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About this project

Let's talk about SEX.

We asked female comic creators to tell us their thoughts behind the act of sex, and they delivered! Their stories are personal, powerful, real, raw, hilarious, ridiculous, and stunningly smart. Too often women are told how they should feel about their sexuality and what they should do with their bodies, and now more than ever we need women telling the world how they perceive, experience, and feel about sex!

Dirty Diamonds is an award-winning all-girl comic anthology that features the semi-autobiographical work of female comic creators from around the world. Each books focuses on a central theme, and for our eighth installment we've gathered mature comics from over 65 creators and artists from 10 different countries about sex!

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 wrap-around cover by the one and only superstar Yao Xiao (www.yaoxiaoart.com). 

Mock-up of the final book
Mock-up of the final book

What makes this book R-rated?: Well, it's for adults! But while the book is mature there is no explicit content. There are so many wonderful books out there full of smutty comics, but we're treading different territory here! These are all comics ABOUT sex, and what it means to women.

6/22/17: GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!!! We did it! This book is happening thanks to all of you! But we're not stopping there. Now it's time to shoot for the stars with our STRETCH GOALS!

Also, in case you missed it, we debuted the design for the enamel pin! Check out the REWARDS section below, where you'll notice a laundry list of bonus add-on rewards that any backer can add to their reward package.

We ALSO beat our 69% Funded Challenge by a mile, so EVERY backer will receive TWO sets of temporary tattoos! Let's keep it up as we head into our FINAL WEEK!

6/11/17: We've hit the halfway point one week into the campaign!! Thank you for all of the support an enthusiasm in order to give this project a huge starting boost. We're starting to debut some of the reward designs (see the rewards section below for our temporary knuckle tattoos!) AND we're launching our first challenge!

Cheeky.
Cheeky.

If we reach 69% funded (wink) by the end of our second week (June 19th), we'll add a SECOND temporary tattoo design to EVERY backer's rewards, AND all of the backers of digital rewards will also receive the knuckle tattoos! That means tattoos for everyone! Let's keep spreading the word and supporting ladies making comics.

Featuring work from over 65 contributors, this book is absolutely jam-packed with incredible work!

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 provide additional rewards for our backers, and increase the payments for our contributors! Read more below.

While the book 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 temporary tattoos to enamel pins and more!

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.

 

Mock-up of the temporary knuckle tattoos!
Mock-up of the temporary knuckle tattoos!

 

Mock-up of the enamel pin design!
Mock-up of the enamel pin design!

We also have two specialty rewards that we're offering:

  • CONDOMS! DENTAL DAMS! LUBE! We are astute practitioners of fun and safe sex, so we're producing Dirty Diamonds branded prophylactics! These are available starting at the $75 tier.
  • MYSTERY SEX BAG! What's in the bag?? Kelly & Claire will be your personal shoppers to give you a goodie bag full of fun, exciting, and surprising items for the bedroom. Feeling daring? Grab this at the $250 tier.

Stretch goals beyond our initial goal will allow us to increase payments to our contributors, and provide additional rewards for ALL of our backers. Read more below!

We also have the option for any backer to increase their pledge in order to get bonus add-on rewards! We're offering both physical rewards and digital rewards, and we've broken the options down into single items and bundles if you wanted to grab more than one bonus reward! Here are the details:

 

BONUS add-on comics by editor Kelly Phillips AND the original Dirty Diamonds enamel pin!
BONUS add-on comics by editor Kelly Phillips AND the original Dirty Diamonds enamel pin!

 Single bonus rewards (physical):

  • Add $10 to your pledge: Receive a copy of Oh, The Things You Won't Know! by Kelly Phillips
  • Add $15 to your pledge: Receive the original Dirty Diamonds enamel pin!
  • Add $20 to your pledge: Receive a copy of Weird Me: The Complete Collection by Kelly Phillips

Bundled bonus rewards (physical):

  • Add $25 to your pledge: Receive the original Dirty Diamonds enamel pin AND a copy of Oh, The Things You Won't Know!
  • Add $30 to your pledge: Receive a copy of both Oh, The Things You Won't Know! AND Weird Me: The Complete Collection
  • Add $35 to your pledge: Receive the original Dirty Diamonds enamel pin AND a copy of Weird Me: The Complete Collection
  • Add $40 to your pledge: Get all three physical rewards at a discount!
BONUS add-on comics (PDFs) by editors Claire Folkman & Kelly Phillips AND the entire Dirty Diamonds catalogue!
BONUS add-on comics (PDFs) by editors Claire Folkman & Kelly Phillips AND the entire Dirty Diamonds catalogue!

Single bonus rewards (digital):

  • Add $5 to your pledge: Receive a PDF of Chauvet Cave by Claire Folkman
  • Add $8 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of all three volumes of The Catalogue by Kelly Phillips
  • Add $16 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of Dirty Diamonds #1-7 (everyone receives a PDF of Dirty Diamonds #8, so this completes your set!)

