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All in the Family: A Graphic Memoir by LB Lee

A psychological murder memoir about multiple personality and the vagaries of memory

All in the Family: A Graphic Memoir by LB Lee

A psychological murder memoir about multiple personality and the vagaries of memory

$2,748
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97
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 3 2019 1:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

LB Lee had been aware of their multiple personalities for years, and thought there were no more surprises left in their head. But in 2014, something was off. They were being tormented by nightmares, bombarded by images that felt…familiar. So they went looking for ghosts. And found them.

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What is All in the Family?

All in the Family is a psychological murder memoir about the vagaries of memory, multiple personality, and the role story plays in our lives. Originally printed and self-published as a series of four zines between 2014 and 2016, it's helped plural* fans come to terms with their own histories and memories, while Abraham Riesman of Vulture called it “one of the most brutal and engaging comics I’ve ever read” ('The Best Cartoonist You've Never Read is Eight Different People').

We're printing a five-year anniversary trade paperback edition of the full comic. This will include the original 200 pages of story with revised art, a new color cover, and roughly 30 pages of new material, including a resource guide.

The book is done and ready to print; all we need is the money!  Our goal is to raise $1000 for an initial run of 100 books.

* ‘Plural’ and 'multi' are self-identifiers for folks who experience life as more than one person residing in a body. This includes those with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), multiple personalities, and those who experience it outside of medical definitions. For more information, refer to the extra readings, particularly ‘MPD For You and Me’ and ‘All in the Family: The Research Part.’

For a list of content warnings for this book, click here.

Who Are We?

LB Lee has been making mental health comics since 2007, successfully crowdfunding since 2013. Their work appears in the Prism Award-nominated anthology Being True, as well as in Inaction Comics and Boundless Vol. 1. They have printed five paperbacks and over two dozen zines' worth of work; this is their first Kickstarter.

Lenticule Press is a new micro-publisher that centers perspectives on life through different angles. Olivia Li has self-published a stack of comics and zines, and edited and published several comics anthologies (including Boundless Vol. 1, successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2016). All in the Family will be Lenticule's first title.

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Intentions

“One of my personal priorities in art and work is contributing to the visibility, normalization, and destigmatization of experiences in the margins of society. In LB's body of work, I’ve learned a lot about a life vastly different from my own, one that I haven’t seen depicted from a first-person perspective elsewhere. I hope the readers of All in the Family will learn something new, or maybe even see themselves and their own experiences within this book." - Olivia

“Plurals are everywhere, in all walks of life, but to exist publicly is to risk harassment, doxxing, and blackmail, plus loss of jobs, housing, and relationships. There are many comics ABOUT us, but practically none of that is BY us. I want to try and make room for other plurals to sell work about their lives, and build us more cultural roles than 'suffering victim,' 'manipulative abuser,' and 'axe murderer.' I want more people to know we exist, to see and recognize that we are people like them, and learn to see themselves in us, despite our differences.” - LB

As far as we know, LB is only the second openly multi cartoonist to make print comics about the subject. Supporting this campaign isn’t just supporting a good book. It’s helping marginalized creators tell their own stories, the reality of their experiences rather than pop distillations by outsiders, and it helps them get paid for this work. Multiples are everywhere, in all businesses and walks of life; more of them should be able to exist in public!

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Why Kickstarter?

Independent publishing at this scale is almost all self-funded, so a full graphic novel has a higher cost barrier to print than a handful of staple-bound zines! The money we raise through this campaign will go directly into printing the books; anything beyond the initial $1000 goal will go towards a larger print run.

Expenses 

  • Printing: 50%
  • Shipping: 25%
  • Fees: 10%
  • Taxes: 5%
  • Other expenses: 10%

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REWARDS

  • "The Missing Pages" – Print-ready and ebook versions of all content new to this edition (~30), for early fans of the original zines; includes the Dramatis Personae introduction and the transition pages, plus front- and back-matter
  • The Ebook – Includes both PDF and text-only (accessible) versions
  • The Physical Book – The 224-page paperback edition
  • Physical Book AND Ebook
  • Retailer Bundle – 5 copies of the book at wholesale price; must be able to prove retailer status
  • "AllFam Fam" – Your name of choice printed on the "AllFam Fam" page in the back, a signed and personalized copy of the book, and the ebooks

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STRETCH GOALS

$2000: LB has written a collection of essays about memory work, with intent to publish online as a free resource. If we hit the first stretch goal, we'll print a limited-color, risographed zine of the essay collection, complete with brand-new illustrations. Each backer receiving a physical copy of All in the Family will also get this essay zine!

> For every $500 raised, LB will post 1000 words of this collection to their blog and as a public update to the campaign.

$8000: Our initial goal is to fund a small, digitally-printed run of All in the Family, most copies of which will go out to backers. If we hit this second stretch goal, we can upgrade to an offset print run; this will raise the book quality and increase our stock from 100 to 2,000 copies! (Offset printing has a high minimum quantity but a lower cost per unit.) All proceeds from sales of the extra copies will go towards supporting the artist; LB cannot work a regular job due to disability, so this support will go a long way.

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Thank you for supporting independent comics! We're very excited to get this book out into the world.

Risks and challenges

As mentioned above, the book is finished and ready for print. If we hit our $8,000 stretch goal for the larger print run, the process of getting the books produced will take a couple extra months. If not, everything will be shipped out in December!

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