang

THE READERS

And It Rained is layered and thematic. If you're a visual sort of reader, who thinks in mini movies, you'll enjoy this. If you're a romantic or an optimistic who believes in the goodness of other people, you'll enjoy this. 

Some of my influences include Chinese folk tales; my literature heroes Milan Kundera and Edgar Allan Poe; urban graphic novels like the Sandman series and the elevated eroticism of Milo Manara's art. The result is a sexy, evocative story with characters who are flawed yet relatable and redeemable.

THE CAMPAIGN

Here are tactile mementoes of the A I R experience: an exclusive variety of original art prints and other story-related rewards. Some of these rewards are only available here.

For answers to your questions, do check out our FAQs section at the end.

She by the water - 11X16" fine art print on Arches paper
She by the water - 11X16" fine art print on Arches paper

 

A.I.R. Pop! series of six, graphic art prints
A.I.R. Pop! series of six, graphic art prints

I'm excited to share about our limited edition soft enamel pins, inspired by scenes from the book. The etching adds another layer of detail. "Lady made of stars" and "Infinite music" turned out real nicely, going from paper to pin. 

Holding "Lady" in my palm, I can imagine her silhouette is a starry portal.

Photo by Malcolm Wong. [Pouch not included in reward]
Photo by Malcolm Wong. [Pouch not included in reward]

Because female empowerment is a cause that's dear to my heart, 15% of each pin-related reward will go to Daughters of Tomorrow: an organization that empowers underprivileged women in Singapore through education.

THE REWARDS

Download a PDF copy of And It Rained 

Digital reward: PDF of And It Rained
Digital reward: PDF of And It Rained

 

The complete A I R Pop! series in a postcard collection of 6

Gift a loved one for Christmas or frame these as mini prints.

A I R Pop! postcards
A I R Pop! postcards

 

Pre-order And It Rained at the campaign price 

+ Get a great quality vinyl sticker.
Pre-order And It Rained
Pre-order And It Rained

Limited edition soft enamel pins

Gift someone special or treat yourself for Christmas. Comes with a Thank You package of personalised art card + 2" A I R button pin.

Limited edition 1-inch soft enamel pins
Limited edition 1-inch soft enamel pins

 

For the book and art collectors

All the above rewards + the A I R Pop! series in its intended size (5 X 7"). See the bold colours really pop on pearlescent paper.

All the good
All the good

 Campaign exclusive: 'She by the water' fine art print

CAMPAIGN EXCLUSIVE
CAMPAIGN EXCLUSIVE
  • All the above rewards
  • Option to have one hand coloured element (for free)
  • Limited to ten copies
  • Signed and numbered on the back

THE CUSTOM ART

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Two more spots added!

An ode to you: Custom Haiku Art
An ode to you: Custom Haiku Art

All the above rewards and a piece of art just for you.

THE PATRON

Design a character to call your own
Design a character to call your own
 
  • A cyber tour of the artist's process via up to 3 X Skype chats 
  • A coffee chat with the artist (only for people in SG)
  • A collaboration on 1 X character design for Adeline's next novel
  • Name credits
  • Custom triptych (3-panelled art)
  • All the rewards in the above tiers PLUS
  • An additional 'Be Kind' enamel pin
Digital sample of triptych [Not final design]
Digital sample of triptych [Not final design]

PEOPLE IN SINGAPORE

If you'd like to pick up your rewards instead of having them mailed to you, select the Singapore Collection option and pledge the amount for the reward you desire. Sweet and easy ;)

THE PAGES INSIDE

 

A mock-up [Not final design]
A mock-up [Not final design]

 

A mock-up [Not final design]
A mock-up [Not final design]

 

II: A year ago, solitude
II: A year ago, solitude

THE TEAM

Editor

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore. He has published six volumes of poetry and has performed spoken word for over ten years in more than ten countries. marcnair.com 

Book Designer

Designer, illustrator, and painter, Ashley Halsey moved to Portland, Maine after working as a book designer in New York City for over six years, first on cookbooks and lifestyle books at HarperCollins and then on children’s books at Macmillan. ahalsey.com

Project Designer

Malcolm Wong has lived and breathed digitally by design, with most of his waking hours spent online imbibing beautifully composed pixels. His design journey has spanned over a decade, in London and Singapore; his experience covers various areas of design from print, branding, interactive, web and apps. 