Bundled bonus rewards (digital):

  • Add $13 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of Chauvet Cave AND The Catalogue (Vol. 1-3)
  • Add $21 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of Chauvet Cave AND Dirty Diamonds #1-7
  • Add $24 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of The Catalogue (Vols. 1-3) AND Dirty Diamonds #1-7
  • Add $27 to your pledge: Get ALL of the PDF rewards at a discount! 

Bundled bonus rewards (digital AND physical):

  • Want to mix and match physical AND digital rewards? Add any combination of dollar amounts above! Feel free to reach out to us with questions, and we'll confirm with you exactly what you're hoping to receive. 
  • Add $60 to your pledge: Get EVERY SINGLE bonus reward for a big discount!

Instructions: In order to add any of these rewards onto your pledge, simply go to our project page, click the "Manage my pledge" button near the top, and add the dollar amount for that bonus reward to the amount you've already pledged.

Let us know if you have any questions or need any help! Feel free to either message us on Kickstarter, or email us at editors(at)dirtydiamonds.net.

Here are some of the pages from Dirty Diamonds #8: Sex.

by Rica March
by Rica March

 

by Lucie Towers
by Lucie Towers

 

by Christine Larsen
by Christine Larsen

 

by Jillian Fleck
by Jillian Fleck

 

by Cyn Why?
by Cyn Why?

 

by Shauna J. Grant
by Shauna J. Grant

 

Anna Krztoń
Anna Krztoń

 

by Arielle Estrella
by Arielle Estrella

 

by Olivia Li
by Olivia Li

 

by Lorena Reyes
by Lorena Reyes

 

by CB Hart
by CB Hart

 

by Heather Kenealy & Brianna Gilmartin
by Heather Kenealy & Brianna Gilmartin

 

by Soumya Dhulekar
by Soumya Dhulekar

 

by Karin Blaauwijkel
by Karin Blaauwijkel

 

by Lindsay Ishihiro
by Lindsay Ishihiro

 

by Megan Crow
by Megan Crow

 

by Meredith Park
by Meredith Park

 

by Maria Bee
by Maria Bee

 

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 increase the amount we pay all of our contributors and artists, and provide additional rewards for ALL backers, regardless of reward tier!

STRETCH GOAL #1: We'll be able to increase payments to all of our contributors by $25! AND we'll create Dirty Diamonds door hangers for ALL backers to adorn your door knobs for whatever situation may arise. ;) This goal will also help us smooth out some of our very tight budgeting!

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More goals will be unlocked throughout the campaign, so keep your eye on this section for more details.

Here is the complete list of our absolutely fabulous contributing comic creators:

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. 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.

We won the Philly Geek Award for Comic Creators of the Year in 2015, and the DINKy Award for Best Anthology in 2017 (for Dirty Diamonds #7: Imagination). Copies of all seven 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 #8: Sex!) to also be added to the collection.

Photo by Matt Godfrey
Photo by Matt Godfrey

 

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:

Twitter: @DirtyDiamondsYo

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Instagram: @DirtyDiamondsYo

Facebook: facebook.com/DirtyDiamondsComic

 

Single bonus rewards (digital):

Add $5 to your pledge: Receive a PDF of Chauvet Cave by Claire Folkman Add $8 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of all three volumes of The Catalogue by Kelly Phillips Add $16 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of Dirty Diamonds #1-7 (everyone receives a PDF of Dirty Diamonds #8, so this completes your set!) Bundled bonus rewards (digital):

Add $13 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of Chauvet Cave AND The Catalogue (Vol. 1-3) Add $21 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of Chauvet Cave AND Dirty Diamonds #1-7 Add $24 to your pledge: Receive PDFs of The Catalogue (Vols. 1-3) AND Dirty Diamonds #1-7 Add $27 to your pledge: Get ALL of the PDF rewards at a discount! Bundled bonus rewards (digital AND physical):

Want to mix and match physical AND digital rewards? Add any combination of dollar amounts above! Feel free to reach out to us with questions, and we'll confirm with you exactly what you're hoping to receive. Add $60 to your pledge: Get EVERY SINGLE bonus reward for a big discount! Instructions: In order to add any of these rewards onto your pledge, simply go to our project page, click the "Manage my pledge" button near the top, and add the dollar amount for that bonus reward to the amount you've already pledged.

Let us know if you have any questions or need any help! Feel free to either message us on Kickstarter, or email us at editors(at)dirtydiamonds.net.

Risks and challenges

We previously published Dirty Diamonds #5: Comics, Dirty Diamonds #6: Beauty, Dirty Diamonds #7: Imagination, and editor Kelly Phillips' Weird Me: The Complete Collection via Kickstarter with great success! All of the 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.

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