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Reid Chancellor's graphic novel tracks the mental health struggles of great punk rockers, as well as his own experiences
Reid Chancellor's graphic novel tracks the mental health struggles of great punk rockers, as well as his own experiences
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Hardcore Anxiety: A Graphic Guide to Punk and Mental Health

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[Comic panel text reads: Hardcore Anxiety is a non-fiction graphic novel about my own experiences in both punk rock and mental health. In the book we hear about bands like Black Flag, Fugazi, The Clash, Ramones, and so many more.]
[Comic panel text reads: Hardcore Anxiety is a non-fiction graphic novel about my own experiences in both punk rock and mental health. In the book we hear about bands like Black Flag, Fugazi, The Clash, Ramones, and so many more.]

Hardcore Anxiety opens with Reid about to go on stage with his band in a bar in Evansville, Indiana. Some writing on the bathroom wall sends him into a downward spiral that results, ultimately, in this thoughtful, well-researched story of the connections between punk rock and mental health, in his own life and for well known bands.

In graphic novel form, he brings to life punk's ability to express the rage, anxiety, depression, and insanity we experience is matched only by the power of music and community to make life worth living after all. 

A bunch of different bands are highlighted, especially their struggles with mental health, as well as their helpful and hopeful messages.

It would be hard to tell this story without the late, great Ramones.
It would be hard to tell this story without the late, great Ramones.
Metal band Life of Agony plays a pivotal role in the narrative.
Metal band Life of Agony plays a pivotal role in the narrative.
The narrative is held together by Reid's discovery of the amazing community and confidence he tapped into discovering punk
The narrative is held together by Reid's discovery of the amazing community and confidence he tapped into discovering punk
And the difficulties of trying to be part of a community that can't always provide the support he needs
And the difficulties of trying to be part of a community that can't always provide the support he needs

About the Author

[Comic text panel reads: My Name is Reid Chancellor and I wrote and drew this book. I am an artist and musician from Indiana. This book is super personal and I am truly proud of it.
[Comic text panel reads: My Name is Reid Chancellor and I wrote and drew this book. I am an artist and musician from Indiana. This book is super personal and I am truly proud of it.

Reid Chancellor is an artist, writer, and musician from Evansville, Indiana. He draws comics and does freelance illustration for bands. You can follow his work on all social media platforms @reidchancellor. He currently lives in northwestern Kentucky with his wife Kristan and two cats Buffy and Willow.

About the Publisher

[Comic text reads: Joe Biel, CEO: "I founded Microcosm 24 years ago to publish books that would help keep people like me alive. Books that put the power in your hands to create the world that you want to see." Elly Blue, co-owner: "Now we're based in Portland, Oregon with a staff of 14, three million books in print, and a huge catalog, too. We're proudly independent!"]
[Comic text reads: Joe Biel, CEO: "I founded Microcosm 24 years ago to publish books that would help keep people like me alive. Books that put the power in your hands to create the world that you want to see." Elly Blue, co-owner: "Now we're based in Portland, Oregon with a staff of 14, three million books in print, and a huge catalog, too. We're proudly independent!"]

About the Rewards

The book itself!

Hardcore Anxiety: A Graphic Guide to Punk Rock and Mental Health by Reid Chancellor is a 6x9 inch, 192-page paperback non-fiction graphic novel, printed in the USA.

Exclusive band posters!

We asked Reid to create color posters from the book to showcase some of the bands who are included. He's made four so far (and if these first four are popular, he'll create more!). These 12x18" posters are exclusive to this Kickstarter project, so you won't be able to get them after it ends! 

Note: Like all add-ons, these can get a little complicated, so please check out our project FAQ for more details if you want multiple posters or want to get posters + a different reward level.

Black Flag

Fugazi

Minor Threat

Jawbreaker

Unplug Your Anxiety

  •  Hardcore Anxiety 
  •  Unfuck Your Brain - Dr. Faith's instant classic for getting over whatever's holding you back

You Can Save Your Life

  • Hardcore Anxiety
  • Unfuck Your Brain
  •  How Not to Kill Yourself - Set Sytes' guide to the key life skill of staying alive
  •  Cycletherapy - writing about using bicycling to heal from grief
  •  Sick - people in radical and punk communities write about dealing with physical illness

Do Something Big

  • Hardcore Anxiety 
  •  Street Journalist - how to make an impact by telling the stories that matter
  •  Think Eat Act - a guide to living (and cooking, and eating) your values, whatever they may be
  •  Good Trouble - a story of autism, punk, making a lot of mistakes, and succeeding against the odds
  •  Beyond the Music - interviews with people who used their punk skills and values toward many different goals
  •  Firebrands -  get inspired by these heroes and leaders from the Americas who you probably didn't learn about in school
  •  Grow - learn the nuts and bolts of turning your passion into a business

Punk!

  • Hardcore Anxiety
  •  Prodigal Rogerson - the story of the Circle Jerks' lost (and briefly found) songwriter
  •  Crate Digger - one man's story of how record collecting nearly ruined his life
  •  Out of the Basement - the history of DIY music in Rockford, Illinois
  •  Underground - how a network of house shows changed the face of music
  •  This Ain’t No Picnic - recipes and vignettes of punk culture and touring
  •  X-Ray Visions (DVD) - a documentary about the club that made Portland legendary in the 90s

Comics Galore!

Risks and challenges

Once, over a decade ago, one of our graphic novels was misprinted and we lacked the experience to negotiate the situation. The result was a huge loss, both financially and artistically. That was one of the many mistakes we've learned from over 24 years of publishing books. By now, we have a very good knowledge of how to handle all the risks and challenges this work that we love throws at us every day. As in all of life, being prepared to rise to any unexpected occasion is what helps us succeed.

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    Hardcore Anxiety + exclusive band poster

    A paperback copy of Hardcore Anxiety, plus a poster drawn by Reid showcasing one of the bands in the book, exclusive to this campaign, shipped separately in a poster tube. See project description for available posters! Choose the one you want in the backer survey after this project ends. Want more than one poster? Add $10 for each extra.

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    Save Your Life

    Hardcore Anxiety, plus life-saving books Unf*ck Your Brain, How Not to Kill Yourself, Cycletherapy, and Sick

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    Do Something Big

    Read Hardcore Anxiety and get inspired to do something bigger and better with this stellar collection of books, including Street Journalist, Think! Eat! Act!, Good Trouble, Beyond the Music, Grow, and Firebrands

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    Punk Sh*t Up

    Read about punk music and culture in Hardcore Anxiety, plus Crate Digger, Underground, Out of the Basement, Prodigal Rogerson, This Ain't No Picnic, plus a DVD of the documentary X-Ray Visions ... then create your own.

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    10 copies of Hardcore Anxiety

    Ten copies of the book! Perfect for bookstores, merch tables, comics fests, mental health collectives, book groups, and gift givers.

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    Comics Galore!

    A copy of Hardcore Anxiety plus a pile of graphic novels and comics: Yo Miss, On the Books, Snake Pit Gets Old, BFF, Why We Drive, Invincible Summer #2, Henry & Glenn #4, and Awesome Future.

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    All the books!

    Get a one copy each of the books and zines offered as rewards in this project, including Hardcore Anxiety and the titles in the Save Your Life, Do Something Big, Punk Sh*t Up, and Comics Galore levels. So many books!

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