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The Big Feminist BUT is a comics anthology about modern women's--and men's--attitudes towards feminism. BACK IT UP!

What's The Big Feminist BUT?

The Big Feminist BUT is a comics anthology about women, men and feminism! It's about the state of equality between the sexes today and features stories from the likes of Jeffrey Brown, Gabrielle Bell, Lauren Weinstein, Josh Neufeld and many more talented cartoonists and writers (see below for a full list of contributors).

Please note! If you are ordering a PDF copy of the book, international shipping fees DO NOT APPLY! (We messed that up and can't correct it in the Rewards Section now that the project has launched!)

Interested in giving this book as a holiday gift?

No problem! Joan designed this special Big Feminist BUT holiday card that we will email to the recipient of your gift just in time for Christmas!

If the funding of this project is successful, our little Big Feminist BUT Christmas elves will be up late after the funding closes on this project on 12/24/12 to make sure that the recipient of your gift receives a personalized e-card from us by midnight 12/24/12 listing all their X-mas booty from us to them via you! (If you are giving this book as a gift please send us your name and email, along with your gift recipient's name, email and time zone in your pledge message)

We've also got a slew of graphic novels, art prints, original art and ton o' mini-comics that will make great gifts! Check out our rewards from cartoonists such as Hope Larson (Mercury, Chiggers, A Wrinkle in Time), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Funny Misshapen Body) Tom Neely (The Wolf, The Blot, Henry & Glenn Forever), Malachi Ward (Prophet, Ritual), Minty Lewis (Regular Show, Fruit Pals), Andy Ristaino (Adventure Time, The Babysitter) Vanessa Davis (Make me a Woman, Spaniel Rage), Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball, The New Yorker) and many more!

What our book is about:

Women now regularly run for the highest offices in the land, BUT turn the channel and we’re bombarded with Teen Moms and Real Housewives. Women can have any career they want, BUT they still have to contend with the tick tick tock of their biological clocks when it comes to their love lives. Of course, these days women can also choose not to have children at all, BUT will they really ever be truly fulfilled if they don’t? We know what we’re supposed to do if a guy turns out to be “not that into you,” BUT what if he is? What do we really mean when we start a sentence with the disclaimers, “I’m not a feminist BUT…” or “I am 100% a feminist BUT…”

”What do our great big “BUTS…” say about where things stand between the sexes in the 21st Century?

With The Big Feminist BUT, we’ve put together a first rate collection of comics that address a wide spectrum of great big BUTS! We started a conversation - and now we need your help to keep it going.

We asked some of the most talented ladies (and gentlemen) working in comics and animation today, along with some of the smartest writers we know to "but" into the heated conversation about the much more level but still contradictory playing field both sexes are struggling to find their footing on today. By using the unique storytelling power of comics to discuss hot-button issues in a fun, fresh and engaging way, our contributors’ very graphic tales will entertain, move and inform readers about everything from modern families and lifestyles to significant historical events and ideas alongside current social trends.

Fans of Bitch Magazine, Jezebel, Love and Rockets, Wonder Woman, and Mad Men will all find something to enjoy here, as will anyone who likes to read thoughtful, compelling, top-notch comics!

Here is our esteemed list of contributors:

Charlie Jane Anders (Editor, io9.com), Gabrielle Bell (The Voyeurs, Lucky, Regular Best American Comics Contributor), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Chronicle Books), Emily Flake (The New Yorker, Lulu Eightball), Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse),Hillary Florido (Regular Show, Two-time Best American Comics Notable Comics Recipient), Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Fantagraphics), Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, Pantheon), Sarah Oleksyk (Regular Show, 2012 Eisner nominee for Ivy, Oni Press), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman, Drawn & Quarterly), Ron Rege (Cartoon Utopia, Fantagraphics), Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories, Henry Holt & Co.), Trevor Alixopulos (Hot Breath of War, Mine Tonight, Sparkplug Comic Books), Andrice Arp (Regular MOME Contributor, Fantagraphics), Liz Baillie (Freewheel, My Brain Hurts, Microcosm Press), Ric Carrasquillo, Abby Denson (City Sweeth Tooth, Dolltopia, Green Candy Press), Barry Deutsch (Hereville, Amulet Books), Suzanne Kleid (NPR, The Believer Magazine), Beth Lisick (Everybody into the Pool, Helping Me Help Myself, William Morrow Paperbacks), Stina Lofgren (Contributing Illustrator/Author to The New York Times and Galago/Ordfront Magazine), Ulli Lust (Today is the Last Day of the Rest of your Life, Electrocomics), MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell, Harper Perennial), MK Reed (Americus, First Second Books), Corrine Mucha (2012 Ignatz Winner for The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions), Shannon O'Leary (Regular contributor to The Beat and Publishers Weekly, Pet Noir, Manic D Press), Virginia Paine (Sparkplug Comic Books, publisher), Kai Pfeiffer (Electrocomics, Publisher), Mark Pritchard (Too Beautiful and Other Stories, Cleis Press), Joan Reilly (Hi-Horse, Alternative Comics, The Pekar Project, Smithmag.net), Jesse Reklaw (The Night of Your Life, Dark Horse Comics), Kat Roberts (Act-i-vate), Lisa Ullmann (The Ricky Gervais Show), Angie Wang (Contributing Illustrator to The New Yorker and The New York Times), Jen Wang (Koko Be Good, First Second Books), Dylan Williams (Sparkplug Comic Books), Sari Wilson (Pushcart Prize Nominee), Andi Zeisler (Editor and Co-founder, Bitch Magazine)

What we need from you:

It’s taken us (the editors, Joan Reilly and Shannon O’Leary) over three years to collect a wide variety of stories from a diverse and gifted group of contributors. The final result is a well-rounded collection that we’re immensely proud of. During that time, we encountered several challenges putting this book together. We heard time and time again that “publishers won’t put out a book with the word feminism in the title” and that “anthologies are a tough sell these days.” We’d like you to help us prove those notions wrong and get this book out there.

What the money is for:

The money will go directly towards the content, production, printing and shipping of the books, plus Kickstarter and Amazon processing fees (along with Uncle Sam's share). The final book will be a 200 page, 8x10, soft-cover book with black and white interiors and a color cover.

(Please note: We paid all of our contributors a fair page rate for their work. 50% of the money we’re asking for has already gone - or will go - directly into the pockets of hard-working artists and wordsmiths).

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This book is pretty much done! We just need to write an introduction, enlist a knowledgeable gender studies expert to write a compelling afterword, do the final production on the interiors and then we'll send it off to the printers.

We are experienced comics creators and editors with a great deal of independent publishing experience (Shannon worked for Sparkplug Comic Books for three years and Joan was a contributing editor and co-distributor of Hi-Horse Comics for four years). We will be working with Amy Watson of 1984 Printing to get you a beautifully produced, hot pink edition of this book hot off the presses. The physical book and any rewards you have ordered will be mailed to you by the last week of February, 2013.

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