New perk alert! We've had several people inquire about getting copies of all four books. Since part of our goal here is to reprint previous volumes, you can now pledge at the $50 to get LNA Vol 1-4, plus a DRM-Free copy of the PDF of Eat It Up.
In February of 2012, an enterprising young comics fan named Hannah K Chapman found herself wishing for a community where she could talk to other awesome women about shared nerdy loves. Thus, Ladies' Night at Graham Cracker Comics was born! Four years later, and we are putting together the fourth volume of an anthology that features original comics from talented women all over the world!
Ladies' Night Anthology was built on the belief that education and community are vital for helping more women succeed in the comic book industry. We concentrate on working with first time creators and those that have never collaborated before, giving them tools, guidance, and mentorship to move to the next level of their career. Our goal is and has always been to watch people outgrow Ladies' Night Anthology after working with us, and we've been lucky enough to see a slew of our talented contributors go on to very successful paying jobs creating comics! Previous participants include Anissa Espinosa (Bee and Puppycat, Beyond Anthology), Brittany Peer (TMNT: Casey & April), Kat Leyh (Supercakes, Lumberjanes), Monica Ras (Touching Evil, The World Ends With Us), and Shawnee & Shawnelle Gibbs (The Invention of E. J. Whitaker).
The vast majority of our annual budget goes directly to printing the books, with less than 30% of the total dedicated to maintaining the day-to-day operations of LNA, getting backer rewards made, attending cons, and hosting workshops and events for our participants.
We're asking for almost 300% more money this year because we are completely out of copies of Volume 1 and Volume 3! While all of our contributors volunteer their time and effort, many also sell copies of the anthology at a later date so we not only want to restock our supplies but also theirs.
The whole point of Eat It Up is getting more of what we all enjoy, so we've created a menu of awesome perks for you to choose from!
- Every backer level gets a PDF of Eat It Up, featuring 9 never-before-seen comics from 18 women all over the world, with amazing cover art by Jenn St-Onge.
- Add $5 to any level and you'll get ALL THREE PDFs of the previous LNA volumes: Chicago, Death & Prom, and How to Magic. To reserve physical copies of previous volumes, please message us.
- Any level above $10 gets a physical copy of Eat It Up.
- Pledge $20 or more and get an awesome charm to attach to your keys or phone!
- All backers who commit $25 or more also get their name printed in the Thank You section of the book. The first 25 backers at this level also get free (domestic) shipping!
- Select our $30 reward level or above and you'll also get a PDF of the zine we're making. With every anthology we get a bunch of amazing content that doesn't quite fit in the anthology (prose, pin up illustrations, etc), but we still want people to see it...so we make a zine!
- At $50, you'll get all of that...plus a beautiful hard enamel pin of the Ladies' Night Anthology logo, joining an elite squad of our super supporters.
- We also have retailer packages and ads available...if you have any questions, of course feel free to reach out!
- New perk alert! We've had people ask how they can buy copies of previous volumes...back us at the 4 Courses of Comics level for $50 and you'll get physical copies of Volumes 1-4, plus the DRM-free PDF of all four books, including Eat It Up! You'll also get the phone charm based on Jenn St-Onge's cover art.
We have two stretch goals for this fundraiser, but we may add more if this goes well!
If we reach $8,500 we're going to print the Volume 4 zine and send a copy of to every backer over the $30 level. So if you commit to get the PDF and we make our goal, you'll get a physical copy too!
At $10,000 we're going to try something new. LNA will commit to hosting two large events in 2017 with these extra funds.
Every year we host workshops for our creators and recruit comic industry pros to provide feedback and insight, answer questions from our group. If we meet this stretch goal, we will host an event like this one open to women outside of our pool of creators and ensure there is a way to access it online for those who are not local to Chicago.
We will also host a networking session complete with food and drinks provided for people of any gender to attend and meet other creators.
So much of LNA is about connecting people with resources, with skills, with each other, with jobs, with mentors and advisors, and we think that using this stretch goal to give back to the community is a perfect way to celebrate our fourth volume...you can never have too much of a good thing.
Eat it Up! features the skills of 19 different women: Kaia Alderson, Heidi Foland, Francesca de la Fuente, Lela Gwenn, Becca Hillburn, Kata Kane, Dani Knight, Stephanie Mided, Amber Padilla, Katy Rex, Ashley Ribblett, Al Rosenberg, Diana Salata, Rachel Simon, Dayna Smith, Suzanne Walker, Yee Wai, Evelyn Zottler, and cover art by Jenn St-Onge.
We have a team of four editors that help guide each individual story as well as running the day-to-day (and year-to-year) activities for Ladies' Night Anthology: Megan Byrd, Lauren Burke, Caitlin Rosberg, and Summer Sparacin.
We also want to thank book designer Amanda Schwarz and video editor Cameron Keleher for their support and help in formatting the book and helping us with our photo and video needs!
Risks and challenges
We have successfully funded and printed three previous anthologies on IndieGogo: Chicago, Death & Prom, and How to Magic. Final art from our amazing teams is either complete or nearly so, and we have vendors all lined up to print the books and make our perks, most of whom we have worked with in the past. Because we keep our books a standard size and length, we already have the tools and skills to maximize efficiency when it comes to shipping all the perks out.
The largest risk for us is switching to Kickstarter and asking for far more money than we have in the past in order to reprint previous volumes. This is a challenge for us, but we have a great team and we've got a good routine, now we just need your help to make those reprints happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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