I was about to go to the bar tonight, but think I’ll stay in and read some of Ramsey’s comics that she’s been working on for the past year. Ramsey is one of the artists involved in the Feminist Playing Card project that I’ve been organizing. I never knew her until then. Someone recommended her for the project and I’m really glad they did because then I started following her on tumblr & instagram and got to see a glimpse into her life through her photos. Then I started checking out more of her comics and was excited to hear today that she is going to publish them as a book titled “Year One”. I went ahead and pre-ordered my copy along with a bunch of other rad goodies from her Kickstarter.
Read more about the project below.
so I went ahead and did a kickstarter for year one? help me out? reblog like crazy?
I guess I should describe the project, for re-blog purposes. Whoops. As some of you might know, I’ve been working on my first novel-length comic book for the duration of the past year. My book is called Year One, and through weekly vignettes, illustrates my entire first year living in Philadelphia, after a significant move from Chicago. In some pages, my weekly activities are illustrated. In others, just a pertinent conversation. Year One was drawn in real time, finishing 2-3 pages as every week went by. I’ve spent hundreds of hours working on this project over the last year and am very excited to get it out into the world in the form of my very first book! Prior to this project, the longest comic i had ever drawn was 6 pages long. Year One is 136 pages and will be offset printed and perfect bound at 8x10 inches. It is 100% complete from front cover to back cover (and scanned, cleaned up, edited, edited again, and sized for printing. I literally just need to hit send and fork over a deposit to the printer).
Year One uses a variety of storytelling formats to give an overall glimpse into a year in the life of a late twenty-something year old, trying to figure out her place as a young artist outside of the post-college years. It is lighthearted, somber, lonely, funny, and quiet. It shows the number of people who come and go throughout a year, new love, old romance, loss and grief, and more generally, the search for a sense of self.
You can read it for free online at http://www.everydaypants.com/yearone but it would be way more fun for you to read it in print.