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You can help save one child from becoming a victim of sex trafficking for $10.

How?

  • This Kickstarter is supporting the creation of a graphic novel that uses story, analogy and illustration to make the invisible trafficking problem visible and top of mind for children of all ages in less than 10 minutes.
  • We're mobilizing an army to fight trafficking by providing the tools they need to protect themselves and their peers from becoming victims.
  • The cost to deploy is $10 per at-risk child. This provides schools with the graphic novel, 1000 eBooks, study guides, teacher guides appropriate for various age groups and the tools necessary to fight trafficking.
  • By participating in this project and sharing it with your friends, you are raising awareness for this issue and helping to fight against sex trafficking.

The best way to learn how this project works is to take the Trafficking Challenge.

When?

There is no time to waste. Every two minutes, one child becomes a victim of sex trafficking the the United States: Equal to the average wait time for a latte at Starbucks. This number multiplies exponentially when the entire world is included.

We're running a Kickstarter campaign that ends December 4th. Our goal is to raise $7500 which will give us the seed capital to deploy this program to 100 schools. We'll track the results, report back to our supporters, then begin raising the $3 million we need to get Isfits into every school in the United States. From there, we deploy Isfits to the world.

Save a child now by supporting our Kickstarter Campaign and sharing this project with your friends.

Why?

  • The emotional and life cost incurred by a victim of trafficking is incalculable.
  • The financial costs of trafficking to society can exceed tens of thousands of dollars per victim.
  • The cost of helping to prevent one child from becoming a victim is $10.

How many victims will you help save?

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When we were exposed to the huge problem of sex trafficking in the United States and around the world, we were moved to join the fight.

How big is the problem?

  • 100,000 to 300,000 children become victims of sex slavery each year in the United States. (Ernie Allen, President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • 12-14 is the average age of entry intro prostitution. (Polaris Project: Comparison Chart of Primary Sex Trafficking Networks in the U.S.)
  • 20% of all internet pornography involves children who are victims of human trafficking (National Center for Mission & Exploited Children)
  • Less than 1% of victims are ever identified. (2010 Trafficking in Persons Report, U.S. Department of State)
  • In many urban areas of the United States, an unaccompanied teenage girl will be approached by a pimp in less than 20 minutes.

Helping survivors of sex trafficking is an amazing goal, but we wanted to help prevent girls from becoming victims in the first place.

We wanted to attack this problem in a new and powerful way. After a year of development, we uncovered an incredible tool for fighting sex trafficking. We call it Isfits.

What Is Isfits?

  • A completely new genre of fiction that uses analogy, graphic design and original illustration to capture the imagination and mobilize today's generation toward ending sex trafficking
  • A cast of characters sampled from icons of adolescence, re-imagined. 
  • 6 short stories in one full-length book 
  • Nearly 200 original designs

The graphic novel we're creating will be used by students to encourage discussion about this issue and mobilize today's generation to fight this problem.

Based on current statistics, each graphic novel will reach the social circles of three children who are most at risk of becoming sex slaves. By training the teenagers in these circles to watch for warning signs in themselves and others, we can help prevent those most at risk kids from becoming enslaved.

You can experience this project first hand by taking the Trafficking Challenge. It takes 10 minutes, but could affect you for a lifetime.

Sample pages from the book

Page one from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete ebook FREE
Page one from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete ebook FREE
Page four from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete ebook FREE
Page four from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete ebook FREE
Page 7 from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete eBook FREE
Page 7 from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete eBook FREE
Page eleven from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete ebook FREE
Page eleven from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete ebook FREE
Page fourteen from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete ebook FREE
Page fourteen from the graphic novel. Click here to download the complete ebook FREE

The cast of Isfits Vol. 1 

Cinderella scratched a new line on the wall every night when the clock struck twelve. For 999 nights, she’d sworn to herself that she wouldn’t stay long enough to see 1000. Cinderella heard the old man and the old woman clunking up the stairs. The clock began to chime. Cinderella was out of time. She had a decision to make--the kind of decision that could change her life or take it from her. Cinderella entering the potty forest - Click here to read her story   

Cinderella Goes to the Potty, entering the potty forest - Click here to download her story free
Cinderella Goes to the Potty, entering the potty forest - Click here to download her story free
Xarlie and the Xanthum Gum Factory - Click here to read his story - This is just a concept sketch, the final illustration will be similar to Cinderella Goes to the Potty
Xarlie and the Xanthum Gum Factory - Click here to read his story - This is just a concept sketch, the final illustration will be similar to Cinderella Goes to the Potty
Meatloaf being challenged by Naked Mole Rat Man, another Isfit that will be featured in a future short story
Meatloaf being challenged by Naked Mole Rat Man, another Isfit that will be featured in a future short story
iPat's at home playing on the NES, Jack Rabbit's out back hustling for some spare change - This is just a concept sketch, the final illustration will be similar to Cinderella Goes to the Potty
iPat's at home playing on the NES, Jack Rabbit's out back hustling for some spare change - This is just a concept sketch, the final illustration will be similar to Cinderella Goes to the Potty

Here are a few Isfits that will be featured in future short stories: Adam Claus, Bowker, Eddie the Crayon, Fleabags, Goodnight Ninja, JackRabbit, Kat in the Sack, Lord Trenchcoat, Pigmouth, Queen of Spades, Travis the Tree, Ulga, Wizard of Can't, Yaks Gone Wild, and Zzzzoldermort

The eBook 

Featuring 6 stories, the eBook will be optimized for display on color tablets and laptop computers. We’ll keep you up to date with each of the six stories as they’re completed, plus we’ll send the full version that includes all six stories when it’s ready. The eBook will be compatible with all popular eReaders including Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo and many more. 

