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Dates is a queer historical fiction anthology focused on showcasing positive queer experiences throughout time and across the world.
Dates is a queer historical fiction anthology focused on showcasing positive queer experiences throughout time and across the world.
Dates is a queer historical fiction anthology focused on showcasing positive queer experiences throughout time and across the world.
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Dates is an anthology of queer historical fiction stories. We've gathered over 30 creators together to create almost 30 stories and illustrations about queer people living life throughout time and across the world. Dates has over 170 pages of brand new content with beautiful full-color comic covers and illustrations, black and white comic pages, and even two short prose stories! The art is all ready to go, but we need your help to fund printing and pay the artists and writers!

Dates is a celebration of queer lives and history throughout the world. Although queer identities have existed throughout time, often historical fiction skips over queer people altogether or subjects queer characters to extreme hardship, loneliness, and unhappy endings. Dates is different. In this anthology, you will find a young trans man affirmed by his peers in Joseon Dynasty Korea; two women in loving, happy relationships with both each other and their husbands in 1100s Denmark; a trans woman dressmaker and her lover dancing in Napoleonic France; and more.

Dates was born out of the desire to see queer people like us in happy situations. The anthology is a collection of over 20 comics, 10 illustrations, and 2 prose stories that are perfect for people who are 13 or older and are history enthusiasts, LGBTQ+, or just interested a side of the past that’s been relegated to the margins of the history books. More than anything else, Dates is an anthology of affirmation and acceptance. Please help us bring it to life!

Art by Erica Chan
Art by Erica Chan

Dates is edited by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra, with stories & illustrations from these great creators:

Comics:
Alex Fletcher (From Sweet Tea to BD)
Allie Hotchkiss (The Old Ways
Amanda Ocasio 
Ayanna Johnson (From Sweet Tea to BD)  
Bis Thornton (The Keys and Doors Cycle, Chastity & Ignorance) & E. S. Mahony
Cat Parra  (From Sweet Tea to BD)
Derryn Oak  
Effie Lee  
Erica Chan
Grace Park (Vertoscope
Ingram (From Sweet Tea to BD
Isaac Parente  
Joamette Gil (Womanthology)
Katie Mackay (White Pine Blue Moon)  
Lena H. Chandhok (Anything That Loves, Awkward Sex, Pony Tales
Lisa Imas (Vampires Can't Surf)
Lime Robertson (Laughable, Ruu & Walter) and Fawn Perkins
F. & M. Steffens 
Megan Hillyer (Swim On)
Millionfish (Pond Scum Royalty)
Roberta Ingranata (Robyn Hood, Utopia Calling), Pat Shand (Robyn Hood, Charmed: Season 10, Family Pets), & Manuel Preitano (Wonderland)
Robyn Haley (The Misadventures of Keilah West)
Sara Apolo (Skirts)

Illustrations:
Ivi (Major Lazer Animated Series
PhantomSeptember  
Rita Dmitrijenko (Monster Anthology: DemonEdition, Aqualumina
Ruth Forman 
Shea Vorbach

Prose:
Devin Arey
Satvika Neti (Arcsis Media)

And, two Kickstarter-exclusive comics by:
Leigh Luna (Clementine Fox) and Andy Leigh R (Azúcar Azúcar)
Isnri 

Art by Millionfish
Art by Millionfish

This Kickstarter's primary goals are to raise money to print Dates, a 170+ page, perfect-bound, 6"x9" paperback book, and pay our contributors. 

Here is the budget for our base goal:

In our funding goal of $10,000:
- $3,600 will go towards paying our contributors 
- $3,650 will go towards proofing and printing the books 
- $1,300 will go towards shipping books to backers
- $350 will go towards paying for and shipping other backer rewards
- $1000 will go towards Kickstarter fees
- $100 will be wiggle-room

Art by Alex Fletcher
Art by Alex Fletcher

As we hit each stretch goal, we'll be able to increase payment for our contributors and offer bigger, better backer rewards packages.

$14,000: A secret bonus comic is revealed! UNLOCKED!
We did it! Our secret bonus comic is "The Pinwheel Boy," by Isnri and it will be added to all tiers that include Leigh Luna's bonus comic ($15; $25 and up)! Also, contributors will be paid an additional$10/page (for a total of $30/page).

$19,000: Printed Bonus Comics!
The two bonus comics (our original bonus comic by Leigh Luna & Andy Leigh R and our secret bonus comic) will be printed together into one 6x9 minicomic and added to tiers $25 and over! Also, contributors will be paid an additional $20/page (for a total of $40/page).

$23,000: Postcard sets!
Every backer level that includes a book will include a set of postcard prints of the book’s illustrations! Also, contributors will be paid an additional $30/page (for a total of $50/page).

$23,000+: Increased contributor pay! 
For every $3000 we raise over $23,000, contributors will be paid an additional $10 per page. This means that at:  
- $26,000, contributors are paid an additional $40 per page ($60/page total)
- $29,000, contributors are paid an additional $50 per page ($70/page total)
- $32,000, contributors are paid an additional $60 per page ($80/page total)
- $35,000, contributors are paid an additional $70 per page ($90/page total)
- $38,000, contributors are paid an additional $80 per page ($100/page total)
- $41,000, contributors are paid an additional $90 per page ($110/page total)
- And so on into infinity!

