We've come forward with being accepting towards those of us who suffer from mental illness, but there is still a lot of stigma and a sense of taboo when it comes to discussing it. We believe we still need more awareness and open dialogue about how many, if not all, of us suffer throughout our lives from wounds that aren't visible.
Last year, with your help, we successfully published our anthology on anxiety. This year, we chose to explore depression for this anthology because it is one of the most common issues in today's society. Depression can wreck the lives of those suffering from it, as well as people around the sufferer in the strangest ways. With our anthology, we hope to show what it's like and help people understand one another's pain a little bit better.
An anthology is a collection of works by different authors gathered into one book.
The book will be a B5, so 170 x 240 millimetres, or 6.7 x 9.4 inches in size. We managed to collect original works from more than 30 artists from around the world to share some of their experiences with depression. We have over 70 pages of content that consist of comics, illustrations and creative writing that depict how depression looks and feels to try and better explain this invisible illness.
Our artists and writers examine depression in many of its different forms, including but not limited to; apathy, despair, being on medication, physical manifestations, feelings of faking your illness, being validated, and more.
What makes our anthology strong is that the spectrum of content is so varied. Our differences make our book a rich read for anyone who picks it up. As a participating artist as well as editor, it has been an interesting, humbling, and rewarding task to see our team interpret depression in a myriad of different ways.
Through this campaign, we will be able to offer you a physical copy of the book, as well as limited, exclusive and personal rewards from our artists, such as stickers, postcards and tote bags!
We hope to hit our stretch goals to give you guys more unique Depression anthology -related content, as well as compensate our creative team better!
We're a group of freelance artists and writers, and none of us as individuals have enough funding to produce the book - by using Kickstarter, not only can we get more awareness for the issues we want to talk about, but we can also help support all the creatives who worked so hard to make this book a reality.
Adding stretch goals and extra goodies to the campaign gives us an opportunity to thank those who make the book possible. The more campaign funds we receive, the more unique items we can give our backers! And the more money goes back directly to the team behind the book!
Digital rewards will be sent out via email as soon as funds from the Kickstarter have arrived (approximately one month after the campaign ends).
The physical rewards will be ready to ship out approximately in March 2020. Depending on your distance from Sweden, rewards are estimated to arrive anywhere from within a week, up to a month after shipping. So we estimate you get your book and goodies latest two months after the Kickstarter is concluded (May 2020).
We are confident we can ship out everyone's books safely and in a timely manner, and for a reasonable price. We ship all over the world!
Risks and challenges
We've tackled printing quality by making a proof copy of the book, and we decided to hold off the launch until our book was ready. We are selling you not an idea, but a finalized concept. Our anthology is done; all we need is some backers to make a bunch of high quality books!
Our biggest challenge will be shipping. To prevent an epic failure in sending books, we limited the number of physical rewards to have better control over them. Everything will come from Memo and Sofie from Sweden, and having a single distributor makes it easy to manage.
Should we experience severe problems with shipping, we have friends and colleagues who have experience in packing and shipping. We've also factored in extra resources in the Kickstarter's goal in case shipments get lost to be able to work something out in an unfortunate situation like that.
We've also already started designing the merchandise, and counted in time for them to be finalised, ordered, printed and be prepped for shipping. This is why we have set the delivery dates quite late, in an attempt to be able to keep our promises.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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