THE PROCESS

THE CREDITS

Through working on this project, I've encountered some very talented people. And I appreciate the immense support from my family and handful of close friends, whenever the sheer amount of work (and yet, lack of money and time) got me down. A big Thank You to Ricardo and Annie from Reedsy, for invaluable advice and for connecting us with our newest team member: our lovely book designer, Ashley. When it comes to helping out a new kid on the block, the good people at We The People have been real supportive. Thanks also goes to Caitlyn Tan for being the pretty model for the back cover of my book (initial design), and her mama Christina Khoo. Photo credits go to my partner Malcolm. The magical piece of music you hear in the beginning of the campaign video was taken from Farewell to the Innocent, a song by Ars Sonor. Most of the music featured in our videos is by the amazing Ketsa

CONNECT WITH US

Instagram @thanksfortherain I Youtube A I R Waves I FB Rained.co

THE MATH

When we're realistic about the minimum amount of money we need, the chances of carrying our vision to fruition become much higher. Our goal of $7,000 was set after careful calculations to cover the costs of a collector's first print run of 500 copies.

You'll be getting a full-length novel accompanied by lovingly curated images. I'd like to create a world for you to enter, not just through words on a page but through an experience that engages multiple senses, and to change the way we read.

THE HEARTFELT THANKS

Thank you for being kind
Thank you for being kind
 

We appreciate how nice it can be to receive a nicely packaged gift and we'd like you (or the person you're gifting) to experience that with any A I R purchase that you make.

And It Rained: A book by Adeline Pang
And It Rained: A book by Adeline Pang

 

 

Risks and challenges

This was a project that grew into something big and greedy; it always asked more of me, my time and energy. It was a small seed, an idea that I really wanted to communicate in words, then quickly became a whole lot of work. Turns out writing (well) is hard! After at least twenty different iterations, my editor Marc and I have finally settled on a final manuscript. The story is complete, the illustrations polished and ready to go. The final step is to send the work to the printers, before we can put the book on shelves and in Kindles. Going to print, and the tremendous amount of work that comes before that, costs money.

As an illustrator who works better with pen and paint than with mouse, I had a lot of mentoring and plain help from my partner Malcolm. When it comes to creating digitally, he has helped me to level up so much.

One of the concerns I'd briefly had was how graphic some of the scenes can be; the adult content of the story made me wonder if that would limit my reach. But I believe that every piece of creative work has its intended audience and if I was too concerned with pleasing everyone, I wouldn't please anyone at all. This is not a gratuitous novel. It is about identity and the connections we make along our personal journey. I would love for you to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. With your support, I can do things like pay myself and my collaborators (my brilliant editors and co-designers). Your support also means the difference between a sad book party and a rocking book launch.

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    Pledge S$ 10 or more About $7

    Sprinkle - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: A I R

    That feels nice, the refreshment of your support.
    You'll receive in time for Christmas:

    1 X Digital copy of the book (PDF)

    1 X Digital Thank you consisting of a micro story with artwork + personalised A I R card

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of And It Rained (PDF)
    • Digital Thank You package
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    A I R Pop! art series - 6 POSTCARDS

    The complete A I R Pop! art series in a pocket-sized collection.
    Six 4X6" cards shimmer on acid free pearlescent paper.

    This Christmas, gift a loved one or frame these as mini prints.

