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PURITY is a chance for artists with a shared history of reading yaoi comics to explore that influence on their artwork today.
PURITY is an anthology of comics and illustration by artists with a shared history of reading yaoi comics.
PURITY is an anthology of comics and illustration by artists with a shared history of reading yaoi comics.
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Purity: A Post-Yaoi Anthology

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PURITY: The "Post-Yaoi" Anthology is uniting artists with a shared history of reading yaoi and LGBT+ comics and giving them an opportunity to explore the influence of their past readership on their art in the present day. Now, with the help of backers on Kickstarter, supporters can enjoy a collection of exclusive comics and illustrations in an all-new print anthology! 

Not everyone had the same relationship with yaoi (m/m manga marketed for a female audience). Some folk read yaoi or queer comics for a short while, but have since transitioned to other interests. Others remain diehard fans! Some people go back for the occasional nostalgia trip, whereas others are still in the process of discovering the genre. Purity intends to shed some light on where this shared history has led us, both as creators and members of a strong and diverse audience.

Many creators have been made to feel ashamed or apologetic about their past inspirations. Both A.E. and Anne understand that feeling. It is difficult to feel alienated over something that was touching and personal for you, something you might not have even read for years, but somehow still labels you. The Purity anthology is not intended to suggest that “yaoi” is good or bad, or force you to decide. We only want to give individuals a chance to express how a shared history has affected their lifelong creative trajectories in a supportive and thoughtful environment.

What kind of stories can we expect?

This anthology is featuring short comics (up to 8 pages per artist) and pin-up illustrations. We will have comics and illustrations from a wide variety of genres, including paranormal, slice-of-life, fantasy, pseudo-autobiographical/autobiographic, and historical. Some will contain mature content, others will be G-rated. Any sexual content will be fully consensual. Please view our content guidelines for more information!

Update: Our confirmed artists came through with a huge range of stories featuring a diverse and fascinating community of characters! Vampires, cowboys, androids, roommates, monsters, spaceship captains, detectives, metalheads, and lots more!

What do you mean by “post-yaoi”?

A lot of folk aren’t comfortable using the term “yaoi” for their work, either because they are not Japanese and feel it is appropriative, or because they feel that their artwork doesn’t entirely fit that categorization. So “post-yaoi” as in the works produced in reaction to having read yaoi. 

Which artists will be appearing in Purity?

We held an open call along with our group of pre-launch confirmed artists for Purity. A list of confirmed artists includes our initial lineup of:

Artists confirmed at launch
Artists confirmed at launch

... And our list of newly confirmed artists who applied during open call!

Confirmed artists who applied during open call
Confirmed artists who applied during open call

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We have also announced our cover artist, Tara Fernon!

Art of Tara Fernon - not final "Purity" cover
Art of Tara Fernon - not final "Purity" cover

And last but not least, our list of confirmed pin-up artists for the anthology:

(*Note: One artist has not yet confirmed their application, but will be listed here once they have done so.)

That sounds great, but tell me about the finished book.

Absolutely! Funding a high-quality print run of Purity is the goal of this Kickstarter campaign. Each book will have a finished size of 6" by 9" (15.2 cm x 22.8 cm), and contain at least 152 interior pages. The interior pages will be grayscale, whereas the cover will be in full color. The book will be a perfect-bound softcover volume, meaning that the final volume will have a smooth spine to which the interior pages are glued.

The completed Purity anthology will also be available digitally as a .pdf file (or .cbr). The .pdf will contain all of the same content as the printed book. You receive the .pdf if you order the print edition of Purity, but it can also be purchased separately.

As this anthology will include adult content, it cannot be purchased by persons who are legally minors.

What products are being offered aside from the book?

You're in luck! We also have some associated merchandise you can buy alongside the book. If you want to help out the contributing artists, how about upgrading your pledge to receive some extra goodies? For an additional $10, you receive the print bundle and exclusive Purity sticker. One print is by A.E. Green, and another is by Anne Notation. Additional prints will be added to the print bundle as stretch goals! (Note: AE's print is not finalized, but will be available shortly!) 

Print bundle includes one sticker and two prints
Print bundle includes one sticker and two prints

The print bundles and stickers are a great way to show off your love for the anthology! Purchasing the print set means additional funding for our artists. All the profit from the print/sticker upgrade goes towards the contributing artists! (Not including A.E. and Anne, who will not be paid as artists until the overall rate reaches $90/pg for all other artists first.) 

