A Little Goes A Long Way: Give These Three Art Kickstarters A Fighting Chance

Another day, another round of fantastic independent projects that are just waiting to be given a chance. Fans of illustration, sequential art and crafts are going to find a lot to love in the list below. Even if you’re low on cash, a quick signal boost on your social media account can go a long way for creators who are looking to get their work out there!

For past Kickstarters that I’ve boosted, just click here and see what other cool creations could still use some of your help!

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1. The Sun And The Wayward Wind

The United States is a massive country…and with it, a massive amount of fascinating urban legends, folktales and local myths that are begging for a good re-imagining. The Sun And The Wayward Wind is a full-color comics and illustration anthology ready to transform how you look at the mundane and the fantastic.

With over two dozen comic teams and illustrators combining their strengths and perspectives, this is a compilation that’ll look brilliant on any shelf or coffee table.

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Just When You Thought Sitcoms Were Washed Up: A Deaf And Interracial View

Better late than never, I say, and nowhere is that more clear than The Two Essences, a sitcom seeking funds over on Indigogo that I stumbled upon through Twitter!

What makes this one special? Let’s just say there aren’t enough television shows out there featuring deaf and interracial families simply living their life. In fact…I don’t think there are any. Consider checking this project out for Deaf Awareness Week if you’ve found yourself wondering how you can help increase deaf visibility, combat stereotypes and help creators get their work out there.

Or, hell, when you’re just plain ol’ tired of being spoonfed the same tropes time and time again.

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Pictured: me and my mother.

I’m hearing and biracial. My mother is deaf and white. My younger brother is hearing, multiracial and white-passing. I have and had many deaf and hard-of-hearing family members, acquaintances and classmates throughout my life. Our normal is unlike the normal pushed in your average mainstream romantic comedy or long-lasting ‘all-American’ sitcom — at best we’re a token somewhere in the background to create atmosphere and, at worst, not there at all. This ongoing message is more than just disappointment. It’s a downright bizarre, even harmful, way of viewing the world at large. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the myth of normalcy and it sure as hell won’t be the last.

Director and deaf content creator Jade Bryan is eager to showcase the world of deaf people of color where they have previously, over and over and over again, been shunned in favor of the same basic narrative. The story revolves around middle-aged mother Essence Chamberlain-Dubois¬†going back to school and attempting to balance her social life, family life and freelance career. Being a twenty-something caught in the crossroads of progress and regression myself, I can already find plenty to relate to. Unfortunately, I don’t have a million bucks to my name and the shiny title of ‘television agent’.

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