Crowdfunding Spotlight: Comic Anthology of Trans Joy Launching on Kickstarter

When I Was Me: Moments of Gender Euphoria is the first comic anthology from Edinburgh-based indie comics publisher Quindrie Press, and has just launched on Kickstarter (1st September 2021).

When I Was Me: Moments of Gender Euphoria  - art by CAP Ward
Art by CAP Ward

This is Quindrie Press’ second project; the first Kickstarter campaign run by Quindrie Press, which ran in March 2021 and featured four original short comics by artists based in Scotland, raised nearly £40,000.

When I Was Me is a collection of one-page autobiographical comics about the joyful and euphoric experiences of being transgender, featuring stories from trans people with a wide range of gender identities, ages, and nationalities.

The book is edited by Eve Greenwood (Inhibit, founder of Quindrie Press) and Alex Assan (Shaderunners, Captain Imani & the Cosmic Chase) and includes comic artists and illustrators such as Otava Heikkilä (Letters for Lucardo), Hari Conner (Finding Home), Val K. Wise (Cheer Up! Love & Pompoms), and Sfé R. Monster (Minecraft).

“With a 100% trans team, eleven beautiful interior illustrations, nine original poems, and over 60 comics, this book is a wonderful reminder that the trans experience is full of beauty and happiness,” says Eve.

The print edition is a 21x21cm, 96-page book, with cover art by C. A. P. Ward, designed by Spire Eaton and also features poetry by writer and performer Harry Josephine Giles. The book will be available to buy in print or as a digital PDF.

Further rewards include a large vinyl sticker designed by Steve Stivaktis and a printset featuring all twelve illustrations from the book, both exclusive to the campaign.

For this campaign, Quindrie Press has also partnered with Books Beyond Bars UK, an organisation that distributes books, comics, and literature to queer people in prison. Backers will be able to buy copies of When I Was Me to be donated to Books Beyond Bars through the
campaign.

The continued protection and support of trans people is important to Quindrie Press, so 50% of all post-campaign sales of the book will also be donated to charities that support young trans people in the UK, such as LGBT Youth Scotland.

Quindrie Press is an independent comics publisher based in Edinburgh, Scotland, founded by Eve Greenwood in 2020. The publisher’s first four books raised nearly £40,000 on Kickstarter.

Its focus is to provide creators with the opportunity to publish passion project comics that haven’t found their home anywhere else. They have a particular interest in helping marginalised and upcoming creators to publish their work.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for When I Was Me here

• For more information, visit quindriepress.com, and find Quindrie Press on Twitter at @QuindriePress

• Each month, Quindrie Press donate a portion of our PDF sales to a different charity or organisation dedicated to supporting marginalised communities in Scotland. Read more about their selected organisations here

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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