Golden Rules masquerades as an argument for the innate depravity of the human soul, calling on the testimony of millennia of moral philosophers. It wants to be a tour de force indictment of the human spirit, a shameful indication of how bad we all are at heart. But really, that's just veneer (probably) and its real aim is to shame men into cleaning the seat after they pee on it—or even better, MAYBE NOT PEEING ON THE SEAT AT ALL!
Golden Rules is an 18-page full colour comic written, drawn, coloured, and lettered by Seth T. Hahne (me). It's designed to print at 5" x 7". Though it's got a bit of a moral, it should make you smile. A reader in Germany said, "I giggled. My husband guffawed."
I cannot guarantee you will guffaw. You might not. I think it's worth the risk.
A Bit of Background
My name's Seth T. Hahne. I'm a graphic novel critic and run Good Ok Bad, a site devoted to a kind of low-brow lit-crit of comics, graphic novels, and manga. I'm also an illustrator—you can see my work at sethhahne.com.
In September 2013, in my role as a critic I attended the Small Press Expo in Washington DC, a convention in which indie comics creators gather to sell their publications, prints, posters, totebags, and other folderol. I was deeply impressed by the heart, gumption, effort, et cetera of these artists and writers.
I was so impressed, in fact, that I came home and decided that I ought to do a comic myself. Inspiration struck days later as I was writing up my report from SPX 2013 at a local Starbucks. After an hour of typing and coffee-drinking, the physics and biology involved caught up with me. I brushed shoulders with a gentleman exiting the single-use restroom—perhaps even sharing a momentary fleeting eye contact—and walked up to the toilet. Its condition was pretty much exactly as you'd expect. I would rather die than sit on that thing. And behold, I had the idea for my book.
Kind Words About the Project
"Golden Rules really is a fine comic book—it's about the perfect length for the joke, it's lowbrow without being icky, it deals with a gross subject without being offensive, and it looks really good." – Greg Burgas, Comics Should Be Good.
"I quite enjoyed it. I give Golden Rules an A++" – Kimberly Nobriga, ballet dancer.
"This is the whole syllabus of Virtue Ethics shrunken down into one 18-page micro-graphic-novel. This is Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue told through a very peculiar series of episodes, so to speak. It is a very arresting way of getting people's attention to think about this sort of pervasive, never-ending culture of soft narcissism that does not attend to daily habits. And in our daily habits are all of the things that add up to culture and civilization—which is the veneer of manners. If culture is the flow of moral energy that keeps a society intact and if civilization is the veneer of manners that shows that there is such a thing as culture, I think Seth Hahne's comic book does that beautifully." — Gregory Thornbury (president of The King's College in NYC)
Rainy Day Love Song is a 10-page minicomic I originally did for my kids and wife for Valentine's Day this year. It's a love story about a lonely manatee. It is very sweet.
Print edition of Golden Rules is basically what this whole thing is all about. Golden Rules currently sits in boring PDF. Reward tiers that get the physical copy will... get the physical copy. Which is special because it doesn't yet exist.
5" x 7" If You Sprinkle print is an amusing panel from the book. It will be adorned with the words: "If you sprinkle when you tinkle... ...be a sweetie and wipe the seat-y." It's perfect for hanging in the guest bathroom.
4" x 6" 6-piece Superfriends set is a package of 6 rainbowtastic prints of some favourite heroes. They look great in one of those six-photo frames.
8" x 10" The Golden Rulers print is based on a page from Golden Rules and features a gaggle of philosophers from across the ages speaking the Golden Rule in their own terms.
A piece of original inked art from Golden Rules. This, obviously, would be in limited supply. Patrons at this level will be given their choice of art in the order in which they took part.
As goals are met, I'll be adding new stretch goals.
$1600 is the next quantity tier for me for printing the book. If we hit $1600, I'll send every backer a hand-drawn art card featuring the heroine of my next book, Monkess the Homunculus. The goal doesn't have anything to do with Golden Rules because the book is pretty much already set up and there's not much room to change thing. More money just allows me to either print greater quantity's or defray production costs on other projects—neither of which will directly benefit backers. So, instead, as a thank you, I'll be doing drawings ^_^
$2000 is the next quantity tier for me printing the book. If we hit $2000, I'll include all backer's names in a special Thank You in the back cover of the book.
Risks and challenges
The risks facing this project are slim. The artwork is ready to go in a print-ready format. I've already talked with the printer and all that's really necessary is for me to choose paper stock and give the go-ahead sign.
I suppose it's possible that I'll die before print (I ride a Vespa daily) or I could have catastrophic file loss on my computers and back-ups. Neither of these are particularly likely, but, well, there are risks associated with every endeavor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (22 days)