UPDATE! I just wrapped up displaying Sam & Aaron at Utah Pride! See the video below under "project"!
Sam & Aaron is a short illustrated story following the puppy love shared by two young grade-school aged boys. It is a story without an antagonist or conflict and dwells on the innocence and excitement of first love.
This story exists because like many gay people, my first experiences with love and attraction were gnarled with confusion, fear, and shame. In my personal journey, these negative emotions and ideals sent me into a deep and painful spiral that lasted all though my teenage years. Even after coming out as an adult the effects of my years of mental and emotional self-abuse persisted, barring me from meaningful relationships and truly trusting my emotions. I lived this half life going into my twenties until I couldn't handle another day and decided something had to be done.
Creating Sam & Aaron was my way of healing from this trauma. I took various experiences from my childhood and re-imagined them being lived by two boys who weren't limited by the fears and misunderstandings that I was growing up. That they could feel love and embrace it without restriction.
In this way, I was be able to show myself a better world for kids like the one I was. And while it certainly displays an ideal future, it was important to me that the story remain grounded and believable.That it wasn't a fantasy but a hopeful view of a world I hope to see for future generations.
In the end, even before I finished the project, the story helped me confront my pain and overcome it.
Initially, I had never intended to share this story. It was a very personal story being created for very personal reasons. However, after sharing it with some close friends and family, I was given the perspective that this story had the potential to maybe help others the way it helped me. Realizing this, I decided it was well worth exposing my vulnerabilities if it meant helping even just one other person.
This project is to raise funds to print 250 copies of Sam & Aaron in book form. The books will be 9x14 with a soft cover. I want to make the story available to as many people as I can. After fulfilling Kickstarter rewards, I will be working to get remaining books into libraries and LGBT centers within the Salt Lake City area and beyond.
My goal with this project is to make the story more available, not to make a profit.
UPDATE! I just wrapped up displaying Sam & Aaron at Utah Pride!
$3000 - I will be able to print 500 copies of the story. Allowing me sell copies in my online store in addition to donating copies to libraries and Pride centers. All physical rewards will receive a special bonus print.
More will be added as the previous is reached.
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter project and first Time printing my work for anything other than my own amusement.
However, the story itself is already complete. Printing and shipping is the only obstacle to overcome. For that I've got a printer lined up and I'm knee deep in excel worksheets to keep the project in scope and a plan in place for shipping. I've kept the campaign simple and I feel confident in my ability to account for and fulfilling every reward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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