The Book 

This full-color hardback, dust jacketed, book measures 8.5” square and .75” thick. Every copy will be signed by Isfits creators, Justin Blaney and Benji Todd. The estimated page count is 200. You will also receive the eBook. 

The Prints 

Option A: Choose from one of the 6 illustrated character portraits. These illustrations require 100s of hours of work to complete. The details are best appreciated when blown up to 12” X 36” print size. 

This is an example of one of the 6 main illustrations. There will be one for each character based on the illustrations shown above in the character's introductions.
This is an example of one of the 6 main illustrations. There will be one for each character based on the illustrations shown above in the character's introductions.
Close up 1 on Cinderella's fully rendered illustration
Close up 1 on Cinderella's fully rendered illustration

Option B: Receive a vertical print that includes all 14 layouts from one of the stories in a single print.

The full book on one print
The full book on one print

The other five short stories will look different than Cinderella's story. They may have different fonts or color scheme.

Close up 2 on Cinderella's fully rendered illustration
Close up 2 on Cinderella's fully rendered illustration

All prints will be signed by the creators of Isfits, Justin Blaney and Benji Todd. 

You will also receive a copy of the hardback book and eBook. 

The Canvas 

Identical to the prints, except your artwork will be printed on canvas. You will select the artwork for your canvas when the project is complete and all the illustrations are complete. 

Close up 3 on Cinderella's fully rendered illustration
Close up 3 on Cinderella's fully rendered illustration

Below is an example of option A for the canvas art, hanging in my office. You'll get to choose from one of the six illustrations when they are complete. Check out the Isfits introduction section for concept sketches of the other 5 characters.

An example of Cinderella Goes to the Potty Canvas hung in my office
An example of Cinderella Goes to the Potty Canvas hung in my office

If you select the entire graphic novel on a single canvas (option 2), the layout is different than the prints. Because of the dimensions necessary for canvas artwork, the pages are laid out two wide.

One of the caves options including an entire short story
One of the caves options including an entire short story

The other five short stories will look different than Cinderella's story. They may have different fonts or a more cohesive color scheme.

You will also receive the hardback book, eBook and digital art. 

What will we do if this project overfunds?

It we overfund, we'll be able to send more copies of these books to libraries and save more kids from becoming victims of sex trafficking. 

Stretch Goal #1 - $12,000 

The video 

We'll turn the first eBook into an animated and narrated video. This will help us spread the word about this project and increase its reach, resulting in increasing our ability to save kids.

Risks and challenges

The most likely risk is that it might take longer than anticipated to deliver the final product. This risk is mitigated by the fact that the creators of Isfits are experienced at delivering creative products on deadline so missing our projected delivery date is not likely. If we run into any problems, we'll be in touch via the update feature provided by Kickstarter.

If you have questions, we would of course be happy to answer them. Just email us.

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    THE EBOOK [ only 25 available at $3 off retail value - these will go quick ]

    Featuring all 6 stories, the ebook will be optimized for high resolution enjoyment of all 90 illustrated layouts. We’ll keep you up to date with each of the size stories as they’re completed, plus we’ll send the full version that includes all six stories when it’s ready. The pages will be formatted for all the most popular ereaders including Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo and many more.

    As an additional reward you will receive 5 digital wallpapers from the International Isfits Archives (IIA), optimized for your phone, tablet and laptop.

    As a even more additional reward, the creators of Isfits will, in your name, recycle one piece of trash destined for the landfill.

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    HELP SAVE ONE GIRL - EBOOK plus DIGITAL ART - You will receive the complete eBook including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom digital art piece with a One Girl Saved watermark. Your contribution will be combined with two other supporters to provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to a school in an urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhood.

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    HELP SAVE TWO GIRLS - EBOOK plus PRINTED ART - You will receive the complete eBook including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom PRINTED art piece from the Isfits collection with a Two Girls Saved watermark. Your contribution will be combined with another supporter to provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to a school in an urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhood.

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    THE HARDBACK BOOK [ only 25 available at $13 off retail value - these will go quick ] This hardback, dust jacketed, book measures 8.5” square and .75” thick (The metric conversion is approximately “less than one meter square”). The full color, glossy pages will be a pleasure to spend time with for you and your guests. The estimated page count is 200. Though the content is the same as the ebook, we heartily exhort you to spend the extra dough to see these illustrations in print, as this is the only officially authorized method for fully enjoying the intricacies of every pixel. All hard back books will be hand numbered limited edition and signed by the creators of Isfits, Justin Blaney and Benji Todd.