Anne's print design for Ramiel
Anne's print design for Ramiel
Sketch for A.E.'s Print
Sketch for A.E.'s Print

We also have acrylic Ramiel charms available! You will randomly receive one of five designs, which includes two rare exclusives! These sturdy little angels are the top-tier merchandise available for our Kickstarter campaign. Show your love in the most adorable format known to humankind!

Designs for the Rammy acrylic charm
Designs for the Rammy acrylic charm

Is it possible to get my book sketched?

It sure is! However, sketched editions of the book are only available in limited numbers. Make sure you back the reward tier that corresponds with your artist of choice!

When will Purity be released?

Our timeline projects a late September release for the Purity anthology. This gives our artists time to complete their comics or standalone illustrations, as well as time for project organizers A.E. and Notation to format the submissions for print. See "Risks & Challenges" for more details on factors that can affect our timeline.

Oh no, I missed the Kickstarter! What will I do!?

Please go to our website, where we will have additional information after the conclusion of the Kickstarter. (Kickstarter locks frontpage content once a campaign ends.)

Stretch Goals

The Purity anthology's fundraising campaign includes stretch goals to celebrate levels of success! The overall funding level for this campaign is very important to us, because the contributing artists receive bonuses (page rate increases) corresponding to our overall profit. A.E. and Anne are not being paid for their time, only being reimbursed for direct expenses such as the price of mailing supplies and ISBNs, so the more money that is pledged, the more profit for the the artists you love! Also, since the Kickstarter overlaps with the submission period, artists can apply with confidence in the project's future audience. 

  • $5,500: At this level, every person who orders a book also receives a Purity bookmark!    ★ACHIEVED★
  • $6,000: At this level, every backer who orders Purity in either digital or physical format receives a high-res digital wallpaper for their computer or tablet! ★ACHIEVED★
  • $7,000: At this level, an extra print is added to the print bundle! ★ACHIEVED★
  • $8,500: At this level, every backer who orders a book receives an extra print, including those who ordered the print bundle! ★ACHIEVED★
  • $10,000: Every backer who orders a book receives a newly-designed sticker, including those who ordered the print bundle who now get two different stickers! ★ACHIEVED★
  • $12,000: Every backer who orders a book also receives a free temporary tattoo! ★ACHIEVED★
  • $14,000: Every backer who orders a book receives an additional sticker and an additional bookmark! Let's go for it! ★ACHIEVED★


Wait A Minute, I'm A Creator And I'd Really Like to Be in Purity!

We are no longer taking submissions. Thank you to all who found our Kickstarter and applied!

Who are A. E. Green and Anne Notation?

We, A.E. and Notation, are both longtime comic artists and enthusiasts. About a year ago, we discussed how different our artistic outputs were, despite having read many of the same titles. We realized that this was also true of our peers: we’d each emerged with a unique and individual style. That was the inspiration for this anthology project! If you would like further information, check out our bio page for more info about who we are and our shared thought process.

Risks and challenges

We have printed books—including large comic volumes—in the past, but there are always possible delays on our end or the printer's. Based on the quotes we received, we intend to use Marquis Printing (the B&W-interior partner of the well-established Transcontinental in Ontario). We have a monitor calibration device (Spyder4) and have calibrated our screen to ensure authenticity in print. Proofing adds time, but is essential; whether we need one or two cycles of proofs remains to be seen.

We have experience with mass mailings and the distribution of crowd-funded books and other merchandise. Formatting a large volume requires considerable effort, but we have a history of successfully compiling large comic volumes in a timely manner. All of our merchandise options are for product types we have successfully produced in the past, such as prints, stickers, and temporary tattoos.

Our list of confirmed artists are persons who have agreed to join Purity and have submitted an approved pitch to A.E. and Anne. However, should there be an emergency, there is a possibility that one or more confirmed artists may not be able to complete their contribution in time for printing and distribution. By backing this anthology, you are confirming that you understand that our artists have personal lives and personal circumstances, and that there is a possibility that an artist may not be able to fulfill their intended role in the anthology.

We have set aside additional private funds such that should there be a dramatic and unexpected price spike at any stage of the process (including shipping or printing), we will still be able to fulfill our obligation to backers. This fallback exists for the worst-case scenario.

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