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Help publish this short and simple story about the puppy love between two young boys and get it into libraries and Pride centers.
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UPDATE! I just wrapped up displaying Sam & Aaron at Utah Pride! See the video below under "project"!

The Story

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.

The story is finished and available to read for free in its entirety online.

Background

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.

The Project   

Mock up of the book.
Mock up of the book.

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!

Stretch Goals

$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.

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    Thank you for believing in this project. Your name will appear in the thank you page of the final book.

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    Your name in the thank you section of the book and a high resolution digital copy of the story.

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    All previous rewards and an 11x17 print of the page of your choice. I will send out kickstarter surveys to get your selection. (add $3 to any physical reward from here on to add a print to that reward.)

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    A signed copy of Sam & Aaron, digital copy of the story, and your name in the thank you section.

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    A signed copy of Sam & Aaron, 11x17 print of the page of your choice, digital copy of the story, and your name in the thank you section.

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    Two signed copies of Sam & Aaron, digital copy of the story, and your name in the thank you section.

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    One signed copy of Sam & Aaron for you, and one copy of the book sent to the library or support center of your choice in the US. And of course a digital copy of the story as well as your name in the thank you section. (I cannot guarantee a library/support center will accept the book. I will work with you to find an alternative should your first choice not work out.)

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    Two signed copies of Sam & Aaron for you, and one copy of the book sent to the library or support center of your choice in the US. And of course a digital copy of the story as well as your name in the thank you section. (I cannot guarantee a library/support center will accept the book. I will work with you to find an alternative should your first choice not work out.)

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    One signed copy of Sam & Aaron for you, and one copy of the book sent to each of two libraries and/or support centers of your choice in the US. And of course a digital copy of the story as well as your name in the thank you section. (I cannot guarantee a library/support center will accept the book. I will work with you to find an alternative should your first choice not work out.)

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    Two signed copies of Sam & Aaron for you, and one copy of the book sent to each of two libraries and/or support centers of your choice in the US. And of course a digital copy of the story as well as your name in the thank you section. (I cannot guarantee a library/support center will accept the book. I will work with you to find an alternative should your first choice not work out.)

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    CUSTOM LEGO MINIFIGURINES of both Sam and Aaron and one signed copy of the book. And of course a digital copy of the story as well as your name in the thank you section.

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    CUSTOM LEGO MINIFIGURINES of both Sam and Aaron. One signed copy of the book for you, and one book sent to the library or support center of your choice. (I cannot guarantee that a library/support center will accept the book. I will work with you to find an alternative should your first choice not work out.)

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