    - WEEK OF THANKSGIVING - As an additional reward, the creators of Isfits will hang a poster with your name on it in their studio. Each day for a week they will stare at the poster one full minute and think thankful thoughts. This will be digitally captured with a Canon 5D DSLR and L lens, posted online, broadcast into space and saved in the International Isfits Archives for a minimum of 100 years. At the conclusion of the week of thanksgiving, your name and a link to your website or social media page (optional) will be posted on our blog under the headline "We would like to thank these people"

    You will also receive all the glorious prizes aforementioned.

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    HELP SAVE THREE GIRLS - EBOOK plus PRINTED ART - You will receive the complete eBook including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom PRINTED art piece from the Isfits collection with a Three Girls Saved watermark. Your contribution will provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to a school in an urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhood.

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    HELP SAVE FOUR GIRLS - HARDBACK BOOK - You will receive the complete hardback book including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom digital art piece with a Four Girls Saved watermark. Your contribution will provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to a school in an urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhood.

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    THE PRINT. [ only 10 available at $36 off retail value - these will go quick ] Option A: Choose from one of the 6 gorgeously illustrated Character portraits. These illustrations require 100s of hours of work to complete. Their details can only be truly appreciated when blown up to 12” X 36” print size.

    Option B: Receive a vertical print that includes all 14 layouts from one of the stories in a single print. You’ll be able to see the entire story at one glance.

    All prints will be hand numbered limited edition and signed by the creators of Isfits, Justin Blaney and Benji Todd.

    You will also receive all the glorious prizes aforementioned.

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    SURPRISE GIFT - we will send you a beautifully wrapped present with a shiny bow on top. Inside, you will find a surprise limited edition gift. Trust us with your cash and you will be handsomely rewarded.

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    HELP SAVE FIVE GIRLS - HARDBACK BOOK - You will receive the complete hardback book including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom PRINTED art piece with a Five Girls Saved watermark. Your contribution will be combined with one other contributor to provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to two schools in urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhoods.

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    HELP SAVE TEN GIRLS - HARDBACK BOOK plus LARGE PRINT - You will receive the complete hardback book including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom PRINTED art print (approximately 36" wide) with a Ten Girls Saved watermark. Your contribution will be combined with one other contributor to provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to four schools in urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhoods.

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    HELP SAVE TWENTY GIRLS - HARDBACK BOOK plus CANVAS PRINT - You will receive the complete hardback book including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom CANVAS PRINT art piece with a Twenty Girls Saved watermark. Your contribution will be combined with one other contributor to provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to seven schools in urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhoods.

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    HELP SAVE 50 GIRLS - YOU OR YOUR PET ILLUSTRATED IN ISFITS - Send us a picture of you, your pet, or anything else and we will work it into one of the six Isfits short stories. Imagine how much fun it will be to show your friends and family the page that you're featured on! We'll send you two copies of the hardback book so you can keep one and give one to a special friend. (your pictures and ideas must be approved. If they're not approved, we'll work with you to find something that works) You will also receive a custom digital art piece with a 50 Girls Saved watermark

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    HELP SAVE 50 GIRLS - DETAILED CUSTOM SKETCH - Benji Todd, co-creator of Isfits, will create a detailed sketch (up to 10 hours work - save $500 off Benji's normal rate) of anything you want! You'll receive a high quality scan as well as the original artwork. Get a sketch of a logo, a picture of your loved one, your pet or anything else! You'll also get two copies of the hardback book. You will also receive a custom digital art piece with a 50 Girls Saved watermark

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    HELP SAVE 100 GIRLS - FRAMED PRINT SIGNED BY STUDENTS plus more - You will receive the complete hardback book including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom PRINTED art piece with a 100 Girls Saved watermark. Your limited edition artwork will be one of a kind. We will ask a school that receives the graphic novel from your contribution to sign the art. Your contribution will provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to 33 schools in urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhoods.

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    HELP SAVE 200 GIRLS - FRAMED PRINT SIGNED BY STUDENTS plus more - You will receive the complete hardback book including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom PRINTED art piece with a 200 Girls Saved watermark. Your limited edition artwork will be one of a kind. We will ask a school that receives the graphic novel from your contribution to sign the art. Your contribution will provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to 66 schools in urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhoods.

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    HELP SAVE 500 GIRLS - FRAMED PRINT SIGNED BY STUDENTS plus more - You will receive the complete hardback book including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom PRINTED art piece with a 500 Girls Saved watermark. Your limited edition artwork will be one of a kind. We will ask a school that receives the graphic novel from your contribution to sign the art. Your contribution will provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to 166 schools in urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhoods.

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    HELP SAVE 1000 GIRLS - FRAMED PRINT SIGNED BY STUDENTS plus more - You will receive the complete hardback book including all 200 illustrations and six short stories. You will also receive a custom PRINTED art piece with a 1000 Girls Saved watermark. Your limited edition artwork will be one of a kind. We will ask a school that receives the graphic novel from your contribution to sign the art. Your contribution will provide the graphic novel project and 1000 eBooks to 333 schools in urban/high-risk for sex trafficking neighborhoods.

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