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A bi-annual print magazine for teen girls (and older!) filled with personal stories and advice from women who have been there.
A bi-annual print magazine for teen girls (and older!) filled with personal stories and advice from women who have been there.
342 backers pledged $17,937 to help bring this project to life.

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In the company of growing women.

LOIS is a bi-annual print magazine for teen girls (and older!) filled with personal stories and advice from women who have been there. For each issue women from all walks of life are invited to write about what matters to them — sharing their learned wisdom and perspectives formed by their own experiences of womanhood.

LOIS was developed to inspire teen girls to be comfortable with who they are, to feel less alone, and to know they have support from generations of women. It is a magazine I wish existed when I was a teen. A safe space, a listening ear, and an understanding shoulder to lean on. LOIS is the older cousin who won't make fun of you for asking "dumb questions". A pen pal for those times when you're feeling most alone. And a big sister who shares their mistakes with you so you can learn from them as well.

This began as a design school project, but after I began receiving submissions it quickly became clear that LOIS was going to become something much greater than I ever could have imagined. Women were excited to participate and were eager to help a younger generation. I think the desire to help has always been there — we just didn’t know where to start. LOIS can be an answer. And now, I want to get LOIS into the hands of as many teen girls as possible.

ISSUE #1

Like a letter from a friend, or a journal entry, the topics discussed fill a wide range. Titles include (but are certainly not limited to): 

  • Things I Wish My Teenage Self Knew
  • Hair Queen
  • The Art of Starting Over
  • A 7 Part Guide by A Girl Who Used To Be The Queen Of Doing Too Much
  • Knowing Your Worth, Always
  • How to Start (and Finish!) a Mixed-media Sketchbook

To name only a few!

There are lists, pieces of poetry, personal stories, reflections, lessons learned, tributes, interviews, and creative activities. The pieces are intimate, vulnerable, hilarious, raw, honest, and inspiring.

LOIS takes a teenage woman’s journey seriously. The biggest pleasure of gathering the content for this magazine has been realizing these stories can impact a much larger age range than I first anticipated. There are articles that have brought me, a woman in my late 20s, to tears and have helped me move on from painful experiences in my life. There is power to be found by women of all ages here.

LOIS will be printed on off-white environmentally responsible 7.5x10in paper — slightly smaller than a traditional magazine to make it more intimate and like a diary, but still packed full of content at 128 pages. The intention is that you will cherish your copy and hold onto it to look back through for seasons and years to come.

WHERE DO YOU COME IN?

First and foremost, your pledge will help get copies of LOIS into the hands of teen girls.

Your pledge will go towards:  

  • Printing and shipping the first issue 75% 
  • Additional Kickstarter rewards 15% 
  • Kickstarter fees 10%

All of the funds raised, including any in addition to our goal, will be invested wholly in the future of LOIS magazine, which will come out twice a year.

LOIS is a magazine with a lot of heart and even more hope. I am passionate about its success and its ability to inspire, and build up teen girls. I am working hard to keep the costs as low as possible, but even still, quality magazine production comes with massive production and distribution costs that simply cannot happen without your help. Your help will put LOIS in a position to keep making and releasing issues, to keep growing our readership, and to eventually earn enough funding through sponsorships to grow beyond Kickstarter. However, right now it is crucial to develop a community of readers and patrons who support LOIS from the very beginning because they share LOIS’ mission. Your support will build a solid foundation to give LOIS a healthy future.

Please help by pre-ordering a copy of the magazine or selecting from any of the other reward options. Any amount helps! See the rewards panel to the right to learn how to contribute.

REWARDS

  • $5 — handwritten thank you card
  • $10 — 4x6in postcard set
  • $25 — issue #1 LOIS magazine
  • $35 — issue #1 + postcard set
  • $40 — issue #1 + 10x10in risograph poster
  • $45 — issue #1 + 15x16in canvas tote bag
  • $50 — BFF issue #1 — 2 copies for you + a friend
  • $65 — full package — issue #1 + all merch
  • $120 — BFF full package — 2 copies of Issue #1 + 2 sets of all merch
  • $150 — bulk order for stockists and schools — 10 copies of Issue #1 and 1 risograph poster
  • $500 — the generous LOIS patron — issue #1 + all merch + name in magazine as patron
  • $1000 — the ultimate generous patron — Issue #1 + all merch + name in magazine as patron + lifetime subscription   

 *** Exclusive New Reward ***

BTS photo from film, 'HAUS des MEERES'
BTS photo from film, 'HAUS des MEERES'

Super thrilled to announce this new reward.

Contributor Kristine Morgan is also a filmmaker. She is a woman following her dreams, and that is 100% what LOIS wants to support. Kristine has a new short film that premiered at The Arizona International Film Festival, and now she has generously offered to share the film with the LOIS community. You have an opportunity to pledge for the digital download on its own or with a copy of issue #1. By backing this reward, you are supporting the future of LOIS and women in film at the same time.

Here’s what she has to say “HAUS des MEERES is an experimental short stop motion film that explores the heaviness of our society today. Much like the monument it is named after, it seeks a rebirth, a chance to begin again. Society presents us, especially young girls, and especially now in the era of the internet and social media, with so many distractions, so much to compare ourselves to. But at some point, we have to let that go and find our beauty, our worth, our desires within.”

