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Pre-order physical copies of my two latest diary minicomics
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35 backers pledged $1,134 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi there!

My name is Elise Dietrich. I'm running my first-ever Kickstarter to fund the printing of my two latest diary minicomics. 

The first is a 28-page booklet of four-panel diary comics that I wrote and drew between November 2018 and February 2019, titled Making Time (Volume 1). The second is a 20-page booklet that I wrote and drew during Hourly Comic Day 2019, titled The Sandwich Shuffle

Both feature slice of life comics about parenting and caring for my own parents, as well as my own explorations of my identity as an artist in middle age. Each booklet will be printed in black and white with a card stock cover.   

About me

I'm an all-around renaissance woman with an academic background in the arts and Brazilian cultural studies. I have worked as an English teacher, a fruit seller, a seamstress, a microfinance loan officer, a survey administrator, a radio DJ, and an instructor of Portuguese, among other things. I love to tell stories and make things with my hands, so when I found comics a few years ago, I realized that it was the perfect art form for me.  

My work is reality-based, and my stories are largely autobiographical, exploring both my daily life and formative events from my past. I have self-published three minicomics and have ideas for many more. You can see most of my work on my Instagram page and on my website.  

Making Time

Making Time features 28 single page diary comics drawn and printed in a square format (5.5" x 5.5").  Last fall, I had just finished my longest comic to date (32-page Key West Diary), and my friend  Summer Pierre recommended that I create some shorter stories. It was an exercise in both creating stories within boundaries, and in expanding my audience online-- I posted each comic on Instagram, and the immediate feedback motivated me to produce more.  

The title refers to both the fact that I have to make time in my busy life for comics and other creative pursuits, AND to the many stories I create that touch on the process of making-- the importance of knitting, sewing, and other forms of handwork in my life means that they show up in my comics. I hope that Making Time will be the first volume in a series of diary minicomics. 

The Sandwich Shuffle

The second project, titled The Sandwich Shuffle, will print the comics I produced this year on my first attempt at Hourly Comic Day, an annual challenge for cartoonists to illustrate one day in their lives by creating roughly a panel every hour. 

This year it fell on a day that for me was crammed with teaching gigs, complex intergenerational family logistics, and solo parenting. I completed the challenge while dragging my feet through myriad responsibilities that will be familiar to anyone who identifies as a member of "the sandwich generation," juggling aging parents and young children while also trying to follow one's own path. 

In the interest of time, I drew these panels in pencil, which I believe captures the energy of the day. They will be printed in a horizontal booklet measuring roughly 2.5" x 5.5”. 

These are only the first three hours of Hourly Comic Day... don't you want to see what happens next?
These are only the first three hours of Hourly Comic Day... don't you want to see what happens next?

Why I need your support

Comics are largely a labor of love for me, but after a few years, funding everything up front (materials, printing costs, and convention costs --not even including the many many hours of work they take to produce) has become less and less tenable. While I post a lot of my work online, my comics are made to be printed and read on paper. Once they are published as minicomics, they go out into the world and exist on their own, ideally continuing to effect readers long after the current social media platforms fall out of fashion. 

Your support will allow me to take both of these projects to press in time to table at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) in June 2019. It's the first convention I'm attending as an exhibitor that I have to fly to!!! 

The sketchbook where I drew most of the comics from Making Time  / original pages from Hourly Comic Day
The sketchbook where I drew most of the comics from Making Time / original pages from Hourly Comic Day

Backer Rewards

$1: Thank you postcard

For the change in your pocket, you can follow along with my updates here on Kickstarter AND I will mail you a postcard with an image of one of my comics!

$7

At this level, you will get your very own copy of my minicomic The Sandwich Shuffle: Hourly Comic Day 2019. 

$12

For the price of lunch, you'll receive 28 pages of dense diary comic goodness in the form of Making Time Volume 1. 

Front and inside cover
Front and inside cover

$20

Backers who pledge just $20 will get both of my new minis AND I will personally inscribe them with a drawing of your choice (survey to follow)!

$40

Double that and in addition to both new minis, you get to choose one of my archival quality art prints, measuring 8.5" x 11". I print and package these myself and I think I do a damn good job. ;)

Available prints (L to R): CT Riverview, Key West Imagined, Chicken Lentil Soup, First Snow (from a panel in Making Time)
Available prints (L to R): CT Riverview, Key West Imagined, Chicken Lentil Soup, First Snow (from a panel in Making Time)

$50 for early birds, then $75

At this very special level, you will get ALL of my minicomics published to date (inscribed on request), PLUS one of the above prints! All comics are printed in black and white with card stock covers. 

This includes: 

  • Pine Pitch Perfume: my first mini! A collection of comics about dogs, parenting, going to Brazil, exercising, and going to the movies in New Hampshire. 20 pages.
  • Birth Story: written and drawn in only four days at a workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies-- that's the only way this MOTHER of a story was getting finished. 8 pages.
  • Key West Diary: a travelogue account of a trip I took with my then 3-year-old to visit old friends in Florida. My most ambitious work to date. 32 pages. 
Pine Pitch Perfume (Fall 2018), Birth Story (Summer 2018), Key West Diary (Fall 2018)
Pine Pitch Perfume (Fall 2018), Birth Story (Summer 2018), Key West Diary (Fall 2018)

$100

This level is for the superfans! With this pledge, you get everything listed above, PLUS you get to choose my next print from my entire existing portfolio, including my Instagram page. 

Risks and challenges

These comics are already drawn and most of the work is completed. The challenge is the completing the production and printing. I hope to fund the printing and shipping costs associated with putting the comic in people's hands without incurring the personal risk of printing before I sell copies.

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    The Sandwich Shuffle

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    Making Time Vol. 1

    Printed copy of Making Time Volume 1, featuring diary comics from November 2018-February 2019. 28 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", black and white with a slate blue card stock cover.

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    SIGNED copies of both comics

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    Both New Comics + 8.5x11 print

    Both printed books plus a 8.5" x 11" print, carefully produced, signed, and packaged by me. Comics may be signed upon request.

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    Complete works + 8.5 x 11 print

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    All of Elise's comics to date, plus a choice of an 8.5 x 11 print (Making Time, CT Riverview, Key West Imagined or Chicken Lentil Soup).

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    Complete works + 8.5 x 11 print

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    Complete works + CUSTOM print

    All of Elise's comics to date, plus a custom print of the comic of your choice. Comics signed upon request.

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