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About

Cockroach has been slowly getting bigger, but it's time for a growth spurt. In order to get that boost, I'd love to raise enough money to print 2,000 copies of each 2017 issue. This will allow me to be able to offer the zine for free (!!!!), something I've planned on doing from the beginning. I want all the fun, important content to be accessible to everyone. Money shouldn't be a barrier to learning to be a badass eco-feminist warrior.

A few covers of past issues.
A few covers of past issues.

If this campaign is successful, I'll offer free subscriptions (shipping not included) and also have stacks tucked in a few places across Canada for folks to stumble upon. I'll be sending copies to Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto for friends to distribute, and will sneak some around Winnipeg myself. With this wider distribution, I'll be able to build-up a group of rad, eco-feminist advertisers who share Cockroach's values. I'll never have an advertiser who I wouldn't personally recommend to the people I think are the coolest.

Cockroach advertisers have so far included Alpha House, Bangup Betty, Callie's Backpacks for Winnipeg's Homeless, Cherrystems, Dress the Red Fundraiser, JM Paterson, Muffy was Fluffy, Real Swanky, Winnipeg Etsy Street Team.

The goal will be to expand this list so I have a solid group of supportive advertisers under my belt by 2018 so that ad dollars cover printing and all other costs. Hopefully, it'll become possible to pay all the creatives behind this little publication a fair wage, instead of the measly few dollars I'm humbly passing their way out of my own pocket. I hope to even pay myself one day!

Background

Cockroach is a vegan and eco-feminist zine that has been coming out of Winnipeg, Manitoba for three years. Using playful and fun commentary, Cockroach tackles serious social and environmental issues with articles, columns, how-to's and artwork. It creates a space for eco-feminists to have fun while learning and influencing change in society.

Each issue focuses on a different theme. Past themes have included sex, family, disguises, shapes and creativity. The 2017 themes are blood, transitions, space, no, technology and money.

An issue comes out every second month and is put together by me, Meg Crane. I'm the only one behind this project and as such I do all the submissions handling, editing, layout, social media, event planning and everything else! But I've got a wicked team of contributors and friends who give me all the support in the world.

Initially, the zine only came out in paper, and I still lovingly staple and fold every single issue. I've started packaging them in handmade envelopes for subscribers with little handwritten notes as well, Articles are also now going online so everyone can read 'em!

Cockroach is more than just a little publication. For example, readers are encouraged to take action to change the world with the Stitching Hearts projects, which are launched with each issue. Through it, folks make crafts with me to help others. We've made toys for animal rescues, envelopes for a group that sends letters to queer prisoners and valentines to women's shelters across Canada.

Boxes of valentines from Louis Riel School Division.
Boxes of valentines from Louis Riel School Division.

Who are those creatives?

Well, specifically in this campaign's video, Melanie Skye, Murat Ates and Robin Smyth are saying some mighty nice things about Cockroach over the gorgeous tunes of AN ANIMAL and Claire Bones. The video itself was created by Jenna Anderson.

Wicked submissions from our contributors
Wicked submissions from our contributors

Writers: Carey J Buss, Danelle Cloutier, Graham Coleman, Hannah Foulger, Hardcore Herbivore, Jasmine Ackerman-Stratton, Jenna Anderson, Kate SinclaireKsenia PrintsLaura Harby, Megan Linton, Melanie Skye, Melody Crane, Murat Ates, Pamela Roz, Rikki Dubois, Robin Smyth, Sheila Terra, Tannis Kelm, Zach Fleisher, Zak Hiscock

Visual artists: Ali TatarynCris Hogarth, Elizabeth D'Alessio, JM Paterson, Katie Manning, Katie Rice, Melisstopher (Melissa Greenhil and Chris Redekop), Pun 2 3

Where are THESE $$ going?

I'm 100 per cent behind the idea of sending my money to small businesses. That's why I paid a local videographer to create the promo video for this campaign. I'm also splurging a little bit to continue to print at my favourite local printshop, Kendrick's Quality Print Shop. Gotta support my pal Stinky.

Stinky from Kendrick's makes sure Cockroach comes out right!
Stinky from Kendrick's makes sure Cockroach comes out right!

  

Printing numbers are rounded-up to allow for changes in issue lengths and other unforeseen costs over at Kendrick's. Running the campaign includes paying videographer Jenna Anderson as well as Kickstarter. And shipping, of course, includes handmade envelopes for all backers.

Stretch goals

If I get more than this? I'm going to hire a freelance graphic designer to layout all 2017 issues. I've been told this will cost about $3,000. If there's more then $13,000, I'll hire a freelance copy editor! He'll cost $840 a year. And if I get more than $13,840?? Well, my little website will be getting a major make-over by someone with a heck of a lot more web design experience than me. And I'll probably cry with happiness.

See what Cockroach is up to elsewhere

I'm always planning new things for Cockroach. Follow it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr. To become a contributor, email cockroachzine@gmail.com. 

Risks and challenges

Well, if I don't get the money, I'll find another way. I'll keep on trucking at the pace I've been going at until I come up with a game plan. I've poured so much of myself into this over the past three years, and so have so many of my faithful contributors. There is no way this isn't going to happen.

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    A subscription + previous reward

    You'll get a subscription alright, but each copy will have something no other has. A touch of sparkles? A special drawing? You'll have to wait to find out!

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    Name in Cockroach + previous rewards

    Your name will appear somewhere in the February 2017 issue of Cockroach. Written into an article? Placed in a piece of art? Wait and find out!

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    We'll post your name on the website along with a silly thank-you and a link to you (if you want!). Plus your name will be in the February 2017 issue, and you'll get a special subscription and shout out on Twitter.

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    You in Cockroach + previous rewards

    One of our artists will be given a photo of you to base an illustration for a 2017 issue off of.

    Your name will also appear in the February 2017 issue and go on the website. Plus you'll get your six special issues and a shout out on Twitter.

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    Dine with us + previous rewards

    Share a meal with Cockroach creator and editor, Meg Crane. Not in Winnipeg? We'll find a way to get your food and we can dine over Skype. Time limit is 2 hours.

    You'll also be able to find your face in a 2017 issue of Cockroach, as well as your name in the February 2017 issue and on the website. Plus you'll get your six special issues and a shout out on Twitter.

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