As of today, we hit 100% of our goal! THANK YOU to everyone that has pledged and helped spread the word. We've got SEVEN more days to keep fundraising, and there are still plenty of cool rewards available. Anything raised now is the icing on the Go Home Paddy cake and will allow me to spend that much more time finishing and promoting the Graphic Novel.
Paddy Brennan is just off the boat. Things in Boston are not that much better than they were in Ireland; minus the Potato Famine, of course. It’s 1847, and the Irish are setting sail in massive numbers for the New World. They flee the Famine and English oppression fueled by a view of the Catholic Irish as an inferior race. On American shores, Paddy is finding the same miseries that he had left behind on the other side of the Atlantic: bigotry, poverty and hatred. The Americans seem to detest the Irish — and in no city are they more despised than in Boston, where the natives regard England as their mother country and where, at one point, the Puritans had banned Christmas for being too Catholic! Paddy’s parents are dead, he has no job prospects and he’s haunted not only by what he saw during the Famine, but also by his experiences while crossing the ocean on one of the many infamous “Coffin Ships.” Paddy will have to fight for his rights, his religion and his very life if he’s going to survive in Boston. And what will happen if Paddy and his fellow immigrants assimilate? Will they remember their torturous pasts, or will they simply move up the ethnic ladder and look down on those considered “different”? GO HOME PADDY, a graphic novel, is the tale of one Irish immigrant’s aching struggle to succeed in a Bostonian society that fears and hates him while not forgetting his people’s wretched history.
Heartbreaking, thought provoking and ultimately uplifting, this unique narrative incorporates historical details such as the Great Hunger, the rise of the Know-Nothings, Victorian prejudices and the Great Boston Fire of 1872. GO HOME PADDY is also timely as it examines the role of immigration, race relations and religion in American society — hot political topics of today. GO HOME PADDY, a graphic novel of approximately 150 pages, is illustrated using the Victorian simian stereotype of the Irish.
I'm hoping to raise $5,000 to see me through the completion of the book. I find the Kickstarter model so appealing due to the possibility of not only raising the funds, but also raising GO HOME PADDY'S profile. I'm really hoping to share the story with as many people as possible. If the project is funded and then completed, GO HOME PADDY could easily be a great resource for both Educators and Students. The Great Irish Famine is included in the history and human rights curriculums of elementary and high schools in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, and Ohio. Numerous Universities throughout the United States offer Irish Studies Programs, including Georgetown, Loyola, Boston University, Boston College, and Notre Dame. To learn even more about GO HOME PADDY, you can read interviews regarding the story HERE and HERE.
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to watch the video, read about the project and for potentially pledging! I truly appreciate your interest in GO HOME PADDY. If you know of any family, friends or acquaintances that you think would like the project, then please send them a link to this page; that's how funds are raised! Also, check back here for updates as the fundraising campaign progresses. Again, much thanks to you all.
Besides being the Author and Illustrator of the GO HOME PADDY, (which is being serialized at www.gohomepaddy.com), the illustrations from my historical short story Goody's Lament were featured in the annual research journal for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at the University College of Cork Ireland. I'm also the former Editorial Cartoonist of The South End News in Boston.
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