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Grimoire presents "SYMBOLOGY: an A to Z of Archetypes and Epiphanies" by Annie Murphy. A 32 page largeish minicomic from Grimoire Press
Grimoire presents "SYMBOLOGY: an A to Z of Archetypes and Epiphanies" by Annie Murphy. A 32 page largeish minicomic from Grimoire Press
168 backers pledged $4,314 to help bring this project to life.

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FUNDED! WOO-HOO! Thank you everyone!!

A week to go in the campaign, and all of my wildest dreams fulfilled. An even wilder dream would be to push this campaign as far as it can go, thus funding future Grimoire publishing ventures currently in the works. 

ALL REWARDS STILL AVAILABLE FOR 'PRE-ORDER'

Here are some preview pics so you can see the size and finished design of SYMBOLOGY:

Front Cover, SYMBOLOGY (Annie Murphy and Grimoire Press, 2014)
Front Cover, SYMBOLOGY (Annie Murphy and Grimoire Press, 2014)
back cover, SYMBOLOGY (Annie Murphy and Grimoire Press, 2014)
back cover, SYMBOLOGY (Annie Murphy and Grimoire Press, 2014)
sample page, SYMBOLOGY (Annie Murphy and Grimoire Press, 2014)
sample page, SYMBOLOGY (Annie Murphy and Grimoire Press, 2014)
sample page, SYMBOLOGY (Annie Murphy and Grimoire Press, 2014)
sample page, SYMBOLOGY (Annie Murphy and Grimoire Press, 2014)

 Here's a picture of yours truly wearing a brand spanking new "Print's Not Dead" shirt ($18 reward choice) >

Grimoire "Print's Not Dead" tee. Picture taken at Linework NW, Portland OR
Grimoire "Print's Not Dead" tee. Picture taken at Linework NW, Portland OR
Cover image: SYMBOLOGY
Cover image: SYMBOLOGY

A little about myself: I am a comics-making witch, collector, research geek, bird nerd, tarot practitioner living in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I have run two successful Kickstarters over the past few years (one to partially fund the comics anthology Gay Genius, and one to fully fund the 3rd printing of The Collective Tarot). I received the Xeric Grant for my book I Still Live: Biography of a Spiritualist, Gay Genius was nominated an Ignatz Award, and a page from SYMBOLOGY  was included in the Eisner-nominated and Lambda Award-winning Fantagraphics anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics. i also had a couple illustrations in Ariel Gore's Lambda Award-winning anthology Portland Queer, and my story from Gay Genius  was given honorable mention in the Best American Comics, edited by Francoise Mouly.

To meet these Kickstarter goals, Grimoire is offering many rewards from 4$--$200, including the the following (scroll down past rewards for itemized project budget info.):

