TABULA IDEM: A Queer Tarot Comic Anthology
A queer-focused comic anthology and 22 card deck of original short stories based around the figures of tarot's Major Arcana.
TABULA IDEM will be a 240+ page black and white comic anthology with diverse LGBTQIA+ queer-central fiction, ranging from domestic slice-of-life, science fiction, fantasy, and more. With over 25 contributors and 22 stories, each comic is centered around one Major Arcana tarot card at a time, beginning with The Fool and ending with The World as you read the story of tarot, fleshed out in illustrated form.
At the end of each story, the comic culminates into a tarot card artwork, giving context and character behind the imagery of the card. Are you new to tarot? We'll have pages dedicated to teach you how to perform spreads, title pages telling the nature of each card, as tradition and identity go hand and hand to tell TABULA IDEM's tarot.
TABULA IDEM will also manifest into a full color 22-card Major Arcana deck, giving a colorful illumination to the card artwork printed in the anthology. Rife with symbolism and injected with queer reflections, the deck and anthology work hand in hand, the cards providing practical, every day use while the anthology elaborates their figures.
TABULA IDEM was born from the desire to see more of ourselves in tarot, and to see queer identities in a divine light. It is a form of meditation where we sometimes ask the questions we are too hesitant to answer, and how much more comforting is it to see answers from cards that reflect its audience? We chose the Major Arcana for their archetypal nature, but more than that, to give people an opportunity to view those old, traditional figures in a new way. Each contributor poured a piece of themselves into each card's story; be it in magic, in space, in fantasy or all combined, we hope that the cards can speak to you not only in prediction, but one of the most strengthening qualities of tarot: community and relatability.
- Ashanti Fortson
- Val Wise
- Laura Lee
- CJ Walker
- Van Weasel
- Shoona Browning
- Nero O'Reilly
- Mister Loki & Jahna Vaughan
- Petra Nordlund & Muura
- Andi Santagata
- Haley/Ivan Kasof
- Gillian Pascasio
- Alain Helmers
- gray "Dupe" folie
- Lin & Capp
- Dante L. & H. Pueyo
- Steve Foxe & Andrew Drilon
- Lorena Reyes
- Kat Gesiriech & Jenn St-Onge
- Maia Kobabe & Alexandra Genetti
- d. Marie Licea
- Adam V Massimiano & Lauren Dombrowski
- KaiXJu (cover)
- Grey White (endpapers)
Our main hurdles are that we're printing both a book AND deck, as well as paying contributors, shipping, and other reward fulfillment costs. Shipping is another large expense, but our goal is the most economic for backer rewards and having a reasonable surplus for TABULA IDEM future sales.
The comics! This anthology will be printed in black & white with 240+ pages, sized at standard American graphic novel (6.625"x10.25"). Is also available as a DRM-free PDF book.
22 cards printed in full color (printed at 2.75"x4.75"), this deck will have its own custom packaging to keep the cards safe as you shuffle through TABULA IDEM's Major Arcana.
Postcards that are symbolically modeled after the four suits of tarot, from Wands, Swords, Pentacles, and Cups! Able to be hung as individual art pieces, or sent in the mail.
The editors of TABULA IDEM bring you a custom, USDA organic blend of chamomile tea to relax your mind while you read the leaves! Tea leaf readings have been a divination tradition often associated with casual scrying; our professionally-sourced, loose leaf packaged tea blended with non-caffeinated chamomile and lemongrass will soothe your soul up to two steeps per package.
- If we hit $46,000, all contributors will receive an extra $50!
- If we hit $50,000, all contributors will receive an extra $75!
- If we hit $53,000, spot gloss for the TABULA IDEM cover!
Our highest focus is increasing the pay for our contributors by each thousand increment as much as we can, while still maintaining a proper budget for producing TABULA IDEM- every ounce of support and pledging helps!
Iris Jay (she/they) has been putting comics online since 2005. A Sequential Arts SCAD grad and three-time self-publisher, she currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington with her husband Nero O'Reilly and two perfect cat children. Check out her home ON THE GRID at irisjay.net.
Mia/Hye M. (they/she, also known as explodinghye) is a queer 23 year old west coaster who attended Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and for whom graphic design is truly their passion. Enraptured by tarot for their own practices and study, they also helmed Pacific Arcana, a successfully Kickstarted anthology-like tarot deck and companion book based around the 2013 sci-fi film Pacific Rim. You can usually find them buried in an InDesign file, engrossed in a new comic book, or an Illustrator canvas plotting their next project.
- Each and every contributor, for all their work invested into both comic panel and card artwork.
- Thanks to Wren for her song video music: "interlude" (Available on the bandcamp album "somnium")
- From Iris, to Hye: for having the patience to deal with me- and to Nero, as ever, for cheering me on.
- From Hye, to Iris: whose keen eye for storytelling and willingness to work will always inspire me as an editor and creator.
- Our peers, colleagues, and friends, whose excitement for TABULA IDEM was infectious, and pushed us to keep working during the heaviest of workloads.
- TABULA IDEM's queer literary predecessors; from the anthology self-publishing pioneers and the booming independent comics scene (both web and print alike), thank you for existing, producing, inspiring, and creating the content that you want to see in the world.
- And to you, dear reader, who follow us into the future with your own destiny in hand, and our eternal gratitude for your support.
Risks and challenges
Both of us have run our own and/or contributed to Kickstarters before, and are fully aware of pre-press requirements, so we're familiar with the song and dance of self publishing, both card and book alike! There is always room for hiccups in production- printer delays, shipping impediments, proof adjustments, file fixes- but all internal comics, cards, and external tiers are ready to go.
Budget-wise we were generous to give the editors a reasonable bracket to work with, and that way we've made sure to combat a possible hike in shipping prices as well as proofing costs and margins for expenses.
You will be notified of each major step-by-step during our production cycle through Kickstarter updates, and as always, if you have any questions, we're ready and willing to help how we can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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