Art by Katie Mackay
Art by Katie Mackay

$1: PREHISTORY
Thank you for your support! You get access to backer updates and small samples of our process.

$10: STONE AGE
You get the full, DRM-Free PDF of the book and your name on our acknowledgements page!

$15: IRON AGE
You get the PDF, your name on our acknowledgements page, and a PDF of our Kickstarter-exclusive bonus comic by Leigh Luna and Andy Leigh R!

$20: CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY
You get the PDF, your name on our acknowledgements page, and a paperback copy of Dates!

$25: EMPIRES
You get the PDF, your name on our acknowledgements page, a paperback copy of Dates, and a PDF of our Kickstarter-exclusive bonus comic by Leigh Luna and Andy Leigh R!

$40: FEUDALISM
You get the PDF, the bonus comic, your name on our acknowledgements page, and two paperback books--one for you and a friend! Also, you get the PDF of our Kickstarter-exclusive bonus comic by Leigh Luna and Andy Leigh R!

$50: SILK ROAD 
You get the PDF, your name on our acknowledgements page, a paperback copy of Dates, the bonus comic by Leigh Luna and Andy Leigh R, and a Kickstarter-exclusive 11"x17" print by artist Effie Lee!

$60: AGE OF SAIL 
You get five copies of Dates at wholesale value. This tier is for retailers only!

$100: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 
You get the PDF, the paperback book, the bonus comic, the print, and your name on the acknowledgements page. Plus, choose one of the spectacular artists below to draw a portrait of your character or favorite historical figure in period-appropriate finery of your choice!

Bis Thornton will draw a full color bust: (Sold out!)

Art by Bis Thornton
Art by Bis Thornton

Effie Lee will draw a loosely inked full-body portrait: (Sold out!) 

Art by Effie Lee
Art by Effie Lee

Erica Chan will draw a black and white half- or ¾-body portrait:

Art by Erica Chan
Art by Erica Chan

Ingram will draw a full-body portrait with color and a simple background:

Art by Ingram
Art by Ingram

Lisa Imas will draw a full-body portrait in color:

Art by Lisa Imas
Art by Lisa Imas

M. Steffens will draw an ink bust: (Sold out!)

Art by M. Steffens
Art by M. Steffens

 Megan Hillyer will draw a full color bust:

Art by Megan Hillyer
Art by Megan Hillyer

Millionfish will draw a toned half- or ¾-body portrait with props: (Sold out!)

Art by Millionfish
Art by Millionfish

Robyn Haley will draw a 4x6 watercolor bust: (Sold out!) 

Art by Robyn Haley
Art by Robyn Haley

Allie Hotchkiss will do a full-body portrait with color:

Art by Allie Hotchkiss
Art by Allie Hotchkiss

$200: JAZZ AGE 
You get the PDF, the paperback book, the bonus comic, the print, your name on the acknowledgements page, and a page of original art from your choice of one of the following comics:

Ingram's comic, "Shomer HaNashim":

Art by Ingram. NOTE: Backers will receive one of 5 original pages--not necessarily the one displayed here.
Art by Ingram. NOTE: Backers will receive one of 5 original pages--not necessarily the one displayed here.

Effie Lee's comic, "Marie by the Sea":

Art by Effie Lee. NOTE: Backers will receive one of 2 original pages--not necessarily the one displayed here.
Art by Effie Lee. NOTE: Backers will receive one of 2 original pages--not necessarily the one displayed here.

or Cat Parra's comic, "Hold Fast":

Art by Cat Parra. NOTE: Backers will receive one of 6 original pages--not necessarily the one displayed here.
Art by Cat Parra. NOTE: Backers will receive one of 6 original pages--not necessarily the one displayed here.

OR, you can choose Effie Lee's original inks for their beautiful Kickstarter-exclusive print! (Sold out!) 

Art by Roberta Ingranata
Art by Roberta Ingranata

 Take a look at some more examples from the book!

Cover of "Punch Drunk Love" by Erica Chan
Cover of "Punch Drunk Love" by Erica Chan
Page 1 of "Keep Breathing" by Derryn Oak
Page 1 of "Keep Breathing" by Derryn Oak
Cover of "Farewell" by Robyn Haley
Cover of "Farewell" by Robyn Haley
Page 1 of "La Vita in Rosa" by Ayanna Johnson
Page 1 of "La Vita in Rosa" by Ayanna Johnson
Cover of "Felix Culpa" by Megan Hillyer
Cover of "Felix Culpa" by Megan Hillyer
Page 1 of "Prenda Minha" by F. & M. Steffens
Page 1 of "Prenda Minha" by F. & M. Steffens

For more examples of work from the anthology please check out our blog!

Credits

Special thanks to: 
- Estelle Tian (for our lovely video)
- Effie Lee
- Erica Chan
- Kirsten Spira
- Lewis Gilbert

Kickstarter Music: 
"Snake Rag" by King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Thank you to the Free Music Archive.

Risks and challenges

The greatest risks in any printing project are delays relating to printing and distribution. All our art is finished, we have our printers lined up for books & backer rewards, and all that’s left to do is put the book together and go to print. If any delays do occur, we will make sure to notify backers as soon as we can.

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