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Something Terrible is a short, autobiographical comic about recovery from childhood trauma and the power of fictional heroes.
Something Terrible is a short, autobiographical comic about recovery from childhood trauma and the power of fictional heroes.
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THIRD STRETCH GOAL MET!
FREE SQUARE VINYL COVER STICKERS FOR ALL DONOR REWARDS $25 AND ABOVE

SECOND STRETCH MET!
Free Fold-Out Cover Posters for All Physical Orders
Hannah Nance Partlow Will Design the Book
And I'm Drawing a BRAND NEW EPILOGUE for the Book!

FIRST STRETCH GOAL MET!
ALL PHYSICAL COPIES WILL BE UPGRADED TO HARDCOVERS!

Something Terrible follows the effects of childhood abuse into my adult life, with the conflicting ideas of the Cycle of Abuse theory and the message of all good superhero stories, "You are who you choose to be," battled in my mind until I was finally, completely set free by the fictional characters I'd modeled my life on. I wrote more about this in the afterword, which I shared on Huffington Post.

Since making Something Terrible available last fall, it has quickly become the most widely reviewed and highly acclaimed work I've ever released. I've been incredibly honored to find my very personal story so well regarded in and outside of my creative community, but more than that, I've been humbled and awed by how many readers around the world related so strongly to my life story, and found new solace in reading it.

Recently, Something Terrible made several Best Comics of 2013 lists, including those on Wired and Mental Floss. I can't even say what it means to me to have released the story that plagued my inner life, kept secret for decades out of fear of others' misunderstandings, like those I'd seen perpetuated in so many procedural police shows, only to now find so much acceptance and praise for sharing it openly. It's easily the best thing I'll ever do in comics. (But don't worry, I'm not even close to finished making them.)

My goal is to print 2000 copies of a new 36 page, high-quality, softcover edition (including a new foreword and additional behind-the-scenes materials), via Print Ninja, who have been helping me work out the logistics. The cover will be matte with spot-gloss, and the interior pages will be glossy. The final book should be priced at ten dollars, retail. I believe this goal is modest, achievable, and will cover the shipping costs for all donors, thanks to the quantity's unit costs, and leave me with a small stock to sell at future conventions.

As another childhood hero of mine would say, "But don't take my word for it." Here are some quotes from reviews and recommendations from friends, colleagues, and creators I admire:

Thank you for considering donating to my project. I made this story for those who desperately needed it, and it turns out some of them need it to be a physical object in order for it to reach them. Please help me in my mission to let every victim of sexual violence know that they are not a danger to others, so they need not be a danger to themselves.

Risks and challenges

As the work is already completed, and requires only minor layout work in order to add the new materials, I don't foresee too many obstacles beyond reaching the goal. I have a very capable partner in bringing this digital comic into the physical world in Print Ninja (Shout out to my bat-ally, Ashley!), and I've been ordering shipping materials via Uline.com (which I also recommend wholeheartedly).

I had advice on how to plan this Kickstarter from several of my friends who have done successful campaigns, so I think I've got it structured just right. If there are any unforeseen obstacles, I will alert all donors to them as they arise, but again, as the story is already completed, it really is just a matter of funding the print run.

So unless I die, I think we're on track. (Hey, Jason and Scott, if I die, can you get this stuff done for me?) I'll try extra hard not to die, everybody.

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