    1 X pack of six postcards with envelopes

    1 X A I R vinyl sticker

    We love pretty things! Your orders will be prettily packaged and gift-ready. Things are always securely packed and shipping is tracked.

    *People in Sg can SAVE ON SHIPPING costs by picking up rewards.
    Message me! ;)

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    Singapore Collection

    For people in Singapore: PLEDGE THE AMOUNT FOR THE TIER YOU WANT if you'd like the option of collecting your rewards. Choose between two locations, Orchard and Tanjong Pagar. Message me and we'll work out the details!

    *The book in print will only be available for collection next February. The same applies for custom art. All other rewards available for collection this December ;)

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    And It Rained - THE BOOK

    Thanks for the rain!
    You will get one copy of the book + a great quality vinyl sticker.

    Treat yourself or a loved one to a pretty read next Valentine's Day!

    1 X copy of And It Rained (will retail for $24)

    1 X vinyl sticker

    ADD-ONS:
    $20 for another copy of And It Rained/
    $10 for digital copy (PDF)

    *People in SINGAPORE can SAVE on shipping costs by picking up rewards at the wtpstore at Orchard Central, level 4. Message me! ;)

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    • And It Rained - novel with illustrations
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    Personalised! - SIGNED COPY of A I R

    This pledge gets you a signed copy of And It Rained.

    The inside front page of the book will be inked with a short message of my heartfelt thanks.

    For $10 more, I will include a simple ink sketch. Message me to choose your subject matter. It can be the moon, the sea, your face...Anything you like ;)

    1 X signed copy of And It Rained

    1 X A I R vinyl sticker

    1 X Option for drawing personalisation

    ADD ONS:
    $10 for ink sketch on inside front page of And It Rained

    *People in SINGAPORE can SAVE on shipping costs by picking up rewards at the wtpstore at Orchard Central, level 4. Message me! ;)

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of And It Rained
    • An invitation to the book launch (only in Singapore)
    • A I R vinyl sticker
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    Stars + Rain: LIMITED EDITION PINS

    Love starry nights and the rain?
    Pin your heart on your sleeve and do some good!

    A portion of this pledge goes to Daughters of Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to empowering underprivileged women in Singapore through education:

    1 X set of enamel pins:
    "Infinite music" + "Lady made of stars"

    1 X Thank You Package:
    Personalised art card + A I R 2" button pin

    1 X donation of $4 to Daughters of Tomorrow

    ADD-ONS:
    $1 for vinyl sticker

    *People in Singapore can save on shipping costs by picking up rewards at the wtpstore at Orchard Central, level 4. Message me! ;)

    Includes:
    • Set of 2: Lmited edition enamel pins
    • $4 donation to Daughters of Tomorrow
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    Beautiful Rain - FOR COLLECTORS

    For art and book lovers:
    The complete A I R Pop! modern art series, in its intended size (5 X 7"); the bold colours really pop out on pearlescent 300 gsm paper.

    You'll also get one copy of the book + two enamel pins

    1 X copy of And It Rained

    1 X set of limited edition, 1" soft enamel pins

    1 X A I R Pop! Art series of 6 (5 X 7")

    1 X Thank You Package

    1 X A I R vinyl sticker

    1 X donation of $4 to Daughters of Tomorrow

    ADD ONS:
    $8 for signed copy of And It Rained
    $18 for signed ink sketch on inside front page of And It Rained

    *People in SINGAPORE can SAVE on shipping costs by picking up rewards at the wtpstore at Orchard Central, level 4. Message me! ;)

    Includes:
    • And It Rained - novel with illustrations
    • An invitation to the book launch (only in Singapore)
    • Set of 2: Lmited edition enamel pins
    • $4 donation to Daughters of Tomorrow
    • A I R Pop! modern art series (5X7")
    • Thank You Package
    • A I R vinyl sticker
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    Beautiful Garden - CAMPAIGN EXCLUSIVE

    All of the above rewards + a limited edition fine art print. ONLY TEN prints will be made available, exclusively here.

