STRETCH GOALS ADDED!
- £3000 - All physical backers will receive a set of 4 PIN BADGES *UNLOCKED*
- £4000 - All physical backers will receive an 8cm patch (to put on your jacket because you're cool af)
- £5000 - All physical books upgraded to HARDBACK
'Reaffirmation: Coming to Terms with an Autism Diagnosis' is a groundbreaking new book merging comic book and novella in a 200 page journey from diagnosis to epiphany. My name is Rees Finlay, I used to make comics, I did artwork for some of the worlds biggest Film and TV franchises. But this time last year my whole life was turned upside down when a series of harrowing events changed everything, leading me on a path that would see me diagnosed as autistic.
What even is autism? What even is Rees Finlay? My whole sense of identity and self-worth vanished overnight. And to understand and find peace with everything that happened turned out to be a journey like no other. So join me, as I merge frantic and emotionally charged comic book sequences with considered and complex written segments.
Searching for answers far and wide, I found that books and media about adult autism were few and far between. So realising the importance of us sharing our stories, I set out to make the book that I NEEDED when I started my post-diagnosis life. But hopefully there's something within these pages for most audiences*. Are you and adult who's just been diagnosed? You are not alone. Are you a parent of a child with autism? Read all about an adult with the condition. And everyone else? Here's a story that mixes humour and heart about a man who sees the world differently.
It's no holds barred as I look back and analyze all major facets of my life and how my autism influences them. Sex, Drugs and Greggs Sausage Rolls are all explored from an autistic perspective as I try to figure out just what it is that makes me, me. Once I begin to understand my condition (after reading mountains of books to research autism) I find myself immersing myself into a wonderful new world, learning about the increasingly important Neurodiversity movement, the dark and troubled past of the brothers and sisters I never knew, and just what it is to be an adult with autism.
The book itself is finished, but to see it become a real, physical product, I need YOUR help. Having pulled out of a potential major publishing deal in favour of taking the product directly to you, the reader. I have chose kickstarter to raise the money needed to pay for editorial staff and fund the printing of this book. from as little as £10 you can get a print copy of the book. So not only are you getting this book for the lowest possible price, but you are also help get this dream project off the ground.
No money will be taken until the campaign ends, and money will ONLY be taken if we successfully hit the target. If we do hit the target, 'Stretch goals' will be added, where new targets are set that see ALL backers get additional content and merchandise.
A (very rough) 30 page preview can be read here:
If you can't afford to pledge, I would be eternally grateful if you could just share it on your social media channels and help get the word out to people who need this book. This is an absolute passion project of mine and I'm doing everything in my power to make it as successful as possible. And your help and contributions are vital to that and always appreciated.
*DISCLAIMER/CONTENT WARNING: the book features detailed recounts of a mental health crisis, sexual experiences, online harassment and experiments with drugs. If you are sensitive to such subjects the book may not be ideal for you. Parents are advised to read the book before deciding if it is appropriate for teens/young adults.
Risks and challenges
There is little to no risks posed by this campaign. The book itself is finished and edited, pending one final spell-check to be as safe as possible. So if the funding is successful the list of names and v.i.p artwork will be added to the book before being sent direct to the reputable printer who provided the services on my previous graphic novel.
The aim would be to have it in everyone's hands before the end of the year. With brexit looming there is speculation around how overseas postage may be affected. But if postage costs rise above the current quotes, I will personally cover any additional costs incurredLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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