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The Graphic Novel That Explains San Francisco's Housing Crisis by Kim-Mai Cutler, illustrated by Kelsey Westphal
The Graphic Novel That Explains San Francisco's Housing Crisis by Kim-Mai Cutler, illustrated by Kelsey Westphal
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In 2014, Kim-Mai Cutler published her groundbreaking article, How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained). We still think it is one of the most important pieces of prose written about the ongoing housing crisis in San Francisco and the Bay area. Just this year, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) honored Cutler at their Housing Heroes Awards for inspiring legions of grassroots activists.  

A wonkish article like this, no matter how funny, or well written, is inherently limited to a smaller audience. Political cartoons, on the other hand, often reach a much wider audience. Cutler's incisive analysis deserves to reach as many readers as possible, given that our housing crisis is not limited to just this fair city. Now the SF Bay Area Metropolitan Observer (SF BAMO) is working with local cartoonist Kelsey Westphal to bring this project to life - but we need your help.

ALL DONORS RECEIVE FREE ENTRY TO THE BOOK RELEASE PARTY IN SAN FRANCISCO (March 18, 2017)

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Risks and challenges

Art is hard work. This graphic novel adaptation will reach an estimated length of 110 pages, and though our brilliant illustrator Kelsey Westphal is indeed brilliant, full black-and-white inked pages come at a pace of 3 or 4 pages a day, and that's if she doesn't have to work side gigs anymore. please help us pay our artist to do full-time work as much as possible.

The sooner we can pay for art, the sooner this book will be in your hands. if we can't raise enough. Funding shortfalls will result in indefinite delays for the final release. That's just how the cookie crumbles.

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    Virtual Housing!

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    Bedrock Foundation

    All foundation level supporters will receive the Little boxes rewards, plus an original "foundation" print, and All foundation level supporters will have their names incorporated into the foundation support page of the finished graphic novel.

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    Same rewards as foundation level, Plus you will get a custom caricature of yourself or someone you love by artist Kelsey Westphal.

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    Fund 1/3 of our goal, and you will be the tallest building on the skyline.

    In addition to all the other rewards, you will be invited to the private launch Dinner, with Kim-Mai Cutler, Kelsey Westphal, Sonja Trauss, one Skyscraper backer, and a special VIP guest.

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