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Relieve the weight of social anxiety by formalizing all communication. Fill out a page, hand it off, avoid eye contact.
Relieve the weight of social anxiety by formalizing all communication. Fill out a page, hand it off, avoid eye contact.
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Some things are just hard to say.

Who among us has not struggled with the everlasting hell of social interaction with strangers, enemies, and close family? Since time immemorial telling someone you want to break up, make up, or make out has never been easy.

Today you wake from that nightmare. Friends, once armed with a copy of SORRY you may confidently stride into the sunlight of a better tomorrow - where complimenting strangers or kicking out roommates is as easy as checking a box.

SORRY is a book of forms that simplify social interaction via emotional detachment.

A prototype book has already been finished - 20 pages of extremely dense writing, design, and grief are ready to go. Drawing from years of not-quite-unhappiness, SORRY covers everything from romance to work to letting someone know their band is awful. 

Just check out the samples:

The book is gonna be nice.

Real nice. Since it's relatively simple ink-wise, that budget can go towards better materials so it'll feel great in your hands. The colors aren't totally set in stone yet, but here's what I was thinking for the final product based on discussions with local printers and paper suppliers:

A version of the book is done, but I can make it better. Stronger. Faster. I hope to almost double the number of existing pages (to at least 32) and add a cheat sheet of excuses to help bail you out of a bad date, party, or mandatory drug screening.

A preview of some of the proposed chapters:

  • You've parked like an asshole but I don't want to confront you directly
  • I picked this email address when I was 12 please don't judge me
  • I actually really wanted to date your friend but went home with you accidentally
  • It might look like I'm cutting in line but I had to go to the bathroom so don't look at me like that

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My name is Michael Mateyko. I run a design firm in Calgary, Alberta called KOMBOH. Usually I'm out there doing graphic design, identity, promotion and illustration work for clients from all over the world, but I also love taking on weird and deeply personal art projects like this whenever I can.

Your funding ensures that I can get this book produced, and get it out there in the hands of people like you. The biggest drive for me is making things, and for projects like this that only happens when there's a group of people who believe in what I do. Thank you for reading this far, and I hope you get a kick out of SORRY.

Risks and challenges

The prototype book is essentially done - all that's left is fleshing out some additional pages, then printing & shipping.

However, there are some potential risks associated with backing this project that we feel would be prudent to mention:

- I might get a cut on my tongue from licking envelopes and have to take a break.

- Printer might be so proud of the books that they refuse to let anyone else have them.

- Mole-men may emerge from the depths of the Earth to enslave the surface world.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    Get a PDF version of SORRY. Print it out at home, but share it with the world.

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    Get a copy of SORRY shipped to your doorstep. You probably won't even need to make small talk with the postman.

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    A copy of SORRY shipped to your doorstep. PLUS: tell me your secret anxiety and I'll use my degree from art "school" to personally draw you something helpful.

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    3-pack of SORRY shipped to your doorstep. Spread the love to your fellow wallflowers, or keep some extras in the car ... just in case. Includes a personalized drawing.

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    5-pack of SORRY shipped to your doorstep. For those brave enough to have friends. Includes a personalized drawing.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $151

    Tell me your specific anxiety and I'll make a custom page just for you. Includes a copy of the book and personalized drawing.

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    I'll talk to you on Skype™ about your anxieties for 20 minutes. I am not a licensed analyst, therapist, or comedian. Includes a copy of the book and personalized drawing.

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