Project image
)}
$6,441
pledged of $19,200pledged of $19,200 goal
197
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, July 10 2019 4:05 PM UTC +00:00.

$6,441
pledged of $19,200pledged of $19,200 goal
197
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, July 10 2019 4:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Crush: First Love, New Talent is a comics anthology devoted to stories of first love told from a variety of LGBTQAIU perspectives. This book features 24 stories about first dates, sneaky feelings, awkward moments, flights of fancy, and the kind of self-discovery that only queer romance can deliver.  Crush will be co-edited by Tara Madison Avery (We're Still Here, ALPHABET, The Transgender Heroes Coloring Book) and Viktor Kerney (Strangelore, Prism Comics board member), and the book will feature over 200 pages of all-new comics content. Crush will be published by Stacked Deck Press, a publishing house focused on comics and coloring books of queer interest.

cover design and artwork by Hayden Harwood
cover design and artwork by Hayden Harwood

In order to get out the word about Crush to aficionados of queer comics, Stacked Deck Press will be working with Prism Comics and the City of West Hollywood to promote this very special book. With the help of Prism, we've conducted a talent search for new crop of queer cartoonists, artists, and writers just starting their careers. In particular, we've made a special effort to reach out to creators of emerging identities: asexual, genderqueer, aromantic, polyamorous, and more. The City of West Hollywood will be providing us with a book launch party in the City Council Room at the West Hollywood Public Library as part of their 2019 Pride celebration, where contributors to the book will read their stories from the book.

from "The Calamansi Tree" by Jaime Aguilar
from "The Calamansi Tree" by Jaime Aguilar

Crush will feature stories from these creators:

  • Jaime Aguilar
  • AmyEYE
  • atelierMuse
  • Tate Brombal and V. Gagnon
  • Caroline Cao and Marie Wu
  • Mylo Choy
  • Mike Ciriaco and Terry Blas
  • Caterina Gerbasi and Bea Gomez Casal
  • Rachel Gorman
  • Katya Granger
  • Hayden Harwood
  • Mei Lian Hoe
  • Skylar Kardon
  • E.J. Oakley
  • Can Richards
  • Max Spragovsky
  • Daniel Stalter and Eleanora Kortsarz
  • Ravi Teixeira
  • Twolle and Lyn Straine
  • Stefani Vlusha
  • Letty Wilson
  • Cin Woodworth and Hendrick Kneeland
  • Priscilla Wu and Teloka Berry
  • Potassium Wisteria

from "I Put a Spell on You" by Tate Brombal and V. Gagnon
from "I Put a Spell on You" by Tate Brombal and V. Gagnon

The stories include tales about a Virtual Rock Star who has a robotic body built to pursue the woman of their dreams, a hesitant "Third Wheel" being accepted into a polyamorous relationship, an 18th Century "Lady" whose lover rightly accepts him as a lord, and a Master Craftswoman whose Queen desires more from her than just a new means of transportation!

from "Luminous" by Letty Wilson
from "Luminous" by Letty Wilson

First love is tricky enough when you're straight, but downright confounding when you're on the LGBTQAIU spectrum. Whether you're an Ace discovering that loving a person doesn't have to include sex, a young man having that first relationship with an Older Gentleman that changes the direction of your life, or an Aromantic Demon finding a surprising exception to his fun-only rule, Crush tells stories that ring true to queer experience.

from "Many Lovers for a First Love" by Hayden Harwood
from "Many Lovers for a First Love" by Hayden Harwood

Budget and stretch goals

Our budget includes funds for printing, manufacturing the backer rewards, shipping, Kickstarter fees, and most importantly creator compensation. This is the first time most of our contributing creators will have their work in print, and we want to make sure that they get used to receiving a paycheck as they launch their careers in comics.