    'She by the water' was lovingly painted by me, out of watercolour, gouache and white rose petals mixed into metallic paint. Next, I had the piece professionally scanned before digitally cleaning and colour correcting it. The final image goes on beautiful, Arches watercolour paper.

    If you'd like me to add a hand coloured element (watercolour or ink) to the print, just message me and I'd be happy to do so for free.

    1 X 'She by the water', 11 X 16" on 255 gsm Arches paper

    1 X FREE option to have a hand coloured element on 'She by the water'

    1 X signed copy of And It Rained

    1 X A I R Pop! art series (5 X 7")
    OR
    1 X A I R Pop! postcards

    1 X set of enamel pins

    1 X $4 donation to Daughters of Tomorrow

    1 X Thank You Package

    1 X A I R vinyl sticker

    ADD ONS:
    $18 for signed ink sketch on inside front page of And It Rained

    *People in SINGAPORE can SAVE on shipping costs by picking up rewards at the wtpstore at Orchard Central, level 4. Message me! ;)

    Includes:
    • 'She by the water' fine art print
    • Signed copy of And It Rained
    • An invitation to the book launch (only in Singapore)
    • A I R Pop! modern art series (5X7")
    • Set of 2: Lmited edition enamel pins
    • $4 donation to Daughters of Tomorrow
    • Thank You Package
    • A I R vinyl sticker
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    An ode to you - CUSTOM HAIKU ART

    All the above rewards (except 'She by the water') and a piece of CUSTOM ART just for you.

    1 X original piece of custom art with haiku

    Watercolour, gouache and ink (+ any other materials you propose)

    11 X 16" on Arches paper

    1 X Skype chat

    Email discussions about your custom art

    Up to 3 mock-ups before final design

    Subject matter of your choice

    Signed and dated on the back

    Sealed with fixative after approval

    *People in Sg can SAVE ON SHIPPING costs by picking up rewards.
    Message me! ;)

    Includes:
    • An invitation to the book launch (only in Singapore)
    • A I R Pop! modern art series (5X7")
    • Set of 2: Lmited edition enamel pins
    • Signed copy of And It Rained
    • $4 donation to Daughters of Tomorrow
    • A I R vinyl sticker
    • Thank You Package
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    An ode to you - CUSTOM HAIKU ART

    All the above rewards (except 'She by the water') and a piece of CUSTOM ART just for you.

    1 X original piece of custom art with haiku

    Watercolour, gouache and ink (+ any other materials you propose)

    11 X 16" on Arches paper

    1 X Skype chat

    Email discussions about your custom art

    Up to 3 mock-ups before final design

    Subject matter of your choice

    Signed and dated on the back

    Sealed with fixative after approval

    *People in Sg can SAVE ON SHIPPING costs by picking up rewards.
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    PATRON - Triptych + collaboration

    All the above rewards +
    A 3-PANELLED CUSTOM ART just for you +
    Design a character in Adeline's next novel

    1 X original custom triptych (total size 30X45")

    Watercolour, gouache + any other materials of your choice

    3 X Skype chats + 1 X coffee chat (in Singapore)

    6 X mock-ups before final design

    Signed and dated original + Sealed after approval

    PLUS

    1 X EXCLUSIVE 'Be Kind' enamel pin

    1 X Name credited in And It Rained

    1 X character design for Adeline's next novel (with name credit)

    *People in Sg can SAVE ON SHIPPING costs by picking up rewards.
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    Includes:
    • Signed copy of And It Rained
    • A I R Pop! postcards
    • An invitation to the book launch (only in Singapore)
    • Thank You Package
    • Set of 2: Lmited edition enamel pins
    • $4 donation to Daughters of Tomorrow
    • 'She by the water' fine art print
    • 'Be Kind' - enamel pin
    • Custom Triptych
    • Collaboration on character design + Name Credit
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Funding period

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