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An irreverently humorous book of cartoons that define life with cancer. A perfect gift for everyone touched by cancer.
An irreverently humorous book of cartoons that define life with cancer. A perfect gift for everyone touched by cancer.
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Glossary of Awkward: the 'Urban Dictionary' of Cancer

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Glossary of Awkward is a collection of irreverently humorous illustrations that define all the uncomfortable moments that arise from cancer - whether you're living with it, or you know someone who is. Think of it as your friendly guide to learning how to support someone with cancer.

This is a mockup of what the book will look like
This is a mockup of what the book will look like

Talking about cancer is...well...awkward. Yet, nearly every family in the world is touched by it. Sometimes it brings people closer, but a lot of the time, cancer survivors lose friends or even spouses. Because, it's awkward to talk about and people just don't know what to say or how to be there.

For some of us living with cancer, our mentality is more: hold the ribbons, bring on the laughs. And, we wish there were an easier way to tell our loved ones how to be there for us.

Glossary of Awkward gives us a whole new way to start having those conversations.

Each page playfully illustrates some of those annoying - *ahem* - awkward moments when people just don't know what to say. Original illustrations were created exclusively for the book by Australian cartoonist and illustrator, Simon Kneebone.

Deepak Choke-hold | verb  -  what you wish you could do to your mindfulness-practicing, always-in-a-spiritual-place friend every time she tries to convince you that cancer is really a good thing.
Deepak Choke-hold | verb - what you wish you could do to your mindfulness-practicing, always-in-a-spiritual-place friend every time she tries to convince you that cancer is really a good thing.

The book identifies and names some of the most common feelings and experiences of people living with cancer. It's meant to give power over feelings we have but don't quite know how to define.

Expert by Proxy Syndrome | noun  informally diagnosed as a state of temporary confusion during which you come to believe that, because someone you were close to had cancer, you are now qualified to give salient oncology advice.
Expert by Proxy Syndrome | noun informally diagnosed as a state of temporary confusion during which you come to believe that, because someone you were close to had cancer, you are now qualified to give salient oncology advice.

Glossary of Awkward was designed to help people have better conversations about cancer. To take away its power to make us feel so uncomfortable, so we can be there for the people we love.

scare-nosis | noun  -   an acute fear that your friend’s illness can happen to you so, in order to exercise control over the situation, you trace all your friend’s behaviors that made them sick. It’s the food…you know it’s the food.
scare-nosis | noun - an acute fear that your friend’s illness can happen to you so, in order to exercise control over the situation, you trace all your friend’s behaviors that made them sick. It’s the food…you know it’s the food.
logicus randomus | noun   -  an ancient, self-healing ritual of using maxims and aphorisms to make sense of painful, but random, events.
logicus randomus | noun - an ancient, self-healing ritual of using maxims and aphorisms to make sense of painful, but random, events.

Hi! We're Brendan and Corinne. Brendan was diagnosed with Leukemia shortly after we first met, forcing us to deal with serious chronic illness as newly-weds. Brendan also had to deal with some pretty awkward conversations with colleagues and friends about his diagnosis. Sometimes amusing, sometimes hurtful, he knew all of these interactions had one thing in common: most people don’t know what to say. So, in 2017 we started Uncomfortable Revolution, a media company that wants to change the way we talk about chronic illness and disability. 

 We just finished our first project, Uncomfortable Revolution Fellowships, which offer paid stipends to writers and artists to develop creative works around the theme of chronic illness or disability.

The Urban Dictionary of Cancer is the first of the Glossary of Awkward series. We chose the theme of cancer because of our personal story, but  the second collection of illustrations will focus on mental health. We're looking for backers to help us get this series off the ground.

Join us!

Let's take the awkward out of cancer, and bring people closer together. We need your help to set and print the first 1,000 copies and get an ISBN.

1. THE BOOK

  • 5.4 x 4.5 inches 
  • Hardcover with debossed gold foil 
  • 100% recycled paper inside 
  • 124 pages

Glossary of Awkward is the perfect size to carry around. The book comes in 2 versions - Classic and Deluxe with Slipcase (limited edition) 

Classic | 5.4 x 4.5 inches. Hardcover with gold foil. 100% recycled paper.
Classic | 5.4 x 4.5 inches. Hardcover with gold foil. 100% recycled paper.
Deluxe | 5.4 x 4.5 inches. Hardcover with gold foil + Limited Edition Slipcase. 100% recycled paper.
Deluxe | 5.4 x 4.5 inches. Hardcover with gold foil + Limited Edition Slipcase. 100% recycled paper.

