11/09/2012: GOAL REACHED! THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS BACKED WAIJIAO SO FAR - THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN GREATER THAN I EVER HAD EXPECTED. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEW TO THE PROJECT, THERE ARE STILL 15 DAYS TO PRE-ORDER A COPY OF WAIJIAO, PRINTS, OR OTHER REWARDS. THANKS EVERYONE!
WAIJIAO is a comic about being a foreign English teacher in China. My girlfriend (a few of her photographs appear within the comic) and I lived in China for four years, beginning in 2007 (we now live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia). The word waijiao means foreign teacher/instructor.
I've been working on this project for about 2 years. Everything is hand-drawn in pen and later retouched digitally. The process was not always easy. I drew from memory and photographs (some courtesy of Lily, others that I took). I don't know how many photographs I have of my own hands or strange little aspects of classrooms. As for materials, I also used mostly whatever was available nearby - luckily, Chinese stationary shops carry decent and very inexpensive supplies. The comic was produced on at least four different types of paper and with a motley assortment of pens, but I was careful to maintain consistency of tone.
The format of WAIJIAO is loosely episodic, expository, and anecdotal. It is nonfiction but not precisely memoir, in that I have combined aspects of different years, cities, schools and students into one story without a timeframe, but everything comes from our experiences and observations. It is essentially a comic essay.
I plan on printing a small number of copies to begin with - only 100. At the moment I have the first 20 pages available on my website, Resolving Chaos. The total length will be approximately 68 pages, including an appendix, title pages, etc.
Right now I am working on final touches and making a cover - I'll provide updates on the process as we go.
Here is a sample:
Here is why I'm raising money:
1. To print 100 copies of WAIJIAO in softcover form, possibly through a Print on Demand service (I'm also looking into printing here in Phnom Penh; however, shipping from Cambodia is an uncertain business, so I would likely have to carry all the copies back to the States before sending)
2. To send those copies to you via the United States Postal Service
3. To start replacing the drawing materials I have exhausted
4. To cover Kickstarter fees and unexpected yet inevitable extra costs of printing/shipping/general creation
I have estimated March 2013 for the delivery date of rewards. Ultimately it depends on the route I decide to take for printing, and also where I will be living between now and then. I do not intend to rush anything. You might get your book(s) or prints sooner, or a little later.
NOTE ON THE $250 REWARD LEVEL: THERE ARE 5 OPTIONS, AND WHEN A YOU PLEDGE AT THAT LEVEL I WILL CONTACT YOU TO FIND OUT WHICH OPTION YOU WANT. I WILL THEN MARK THE TAKEN OPTIONS BELOW:
In addition to your signed copy of WAIJIAO, I will draw send you an original one-page comic or drawing - you may choose one of the following topics (limit one contributer per topic - I will cross them out as they go. You will get the original artwork, but I will maintain the right to use the drawings in digital form for my own use [personal or commercial]):
A. an instructional comic on how to prepare instant noodles
B. a poster print diagram of Chinese packaged snack foods
C. an imaginary travelogue of you in China
D. you in a crowd in china (in the style of where's waldo?)
E. !!TAKEN!! 'America' as imagined by a Chinese student !!TAKEN!!
Thanks to everyone who has contributed or at least taken the time to check out my campaign!
Risks and challenges
This is my first comic and my first try at having something printed. I've been researching Print on Demand services and other options. My concerns are mostly about how it will turn out in book form, especially those pages that include photographs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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