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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 3 2019 5:16 PM UTC +00:00.

Tropic EditionsBy Tropic Editions
First created
Tropic EditionsBy Tropic Editions
First created
$1,997
pledged of $3,000pledged of $3,000 goal
34
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 3 2019 5:16 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Tropic Zine is a forum for critical engagement with contemporary culture that seeks connections between Hawaiʻi and the tropical diaspora worldwide. Based in Honolulu, we are a print publication, digital platform, and creative collective. Our editorial content includes visual art, essays, poetry, interviews, photography, new media, and research-driven explorations; we are a collation of new cultural material that defies any singular narrative. We embrace queer modes of thinking, discontinuity, and hybridity, while prioritizing under-represented, emerging, and under-recognized artists.

In March 2018, Tropic Zine raised enough funds to produce our first issue thanks to the generous support of our friends, families, strangers, and extended community. We released Issue 1 in September, started a non-profit publishing imprint, Tropic Editions, and received our 501(c)(3) tax exemption from the IRS. 

Piecing together Issue 1.
Piecing together Issue 1.
Issue 1 at Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair in September 2018.
Issue 1 at Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair in September 2018.

We have continued to evolve and expand our reach and our mission through online publishing (e-Tropic) and print stockists across the United States and abroad in Mexico, Japan, Canada, and the Philippines. We've partnered and collaborated with Nā Mea Hawaiʻi, Lil' Deb's Oasis, Aupuni Space, TRADES A.i.R., Tropical Futures Institute, HIZAB Library, Analog Sunshine Recorders, and have built relationships with many other organizations.


Issue Two.

With our second issue, we seek to decolonize, deconstruct, and reimagine the Filipino(x) diaspora by posing a series of questions about what it means to identify as, and to be, a contemporary citizen in an age of movement and dispersion (both tangible and virtual). Rather than speaking to national identity, the editorials present complex, entangled, multi-generational stories of place. More than half of our contributors are from Hawaiʻi, but they are, as you might imagine, located all over the world; in Hawaiʻi and across the continental US, in Germany, Brazil, and in the Philippines. 

Jarrod Caranto, ANITU: a queer ancestral project of healing.
Jarrod Caranto, ANITU: a queer ancestral project of healing.
Jourdan Simmonds, ARROZ CALDO, a project dedicated to Simmonds' grandpa.
Jourdan Simmonds, ARROZ CALDO, a project dedicated to Simmonds' grandpa.

Our 20 contributors are Catalina Africa-Espinosa, Calla Camero, Azuré Keahi, Leah Danze, gentofish, Jasmine Grace, Taissa Fromme, Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt, Jourdan Simmonds, Myka Arnado, Kristoffer Ardeña, 856G Gallery, Vincent Bercasio, Reise Kochi, Risa Hoshino, Lise-Michelle, Nakeʻu Awai, Cristin Lim, Jarrod Caranto, and Sonny Ganaden. These creatives are digging deep, unearthing, excavating the material and emotional realities of their cultural identity. It is our hope that their efforts will inspire you to gaze inward, outward, forward, and reconsider aspects of your own relationship to the places and communities around you, where-ever that may be.

Before we can share this work-in-progress with you all, we need your help. This publication is a labor of love that needs financial support to go to production; we have a number of expenses that need to be covered, including materials, design, a small honoraria for newly commissioned works, and printing. By hitting our initial goal of $3,000 in three weeks, we will be able to effectively fund the pre-release costs and be able to focus on the public programming we have planned for the issue's June release, including an exhibition at Aupuni Space and an artist-in-residence from the Philippines.

Diamond Head Road, with Lise-Michelle, Vincent Bercasio, Reise Kochi, and more.
Diamond Head Road, with Lise-Michelle, Vincent Bercasio, Reise Kochi, and more.

For those of you who have the financial capacity to consider a larger donation, we are seeking to create a patron program of 10 individuals who will donate at the $500-$1500 level. These micro-grants will support our publishing program, which now includes an open call for proposals.

We consider the gesture of a pre-order to be a very meaningful show of support. We also welcome in-kind donations, volunteers, and new collaborations and partnerships.

All forms of support, financial or otherwise, give us the energy, inspiration, and drive to continue making our project happen.

See you in June 2019 for the release and exhibition of Tropic Zine Issue 2!

With aloha and gratitude,

Marika Emi and the Tropic Zine + Tropic Editions teams.


Tropic Zine is the namesake project of Tropic Editions, a non-profit publishing imprint that produces artists' books imbued with a sense of place. Our publishing program supports artist-driven printed matter that forges connections between otherwise disparate locales and identities, with a curatorial emphasis on experimentation, queer and postcolonial critique, and community collaboration. We hope to draw Hawaiʻi into an existing global discourse on tropicality and creative production in the tropics.


For more information:

tropiczine.com

tropiceditions.org

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Follow us on Instagram: @tropiczine @tropiceditions

Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt, work-in-progress
Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt, work-in-progress

Risks and challenges

Any publication project runs the risk of delays and missing deadlines, which is why this Kickstarter campaign is being launched only two months before our projected release date, June 8th. To avoid some of the challenges we faced in Issue 1 (including pushing back our release date multiple times), we have scheduled our design and production phases more fastidiously, improved our responsiveness and organizational skills, and already communicated our specific needs and timeline to our printer.

We are currently working to diversify our funding sources for this project. We have a three-pronged approach: private donations, institutional and foundation grants, and publication sales. We have geared our crowd-funded goal towards pre-orders and merchandise, and intend for our tax-deductible patron program to ease the burden of these kinds of campaigns.

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