 2. THE GIFT-SET

It's hard choosing the right gift for a loved one with cancer (hint: don't get flowers). It's even harder to figure out what to write on the card. We've got you covered. Our gift-set features a signed copy of the deluxe slipcase edition with our custom gift-wrapping, and includes our custom 'Be There' cards.

Gift-set | 5.4 x 4.5 inches. Slipcase Edition, custom gift-wrapped, with our custom 'Be There' cards.
Gift-set | 5.4 x 4.5 inches. Slipcase Edition, custom gift-wrapped, with our custom 'Be There' cards.

3. THE POST CARDS

You don't talk like 'Hallmark', so don't gift like it. The hardest part of reaching out is knowing what to say or how to help. Our 'Be There' post cards - a bit irreverent - take the awkward and the unknown out of really being there.  The Gift-set also comes with a pack of 10 postcards that you exchange with a loved one with cancer. You send one post card, they fill it out and tell you how to help, and then send it back to you. Repeat times 10!

Cards that actually help and don't just sit on shelves
Cards that actually help and don't just sit on shelves

4. THE PRINTS: a Kickstarter Exclusive

Our Kickstarter backers will get an exclusive print of one of our original illustrations. Download, print, and frame the way you want it.

Exclusive Prints via Digital Download (frame not included)
Exclusive Prints via Digital Download (frame not included)

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk to production is getting more orders than we estimated and planned for, which will require us to scale production rapidly, but that's a good problem to have. We have reached out to several printers and fulfillment partners in key geographical markets that we can utilize for large orders.

We also believe that, unlike other products, books are easier to do at scale, as they don't require different sizes/colors, or complicated manufacturing processes.

The book is 75% written and Simon has graciously done all the cartoons upfront, so we see no risks to completion.

Our plan is to have the first books shipped to our backers by November 2018, in time for the holidays.

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    'BE THERE' POST CARDS

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - GET THE BOOK

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    GET THE BOOK - DELUXE

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    GIFT IT

    The ultimate way to truly be there for someone living with cancer. You'll get a Deluxe Slipcase Edition, signed by the authors, and gift-wrapped in Uncomfortable Revolution custom wrapping paper. You'll also receive an Uncomfortable Revolution custom greeting card with a personalized message for your loved one (if you need help being less awkward). We'll also send you a pack of 10 'Be There' postcards, so you can continue to be there (get it?) for your loved one.

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    SIGN MY BOOK WITH LOVE

    For special friends of Uncomfortable Revolution who want to back the project in a deeper way. You'll get the deluxe version with a limited edition, beautifully handcrafted slipcase, signed by the authors with a personal dedication. We'll even include your name in the acknowledgements of our next book in the Glossary of Awkward series.

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    YOUR OWN CANCER CARTOON

    In addition to the items in the "Sign My Book With Love" reward, Simon will draw one personalised digital cartoon of you, or the person of your choice, illustrating your very own uncomfortable cancer moment. You will need to supply a photo, so we know what you look like, and the text of the conversation you want to be drawn. The cartoon will have a similar look to the other cartoons for the book.

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    MEET THE AUTHORS

    Participate in a special evening with Brendan McDonald and Corinne Gray, the co-founders of Uncomfortable Revolution. Offer available in Melbourne, Barcelona, Dublin, as well as the rest of the European Union. Light fare will be provided. For you and up to five friends.

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    Exclusive 4-day/3-night retreat for up to two adults and two children at the authors' residence in a lovingly restored Catalan farmhouse dating back to 1875. The farmhouse is nestled amongst the vineyards of Cava country, one hour from Barcelona. The retreat is fully catered with local produce. Transportation to Barcelona is not included.

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    All-INCLUSIVE GROUP RETREAT

    Exclusive 7-day/6-night retreat for up to 6 people at the authors' residence in a lovingly restored Catalan farmhouse dating back to 1875. The farmhouse is nestled amongst the vineyards of Cava country, one hour from Barcelona. The retreat is fully catered with local produce. Transportation to Barcelona is not included.

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