"Living With Cancer: Our Stories" is our first comic anthology as CHIP Collective. It's a 44 page comic, featuring 9 different artists, to tell 6 people's stories of how their lives have been affected by cancer, or thier work in the medical field of cancer. This project aims to:
- Raise awareness about different cancer types and how they affect people differently
- Provide a source of support & solidarity to readers who may be going through cancer themselves
- Provide helpful information to those living with cancer & their loved ones who want to support them
- Encourage conversation about cancer & cancer treatment
- Help people of most ages & learning abilities have a better understanding of cancer by using comics as an accessible and friendly informative medium
- Give readers an idea of how cancer treatment & research has changed and progressed over the years
Below you can read the foreword for the comic, explaining why & how this project came to be:
We'll be using this kickstarter to fund the creation of this project, so the funds will go towards production costs, print costs, artist payments, postage costs and kickstarter fees. We've worked out all of the calculations, and we've made a handy pie chart so you can see how much money is going where:
Who is involved with this project?
In this comic you can read the stories of Naomi, Carly, Ann, Vesna, Raj and Walkiria and their experiences with cancer.
Here are some words from some of the storytellers themselves, and why they wanted to contribute their story to this comic:
Ann - "I chose to share my story because I know the intense suffering that comes with losing someone close to cancer. I lost my Mum very prematurely and suddenly to ovarian cancer when I was a young student. The trauma and lack of support devastated me and affected my life for years. I wanted to share my story out of respect for my late work colleague whose daughter is involved in the project and also to try to help people feel less alone when they face caring for or losing someone they love to cancer. The comic would definitely have helped me."
Vesna - "I was happy to collaborate with CHIP collective on this project primarily to raise awareness about skin cancer and how highly preventable it is. Also, my goal was to bring assurance to anyone who has been affected by cancer in any way, that a lot of scientists all over the world are working tirelessly to cure cancer."
Raj - "I chose "Living with Cancer - Our Stories" to tell my story about living with and surviving from the big "C" because I hope it will inspire others who may go on that tough and terrifying journey that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I hope that by reading my story that other patients with cancer will feel that they are not alone! This project has a BIG heart, and a project such as this is much needed and provides a great opportunity to connect with people suffering from cancer and their family and friends."
To bring the stories to life, we have several fantastic artists involved who will translate those stories into comics. Meet the artists:
As of the day of our kickstarter launch, the comic is currently 57% completed! Here's a preview of what we have done so far:
Some examples of the completed pages
Some examples of the work-in-progress pages
A preview of the illustrations within the book, also available as A3 posters for the reward tiers £20 and up
Stretch Goal #1: One of our aims as CHIP Collective is to encourage fair pay for artists, as so often they are faced with people who disregard the amount of effort, time and practice that goes into the creative process - especially in comics - which leads to artists being underpaid, underselling themselves, and sometimes even being used for "exposure" without pay. Our current base goal will give our artists a fair pay for their hard work, but if we reach this stretch goal we can give our artists a pay closer to "living wage" standards! We know how much dedication the artists involved in this project have given to it so to be able to give them this pay increase would make such a difference to them and would be a great way to just say "Thank You". Without our artists, this comic would not be at all possible!
Stretch Goal #2: With this stretch goal, a postcard sized print drawn by Ashling Larkin will be sent out with every single pledge that requires shipping! So whether you've pledged to just get the physical copy of the comic, The Book + (A3) Poster, or The Big Bundle, you'll recieve an additional A6 print along with your other items.
*Any additional or excess money between and above our stretch goals will go towards printing more copies of the comic.*
What happens after the Kickstarter?
Once the kickstarter is funded, the books are printed, the artists are paid and the rewards are sent out, we want to get copies of the book in schools, libraries and GP waiting rooms. With any leftover books we have, we'll be selling those at conventions and on-line and using the proceeds from the book sales to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Please note that we will not be using any of the money raised from this kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Cancer Research UK as that is against the kickstarter guidelines.
Risks and challenges
As CHIP Collective, we don't have a very large platform yet, so we will be relying heavily on people sharing this project and getting the word out about it. Luckily we have a large team working on this project who can share this project on their own individual social media platforms which will help this kickstarter gain a larger audience!
The biggest chunk of this funding is going towards paying the artists involved with this comic, which is an incredibly important aspect of this project. We will not be selling copies of the books - digital OR physical - for profit, meaning that the artists won't be getting paid via royalties or sales percentages. Therefore, one of the biggest hurdles we have to overcome is ensuring that the artists are paid for their time & work through this kickstarter!
As an indie comic project, we've been doing the production of the comic completely by ourselves, and that will carry on into aspects beyond this kickstarter like printing and shipping. It will all be done by ourselves - Ashling & Catriona - so one of the risks we could fall into is shipping and printing prices! We've done the calculations to the very best of our abilities, triple and quadruple checking the numbers, but there may be factors outside of our control that may affect those numbers such as companies raising printing costs or fluctuating shipping prices.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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