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A fully illustrated, hardcover book packed with the stories of 50+ LGBTQ+ individuals from American history.
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My name is Elijah Haswell and I'm a queer transgender artist dedicated to accessible non-fiction storytelling, andPeople of Pride is my passion project over 2 years in the making. This campaign is to fund the publication and distribution of a 8.5x11" hardcover, 125-page, full-color illustrated book highlighting 50 LGBTQ Americans who changed the course of history including Hastiin Klah, Vito Russo, Dr. Pauli Murray, Brenda Howard, and many more. 

Front cover book mock-up
Front cover book mock-up

I began Volume I of a free, virtually published series highlighting People of Pride during Pride month (June) 2018, and created Volume II in June 2019. During this time I created singular comics-style images every day to convey as much information about the individual as possible, and the response I received was far greater than I ever could've imagined. Parents, educators, and everyday Americans began regularly asking for the publication of a tangible People of Pride book for themselves and their children, and this Kickstarter campaign was born to facilitate its publication.

Image of People of Pride Volume II, #3: Keith Haring
Image of People of Pride Volume II, #3: Keith Haring

Backing this campaign at several levels grants you access to the Kickstarter-exclusive coloring book PDF featuring 10 of the most popular People of Pride.

Back cover mock-up
Back cover mock-up

People of Pride features 50 updated, redrawn illustrations of historic LGBTQ Americans drawn by Elijah Haswell.

Illustration of Gilbert Baker updated from Volume I
Illustration of Gilbert Baker updated from Volume I
Illustration of Howard Ashman from Volume II
Illustration of Howard Ashman from Volume II
Illustration of Lou Sullivan, updated from Volume I
Illustration of Lou Sullivan, updated from Volume I

Each person's life is chronicled in a one-page, easily digestible story. 

Mock-up of page spread featuring the illustration & story of Leonard Matlovich
Mock-up of page spread featuring the illustration & story of Leonard Matlovich
Mock-up of page spread featuring the illustration & story of Marsha P. Johnson
Mock-up of page spread featuring the illustration & story of Marsha P. Johnson
Book cover mock-ups
Book cover mock-ups

1. Kickstarter-exclusive Coloring Book PDF

Back this campaign for $10 or more to receive the Kickstarter-exclusive coloring book PDF featuring 10 of the most popular People of Pride to color and share to your heart's content.

2. The Book

Pledge $30 to receive your hardcover copy of People of Pride, or $35 to receive a copy signed by the creator. People of Pride will be an 8.5x11", 125-page, hardcover book packed with 50 stories & 50 full-page, full-color illustrations of extraordinary historic LGBTQ+ Americans. All backers who purchase a copy of the book will be recognized by name at the end of the book in the Kickstarter Hall of Fame! 

Risks and challenges

The book itself will be 100% complete by the week of July 1st, approximately two weeks before this campaign ends. The majority of the book is already complete, but as this project is an extension of my "drawing a day" for Pride month, some illustrations will not be finished until the end of June.

People of Pride is created by one person, which offers both pros and cons. I am the sole person writing, drawing, and formatting these stories for publishing, which creates a cohesive book but requires significantly more effort. I personally guarantee the completion of the remaining portion of this book at least a week prior to the end of this campaign.

I have chosen to print People of Pride via the publishing company Mixam. I've printed smaller projects through this company before without any issues, and their printing costs and company values have encouraged my decision to print with them again. Mixam is an environmentally conscious US-based company that prints on recycled materials using vegetable ink. There is always the potential to run into difficulties with the publishing process, but I will do everything in my power to assure this campaign runs smoothly.

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    Color the People of Pride!

    You'll receive the Kickstarter-exclusive coloring book PDF of 10 portraits of the People of Pride.

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    Hardcover Book!

    Get one of the first copies of the book, as well as the Kickstarter-exclusive coloring book PDF featuring 10 downloadable coloring pages, and have your name printed in the back of the book as a thank you!

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    Signed Book & Coloring Book!

    Get a hardcover copy of People of Pride signed by the author/illustrator Elijah Haswell, the Kickstarter-exclusive coloring book PDF, and your name printed in the back as a thank you!

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    Double Signed Books!

    Save $10 and get 2 signed, hardcover copies of People of Pride signed by the author/illustrator Elijah Haswell, the kickstarter-exclusive coloring book PDF, and your name printed in the back as a thank you!

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