^ $4 rewards: Left, "Hungry House" sample. Right, Gay Genius stickers
^ $4 rewards: Left, "Hungry House" sample. Right, Gay Genius stickers
^ $5 reward: "SICK: a visual account of an invisible disability", by Annie Murphy
^ $5 reward: "SICK: a visual account of an invisible disability", by Annie Murphy
^ Another $5 reward (detail from "Death of a Modern Diana" by Annie Murphy)
^ Another $5 reward (detail from "Death of a Modern Diana" by Annie Murphy)
^ $7 reward: "Vermont maple Sugar Mama" by Anne Murray
^ $7 reward: "Vermont maple Sugar Mama" by Anne Murray
^ $7 reward: "I Still Live: Biography of a Spiritualist", a 52-page graphic novella by Annie Murphy
^ $7 reward: "I Still Live: Biography of a Spiritualist", a 52-page graphic novella by Annie Murphy
^ $7 reward: I Still Live
^ $7 reward: I Still Live
"I Still Live" detail
"I Still Live" detail
^ $8 rewards: SYMBOLOGY posters. Choose 1 of 3: "Virgin", "Whore", and "Androgyne (see below)"
^ $8 rewards: SYMBOLOGY posters. Choose 1 of 3: "Virgin", "Whore", and "Androgyne (see below)"
^ $10 Backer reward: The finished book "SYMBOLOGY: an A to Z of Archetypes and Epiphanies. Above detail from Symbology: A,B, C, & D [copyright Annie Murphy, 2014] (and check out this link for more legible panels from the book:)
^ $10 Backer reward: The finished book "SYMBOLOGY: an A to Z of Archetypes and Epiphanies. Above detail from Symbology: A,B, C, & D [copyright Annie Murphy, 2014] (and check out this link for more legible panels from the book:)
^ $12 Reward: Pick a full color 11'x17' poster! Originally drawn by Annie murphy for the Collective tarot
^ $12 Reward: Pick a full color 11'x17' poster! Originally drawn by Annie murphy for the Collective tarot
^ $12 reward: more posters! (the corners of the white frame around the picture will be rounded, as they are in the two posters above.)
^ $12 reward: more posters! (the corners of the white frame around the picture will be rounded, as they are in the two posters above.)
^ $18 rewards: T-SHIRTS!! From left: 'Print's NOT Dead' punk Tee; ace of bones design; 'Ace of Bones' gold ink on black tee in action (does not include human).
^ $18 rewards: T-SHIRTS!! From left: 'Print's NOT Dead' punk Tee; ace of bones design; 'Ace of Bones' gold ink on black tee in action (does not include human).
$20 reward: Gay Genius, edited by Annie Murphy. Left: Cover by Edie Fake. Right: detail from Gay Genius :"Truth Stranger Than Fiction" by Annie Murphy
$20 reward: Gay Genius, edited by Annie Murphy. Left: Cover by Edie Fake. Right: detail from Gay Genius :"Truth Stranger Than Fiction" by Annie Murphy
Details from Gay Genius' "Truth: Stranger Than Fiction" by Annie Murphy. Given 'honorable mention' in 'America's Best comics, edited by Francoise Mouly.
Details from Gay Genius' "Truth: Stranger Than Fiction" by Annie Murphy. Given 'honorable mention' in 'America's Best comics, edited by Francoise Mouly.
$50 reward. A reading from moi! From left: Annie Murphy reads playing cards; Nikki and Annie give Phoebe Gloeckner a Tarot reading at C.A.K.E., Chicago 2013.
$50 reward. A reading from moi! From left: Annie Murphy reads playing cards; Nikki and Annie give Phoebe Gloeckner a Tarot reading at C.A.K.E., Chicago 2013.
snapshot of a reading
snapshot of a reading
$100 reward: Original painting (framed): "Two of Bones" by Annie Murphy
$100 reward: Original painting (framed): "Two of Bones" by Annie Murphy
$100 rewards. Left: Original framed painting, "Eight of Bones". Right: Original framed painting, "Artist of Bones", both by Annie Murphy, 2012.
$100 rewards. Left: Original framed painting, "Eight of Bones". Right: Original framed painting, "Artist of Bones", both by Annie Murphy, 2012.
$200 reward: ultra-rare first printing of The Collective Tarot, circa 2008 + a Tarot reading from Annie Murphy
$200 reward: ultra-rare first printing of The Collective Tarot, circa 2008 + a Tarot reading from Annie Murphy
$200 reward: Collaborative ancestor portrait. Above is an example of an ancestor portrait (but you can't have this one cuz it's mine ;) !
$200 reward: Collaborative ancestor portrait. Above is an example of an ancestor portrait (but you can't have this one cuz it's mine ;) !

PROJECT BUDGET:

FUNDING GOAL #1:

Printing cost of 500 copies of SYMBOLOGY [printed by Eberhardt Press]....................................................................$1200

Cost of creating rewards (shirts, stickers, xeroxing minicomics).............$600

Estimated cost of Postage: .............$300

5% Kickstarter hosting fee:..........................roughly $200

Wiggle room for unexpected expenses:..........................................................$100

...............Total: $2400

FUNDING GOAL #2:

Printing cost of 800 copies of SYMBOLOGY [printed by Eberhardt Press]..............................................................$1500

Cost of creating rewards.....................................$600 [same]

Estimated cost of postage...................................$500

5% Kickstarter hosting fee................................roughly $300

Wiggle room for unanticipated expenses................$100 [same]

.........................Total: $3000

Risks and challenges

NO CHALLENGES!! haha :D
The books are finished, the Kickstarter is successful, thanks to you all!!
Okay I guess there is one challenge: Holding tight while the last books are assembled by the ever-awesome Charles at Eberhardt Press without swinging by every day to look over his shoulder. JK, that would be rude!

Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm and support.
After the campaign is over, I will start filling out orders and sending them your way. Though i will try to get things out asap, this may roll over into May.

You will receive a survey soon where you can indicate which poster you want, which shirt and size, and I will be contacting those owed readings individually, as well as those people I will be collaborating with on ancestor portraits.

If you would like to add any rewards onto your order before the time is up, just adjust your pledge to show the increase and shoot me an email so that I have your final order on record. Thanks again. i am feeling so hopeful and excited.

Truly, Annie Murphy

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    1 Gay Genius sticker. 1.5' x 6' Black & White vinyl sticker, pulled from original Gay Genius cover design by Edie Fake

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    Mini Mini-Comic: "Hungry House", by Annie Murphy. 4" x 5.5", black and white, 16 pages. This whimsical comic about personal hauntings and sleep paralysis originally appeared in the Sundays 3 anthology, 2009.

