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We're making a quarterly print publication​ with the best non-fiction, journalistic and political comics from a ton of contributors.
We're making a quarterly print publication​ with the best non-fiction, journalistic and political comics from a ton of contributors.
We're making a quarterly print publication​ with the best non-fiction, journalistic and political comics from a ton of contributors.
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The Nib is launching a magazine

Over the past five years, you may have run across one of The Nib's comic essays, animations, or daily political cartoons about our dystopian hell world. We pay all our creators and we’ve published thousands of comics—from around the world—on important topics like race, gender, identity, capitalism and how Trump is a shit. But we want to go bigger.

So we’re Kickstarting The Nib magazine, a quarterly print publication featuring the best non-fiction comics, journalism and satire. It will be very nice. It's going to be the only magazine of its kind.

A mock-up of the first issue, Death. Illustration by Oliver Hibert
A mock-up of the first issue, Death. Illustration by Oliver Hibert

Where the Nib newsletter and website focus on the daily onslaught of news, The Nib Magazine will zoom out to tackle larger themes untethered from the news cycle, and subscribers will be directly supporting the entire publication as a result. Launching a print publication is no small task. We’re asking for $50,000 to cover the first year of printing and shipping.

And it won’t be a little floppy magazine. At nearly 100 pages, with high production quality and sleek design, you'll want to Instagram it—even read it. Inside, you’ll find large feature spreads, interviews, and different sections we’ve designed to deal with each issue’s theme in different ways—all in comics form.

We've been hard at work on this project all year. The art for the first issue is coming in NOW and, if fully funded, we’re literally going to hit ’send’ to the printer the moment the campaign is over. If you back us to become a subscriber, you'll get your first issue of the magazine in September.

A feature spread to a comic by Andy Warner in our first issue
A feature spread to a comic by Andy Warner in our first issue

Our first issue: Death

We did say big ideas, didn’t we? We’re approaching that dreadful subject from a lot of angles—personal stories of loss, the rich pursuing life extension technology, the history of lethal injection, interviews with people about the first dead body they saw, and great moments in exhumation history.

Our next three themes will be Family, Empire and Scams. We're commissioning stories for them already. The lineup of artists we have on board for this is huge—check out our contributor section!

Some of our section dividers illustrated by Mark Kaufman
Some of our section dividers illustrated by Mark Kaufman

The Inkwell: an ongoing membership program to support The Nib

The magazine will be the centerpiece of a membership program we're calling The Inkwell (because: "The Nib") where you can get an exclusive mug or tote and help sustain the publication.

Because of today’s media environment, direct reader support from you means we can keep the journalistic and editorial independence that stays true to our values. Your founding membership will support the publication for the long haul, so we can pay creators, and keep making the best non-fiction and political comics. Being in The Inkwell means you get:

  • The Inkwell newsletter, with previews of our projects in the works and a behind-the-scenes look at The Nib. 
  • Exclusive swag.
  • Discounts on merch. 
  • Access to a community page set to launch next year.

We've got exclusive swag

We're making special merch for the campaign: an exclusive mug and tote! They capture the... spirit of the times. Behold the "We should improve society somewhat" tote bag and the "Rise and shine. The world is doomed" mug.

Improve society somewhat with this tote
Improve society somewhat with this tote
Truly a mug for our times
Truly a mug for our times

Both of these products are only going to be available to Inkwell members. And if you want both, select one of the levels and we'll offer you the other item through Backerkit once we're funded.

Free phone backgrounds for all backers!

Three designs from Nomi Kane, Matt Bors and Matt Lubchansky for the truly logged on backer.

Log the heck off, buddy.
Log the heck off, buddy.

Add-ons: gift subscription, mug and tote combos and more

We didn't want to get too complicated with our backer levels. In order to provide everyone the ability to get a mug or tote, and a variety of Nib swag, we've made an add-on menu. After you select your backer level, just increase your pledge amount according to the items price on the menu, and we'll survey you when the campaign ends to mark down what you got.

Add some Nib contributor books to your order

Not even all of the books we're offering!
Not even all of the books we're offering!

If you want to have a bigger impact in getting this project off the ground, we're offering a slew of our contributors' books as rewards. You can add one, two or even three of the following books to your order. When we send out our backer survey at the end of the campaign, you can choose which books you want.

  • Rules for Dating My Daughter by Mike Dawson 
  • Trump's ABCs by Ann Telnaes 
  • Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore 
  • Skeleton Party by Matt Lubchansky
  • Spy vs Spy: The Top Secret Files! by Peter Kuper
  • Go East, Young Fam! by Keith Knight
  • What is a Glacier by Sophie Yanow
  • Blocked: Stories From The World of Online Dating by Ally Schwed & Gerardo Alba 
  • Brief Histories of Everyday Objects by Andy Warner 
  • Stupid Dreams by Joey Alison Sayers 
  • Ghost Stories by Whit Taylor
  • Disalmanac: A Book of Fact-Like Facts by Scott Bateman 
  • Shut Up Donnie: Particularly Uninspiring Quotes from the 45th President by Nomi Kane

Buy some original art

We're offering originals from Ann Telnaes, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Pia Guerra, Matt Bors and Jen Sorensen. Plus original commissions from Emily Flake, Matt Lubchansky and Eleri Harris. To see what those look like, check out this Medium post!

We have a ton of cartoonists already set to appear in the first four issues.

That's a lot of cartoonists, folks.
That's a lot of cartoonists, folks.
We've hit 'em all!
We've hit 'em all!

