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100 Years... chronicles the history of a fictional African-American family, from 1915 to 2015, in epitaphs and illustrated portraits.
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The book is about a fictional African-American family as told through their epitaphs and illustrated portraits. Basically, the book contains brief stories and recollections from the perspective of people after they’ve died.

We were inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ 1915 book Spoon River Anthology. Our book is written in the same way, but will also include illustrations. It makes you want to read about all of the family members so you know what happened to everyone in the last 100 years. 

Our book portrays African Americans through complex yet beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking perspectives during actual historical events. The book also highlights several LGBT characters and their passions and struggles. The goal is to create a positive literary and illustrated work which covers a kaleidoscope of black stories and individuals. While many of the stories are about everyday things like people gossiping or talking about their favorite memory or something as simple as remembering a good romantic date, some stories are based on family, friends and our own experiences.

To accurately characterize the family members, we had to do a lot of research into the social, political and economic history of the United States as it pertains to African-Americans. Even for the illustrations, I had to look up a ton of fashion references. The entire process has been educational and enlightening.

We're even including little details like a necklace being passed down generations
We're even including little details like a necklace being passed down generations

Part of putting out this book is to show our perspectives as people of color. It wasn’t until college that I was assigned to read anything by an African-American author. I think it was The Women of Brewster Place, which is still on my bookshelf today.  Any other book written by a person of color was read on my own.  

Because Anand and I didn’t grow up reading works by or about people of color in school, we decided one of our goals would be to donate copies of the book to 50 libraries across the United States so students can easily have access to these stories.

BOOK SPECIFICS

Title: 100 Years From Now, Our Bones Will Be Different

Illustrator: Lawrence McWilliams

Writers: Lawrence McWilliams and Anand Vedawala

Size: 9" x 6"

Pages: Approx. 100

Finishing: Color, Softcover

APPROXIMATE COSTS

Printing: $3500 (incl. shipping)

Rewards: $1100

Kickstarter/Credit Card Fees: $600

Distribution (to Libraries)/Marketing: $200

Alternative Press Expo: $283

Shipping Materials: $200

Unexpected Costs: $300

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    A copy of the companion zine "Still Walking in the Bones of My Ancestors," an acknowledgement in the book, and a SIGNED copy of the book.

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    TWO custom 5" x 8" watercolor PORTRAITS with EPITAPHS, copy of the companion zine, 2 SIGNED books, acknowledgement in the book, all three 11" x 17" posters (family tree, story of the twins, all portraits), all three postcards, and our thanks!

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