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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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