ETERNAL THANKS

This kickstarter wouldn't be possible without the generosity of LOIS contributors, who offered up their time to write truly spectacular pieces. I am forever grateful, blessed, and humbled by their willingness to entrust me with their honest and open writings and reflections.

Thank you, thank you, thank you — Danielle Davis, Hannah Behrens, Marlee Grace, Rachel Zacharias, Jess Oakes, Annie Park, Alice Perkins, Mary Behrens, Dayna Behrens, Kayla Behrens, Tiffany Howard, Emily Johnson, Julie Murphy, Corrine Derusha, Emily Fightmaster, Leney Breeden, Cassandra Gonzales, Min Moon, Maya Merriweather, Mariana Catalina, Kristine Morgan, Meryl Green, Reilly Hannigan, Ellen Connaughton, Stephanie Steed, Laura Adkins, Cat Rabbit, Cindy Zell, Lauren Stelling, Olivia Montoya, Amber Lu, Mia Moss, Katie Johnson, Anna Koons, Michelle Bresnan, and Amy Harrington.

The deepest thanks goes to my Grandmother Lois, the magazine's namesake. LOIS magazine is my way of sharing my desire to connect all generations of women and to pay tribute to one the strongest ladies who ever existed. She was also one of the most talented crafters I will ever meet, and I can't think of a better way to spend my creative energy than by producing this magazine for years to come.

CREDITS

This kickstarter couldn't have happened without these three stars. Honored to call them my friends and colleagues. 

  • music for video written and performed by Sam Parkin 
  • video editing by Todd Durboraw 
  • copy editing and cheerleading by Kate Reingold 
  • emotional support + forever go-to for final aesthetic approval by Hannah Behrens

This takes a village. If you’re excited about LOIS, tell your friends by sharing this page!

ABOUT ME

My name is Mariah Behrens. I am a graphic designer and illustrator and for three years I've been running my own tiny stuffed animal business. I have a passion for empowering younger generations.  If you're curious about the rest of my work, check out my website — mariahbehrens.com

Risks and challenges

There’s always a chance this could not succeed. I can dream and get excited, but in the end, I am asking for a lot of money! I can only hope that the idea behind LOIS sounds important to you, too. And I have worked my butt off to get it to this point. I already have all of the content for Issue #1 gathered and designed, and a printer selected. The challenge is getting it all paid for. Everything is on schedule and ready to go for this first issue to be released in Fall 2018, and I have already received interest and commitment from many women to write pieces for Issue #2 which would be released in Spring 2019.

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    thank you card

    Any amount helps! Thank you for supporting our mission. You will receive a handwritten thank you in the mail.

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    postcard set

    The set includes four 4x6in postcards. Each issue has a unique illustration style, so you will want to start your collection now. Send them to your friends or keep them as mini prints.

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    Exclusive download of new short film

    Be one of the first to view a new short film by filmmaker (and LOIS issue #1 contributor!) Kristine Morgan called 'HAUS des MEERES'. This is a very special opportunity you won't want to miss!
    You will receive the digital download immediately at the end of the kickstarter campaign.

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    issue #1

    Be one of the first to get issue #1 hot off the press. This is what it's all about.

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    issue #1 + postcard set

    Get your copy of issue #1 and our postcard set to tell your loved ones from far away all about it.

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    Issue #1 + short film download

    Get your copy of issue #1 and the exclusive one-of-a-kind digital download of new short film, 'HAUS des MEERES' by filmmaker (and LOIS issue #1 contributor!) Kristine Morgan. Support the future of LOIS and women in film all at once. You will receive the digital download immediately at the end of the kickstarter campaign.

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    issue #1 + risograph poster

    We designed a limited edition 11x16in risograph print from an original illustration in issue #1. You will also get a copy of issue #1.

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    Yearly Subscription

    Guarantee your spot to never miss any LOIS content. You will receive 2 issues per year — fall/winter and spring/summer — with special treats sprinkled in throughout the year only available to subscribers.

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    issue #1 + tote bag

    Get your copy of issue #1 in our heavyweight canvas bag. It's the perfect size for magazines and other goodies.

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    BFF issue #1

    Receive two copies of Issue #1. Because LOIS is best shared with friends.

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    full package

    Receive a copy of issue #1 plus all the additional merch.

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    BFF full package

    Receive 2 copies of issue #1 plus double all the additional merch for you and a friend. Share in all the fun.

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    bulk order for stockists and schools

    Calling all stockists and schools! Carry LOIS with 10 introductory copies of issue #1. You'll also be listed online and in print as a supporter of LOIS.

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    the generous LOIS patron

    You are a true gem and forever friend of LOIS. Your generous support gets you everything in the full package, plus your name on the Patrons page of LOIS Magazine. Let all of our readers know that you’re committed to LOIS' mission. We will never stop saying thank you for believing in LOIS and helping make it possible in a big way.

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    the ultimate generous patron

    It’s tough to figure out what to say about this level of generosity and support. Of course, you’ll receive all of the rewards, plus your name prominently on the Patrons page of LOIS magazine, and certainly a lifetime subscription to LOIS. The real reward, however, will be knowing you are a part of bringing something to life that has the potential to help so many teen girls. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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