About this project
"We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." -J.K. Rowling
We challenged female comic creators to interpret the theme of imagination in their own inventive ways, and they delivered!
Making up stories about the nearby woods. Creating fanfiction with a friend to stay close during a move. Envisioning yourself as an alien moon princess. Using magic to help realize your identity. Struggling to stay creative on a new medication. Mastering the mystique of pro wrestling. Reinventing yourself as the hero of a game. Picturing your characters doing sick flips out the window of a moving car...
We blasted through our initial goal! YEAH!!!!!! With our final hours ticking down, we have our eyes on our $17,000 stretch goal. This will allow us to print all of the books with spot gloss covers AND to increase our payments to every contributor in the book! Keep helping us spread the word so we can make this book even more special and give our girls as much support as possible!
Much love and thanks to all of our backers and supporters!!
We're offering BONUS REWARDS you can add on to your pledge if you'd like to receive even more comics - hundreds of pages of comics! - as you support the publication of this book! Check your options out below.
If you pledge for the $12 tier or above, you can...
- Increase your pledge by $5 to receive two bonus comic PDFs from editors Kelly & Claire - The Catalogue (Vol. 1) and Chauvet Cave!
- Increase your pledge by $10 to receive PDFs of the full Dirty Diamonds catalogue (#1-7) PLUS the reward above!
- Increase your pledge by $20 to receive PDFs of the complete Weird Me series, editor Kelly Phillips' tale of being the teenage webmaster of a "Weird Al" Yankovic fan site - PLUS the rewards above!
If you pledge for the $30 tier or above, you can...
- Increase your pledge by $22 to receive a second copy of Dirty Diamonds #7: Imagination! Make it a gift! Share the love of comics!
- Increase your pledge by $25 to receive the Dirty Diamonds Omnibus (#1-4) with a commemorative 5th anniversary bookplate signed by Kelly & Claire!
- Increase your pledge by $45 to receive both a second copy of Imagination and get the Omnibus with commemorative bookplate!
Want all the bonuses? You can increase your pledge by $60 to get it all! Here's a ~highly sophisticated~ break-down of the bonus rewards:
Also, check out the mock-up for the ENAMEL PIN!
Let's keep it up!!!
Dirty Diamonds, an award-winning all-girl comic anthology celebrating its fifth anniversary, features the semi-autobiographical work of female comic creators from around the world. Each books focuses on a central theme, and for our seventh installment we've gathered all-ages comics from over 60 creators and artists from 10 different countries about imagination!
We've collected all of the completed comics, so now we need your help to make this book a reality!
The final product will be a perfect-bound, 8.5" x 11", 200+ page book featuring an absolutely stunning special guest cover by the incomparable Rebecca Mock (The New Yorker, Compass South).
Featuring work from over 60 contributors, this is our biggest and most ambitious book yet! (We just keep growing!)
Our initial campaign goal will cover all publication costs, provide compensation for all of the creators in the book, and go towards shipping costs, reward production, supplies, and Kickstarter/credit card fees. Our goal also includes free shipping and copies of the book for each of our contributing creators!
Additional stretch goals will allow us to enhance the production quality of the book, and provide additional rewards for our backers! Read more below.
While the book itself is an amazing reward in and of itself, we have lots of other exciting rewards for the backers that support our campaign - from PDFs to stickers to SHINY ENAMEL PINS!
We're also extremely happy to announce that the stupendous Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) will be illustrating a hand-numbered, limited edition print that will be exclusively available through this Kickstarter campaign! You can grab the print starting at the $75 tier.
Check out the break-down below of what you will receive with each reward tier, along with the detailed descriptions on the right-hand side of the page.
Stretch goals beyond our initial goal will allow us to add book enhancements, increase payments to our contributors, and provide additional rewards. Read more below!
Here are some of the pages from Dirty Diamonds #7: Imagination.
The initial Kickstarter goal covers all of our basic publication costs and allows us to pay each of the contributing creators a baseline fee. Hitting our stretch goals will allow us to add enhancements to the book itself, increase the amount we pay all of our contributors and artists, and provide additional rewards!
- STRETCH GOAL #1 - $17,000: Reaching this stretch goal will allow us to add spot gloss to the cover of the book, which will look SO COOL. We will also be able to increase our payments to all of the creators in the book!
- MORE stretch goals will be unlocked!
Here is the complete list of our absolutely fabulous contributing comic creators:
- Alex Graudins
- Anna Assan / Capp
- Anna Krztoń
- Anna Wieszczyk
- Anne Mondeel
- Ashanti Fortson
- Bilge Emir
- Bree Jordan
- Brie Katherine
- Caitlin Skaalrud
- Cathi Chavers
- Claire Folkman
- Crystal Jayme (Scotty)
- Cyn Why
- Dre Grigoropol
- Emily Ree
- Giselle Sarmiento
- Grace Teoh
- J B Monte
- Jay Jacques
- Jennifer Chan
- Kat Efird
- Kat Fajardo
- Kata Kane
- Katie Alexander-O'Carroll
- Kelly Leigh Miller
- Kelly Phillips
- Kielamel Sibal
- Kimberly Frisch
- Laura Ellyn
- Leslie Craig
- Letty Wilson
- Lisa Imperiale
- Liz Rosema
- Ma. Victoria Robado
- Madeleine LaPlante
- Magdalene Visaggio
- Meagan Ciongoli
- Megan Crow
- Mirana Reveier
- Natalie Riess
- Noni Garcia
- Rica March
- Sage Coffey
- Samantha Kyle
- Sara Goetter
- Sarah Burns
- Sarah Simes
- Shannon Murphy
- Shauna J. Grant
- Shivana Sookdeo
- Soumya Dhulekar
- Štěpánka Jislová
- Stephanie Hovden
- t.r. logan
- Tara O'Connor
- Vicky Leta
- Virus Visal
- Win Evans
Our stellar splash page artists:
And once again, our mind-blowing cover artist:
Dirty Diamonds is edited and published by Kelly Phillips (Weird Me) and Claire Folkman, drawing buds since the 7th grade. Holding down the fort on either end of Philadelphia, they have been the loving parents of the all-girl comic anthology since 2011 (five years strong!). The goal of Dirty Diamonds has been to give the women of comics a dedicated outlet for telling their stories, and artists from around the world have contributed their semi-autobiographical comics over the years. Gathering these personal stories has allowed us to highlight both the talents and experiences of women in comics today.
In 2015, we won the Philly Geek Award for Comic Creators of the Year, and copies of all six of our previous issues have been donated to the permanent comics collection at the Library of Congress, with an open invitation for future issues (including Dirty Diamonds #7: Imagination!) to also be added to the collection.
If you have any questions about Dirty Diamonds or would like to reach the editors about anything whatsoever, feel free to email us at editors(at)dirtydiamonds.net or get in touch with us in any of the following places:
Risks and challenges
We previously published Dirty Diamonds #5: Comics and Dirty Diamonds #6: Beauty via Kickstarter with great success! Both projects exceeded their initial goals, which allowed us to produce the books on schedule, create/send all rewards out to our backers, and pay all of the contributing artists as planned.
With lessons learned from our previous campaigns, we've streamlined and improved our publication process, production schedule, and rewards expectations. We have everything lined up with our printer and have a distribution plan in place, so all we need is you and your support!
The biggest risk involved with this campaign is that if we don't reach our goal, we won't be able to pay our contributors. :(
Note: No part of this Kickstarter's funds will go directly towards the editors as profit. All funds have been budgeted into our artist payments and business expenses. Any extra funds that are raised will go directly toward the production and distribution of Dirty Diamonds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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