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The bleak, hilarious political picture book that Brexit Britain deserves (well, 48% of it).
The bleak, hilarious political picture book that Brexit Britain deserves (well, 48% of it).
The bleak, hilarious political picture book that Brexit Britain deserves (well, 48% of it).
275 backers pledged £12,159 to help bring this project to life.

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Will Of The People: A Brexit Bedtime Story

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"Laugh out loud funny, deceptively smart and ultimately quite touching. All Remainers should have a copy of this book on their bedside for when they need a little reassurance." 

Ian Dunt, author of 'Brexit: What The Hell Happens Now?' and editor of politics.co.uk 

The cover. Not pictured: bananas, boats, bulldog.
The cover. Not pictured: bananas, boats, bulldog.

When the UK narrowly voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, the country was stunned. A thousand questions arose. What just happened? What was going to happen? Why? Who did this? What's the matter with you? And why is invoking "the will of the people" suddenly the ultimate argument-ending smackdown move?

Here's Will. He's pleased you're here.
Here's Will. He's pleased you're here.

As the months trudged on, the government floundered and the debate went round and round, it became sadly apparent that this was a terrifically immature moment in our nation's history. What would a child make of this mass throwing-out of toys from the country's pram? She'd probably wonder who this 'Will' was who suddenly seemed to be getting so much attention. He must be the smartest, strongest and best person of all: a bold leader who would show us the way to prosperity, freedom and really suave hats. 

This hippo is lying to you.
This hippo is lying to you.

So 'Will Of The People' came to be. It's a satirical, original, one-off book about Brexit: a light-hearted yet poignant attempt to tell the story of this chaotic, historic, bewildering moment in pictures, with bears. It's told simply and saltily, though not without sympathy for those who, like Will, felt that this was a chance for a better and more brightly-coloured future. After all, in the end we're all in the same teeny tiny little boat. GREAT no it's fine honestly.

We'll be keeping you updated on 'Will''s gallop towards glorious success or humiliating obscurity throughout the 30-day campaign, and adding extracts and sketches to the page. Here's a little more about the book, the rewards, and us.

The first page. These are the bears. Hello bears.
The first page. These are the bears. Hello bears.

THE STORY

A family of bears tell the tragicomic tale of Will, an average young man who finds himself at the heart of a madcap scramble for sovereignty and power. As events career beyond everyone's control, he must search his soul to find whether or not his fateful decision was right, and also search the shops for decent hard-working British bananas. 

THE REWARDS

Along with gorgeous hardback and digital copies of 'Will Of The People', backers can choose bookmarks, tote bags and limited edition prints, all designed by illustrator Joey Everett (images coming soon, yep). There are also tickets to the glittering launch party on a boat docked on the Thames, close enough to Parliament for them to hear your subversive, maniacal laughter. Look out for more rewards as we go. Ooo.  

PUBLICATION 

We'll be publishing 'Will Of The People' with RedDoor Publishing on Article 50 Day, 29 March 2018: the non-holiday nobody is especially looking forward to. The super-duper launch party will be on that very date, with a view to making the hangover last all year.

Backers will receive digital or hardback copies of the book as soon as those are finished, because they're spesh and make things happen. (See how I've put this in bold, being as it's so important and good.) 

THE PEOPLE

Joey Everett is a 26-year-old illustrator from Brighton, who runs Chum Designs. He just wants things to look nice. 

Joey does things like this.
Joey does things like this.

Sarah Bee is a deceptively youthful-looking writer from London who is in fact one hundred years old. She’s published ‘The Yes’ (Andersen/Random House, 2014, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura) and ‘Drunk Furniture’ (Quadrille, 2015, with Rhodri Marsden). One of these is more suitable for children than the other.

THE PUBLISHERS (WHO ARE ALSO PEOPLE)

RedDoor Publishing (est 2014) is an innovative publishing house run by a small heroic gang of award-winning pros.

Feel free to ask us anything and we'll get back to you as soon as humanly possible. 

A banana, yesterday.
A banana, yesterday.

