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This all-ages comics collection explores the mixed race experience via 26 new fiction and non-fiction stories from around the world!
This all-ages comics collection explores the mixed race experience via 26 new fiction and non-fiction stories from around the world!
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Each of us belongs to at least one race, and that's complicated enough but... what happens when you have more than one? 

How would you fill out your census if you were a Mestizo person in Peru? How would you do your hair if you were both Black and Asian? What would it be like to be both human and alien, meeting another member of your own species for the first time in space? Or to be a young girl who finds that she can move between the human and celestial realms of Judaic lore? And what do all of these stories have in common?  

Electrum is an alloy formed by mixing the elements of gold and silver, and mixed-race people are just as precious! We are overjoyed to bring you our newest anthology Electrum: 26 brand-new fiction and non-fiction comics that explore the joy, the insecurities, and the unique strengths that come with being mixed-race from the perspective of dozens of artists from all around the world.  

from "Mestizo" by Alberto Rayo & Diego Revelo and "Rose Metal" by Iasmin Omar Ata
from "Mestizo" by Alberto Rayo & Diego Revelo and "Rose Metal" by Iasmin Omar Ata

Over a year in the making, Electrum is the first-ever comics anthology entirely produced and created by mixed-race artists. In this book, you'll hear our own voices in a variety of art styles and genres, from fantasy to history, from science fiction to autobiography, and much more

from "Coils" by Georgia Henderson and "Chameleon" by Veronica Agarwal
from "Coils" by Georgia Henderson and "Chameleon" by Veronica Agarwal

These stories don't shy away from difficult subjects. You'll be reading about origins and celebrations, but also internalized fears, racism and insecurities. But each and every story in this volume illustrates the way we've learned to draw strength from our challenges, and how we choose to embrace our bright future. 

from "Bobby and Jules" by Kam Mars Heyward and "Angel's Daughter" by Tzor Edery
from "Bobby and Jules" by Kam Mars Heyward and "Angel's Daughter" by Tzor Edery

 We are so proud to bring you all of these stories... and more!  

In addition to the book, you can pick up some great rewards, including a bookplate dedicated to the recipient of the book, a double-plated enamel pin celebrating the mixed-race identity, and even a limited number of sketches and custom art from your favorite contributors.

At the ◈ FLYING HIGH ◈  tier you'll receive an original 5x7 drawing from one of our contributing artists (including Der-shing Helmer, Georgia Henderson, Julia Hutchinson, Iasmin Omar Ata, Lara Kim, Yến Quach and Charlene Soto), or you can choose one of our special custom commissions from the very limited ◈ COMMISSION TIER ◈ options. We may be adding extra artists to the commission tiers as the campaign progresses, so be sure to check back!

Veronica's gouache icon's are soft and sweet, just like you! These icons work great for professional profiles, social media pages, and personal use!
Veronica's gouache icon's are soft and sweet, just like you! These icons work great for professional profiles, social media pages, and personal use!

See more of Veronica's work here

Hi, I'm Georgia and I like drawing cute, tough girls of color, and mixed families! I'm the author of Coils, which is about a cyborg girl who learns learns to embrace her very human hair. Thank you for supporting Alloy: Electrum, and please let me draw you some cute kiddos!
Hi, I'm Georgia and I like drawing cute, tough girls of color, and mixed families! I'm the author of Coils, which is about a cyborg girl who learns learns to embrace her very human hair. Thank you for supporting Alloy: Electrum, and please let me draw you some cute kiddos!

 See more of Georgia's work here

If you would like a cute and fun commission with Art Nouveau inspiration, you can choose me!
If you would like a cute and fun commission with Art Nouveau inspiration, you can choose me!

 See more of Shadia's work here

Kiku has contributed to the Beyond and Elements Anthologies and has an upcoming graphic novel from First Second.
Kiku has contributed to the Beyond and Elements Anthologies and has an upcoming graphic novel from First Second.

