My name is Trevor and I'm an illustrator based in NY. I‘m very excited to share this project with you. It is my first self-published work, completely written and illustrated on my own. Hope you all enjoy learning about the story and the kickstarter goodies :)
*( CW: Suicide / Depression ) *
About "It's Important I Tell You That I I No Longer Want To Die"
Last year, I ended with the death of my childhood friend and started the new year with the death of my sister. Both deaths were taken at their own account, they had both chosen that their time had come.
When my childhood friend died, it brought back a lot of old memories, both good and bad. When my sister died, it brought back a whole lot more. Not all so good. I guess it‘s also important that I tell you that I had been struggling with major depression all that year as well. I stopped talking to my friends, stopped leaving the house, and wasn't making any work. I felt like I was just wasting away.
After she died, I really didn’t know how to handle anything in my life. Since I wasn’t working, I wasn’t taking any jobs. I was troubled and keeping everything to myself. Before she died, I had been contemplating my own suicide for years. A month after her death, I finally had enough. I still struggled to open up to anyone about what was happening in my mind, but I started drawing again. It started as super rough drawings with sharpie marker, because like death, it's permanent. I could never take back my line.
Eventually the drawings evolved. They became my vessel to salvation. I started to share my feelings with my friends. My wife and I finally were able to discuss my grief and frustration about my sister's death. Keeping everything inside was poisoning my life, I didn't want to live like that anymore.
During this time, I started to share my drawings with my friends and found out that many of them had experienced similar issues. We were able to bond over the struggles we shared. Through this experience, the drawings progressed further into a cohesive story.
I found a new sense of comfort in knowing that I am not alone.
But I also found a horrible secret: almost everyone knows somebody who has taken their own life. We just don't talk about it.
That’s when I wanted to share the story with more than just the people close to me, in hopes to break down the the taboo culture that exists around suicide and depression. It‘s my hope that this story gives comfort to those who feel alone and an insight for any who have not experienced this directly.
Thank you all for coming to my Kickstarter, reading about my past, and helping to spread the word. I couldn’t do it without all of you.
The comic is ready to be printed. It is 72 pages long, measures out at 5.5in x 6 inches, and will have a perfect bound spine. All copies will be handmade from my studio in Brooklyn. The comic will look and feel very similar to lots of indie comics and zines we all love.
With enough Kickstarter funds, my hope is to extend the project further and distribute the comic copies at various mental health facilities and non-profits"
All production and shipping will start immediately after funding is complete. Printing for all material has been locked down and all production is ready to begin.
Shipping is scheduled to begin in late September and early October.
$1 Thank You Pledgers! Your contribution is essential and greatly appreciated! All donations help us get one step closer to our goal!
$5 Sticker Bundle Pledgers will receive a set of 5 "Its Important I Tell You I No Longer Want To Die" illustrated stickers!
$15 The Comic Book Pledgers will receive the printed copy of "Its Important I Tell You I No Longer Want To Die" comic book.
$25 The Art Collector Pledgers will receive the printed copy, stickers, and one 8.5 x 11 inch original drawing from the story.
$50 Therapy Club Member Pledgers will receive a t-shirt with front and back graphic prints, a sticker set, and a copy of the comic. You can now let all your friends know how sad and lonely you are. The shirts will be screen printed locally. Please don't forget to inform your clothing size.
$100 The Ultimate Pledgers will receive all items listed above and a 24 x 36 inch original drawing from the comic of their choice.
Risks and challenges
All copies will be hand made and shipped from Brooklyn by the artist. All writing production has been completed the only thing left is funding. After the Kickstarter is complete we will begin production and shipping right away! Currently everything is on track and running smooth. We will be quick to notify all pledgers of any updates during production.
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