Last summer I was broken up with in a way that wasn’t actually being broken up with, you know how it goes, *~GHOSTED BABY~* After a few days of wallowing in self pity and gummy bears I decided there was a much better way to deal with my mess of emotions. Being a cartoonist, drawing is often how I work through pain. I drew a cartoon about the ridiculousness of my situation, of what he said, and what a god damn idiot he was, and it made me laugh. Then I asked a friend to tell me one of her break up stories. I drew a cartoon about that and she laughed too. And then I thought, what if I had access to strangers’ heartbreak? What if I drew a cartoon for everyone, and we all laughed? Wouldn’t that be so great?
When I opened up submissions for this project, I never could have imagined it would go this far, and this is all in great thanks to you, humans of the internet. You poured your heartbreak out to me and next thing you know, publishers are telling me they want to make it a book!
Broken hearts are stronger together, and laughter is the best medicine. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better is a book of cartoons inspired by your true stories of heartbreak. Yes, this is a funny book, but it's also real. It's a book of love, of pain, and of self discovery.
When we share our stories of loss, love, and heartbreak, we remind ourselves that we are not alone. After seeing the artwork so many of my submitters responded that they felt better having shared their story, having seen something beautiful made of something ugly. And now I need your help to take this cure across the country.
My publishers Animal Media Group have been so wonderful in bringing this book to life. However, as they are a small indie house, they cannot cover the cost of everything it takes to successfully release, market and promote the book, and neither can I!
So many of you all already made this book possible by sharing your stories with me, so now I am asking you to help me share this book with the world! With your support I will be able to successfully release and promote my very first book of cartoons, produce a storytelling series, and create some very, very fun merchandise.
The Breaking Up Is Hard To Do tour* will not be like any other. This will be a tour of open mics where you can come tell your break up story, get a copy of the book, and hang out with great people! Even more, for every story told live, I will do a live cartoon for them to keep. It's basically the book, but IRL plus swag!
Each stop will be hosted be awesome comedians and artists and will be a space for you to share your heartbreak and laugh through the pain!
The more you can support, the more places the storytelling tour can go. In just one week we reached our initial funding goal, but we're not stopping there! We've added stretch goals to go to more cities, to hear more of your stories. The tour will only be able to travel to these additional cities if we reach our new levels of funding!
Of course it might seem impossible to go to every city in America, but is it virtually impossible? Nope. That's why I'll also be doing the virtual book tour! Become a backer, and you can join in on online hang outs! We will talk about break ups, shit your ex said, and laugh it all off together.
*The tour will launch in New York in early February of 2017 (specific dates will be shared as soon as they are confirmed).
In return, you not only get the pat on the back and good vibes of supporting something beautiful, you also get a whole bunch of COOL STUFF! There are so many great rewards available from me and other amazing artists and communities like Jon-Michael Frank, Matthew Sweet, Scout Durwood, Feminist Fight Club and more!
This will not be possible without you. I thank you so much for your consideration and hope you are able to help me accomplish this great project. And if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
Of course when planning anything there are always risks, especially when you add in travel. How I face these risk is what sets me aside. I plan on traveling through most of the winter, and we all know weather is a huge factor, and I risk losing money having re-schedule flights and engagements. So of course, I have backup plans for this. Including in the event that I can’t make an event, either setting up a skype conversation from my home so I can answer questions; and even seeing if a colleague or celebrated artist can go in my place in the unfortunate event that I cannot make the event.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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