Hazel is a young witch just starting on her journey of self-discovery, inspired by characters like Kiki in Kiki's Delivery Service, as well as young women I know who have moved far away to find where they belong. Hazel represents our readers, all young women pursuing their dreams, trying to discover how to make them a reality, and cast their own magic on the world.
What is the Hazel zine all about?
This issue features the comics, prose, artwork, and how-tos on the theme of Ritual. Each piece interprets the theme in a different way, and all are inspired by finding magic in the everyday, personal growth, and building friendships. About 5.25" x 8.25" (close to your standard digest or manga size), around 70 pages long, and printed on quality paper that brings the artwork to life, Hazel is a beautifully made art magazine on a small scale.
Each artist and writer has created a thoughtful contribution, always illustrated, that brings our reader a little inspiration on how to live daily life a little more magically. Whether it's instructions on a ritual for calming, a relatable story, or a few words about body-mind connection, each piece contributes something special to your day.
- Jeni Hackett
- Grace Desmarais
- Victoria Leeder
- Kasia K.
- Lulu VanHoagland
- Sydney Anderson
- Allison Kupatt
- Jennifer Chan
- Pinceau Arc-en-Ciel
- Natalia Lopes
- Milou Caribou
- Jenny Park
- Sharon L.
- Madison Romesburg
- Stephanie Matos
- Petrina Cheng-Tatara
- Ann Dwyer
- Nina Morales
- Emily Bragg
- Sudi Rouhi
- Lucy Kagan
- Lilly Higgs
- Amathy Jetton
Our most esteemed and limited backer tier only has three spots, one for each artist who will be doing a small 5"x5" commission: Sydney Anderson, Sudi Rouhi, and Lucy Kagan. (EDIT: Lucy Kagan's commission spot has been claimed!) Each artist will discuss with the backer what they would like their commission to be, as the artist deems reasonable. A great example would be a portrait of your friend, your witchsona, your favorite pet as a sorcerer, or your favorite book character! Here's the kind of work each artist can create for you~
We want to be able to pay our artists and writers, and although $50 isn't much for all their hard work, that's what we're starting with. If you want to help us be able to pay everyone closer to what they deserve for their time and skill and their beautiful contributions that help make Hazel give us all the feelings it does, help us spread the word so that we can reach our stretch goals and be able to give more and more. We want to thank you, too, for helping us get there by adding an original tote bag design if we reach all the way to $6000!
We'll be posting updates all month long, including the tote design when it's finalized, and when you back Hazel, you'll receive all the updates directly to your inbox!
Special thanks to:
- Allison Kupatt for organizational/logistical work, video editing, and managing the project schedule
- Natalia Lopes for video editing and graphic design assistance
- Hannah Lieberman for ukelele music
- All our collaborators for their incredible hard work!
Risks and challenges
Printing is the main challenge for us here. I always want to make Hazel a quality publication that feels good to hold in your hands, and that means having it perfect bound and on a nice weighty paper. This drives up our cost per book, but we hope it makes for an item you will want to keep for years to come.
This year also comes with a new challenge: being able to pay our writers and illustrators. Hazel has always been a fairly small production, so payment has always been given in the form of access to wholesale copies that the contributors can sell in their own shops and at conventions. We have never thought this was enough, but always believed was what was within our means. We know, though, that our readers can see the value of the work that goes into Hazel, and would want to compensate our contributors as much as possible for their incredible talent and hard work, and for the gift of making Hazel happen at all. For 25 artists, $50 each comes out to an additional $1250, on top of our printing costs, which are projected to be in the $1800-2000 range depending on paper type. Kickstarter fees also come into play in our math here, and we always add a little cushion for in case things don't go according to plan. We hope to go above and beyond our commitment to $50 per contributor, and we're counting on the Hazel readers to spread the word and get this wonderful magazine out there so that we can raise enough to make our artists' and writers' lives easier and show them our love. We appreciate anything our readers can do to help, whether that's backing the Kickstarter or telling all your friends. Thank you for being a part of our community and helping us grow!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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