About this project
Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers! 40 cartoonists have contributed 200+ pages of all new stories about the games they're passionate about—from video games to table-top role-playing to collectible card games. Help us pay for the printing costs and reward the artists by pre-ordering the book!
The comics in Chainmail Bikini explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves. Alliances are forged, dice get rolled, and dragons get slain! We believe that gaming should be open to all, regardless of gender. Chainmail Bikini shows that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take as players, makers, and critics of games.
Aatmaja Pandya (Travelogue, The Bell Blues)
Amanda Scurti (Hey, Jana J!)
anna anthropy (ZZT, Rise of the Video Game Zinesters) & Jeremy Boydell (Self Care with Dog)
Anna Rose (Strange Paradise)
Annie Mok (Unholy Shapes, Rookie Magazine)
Becca Hillburn (7" Kara)
Caitlin Rose Boyle (An Itty Bitty Summoning)
Carey Pietsch (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift)
Diana Nock (Poorcraft, Intrepid Girlbot)
Elizabeth Simins (Bad at Games)
Hazel Newlevant (If This Be Sin)
Jade F. Lee (Lacrimancer)
Jane Mai (Sunday in the Park with Boys)
June Vigants (Benny & Fritz) & Kae Kelly-Colon (Make Your Death)
Kate Craig (Heart of Ice)
Katie Longua (RÖK, Munchies)
Kinoko Evans (The Epic of Gilgamesh, Zine City Comix)
Kori Michele (Prince of Cats webcomic)
Laura Lannes (The Basil Plant)
Maggie Siegel-Berele (Jesus Loves Lesbians Too)
Megan Brennan (Pencil Pup, School of World, Pretty Blockhead Charlie Brown)
merritt kopas (forest ambassador) & Mia Schwartz (Strawberries)
Miranda Harmon (System Upgrade)
MK Reed (The Cute Girl Network, Americus)
Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist)
Natalie Dupille (The Feminist Bakery)
Rachel Ordway (Art School Adventures)
Sara Goetter (Boozle)
Sarah Stern (Game Boss)
Sarah Winifred Searle (Drawing Conclusions, Under the Apple Tree)
Sera Stanton (Temi)
Sophie Yanow (The War of Streets and Houses, In Situ)
Yao Xiao (Baopu)
This Kickstarter is to raise money for the production and printing of Chainmail Bikini, a 200-page, 6"x10", perfect-bound book, and to pay the contributors who have generously donated their effort up-front.
Your money goes straight to funding the book and paying the artists!
$16,000 - Foil Book Upgrade! - (Stretch Goal Unlocked)
- If we raise this much, all copies of Chainmail Bikini will be printed on extra-nice, thicker paper stock, and the cover will be stamped with gold foil!
$20,000+ - Artist's Bonuses!
- If the Kickstarter reaches $20,000, each contributor gets an extra $50.00. (Stretch Goal Unlocked)
- If the Kickstarter reaches $25,000, each contributor gets an extra $100.00. (Stretch Goal Unlocked)
- If the Kickstarter reaches $30,000, each contributor gets an extra $150.00.
- If the Kickstarter reaches $35,000, each contributor gets an extra $200.00.
- If the Kickstarter reaches $40,000, each contributor gets an extra $250.00.
- Our initial goal covers the basics—printing Chainmail Bikini, shipping the books, and an honorarium for the artists. But we want to pay our artists even more for their fantastic contributions! The more money the Kickstarter raises, the more the artists get. (Inspired by the funding model of the Smut Peddler comics anthology.)
And so on, for every additional $5,000 raised. So pre-order Chainmail Bikini and tell your friends!
Ultimate glory, and your very own copy of Chainmail Bikini!
TUTORIAL — $10: A DRM-free PDF of Chainmail Bikini!
OPENING LEVEL — $25: A paperback copy of Chainmail Bikini, as well as the PDF.
BONUS STAGE — $50: A signed copy of Chainmail Bikini, the PDF, and an exclusive, totally-awesome print of Cats playing Magic!
RETAILER BUNDLE — $60 Five copies of Chainmail Bikini at wholesale price! For retailers only.
CHARACTER UPGRADE by JUNE VIGANTS — $100: Have you always dreamed of a super-sweet artist's rendering of your character from D&D, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, or any other game? Send a description or screenshot of your character, and cartoonist June Vigants will do a digital portrait of your character in their signature style. You also get the book, the print, and the PDF. Only 10 of this reward available!
CHARACTER UPGRADE by KORI MICHELE HANDWERKER — $100: The same as above—a digital portrait of your game character by cartoonist Kori Michele Handwerker. You also get the book, the print, and the PDF. Only 10 of this reward available!
CHARACTER UPGRADE by MOLLY OSTERTAG — $100: The same as above—a digital portrait of your game character by cartoonist Molly Ostertag. You also get the book, the print, and the PDF. Sold out!
CHARACTER UPGRADE by MEGHAN LANDS — $100: The same as above—a digital portrait of your game character by cartoonist Meghan Lands. You also get the book, the print, and the PDF. Sold out!
ORIGINAL ART by Katie Longua — $200: The book, the print, the PDF, and a page of original artwork from Katie Longua's comic for Chainmail Bikini, "Poppy the Gnome." Sold out!
ORIGINAL ART by KINOKO EVANS — $200: The book, the print, the PDF, and a page of original artwork from Kinoko Evans' comic for Chainmail Bikini, "Here Comes a New Challenger." Sold out!
MEGABOSS — $500: The book, the print, the PDF, and a two pages of original artwork—the Diablo II double-page spread from Hazel Newlevant's comic for Chainmail Bikini, "Better Together." You will also get a profuse thank-you in the book's dedication. Sold out!
Here's a preview of some of the awesome comics in Chainmail Bikini:
Want to read the rest of these comics, and tons more? Pre-order your copy of Chainmail Bikini now!
Risks and challenges
All of the comics in Chainmail Bikini are already drawn, the anthology has been laid out, and is ready to be sent to the printer. The PDF is ready to send to contributors as soon as the Kickstarter concludes.
I (Hazel the editor) have previously worked with PrintNinja to produce my comic If This Be Sin, so I'm confident that the printing process will go smoothly. The biggest unknown is reward fulfillment, but I've carefully priced the shipping costs, and I've got a great team of friends and advisors with Kickstarter experience helping me out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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