If we exceed our goal, we want to add more to the project—exclusive stickers with each magazine, an expanded page count and a Nib sticker pack for everyone!

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

We're working with the great folks at Make That Thing on merch production and fulfillment and we have run successful Kickstarter campaigns before. Launching a print magazine is no joke, and we've been working with people who have experience with production, printers and distribution to make sure there are no unexpected hurdles. We have all the stories commissioned and much of the final art already delivered.

We will no doubt face challenges in the creation of this project, but we feel ready to deal with them and deliver on time.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Join The Inkwell

    All support helps! We'll get you three phone backgrounds we made just for this campaign and Inkwell membership.

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    • The Inkwell newsletter
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    Digital Ink

    A PDF download of the first four issues of The Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • PDF downloads
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    The Print Magazine—Early Bird Special

    The first year of Nib magazine (four issues) in print and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    The Print Magazine

    The first year of Nib magazine (four issues) and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
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    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Print Magazine + Kasia Babis Book

    "The Little Book of Economy"—a Kickstarter exclusive 20-page activity book by Kasia Babis featuring fun activities about the world economy!

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • Kasia Babis mini-comic
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    The Print Magazine + In These Times

    The first year of Nib magazine (four issues) plus a subscription to In These Times, an independent, progressive news magazine that's been muckraking and troublemaking since 1976. Includes Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • One year of In These Times magazine (12 issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Print Magazine + Exclusive Tote

    The first year of Nib magazine (four issues) plus a "We Should Improve Society Somewhat" tote bag and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • Tote bag
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
    • PDF downloads
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    Print Magazine + Exclusive Mug

    The first year of Nib magazine (four issues) plus a "Rise and shine. The world is doomed" coffee mug and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • Coffee mug
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Print Magazine + 1 Nib Contributor Book

    The first year of Nib magazine plus your choice of one book from a Nib contributor (see full list in post) and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • One Nib contributor book (chosen when campaign ends)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Print Magazine + 2 Contributor Books

    The first year of Nib magazine plus your choice of TWO books from Nib contributors (see full list in post) and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • TWO Nib contributor books (chosen when campaign ends)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Print Magazine + 3 Contributor Books

    Wow, read much? The first year of Nib magazine plus your choice of THREE books from Nib contributors (see full list in post) and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • THREE Nib contributor books (chosen when campaign ends)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
    • PDF downloads
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    Vanesa R. Del Rey originals from Issue 1

    Original art from The Nib Death issue. 6x8 ink drawings with quotes on death from Vanesa Del Ray. Preference for art choice given to backers in order of pledge number.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Original art by Vanesa Del Ray
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
    • PDF downloads
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    Your Death Portrait by Eleri Harris

    Custom drawing of you, dead and decked out in a coffin. Postcard size ink and watercolor by Eleri Harris.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Original art by Eleri Harris
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Emily Flake Draws Your Death

    Custom drawing of how you do or don't want to die. Hilarious! 6x8 ink and watercolor drawings by Emily Flake.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Original art by Emily Flake
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Matt Bors Draws You as Cable

    An original 8x11 ink drawing of you (or someone of your choosing) as Cable from the X-Men by Matt Bors. 'Nuff said

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Original art by Matt Bors
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Inkwell Hall of Fame

    You will be drawn in a special donors section in one of the first four magazines by Matt Lubchansky, created in line with that issue's theme. Plus we'll send you the drawing as a custom avatar.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine a mug or tote (your choice) and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Custom drawing in Nib magazine
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • One mug or tote (chosen through survey at the end)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
    • PDF downloads
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    Matt Bors Original Art

    The original art of a Matt Bors comic published on The Nib. Select one from over a dozen originals published between 2016-2018.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Original art by Matt Bors
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
    • PDF downloads
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    Jen Sorensen Original Animation Artwork

    Keyframe art by Jen Sorensen for The Nib animated series season 1, episode 1. Nine ink drawings over three 9x12 pieces of bristol board.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Original art by Jen Sorensen
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
    • PDF downloads
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    Pia Guerra Original Anti-Trump Drawing

    A piece of Pia Guerra original artwork drawn exclusively for this campaign. She does not like our president.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Original art by Pia Guerra
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Ann Telnaes Original Art

    The original artwork for "We're Licked" by Ann Telnaes, published on The Nib December 22nd, 2017. Ink and watercolor on 11x15 bristol.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Original art by Ann Telnaes
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    The Pee Tape Package

    It's real. The original inked key frame art from the pee tape animation by Matt Bors and an "I want to peelieve" shirt and sticker pack.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • Original artwork by Matt Bors (multiple pieces)
    • "I Want to Peelieve" shirt
    • "I Want to Peelieve" stickers (5)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    Permanent Ink

    Custom tattoo drawn by Matt Bors—of anything you want! Inkwell membership for life.

    Includes the first year of Nib magazine and Inkwell membership.

    Includes:
    • Custom tattoo design
    • The print magazine (four issues)
    • The Inkwell newsletter
    • Three Nib phone backgrounds
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    1/2 Page Illustrated Ad

    A custom hand-drawn advertisement in the first issue of Nib magazine by one of our cartoonists. We'll work with your team to make it happen.

    Includes:
    • Custom hand-drawn ad
    • Three copies of the print magazine
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    Full Page Illustrated Ad

    A custom hand-drawn advertisement in the first issue of Nib magazine by one of our cartoonists. We'll work with your team to make it happen.

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Funding period

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