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Fatventure Mag features work by fat women and non-binary creators who love being active, but don't love toxic weight-loss culture.
Fatventure Mag features work by fat women and non-binary creators who love being active, but don't love toxic weight-loss culture.
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Fatventure Mag, Volume 1

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Who We Are & What We Do

Fatventure Mag is a printed and digital magazine focusing on active lifestyles beyond the boundaries of weight-loss culture. We’re shining the spotlight on work by fat-identified women and non-binary writers and artists who love spending time outdoors, communing with nature, and being active, no matter what "fitness culture" has to say about it.

Fatventure Mag was co-founded by Alice Lesperance and Samantha Puc, two fat lesbians who wanted to create a space where fat folx could talk about their experiences in the active/fitness community without being devalued for their size, ability, or motivation.

After they proposed the idea on Twitter in January 2018, Alice and Samantha received an overwhelming number of inquiries from people who wanted to help cultivate that space. Many of those people—including design editor Carrie Alyson—have work featured in the first volume of Fatventure Mag. Many more have championed the project since it began to take shape, and the Fatventure team is endlessly grateful for every single one of those people.

Our contributors, editors, and creators have been featured in The Atlantic, Autostraddle, Nylon, The Advocate, SheKnows, Bustle, and Brooklyn Magazine. You can find work by our artists on platforms like Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Mashable, Bitch, The Tempest, and elsewhere. Our contributors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and the caliber of their work is second to none.

Fatventure Mag Contributors
Fatventure Mag Contributors

Click this link to see expanded biographies for each of our writers and artists, and click here to follow them all on Twitter.

In addition to work by the above-listed contributors, we are also featuring interviews with three big voices in the fat and active community:

Jessamyn Stanley
Jessamyn Stanley

Click here for an excerpt from our interview with Jessamyn Stanley!

Vanessa Friedman
Vanessa Friedman

Click here for an excerpt from our interview with Vanessa Friedman!

Jesse Amesmith
Jesse Amesmith

These exclusive interviews round out our first volume, which is due to ship in the fall of 2018. Fatventure Mag explores everything from hiking to figure skating in a curated selection of essays, interviews, and listicles. This 50+ page, soft-cover zine dives into contributors' experiences in dozens of areas, including (but of course, not limited to) competitive dance, super-fat camping, transitioning and body-building, working as a fat nutritionist, and packing for cross-country bike trips.

Fatventure Mag packs a punch. No matter who you are, our first volume has something for you—and that's why we need your help to make it happen.

Why We're Crowdfunding

Fatventure Mag is a much-needed critical and creative resource for fat people occupying a world that tells them again and again that their bodies shouldn’t look a certain way or engage in certain activities. We hope that Fatventure Mag will be one of many efforts to fight that attitude, online and in print—especially in the active world. 

We seek to be as inclusive as possible and represent bodies of many shapes, sizes, and abilities. We hope to build a community through this project where we can all learn from and grow with each other.

Because we believe in the importance of paying creators for their work, we are turning to Kickstarter in order to raise the funds to pay our writers, artists, and editors. Beyond that, our $12,000 goal will also pay for:

  • Printing and shipping the first volume of Fatventure Mag
  • Printing and shipping Kickstarter perks, including stickers, temporary tattoos, water bottles, bandanas, and bonus art prints
  • Covering Kickstarter fees

We believe that Fatventure Mag is needed in our world, and we hope that you will agree—and if you're able, that you'll pitch in (even just $1!) to help make this project into a reality!

Let's Talk Perks

Of course, we know how much people love cool, custom swag—so we're offering a few things for our backers! Everyone who donates at least $5 will get a PDF copy of our first volume, and from there, the perks get physical!

$5 or more:

Fatventure Mag, Volume 1 ($5: PDF, $15+: Physical Copy & PDF)
Fatventure Mag, Volume 1 ($5: PDF, $15+: Physical Copy & PDF)

$15 or more:

Fatventure Mag Sticker
Fatventure Mag Sticker
Fatventure Mag Temporary Tattoo
Fatventure Mag Temporary Tattoo
#BigBitchesLikeTreesToo Embroidered Patch
#BigBitchesLikeTreesToo Embroidered Patch

* Credit to Ashley C. Ford for the hashtag! 

