Streeeeetch goal! A River the cat comic!
- A woman sets off on a long-distance tour across the desert, where she finds the courage she needs to continue back at home
- The executive director of a major advocacy organization walks us through his coming-out process and the precedent it set
- A young person survives hardships at school to find solace and identity in nature
- Contemplating the parallels of building a bicycle and crafting a body
- And more true stories (maybe yours)
$4,000: If we reach this new goal, Trista will draw a comics story featuring River the genderfluid cat, and it'll be published in the zine! (Thanks to an amazing backer for suggesting this wonderful idea.)
About this project
True Trans Bike Rebel is the fifteenth issue of Taking the Lane feminist bike zine. This issue is guest edited by Lydia Rogue and is dedicated to transgender and nonbinary folks talking about the power of bicycling in their lives.
Who is this zine for? What's it about?
If you're interested in bicycling and feminism, this zine is for you, no matter what your gender!
Taking the Lane has always explored gender and bicycling and been a home for trans and nonbinary voices, but when people talk about it, the presupposition is often that it's for and by women. But one of the goals of the zine has always been to break down gender norms and the power structures and barriers that go with them, and a big part of that is questioning the fixed idea of gender itself.
This issue brings that mission to the forefront, while containing super excellent and compelling personal essays from writers worth listening to. Enjoy!
By the way, the title was inspired by the amazing song True Trans Soul Rebel by Laura Jane Grace from the Against Me album Transgender Dysphoria Blues.
Call for submissions
We're reopening the call for submissions for this zine for the duration of this funding project! Send your nonfiction writing, line art, or photographs showing your experiences involving cycling and being trans to editor lydia at takingthelane dot com by the end of date of this project to be considered. Written pieces should be in the 500-2500 word range; inquire about art formatting needs. The deadline is the last day of this Kickstarter project: June 15th.
Who are we?
Taking the Lane is a feminist bike zine that has been published by Elly Blue since 2010; since 2015 it's been under the Elly Blue Publishing imprint of Microcosm. Every issue has been funded by Kickstarter. The goal is to help make conversations about bicycling more interesting and inclusive, and to have fun publishing people's rad work.
The guest editor for this issue is Microcosm intern Lydia Rogue, who moved to Portland in late 2016. They came out as genderfluid about a year ago, and have been trying to decide what that means for themself ever since. They can usually be found curled up with a cup of tea working on their latest story or poem - and if you're lucky (and it's a nice day) you'll find them out biking.
Where does the money go?
Proceeds from this project will first go to print the zine: that'll be done by the woman-owned, vegan-inked, all around super-rad 1984 Printing in Oakland, CA. A smaller amount will go toward shipping rewards, fees, printing short runs of the posters at a local print shop, plus paying costs and royalties for the other books offered as rewards in the project.
Anything that we raise above these costs will be split between the contributors; they'll each get a minimum in case there's no surplus. The more we raise the more they'll get paid!
Finally, money from selling the zines that are left after the Kickstarter project is fulfilled will go into funding future books and zines, in a never-ending cycle of reading life.
About the rewards
The zine itself is the main event, and everyone backing at the $6 level or higher will snag their own copy (or two, or ten). In case you're not familiar, a zine is a small, staple-bound booklet containing high voltage content about a specific area of passionate interest—like this one!
Allow us to introduce you to our cover model, River, a genderfluid cat who enjoys bicycling, tea, and taking care of their mental health. Microcosm's customer service rep Trista Vercher is the amazing artist and brain behind this cover—check out their other comics and illustration work.
As our thanks for backing this project at any level, from a buck to a zillion, we'll send you a link to download an image file of the cover spread, featuring River using a can of spraypaint to put the trans back into transportation. You can use it as wallpaper on your computer, print it out and hang it on your wall, or whatever way you'd most like to display it.
The first poster features this same awesome cover image.
The second poster was developed by Trista to go along with Dr. Faith Harper's book Unf*ck Your Brain (the "Keep the Faith" tag on the van on the zine cover is a reference to her work). If you choose a poster reward, you'll also get the How Do You Feel Today poster featuring River's many moods.
Each poster is 11x17, printed on thick-ish, glossy-ish paper—if you choose rewards that include them, we'll ship them to you in a tube.
Feminist Bicycle Zine Power Pack
Enjoy True Trans Bike Rebel along with these back issues of Taking the Lane:
#14: Bikequity - essays about class, money, race, identity, and cycling
- #13: Cycletherapy - grief and healing on two wheels
- #12: Bikes and Religion - bike-powered encounters with many aspects of many religions
- #11: Four Paws, Two Wheels - tales of biking with dogs (and a how-to)
- #10: Bikes in Space - our science fiction issue, which launched a genre
Gender & Health Power Reading Pack
Contains True Trans Bike Rebel plus these books and zines that touch on many aspects of gender:
- Our Bodies, Our Bikes - writing and art at the intersection of gender & bicycling
- Alive With Vigor - collects many writings about health and bodies with a strong gendery bent
Threadbare - reporting on the garment and sex industries worldwide
- Shut Up and Love the Rain - a zine of comics and stories exploring gender and sexuality and a parent coming out as trans
Sex Without Roles - a zine about transcending gender and re-learning boundaries and desires
- Our Bodies, Our Bikes
Pedal, Stretch, Breathe - a guide to yoga for bicycle commuters
Bikes in Space volume 2 - great tales of bikey, feminist futures (including a story by True Trans Bike Rebel contributor Elly Bangs)
The Velocipede Races - a steampunky tale of a young woman who breaks with gender expectations in order to pursue her dream
- And the last 5 issues of Taking the Lane (from the Feminist Bike Zine power pack)
Risks and challenges
We've run a whole lot of successful Kickstarter projects and by now we know the most likely pitfalls by heart. We're going to be spending extra effort on this one to avoid making editorial mistakes, like printing the wrong version of someone's bio or spelling their name wrong. Other mishaps, like printing delays and damaged shipments are out of our hands, but we know how to roll with that stuff!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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