WHERE ELSE IS WILL?

You can see the evolution of the ‘Will’ artwork by Joey Everett here at Will Of The People on Instagram.

And more by Joey at Chum Designs on Instagram.

Will himself tweets at @WillMeansBrexit.

Follow RedDoor's tweets at @reddoorbooks.

The RedDoor website is RedDoor Publishing.

Sarah’s website is sarahbee.co.uk.

Joey's website is chumdesigns.com.

Risks and challenges

'Will Of The People' is already written, with the illustrations in progress. Provided it is fully funded, RedDoor Publishing will be bringing the book into the world. We've worked out our costs and timings together and can't foresee any issues. Of course there's a chance that some Brexit-related issue will make for some beautifully ironic* delay, but we'll keep everyone updated on everything we can.

*Or apposite. Whichever. All enquiries on this matter to A. Morissette.

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    Bear Minimum

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    Everyone who pledges £1 or more in the first 48 hours will be the very first to get the digital edition of 'Will Of The People' before anyone else! (Except for all the others who did the same thing, obviously. But basically you are super extra special.)

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    Flying Banana

    A fabulous signed hardback copy of 'Will Of The People' complete with a limited edition bookmark, plus a proud and shiny badge.

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    A signed book, digital edition, badge, bookmark PLUS a massive (well, normal-sized) thank you credit in the book because you really deserve it.

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    Bewildered Bulldog

    A signed hardback copy of the book, digital edition, limited edition bookmark, badge, PLUS a totally amazing limited edition tote bag and a tearful thank you in the book, because you're so great and not unpatriotic either.

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    Embarrassing Parrot

    Just the same as the beautiful Bulldog package, only with an extra signed hardback copy of the book to give to a friend or an anemone.

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    Insouciant Pig

    The splendid Pig package gives you FIVE signed copies of the book, five digital editions, five limited edition bookmarks and five badges. I say!

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    Mendacious Hippo (Limited to 5)

    Go for the Hippo and you shall have: signed hardback, digital edition, bookmark, badge, tote, and... a limited edition signed Joey Everett print. Also, a thank you because oh you are so very very nice.

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    Nonplussed Warthog - Limited time only!

    It's the Hippo package 2.0. Yes. Signed hardback, digital edition, bookmark, badge, tote, limited edition signed Joey Everett print, and a thank you. AND. A personal letter from Will himself. Choose to have this sent to you, or to a dear friend or family member who you think would love to hear from their hero or nemesis.

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    The Flamingo gets you THREE superlative signed hardbacks, plus digital edition, badge, bookmark, tote, thank you credit and limited edition print. AND NOW ALSO two tickets to the launch party. Pink feathers not guaranteed but highly likely.

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    Awesome Newspaper Pirate

    Two invitations to the take-back-control-tastic 'Will Of The People' launch party in a boat bar on the Thames, near enough for Parliament to see your bum. And also a signed book, digital edition, bookmark, badge, tote, and your actual name in the book because you are smashing. YES. Plus! A limited edition signed print to boot.

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    As a Star, not only do you get a signed hardback, digital edition, badge, bookmark and tote, but also a limited edition signed Joey Everett print - AND - you get to be immortalised in the book as a character. SCREAM! (Plus also a thank you, because omg, thank you.)

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    Ahoy! It's Will Of The People!

    Yes oh yes, for an immodest sum you can be Will Of The People himself for a night. Be the guest of honour at the coruscating launch party on the Thames. Sit in a special chair and be crowned with a special hat. Be waited on by the author or one of her trusted minions all evening. Get loads of embarrassing attention. Have people take selfies with you. Wonder what you were thinking. Also you'll get two each of these: signed hardback copy of the book, digital edition, badge, bookmark, tote, limited edition signed print, and an extra-big thank you credit. Hurray!

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    NEW! Breakfast Means Breakfast

    Are you quite sure? Well, alright then. Two of all the things that you get with 'Will Of The People'... and a slap-up hangover breakfast with the author, Sarah Bee, the mid-morning after the launch party.

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