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    Mini-Comic: "SICK: a Visual Account of an invisible Disability" by Annie Murphy. 5.5" x 8.5" (half letter-size), black and white, 16 pages. This autobio comic originally appeared in the phenomenal zine: "When Language Runs Dry: a zine for people with chronic pain and their allies" published by the Dicentra Collective in 2010.

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    Mini-Comic: "Death of a Modern Diana: the True Story of Lucy Ann Lobdell, Female Hunter" by Annie Murphy. 8.5" x 11", black & white, 8 pages + stenciled color cover. My first comic, originally published in 2006.

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    Mini-Comic: "I Still Live: Biography of a Spiritualist" by Annie Murphy. 6.5" x 9", 3-color, 50 pages. Originally published in 2009 and 2010 with the help of a Xeric Grant for Comics self-publishers.

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    Mini-Comic: "Vermont Maple Sugar Mama (A Choose-Your-Porn-Adventure)" by Anne Murray. 7" x 8.5", black & white w/ color cover, 16 pages + cover. Actually works as a choose-your-own, this is not hardcore porn or nothin, but it is for mature readers ;) originally published in 2008 & 2009

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    You pick 1 of 3 poster prints from the SYMBOLOGY book: "Androgyne", "Virgin", or "Whore", by Annie Murphy. 11" x 17", black & white, mailed in poster roll.

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    For a $10 donation you get a copy of the book "Symbology: an A to Z of Archetypes and Epiphanies" by Annie Murphy mailed to you once it is finished. 8" x 11", black & white, dual-color cover, 32 pages + cover.

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    Tarot posters! You can pick 1 of 4 full-color 11" x 17" poster/print of the "Ace of Bones", "Two of bones", "Eight of Bones" or "Artist of Bones" by Annie Murphy. Originally printed as cards in The Collective Tarot, published in 2008, 2010, and 2012. See images, at left.

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    "Virgin" & "Whore" posters, from 'Symbology' by Annie Murphy. Black & white, both posters mailed together in one poster tube.

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    T-Shirts! Pick 1 out of two designs: A Grimoire original: "Print's Not Dead" punk Tee design by Annie Murphy (White ink on black Tee), or a Grimoire "Ace of Bones" T-Shirt, Design by Annie Murphy. Another version of this shirt was printed in 2012 for the Collective Tarot Kickstarter. Gold ink on black Tee. See illustrations at left. Full range of sizes!
    If you can, please message me a size request. That way I can get an idea what sizes are the most popular, to inform the printer. Thanks!

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    "Gay Genius", a queer comics anthology edited by Annie Murphy. Originally published by Sparkplug Comic Books and Annie Murphy, this 7" 9", 140+ page full-color perfect-bound book with cover illustration by Edie Fake was nominated for an Ignatz award in 2011.

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    You get a copy of the Kickstarted book "Symbology"(see above), AND a copy of the Ignatz-Award nominated, partially-Kickstarter-funded comics anthology "Gay Genius", edited by Annie Murphy!

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    A personal Tarot reading given by Annie Murphy, done with the Collective Tarot via email or phone.

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    Original, full-color, framed painting by Annie Murphy: "Two of Bones". 11" x 15", 2012. First appeared in the gallery show 'Signs ans Sigils', Brooklyn NY, 2012.

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    Original, full-color, framed painting by Annie Murphy: "Eight of Bones". 11" x 15", 2012. First appeared at 'the Tarot show', Portland OR, 2012.

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    Original, full-color, framed, painted portrait by Annie Murphy: "Artist of Bones". 11" x 15", 2012. First appeared at the "Tarot Show" Splendorporium, Portland OR, 2012.

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    An extremely rare, hard to find, unused first edition limited printing of "The Collective Tarot: a Magical Collaboration", circa 2008. This includes all the original 78 color cards (This wasn't CMYK printing--each card was run through an ancient offset press 3 times, the jedi way), plus the original zine-style (silk-screened cover) illustrated booklet. Any big money Collective Collectors claiming this reward will also get a complimentary CT reading from yours truly, to be redeemed anytime after your cards arrive.

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    An original, as-yet-to-exist ancestor portrait, designed in tandem by you (and/or a loved one) and I, painted by yours truly. I will work from photos and our combined imaginations to come up with a portrait that includes symbolic elements from your personal or familial mythology. Not to be discouraged: ancestor portraits can be of blood ancestors, beloved dead, dearly departed animal companions, cultural ancestors, or imagined ancestors.

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