See more of Kiku's work here

I love the challenge of expressing just the right moment and feeling in an illustration. Let's make some magic! ✨
I love the challenge of expressing just the right moment and feeling in an illustration. Let's make some magic! ✨

See more of Yến's work here

Cheery colors and cute designs are what I live for. I'd love to share that happiness with you. Thank you for your support in backing this beautiful project with us.
Cheery colors and cute designs are what I live for. I'd love to share that happiness with you. Thank you for your support in backing this beautiful project with us.

 See more of Charlene's work here

I don't do commissions very often, but when I do it's so I can help fund all ages mixed-race comic anthologies~
I don't do commissions very often, but when I do it's so I can help fund all ages mixed-race comic anthologies~

See more of Der-shing's work here

All of these commissions are for SFW subjects only. If you have specific questions about any of these tiers, just PM us and we'll get back to you!

As we go, we will also unlock upgrades and improvements to everyone's books. You don't need to do anything to collect these... as the campaign reaches new milestones, your book automatically becomes higher quality!

from "You Were Never Lost" by Little Corvus and "Hair" by Kiana Khansmith
from "You Were Never Lost" by Little Corvus and "Hair" by Kiana Khansmith

When you support this campaign, you also directly support our team of artists. Increased funding unlocks the following page bonus goals, with no upper limits!

     ◈$35,000- each team earns an extra $5.00 per page

     ◈$40,000- each team earns an extra $10.00 per page

     ◈$45,000- each team earns an extra $15.00 per page

     ◈... who knows how far we can go when we work together?

from "Cloud Walker" by Kelly Bull
from "Cloud Walker" by Kelly Bull

Electrum is for everyone. While the primary purpose of the book is to inspire and celebrate mixed-race readers of all ages, we also intended Electrum to be shared with the friends and family of mixed-race people, and all comic lovers regardless of background. We are an inclusive anthology that uplifts our voices without silencing others.

from "Captain's Log" by Sam Wade
from "Captain's Log" by Sam Wade

Many of us who pursue relationships beyond the bounds of our own race may also have (or be planning to have) children who combine the qualities of both parents! We live in a multicultural world, and this book will help build empathy and guide non-mixed readers to understand our diverse and growing demographic.   

The artists of Electrum are among the best artists working today. We come from countries all around the world and from a variety of races, religions, genders and occupations. We run the gamut from seasoned Eisner and Ignatz award-winners and industry professionals to first-time contributors. What binds us together is our love of comics and our passion for sharing our stories with readers old and new!

Find out more about our stories at our Twitter, via updates to this campaign, or via the links below~ 

 ◈ Alberto Rayo & Diego ReveloM Cat WhiteCharlene Soto & Kelsey SotoGeorgia HendersonHinahina GrayIasmin Omar AtaJem YoshiokaJordan Alsaqa & Jenna YowJulia HutchinsonKam Mars HeywardKelly BullKiana KhansmithMoe EspinozaMOMSam WadeLittle CorvusLara Kim & Sara LeeShadia AminSloane LeongTajliya JamalTess StoneTzor EderyVeronica AgarwalYến QuachAshanti Forston (bookplate) ◈ Yoshi Yoshitani (cover)◈ Kiku Hughes (editor and contributor) ◈  Der-shing Helmer (editor and contributor) 

The Alloy Anthology aims to explore complicated and intersectional identities through visual storytelling, starting with our first volume, Electrum. We hope to inspire future generations and celebrate the complexities inherent to being human ♥ 

Thanks very much for taking a look at our project! With your help we hope to make this dream a reality. Special thanks to my co-editor Kiku Hughes for her hard work and partnership, to Lucia Retamales for her work on our video (and music credit to "Finale" by Eveningland), to Christina McKenzie (production technician) and Rhiannon R. S. (prepress technician) for their hopeful future work on this book, and to Taneka Stotts for support and friendship. 

~Der-shing

Risks and challenges

This is my first anthology! However, all of the book's content is complete, and we are just awaiting funding in order to proceed to the next step of prepping our files for print. Our experienced print team has many books under their belt rand we are all excited to get this book made.

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    The book and all rewards from the ELECTRUM ⚡ GALVANIZED tier, your name printed in a special Thank You section of the book itself, PLUS your book will come signed to you, PLUS a custom digital color single character commission from artist and editor Der-shing Helmer (commission available for holiday 2018 delivery)

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