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I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU: Another year's worth of activities, jokes & nagging to help get you through, day by day. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Publishing
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I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU: Another year's worth of activities, jokes & nagging to help get you through, day by day.

Brooklyn, NY Publishing
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Most weekly planners are boring and sad. Maybe because they're being neglected in favor of phones and beepity-boop gadgets, or maybe because they're full of bank holidays and vast open spaces. I know when Christmas is already, but what I really want is my calendar page to yell at me for not sleeping enough, suggest an afternoon drink, give me a heads up on impending Mother's Day, then offer a stupid activity page that I really just needed to see today. 

More than just a planner, the book serves as a journal, so you can document your life as you go. By the end of the year you'll have created a keepsake that you can take with you as you move forward, and unlike your online calendar, all the wonderful sentimentality you create is yours to hold and feel, forever.

I'm a nice, fun guy, who makes nice, fun things, inspired by daily life, the internet, 2am feelings, and also all the other feelings. This calendar is my way of spreading out all my positivity (and cynicism) across a whole year, to keep you happy, busy, and organized. The goal is to keep you actually using this, so you can look back at all you accomplished and feel good about the year we had. 

Learn more about where this all started on last year's project page!

This planner is a lot of fun but it's a functional planner, first and foremost. In real life I am a graphic designer, so finding the balance between style and usability is important to me. The planner is small enough to carry around, with plenty of writing space, weekly planning pages, and a good balance of hand-lettered charm and minuscule type. The fun stuff won't take over your own writing... this book is about you!

  • 5" x 6" coil bound weekly planner and journal
  • Approximately 120 B&W pages, coil bound, cardstock cover
  • Overview calendars, activities and guides, and weekly planning pages with plenty of writing, drawing, activities, and surprise pages mixed in, as well as tiny notes, jokes and unsolicited advice throughout
  • I make this thing by myself and this is the third annual edition
  • Shipped in time for Christmas

Here are some sample pages from last year's version:

Obviously, the structure doesn't change too much, but the rest of the content is fair game. Expect old favorites like the "Zzah Brahs" pizza rating scale, plenty of internet, tons of tiny notes and jokes, and standard resources like measurement conversions and a full year overview on the inside cover. (Above pages also show work by Emo Diaz and Jessica Collins, contributing illustrators from last year).

There are lots of fun treats involved here, and the best part is that EVERY REWARD LEVEL COMES WITH THEM. Each copy of the planner comes with a blank 2014 New Year postcard to keep or send, a party balloon for tiny celebrations, a mini pencil with eraser to start you off, and 1 more surprise. You'll get all of that with your $15 support pledge!

Higher reward levels come with some other bonuses, like an entire package (12) balloons, or items from my INTERNET GIFT SHOP, but it's all really pretty straightforward. Message me if you're confused about anything at all.

The 2014 BRAIN SUBSCRIPTION will be much simpler than my 2013 mail art club. I'll always love paper, but this year will be more focused on keepsake objects.12 months, 4 packages, bigger and better items and exclusives, and a more personalized experience. Last year featured t-shirts, mugs, ribbons, and pins -- this year will have that and plenty more. T-shirts, totes, weird stuff and cool stuff, products I've wanted to make for a while but haven't had the funds to produce... "from my brain to yours." 

The 2014 BRAIN SUBSCRIPTION lasts all year and would make an awesome gift for someone very special (like you). Treat yourself now and then forget about it and be surprised every three months!

THIS IS A GOOD THING! Probably. Depends what you think is good. If you think "funny dumb useful offbeat interesting atypical independent unique original self-published silly self-aware sarcastic internet humor calendar journals" are good, then it is pretty good. Please help me make this year's edition a reality!

  • This went pretty well last year.
  • It sold 800+ copies on Kickstarter, my online shop, and in several bookstores, gift shops, and galleries!
  • It also received some really nice mentions from PAPER magazine, the Urban Outfitters blog, mediabistro, and others.
  • My sister Danielle really likes hers and she is a very smart person who I trust.
  • Definitely not a horcrux at all.
  • Please please please I am just 1 guy, I would be so grateful, I just want to make lots of pocket planners and have them be used by cool people all over the world.

Risks and challenges

This is my second Kickstarter campaign for this planner series, and my third edition. I've learned about production & shipping challenges, Amazon & Kickstarter fees, and things ran relatively smoothly last time! At this point I am practiced and ready to make realistic promises with regards to the producing and delivery times!

I'm a real person, available to help or answer questions, and good for my word. You can support this project in complete confidence, and I hope you will!

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  • Uhh, well, honestly, I didn't calculate my true costs properly last year. I asked for enough to cover printing, but forgot about producing the other rewards, packing supplies, and SHIPPING COSTS. I charged $3 for international shipping, which is hilarious. I spent well over $2,000 on postage alone.

    This year I had to be a little more realistic and adjust for that! It's also why single copies are not available internationally. The shipping cost between one and two copies isn't too different, so I want to double up, and invite people to split their order with a friend.

    I'm still not really making a profit on these guys unless I sell tons, well over the project goal. So we'll see what happens. Does my time and creative energy have a value? Maybe. But that's not the point here, I just want to make a good thing, and if I earn enough extra to buy holiday gifts for my friends and family, that would be awesome. Last year I bought my mom a Kindle and she was so happy she teared up. Maybe I can do even better this year. What do moms like these days?

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  • If you have any custom requests or questions about any of the rewards, don't hesitate to send me a message! The listed rewards are the most practical combination of items, but if you love the pencils, or want a dozen copies of the planner for all your friends, we can figure that out.

    Sending a message through Kickstarter is the easiest way to keep our conversation manageable, but I can also be emailed at if necessary.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    229 backers

    One copy of the planner, which also includes a new year's postcard, party balloon, and pencil to get you started... and some other surprises too because you are the best and deserve all the rewards. All prices include domestic shipping, packaging, and Kickstarter/Amazon fees.

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    160 backers

    Two copies of the planner, and double the bonus treats. One for you, and one to gift! Or maybe two for you if you lose things?

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    17 backers

    SUPER SUPPORTER PACKAGE: You want the planner and you definitely want to share it too. You're the best! You get three copies of the planner, postcards & pencils to save or share... and you'll also get a dozen new year balloons so you can really get this party started. Champagne not included.

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    2 backers

    GIFT GIVING BUNDLE: Six copies of the planner and the associated treats, to save and share. Makes a great gift for co-workers, students, groups of friends, and gift exchanges. Planners are universal, gender-neutral, and you'll feel pretty cool giving them, too. "Oh, you're so DIY!" they'll say as they jot down your birthday immediately so they can buy you a great gift in return. You'll smile knowingly, maybe offer a "yeah, I try to support independent publishers and artists when I can," and then push your hair back. Your hair looks sexy pushed back.

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    37 backers

    SUPER AWESOME "THE REAL DEAL" BEST REWARD POSSIBLE: Two copies of the planner, postcards & pencils to save or share, plus a package of balloons. You'll also receive a Kickstarter-exclusive discounted BRAIN SUBSCRIPTION, which you can read more about to the left. It's going to be fucking awesome and you're basically going to get surprise gifts for a year. Please note international shipping fee is for 4 separate packages!

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    1 backer

    We are best friends now. BRAIN SUBSCRIPTION + 10 copies to gift + I will take you to brunch if you come to NYC.

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