Budget

  • Printing: $9,500.00
  • Creator compensation: $5,500.00
  • Kickstarter and credit card fees: $1,700.00
  • Shipping and postage: $1,000.00
  • Rewards cost: $1,000.00
  • Miscellaneous: $500.00

Total: $19,200.00

Our main and only stretch goal will be increasing creator compensation once we have met our initial goal! 

from "In Bloom" by Cin Woodworth and Hendrick Kneeland
from "In Bloom" by Cin Woodworth and Hendrick Kneeland

Backer Rewards:

  •  Digital edition of Crush: First Love, New Talent 
  •  Print edition of Crush: First Love, New Talent 
  •  Tote bag featuring an all-new design by a Crush contributor
  •  Sticker set featuring samples of artwork from the book
  •  Coloring book from the Stacked Deck Press series of historical LBGTQ coloring books
  •  Original sketches from Crush contributors

Risks and challenges

Why such a quick turnaround time on this project and how do you expect to meet it?

The city of West Hollywood is providing us some logistical and limited financial support to help us meet this deadline, However, the contributors to Crush have already finished their stories, and our printing schedule is already worked out. During this Kickstarter campaign we will be preparing the book for print so that it can be sent to the printer immediately upon funding. This will ensure we meet our goals in a timely manner.

Will the rewards packages be ready in time for estimated delivery?

In the past complicated rewards packages have greatly extended our fulfillment time. Considering this, we have decided to keep our rewards simple. We have experience with sticker sets and tote bags, and vendors already in place to provide them. Crush contributors are already aware that they may be asked to provide original sketches for the backers. The coloring book reward for the Crush Kickstarter campaign will be for one of our already published titles, meaning we will not have any holdups filling backer rewards as we put together a whole new coloring book.

Will the rewards ship in a timely manner?

In order to ensure prompt shipping, Stacked Deck Press has procured the help of a wholesale shipping service, greatly expediting the shipping process. A simpler rewards package structure will also mean that all of the items for the rewards will be ready upon arrival of the books themselves, further expediting shipping.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Keep up with your Crush!

    Show your support of Crush: First Love, New Talent, and stay posted about book developments and events!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Your Crush thanks you by name!

    With a generous $5.00 pledge your name is listed on the acknowledgements page in Crush: First Love, New Talent!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Crush on a digital copy of the book!

    At the $15 pledge level you will receive a copy of the digital edition!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    51 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Crush on a print copy of the book!

    For a $25 pledge you will receive a print copy of the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    37 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 30 or more About US$ 30

    Your Crush is both print and digital!

    For a $30 pledge you receive one copy each of both the print and digital editions!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    Carry that torch in a tote bag!

    For a $35 pledge you will receive one copy each of both print and digital editions of the book, and a very practical and stylish Crush tote bag!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 40 or more About US$ 40

    Stuck on your Crush!

    You get a sticker set featuring characters depicted in Crush and one copy each of both the digital and print editions!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 45 or more About US$ 45

    One for you, one for a special someone!

    You will get two print copies of Crush, one for yourself and another for a special someone, plus the digital edition!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Your Crush colors your life!

    You get the print edition, the digital edition, and your choice of a coloring book from Stacked Deck Press's popular series of LGBTQ historical coloring books!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    We Have a Crush on Bleeding Cool

    In honor of our friends at Bleeding Cool, we offer a print copy of Crush, a digital copy, a copy of the Transgender Heroes Coloring Book, and a copy of the Lambda Literary Award Finalist ALPHABET, a $99 value!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (19 left of 25) 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    Your Crush draws you a picture!

    You get an original sketch from the Crush contributor of your choice (pending availability) and one copy each of the digital and print editions!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Retailers have crushes too!

    A special retailer package of 6 copies of the print edition to sell at your place of business!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    Your Crush gives you their whole heart!

    You receive the digital edition, the print edition, the tote bag, the stickers, your choice of LGBTQ coloring book, and an original sketch from the Crush contributor of your choice (pending availability)!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. All gone!
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 20 or more About US$ 20

    Early bird gets the Crush!

    If you pledge early you get both print and digital editions of the book at a special discount!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 50 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.