My name is Weshoyot Alvitre and I am a Tongva/Scottish comic book artist and illustrator. This book, TOYPURINA: OUR LADY OF SORROWS, was a response to a personal project I have wanted to do for years. What started out as a month long story telling exercise to finally lay down some foundation stones for a longer graphic novel, has taken on a life of its own.
I started this book last year on October 1 as drawing exercise to coincide with the popular #Inktober hashtag. I began each day with the set word prompt. I did not sketch out any ideas prior, but allowed this to be an exercise in trying to tell a linear story, connecting the pages each day in a larger story, but allowing it to develop organically to see where this story and these characters would take me. I did not know where this would end by day 31. Or what it would begin.
And I did not realize that the work that would amount over the month of October would not only create a preview into the graphic novel I plan to do, but would impact as many people as it did. I actually finished a few days earlier, intentionally.
I made it my personal goal to set the completion date of all story pages on October 25, to coincide with the anniversary of the revolt of 1785. I then decided to make 50 copies of books, collecting all 31 pages with a brief introduction and a few pages of sketches. I bound those in deer hide, which I cut, bound and branded into the cover the name TOYPURINA. I sold out.
The goal of this Kickstarter is to take those original 31 pages and reprint them in a larger size, (approx 8" x 11") along with an extended forward and sketch section, to be available for anyone who missed out on the original print run. I have since been contacted by numerous Tongva people, University level educators, etc. and would like to make this story accessible to them. I would love to add to this book some of the research notes, mission records, etc. I have discovered since last October. I would also like to include some of the script I will be working on this summer for the larger, extended graphic novel that will come after this book is launched.
Any funds that go over the goal will be put directly towards the larger graphic novel.
This book will reprint everything that was included in those small handmade books from October of 2018, and include extra materials to further flesh out my plans for this future project. The artwork is done.
I already have a Native based print company to do the printing on the book, Lee Francis of Native Realities has offered to help with distribution of the book. For the rewards, I have asked Native based screen print shop SABAWEAR to do hand screen-printed shirts.
All I need is your support!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks I foresee will be making sure the materials get to and from the printer in a timely manner, since that is out of my hands. If stretch rewards are met to include additional materials, this will give me a smaller window of time to complete additional pages. But since the art is completed, the risks are low and only in regards to potentially added materials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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