One Short Week.
Hello Dear Readers,
With one week left on the Something Terrible Kickstarter campaign, I am so very pleased to tell you we are presently at over 500% of our original goal.
Thank you all so much for supporting this book, which, as many of you know well, has the potential to truly help those who most need to know that what happened to them hasn’t defined them. Their choices have. And will continue to.
In this last week, I’m asking you all to please continue to share the link to this campaign on your social networks and blogs, as we’re closing in on the second stretch goal for the extended epilogue, a free poster for all physical orders, and hiring Hannah Nance Partlow (who hand-designed the text logo on Something Terrible’s cover) as our book designer. My mom and dad have offered to help me with reward packaging, and are turning my old bedroom into a mailing center. “It’ll give me an excuse to finally clean out the upstairs bedrooms,” Mom said. Haha.
Anyway: thank you, thank you, thank you, Dear Readers. You’ve helped take the darkest chapter of my life and transform it into not just a turning point for me and my personal mission, but into a light that can be used to guide others away from self-doubt, self-harm, and despair. I genuinely cannot believe that my life has changed so much as a result of opening up about my most closely held secret. I was at SDCC a six years ago when my favorite writer and chaos magician, Grant Morrison, (whom comics fans will have spotted references to in Something Terrible) said this:
"You’ve got to remember, in the entire history of the universe, you’re the only YOU that has ever existed and ever will exist. For your little span of seventy, eighty, a hundred years, there’s nothing like you that’s ever existed before or since. And only you see the world the way you see the world. And we want to know how you see it. We try to tell you how we see the world, in the hope that it helps, and at the same time we want to hear what you’ve got to say, because there is nobody in existence who is YOU, and can tell the rest of us how it looks. And it might be so different and so beautiful, that it changes everything."
You never know.
Share this story. I’m still hearing from people all over the world who are just finding out that their significant other or parent or dear friend was able to open up about their own experiences and find new strength by reading Something Terrible. With any other story of mine, this would sound like absolute hucksterism, but I know for a fact that by sharing this story you are truly helping people.
And to those of you who needed this story most, because you could sadly relate all too well to it, and have come here to support this book and get a copy to hold in your hands, I love you, and I’m SO glad our stories are crossing over right now. Get ready for big, bright hugs when you see me at cons.
Speaking of which, there’s a Something Terrible Panel approved for Emerald City Comicon, at the end of March, so if you’re in the area, or able to attend, keep an eye on the schedule for that. I’ll be speaking with Kate Leth of ComicsAlliance.com about Something Terrible and what’s come since sharing it online.
Thank you again. You are who you choose to be. Use all of your abilities to help everyone you can.
Look for my signal. <3
P.S. Over at my superhero redesign art site, Project: Rooftop, we’re holding a contest to redesign Batgirl for our eighth anniversary. If you like drawing superheroes, JOIN IN!