How do you deal with a terminal diagnosis in your 40's?
How can you really talk about it with friends and family?
Well we do it by poking fun at it.
I (Michael) wrote my story of prostate cancer - which is pretty much pee, poo, and (no) boners. It really is just one big set-up for laughs. My brother (Jon) did what he does best, and made funny, sad, and mostly weird cartoons to help break the ice and start real conversations. Our Dad even kicked in a few drawings for old time's sake.
I may not have long to live, but at least I'm enjoying the ride. (Jon hates it when I say things like that.)
I want to share my story as we think it can help others with their own journeys, and to make people laugh at something that's quite painful.
I have found that so many guys have a hard time talking about things like this, whether its cancer or an illness in general. It can be awkward, embarrassing, and even a little emasculating.
Screw that. This is my life. This is your life. There is no shame in getting sick. But there is a problem if we can no longer talk to each other like normal human beings.
In your face humour is how we were raised. We may not be able to cure cancer with a bunch of bad jokes, but we think we can mock the hell out of it.
Want to help us out?
Here is our first cut at a book cover for Finger Up The Bum!
What's in the book, you ask? Is it funny, is it sad, is it personal, is it about health, is it cartoons? Its all of them, but not in one neat little box. Its real life...
Finger Up The Bum is written and the illustrations look great. The words and images need some polish, but the heavy lifting is done.
But we want to give you a taste...let you wet your beak a little. Here is a mock up of what the book might look like. It includes one of Jon's great cartoons, and a sample of Michael's more better writing.
In order to publish, we need to raise some cash. Not big big bucks, but some bucks.
We aren't experienced in the book world so we want to hire a team of pros to help us do everything right - the layout, the printing, the E-Book, the paper copy, distribution, etc. We have a great supportive team lined up, Page Two Strategies. They will get all of that done for us, and scope out the right printer. They will also get us into the online world, and the old fashioned brick and mortar book sellers.
The chart here is a breakdown of how we will spend the money we raise.
If we are lucky enough to hit our target with your help, then we can make it go, and print in colour (or color in the good old USofA). If we raise even more money, we can do a bigger first run. We could then do some real marketing, beyond having my daughter Chloe (one of the Cancer Dancers from the video), walk up and down Main Street in a Finger Up The Bum sandwich board.
So check out the rewards, and make a pledge. Most of the rewards include a copy of Finger Up The Bum, which you will want of course. But what you really want - and its only available through some of the rewards - is you very own Allan the Angry Prostate high-end Giclee (or similar) print. Quite frankly, its the coolest thing you've ever seen.
What started out as a simple project, writing a story mostly for friends and family, has turned into quite the beast. But we think its a story worth sharing.
Finger Up The Bum will help you, and the ones you love, find ways to laugh in the face of cancer, with ridiculous anecdotes and hilarious illustrations. I might be sick, but it doesn't mean I can't make fun of this stupid disease. This book is for anyone going through hard times with or without cancer. F*$k it! We gotta laugh!
Risks and challenges
The great thing is that the book is written - the words and the illustrations. I just need to remember to back up my files.
The main risk is that Michael gets too sick to complete the project. But, the book is written, and the drawings done. Yes, we need to fine tune and edit, but the layout, printing and distribution are the big obstacles ahead. We are all used to meeting project deadlines, and can make it work.
The other risk really is that we have never done this before. But that's why we will use the money to bring in people who do this for a living. Page Two Strategies are pros who can help us with the printing, publishing, and distribution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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