$35 or more:

Fatventure Mag Water Bottle
Fatventure Mag Water Bottle

 $60 or more, CHOOSE ONE:

Fatventure Mag Bandana
Fatventure Mag Bandana
Bonus Art Prints
Bonus Art Prints

* Final colors may differ from digital image to printed product.

$80 or more, get all of the above!

Stretch Goals

If we raise at least $13,000, backers who donate at the $15 level or higher will receive Fatventurer Merit Badges to decorate their bags, jackets, bandanas, cork boards, hats, or anything else!

Fatventurer Merit Badges
Fatventurer Merit Badges

If we raise at least $15,000, backers who donate at the $35 level or higher will receive some wicked sharp enamel pins to decorate their bags, jackets, bandanas, cork boards, hats, or anything else!

Fat In the Wild Enamel Pin
Fat In the Wild Enamel Pin

If we raise more than our base goal of $12,000, we will increase payments to our contributors and use any leftover funds to build the Fatventure Mag website into an ongoing digital zine. 

Our wildest dream is to produce multiple volumes as we move forward with this project, and every little bit helps us get closer to accomplishing that dream.

Special Thanks

We'd like to thank Yael Tygiel for putting together our Kickstarter video, Daniel Cassou for helping us run our social media, our contributors for putting their faith in Fatventure Mag, our backers for helping us make this mag a reality, Moon Travel Guides for their sponsorship, and of course, YOU, for reading through this entire project description. You're amazing.

We'd also like to thank these outlets for featuring us:

For more media coverage and our press kit, click here.

Now Let's Go On An Adventure!

Risks and challenges

For the sake of transparency, this is our first time running a Kickstarter project. However, each of us has years of experience in writing, editing, and graphic design. We are utilizing every tool in our collective tool belt to secure the best price for each element of this project, to communicate openly and effectively with contributors, and to produce the highest quality magazine that we possibly can.

We've enlisted talent from all over the world and we've taken advice from people who have successfully crowdfunded projects on Kickstarter, some of them many times over.

When it comes to publishing a collaborative project, there are always risks. We acknowledge that by putting your money into this project, you are extending your trust. We promise not to take advantage of that at any point and to be transparent in our communication throughout this process, especially if our funding goal is met and we are able to produce this magazine and ship it to contributors and backers.

We have done our best to create a timeline which will allow us to complete this project and get perks sent out in a timely fashion. If there are financial or timing issues, we pledge to keep communication lines open so that no one is in the dark at any point. We are so excited to get Fatventure Mag off the ground, and we deeply appreciate your support.

If you are not able to back this project financially but still believe in our mission, we ask you to please share the link with your family, friends, and social networks. This project is very much a collaborative effort, and everything helps!

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    In addition to a PDF copy of Fatventure Mag, Vol. 1, and our eternal gratitude, at this level you'll also receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the magazine, a Fatventure Mag sticker, and a temporary tattoo!

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    Your Name in Lights

    ...well. Not exactly. But we will feature your name in our first volume! Our eternal gratitude will be printed in ink, alongside the incredible writing and art made by our contributors. Also includes all lower reward tiers.

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    Quarter Page Ad Space

    Do you have a fat-positive blog, podcast, newsletter, book, project, or product that you want our readers to know about? At this level, we'll place a quarter page ad designed and submitted by you in our first volume! Comes with a PDF copy of Fatventure Mag, Vol. 1.

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    Do you have a fat-positive blog, podcast, newsletter, book, project, or product that you want our readers to know about? At this level, we'll place a quarter page ad designed by Carrie Alyson (with your provided logo, images, and copy) in our first volume! Comes with a PDF copy of Fatventure Mag, Vol. 1.

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    At this level, you receive all lower reward tiers AND you can choose between a bonus art print from one of our contributors OR a Fatventure Mag bandana.

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    If you want EVERYTHING (and why wouldn't you? These perks are awesome), this is the rewards tier for you! Get digital and physical copies of Fatventure Mag and tons of cool swag.

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    • Physical Copy of Fatventure Mag
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    Do you have a fat-positive blog, podcast, newsletter, book, project, or product that you want our readers to know about? At this level, we'll place a full page ad designed by Carrie Alyson (with your provided logo, images, and copy) in our first volume! Comes with a PDF copy of Fatventure Mag, Vol. 1.

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