What is wiTHIN about?
This is a story that gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a young Karen as she reminisces about her journey from childhood to becoming a young woman while struggling with anorexia. Karen struggles to find herself while dealing with bullying, family, spirituality and learning to live with a mental illness. This story is meant to offer the reader a greater understanding of what it meant for one person to struggle with an eating disorder, in addition to giving perspective of what it was like for her family and friends. This is a story of desperation, helplessness, grace, and eventually, hope.
We hope this is a story that can be used to help others who are dealing with something similar in either their own life, or in the life of someone close to them.
Why a comic?
wiTHIN is specifically created as a graphic novel for a variety of reasons. When struggling with mental health issues, concentration, memory retention and focus are often compromised. Through the use of illustration, we hope to aid the reader as they journey through the story with ease and potentially greater detail than if they were reading only the words on a page. Additionally, our brains respond to imagery in a powerful way. By using pictures to help get this story across, we are hoping the reader will be able to understand better at an emotional level what it felt like to go through some of the more complex situations in the story.
We are raising funds to be able to finish the three part graphic novel on recovery from an eating disorder, explaining everything from pre to post illness. Ultimately, we want to create awareness, make meaning from experience and help redefine what is beauty, self-worth, creativity, uniqueness, passion and more. We want all genders and ages to know they don't have to buy into the culturally driven ideal of beauty. That they can find their beauty and worth in who they are as a person.
Go to withincomic.wordpress.com to see more! We have the full first chapter up there for you all to read. Enjoy!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Our first financial goal is $3000, which simply covers the cost of creating part one of wiTHIN. Our biggest expense is the printing cost. We are going to create a beautifully designed book that will look sharp and be professional. This will be something you can be proud to display on your bookshelf or give as a gift.
There are definitely additional costs involved in getting this book out however. Emily and I (Karen) are aiming to go to various conventions, workshops and conferences to promote awareness. We have currently applied to comic conventions in both Vancouver and Toronto in the spring of 2014. We all know flying within Canada is not cheap! Lastly, as mentioned above, the book in its entirety is three parts. The more funds we can raise, the more time we can devote to getting the second and third part out, which means, it will be in your hands quicker!
So, PLEASE continue to give even if we have reached our primary goal. We dream big and want to go far!
Risks and challenges
We know this book will be helpful to professionals, family members, friends and those struggling with an eating disorder. We are dreaming big. We want this book in the hands of people, stores, hospitals, agencies, libraries, and anyone else who's interested. In order to do this, we must get the book out there. As always, there are a few obstacles along the way.
We want to keep this story genuine to how Emily draws and authentic to how Karen writes. In order to do this, we need to self-publish. Our financial goal of $3000 will cover the majority of the costs of printing the book and initial advertisement. (Not to mention getting those rewards out to our generous backers!)
The second challenge is that illustrating a graphic novel takes a lot of time. In order to get our project out in the spring of 2014, Emily will have to devote a large portion of her time to finishing each page while also keeping up with her regular day job as an illustrator. Emily knows how to work hard and is up to this challenge! It's always encouraging to know that there are people cheering us on and looking forward to the project being shared with everyone.
After the book is ready to go, we plan to get the word out. Right now, this includes comic conventions in both Vancouver and Toronto as well as other smaller events along the way. Travelling costs are high, and any additional support over and above the support raised to pay for printing costs will help to alleviate some of the expenses we will have while travelling to promote our book.
This is a project that will reach out to so many people - and it's structured in a way that can be understood. It's a labour of love and hope and with your help it will finally be heard.
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