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Cartoonist Stephanie McMillan presents 365 Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants calendar of inspirational comics!
Cartoonist Stephanie McMillan presents 365 Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants calendar of inspirational comics!
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"Every time I read one of your affirmations, I want to shout it from the rooftops and tattoo it where I can see it everyday. You have a gift – and now I can pass it on. I'm supporting your calendar because it empowers us to share something delightful and special and revolutionary – something aligned with our  deepest values and vision of who we are and the world we want." -- Michelle Reyf

There’s plenty of inspirational literature for those who want more money, romance, spiritual purity, and professional advancement—but none for those of us who define success as overthrowing global capitalism. Until now!

These Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants have been widely shared online. Due to popular demand, I’ll now gather them all up and offer the entire collection in print, as a 365-day perpetual desk calendar! Flip to a new page each day. The dates are printed but not the weekdays or year, so you can use it over and over.

Each day you can turn to a new message that will inspire you to keep your spirits up and your eyes on the prize. These uplifting messages will support you in your journey to transform yourself into a strong and fierce revolutionary militant, struggling with courage and purpose to help build a worldwide movement for emancipation!

Appearance:

The images are cute and colorful animals, plants and insects -- adorable companions on your journey to being an effective and successful revolutionary militant.

It will also make a lovely gift for all the cherished revolutionary militants in your life. They are scheduled to arrive by early November, in plenty of time for you to order them for the winter holidays.

Specs:

The desktop calendar will look approximately like this:

(Actual real product may differ slightly but not substantially).

  • 5" x 5"

  • Full color
  • Spiral bound

  • 368 pages

  • Folding stand

  • Re-usable from year to year

Rewards:

Here’s a brief description of some of the reward packages. Details are to the right.

$5: A pdf of 100 Affirmations

$10: A pdf of 365 Affirmations

$20: The printed desk calendar

$35: Two desktop calendars: give one to a friend!

$60: Spread the love with five calendars!

$75: The desk calendar plus a signed print of your favorite Affirmation

$110: Go the distance with ten calendars!

$150: Copies of several of my books and a patch

$225: Includes an ORIGINAL drawing of an Affirmation that you compose!

$1000: A personal appearance with a comics slideshow (funny and informative all at once)

Testimonials:

"You just gotta get you one of these......because, it's dope and proletarian!" --Ricardito Ramos

"Order this amazing calendar and support Stephanie McMillan's fantastic work!" --Deanna Myer

Press Roundup (added 6/10):

A video interview on Act Out! with Eleanor Goldfield -- it starts at minute 21.16:
https://youtu.be/xuf1jJJ16xo

An interview with Michael Cavna for the Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/06/09/kickstarter-of-the-day-stephanie-mcmillan-affirms-your-anti-capitalism-plus-goats/

An article by Victor Feraru​ on Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/victor-lopez/speaking-truth-to-power-through-affirmations_b_7531854.html

A plug by Craig Ross on Red Wedge magazine:
http://www.redwedgemagazine.com/red-wedge-comix/365-affirmations-for-revolutionary-militants-desk-calendar-kickstater

An interview with Mark Hand, "Feeling Trapped in a Dead-End System? Cartoonist's Affirmations Encourage Resistance" appeared on both TruthOut and CounterPunch:
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30859-feeling-trapped-in-a-dead-end-system-cartoonist-stephanie-mcmillan-s-affirmations-encourage-resistance

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/18/feeling-trapped-in-a-dead-end-system/

About me:

I’m Stephanie McMillan, a cartoonist (“Code Green” and “Minimum Security”), author of seven books (most recently “Capitalism Must Die!”), and lifelong anti-capitalist organizer. My comics have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide, ranging from the LA Times and South Florida Sun-Sentinel to Z magazine and the Occupied Wall Street Journal. My comics have earned several awards, including a Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award, and an RFK Journalism Award for my comics journalism piece about Occupy. If you’d like to check out more of my work, please visit stephaniemcmillan.org

Any comments or questions? Please feel free to contact me: steph@minimumsecurity.net

Stretch goals:

If we exceed the goal, here are some extras that you'll receive! (I edited these to be more accessible).

NOW $12,000: (this was previously attached to a $25,000 stretch goal, but I really want to make these!!): If we exceed the goal by just $1000, everyone at the $20 level or higher gets a patch! Here's what it will look like:

$15,000: -- Stickers AND posters will be available to all backers over the $20 level, included with the calendars. Here's what the poster will look like:

$30,000: The Affirmations will be published as a hardcover book, which will be available as an add-on

Risks and challenges

PRINTING: In addition to printing the calendar, if we hit the stretch goals I'll be making some other things as well. I'll be working with printers and vendors whom I've worked with before, and I'm confident in their ability to deliver high quality products. There may still be minor scheduling issues, but I've built in plenty of time to get these to you well before the winter holiday season. Printing can be a costly and unpredictable process. I've budgeted generously to compensate for fees, taxes, and any unexpected cost overruns, and I've identified back-up printers, just in case.

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    Thank you for your support! You will have access to all the email updates related to this campaign, which include new Affirmations!

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    A digital file (pdf) collection of 100 Affirmations, plus a free year of my Sneak Preview Subscription Service (weekly comics, writing and news).

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    A digital file (pdf) collection of all 365 Affirmations plus some free inspirational desktop (digital) wallpaper EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter backers, and a free year of my Sneak Preview Subscription Service.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The first 50 backers get $5 off! You will receive the physical, printed desk calendar, and everything offered to the lower levels.

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    Two desktop calendars: one for you and give one to a friend! Plus everything at the lower levels.

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    Five (5) desktop calendars: share them with your friends and family! You will also receive the digital pdf, plus inspirational desktop wallpaper, and a free year of my Sneak Preview Subscription Service. (NOTE: This level was added late in the campaign; it is not included in higher levels that say "everything at previous levels").

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    The desk calendar plus a signed print of your favorite Affirmation. You will also receive the digital pdf, plus inspirational desktop wallpaper, and a free year of my Sneak Preview Subscription Service.

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    You will receive everything at the lower levels, plus an ORIGINAL drawing of already-created Affirmation (I will try to accommodate requests but due to availability, the choice is up to me). LIMITED to 25.

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    Ten (10) desktop calendars: share them with your friends and family! You will also receive the digital pdf, plus inspirational desktop wallpaper, and a free year of my Sneak Preview Subscription Service. (NOTE: This level was added late in the campaign; it is not included in higher levels that say "everything at previous levels").

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    The calendar, plus copies of my books "Capitalism Must Die," "The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad," and "Mischief in the Forest," a Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad patch, plus everything at the previous levels.

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    The desk calendar, a signed print, plus an ORIGINAL drawing of an Affirmation that YOU COMPOSE! (As long as it’s not fundamentally offensive to me, within reason). You choose the text, colors, and characters -- I'll draw it!

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    A personal appearance – with a comics slideshow! Choose between these topics: capitalism, imperialism, anti-capitalist organizing or political art, and I'll speak at a public venue of your choice. (You pay travel and hotel lodging). Plus everything at lower levels.

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