I'm so thrilled to announce that thanks to all you lovely folks, the project is funded! I hope I do you and Oscar proud with this comic, and appreciate your help in getting it off the ground.
There's still a few days left to claim a goody from the rewards here, and every bit helps to make this book a bigger and better adventure into history and art.
Thank you all so much.
About the project:
This project explores the geographical touchstones of the life of the poet, playwright and aesthete, Oscar Wilde. From the perspective of cartoonist and travelogueist, Lucy Knisley (a long-time Wilde fan), this project follows in his path from his birthplace and college to the city of his theatrical triumphs, and on to the site of his imprisonment and the hotel where he died in exile. Part travelogue, part historical study, part personal exploration of his writing and life, Lucy will write and draw about the places where Wilde lived and worked, creating a book about Wilde's history and the adventure of tracing his life.
The plane tickets are already taken care of (thanks, Dad!), but there's still a bit to go before this trip can take place. Please consider making a donation to raise the funds for hostels and train tickets, art costs for labor and supplies, and help to make this book a reality. In exchange, you'll have your pick of art prints, a preview chapter, postcards from the journey, kudos in the book, a custom portrait, and a page from the actual travelogue!
Thank you for your consideration.
I'm a comic book artist and author, who loves to write about food and travel and adventure.
My first book, "French Milk," (Simon and Schuster, 2008) is a graphic travelogue about staying in Paris with my mother. In the book, I spend my birthday briefly visiting a couple of the Parisian Wilde landmarks (the site of his death, and his tombstone. Cheery birthday!).
I've loved Oscar for most of my life, and hope to find and explore the traces of him left on the world.
Other Ways You Can Help
Are you a Wilde scholar? Want to talk more about him and contribute your story of how he's impacted your life? Email me-- I'd love to chat!
Got a couch or like to cook food for a rambling comic artist? Live in London, Dublin or Paris? I love meeting people and chatting with other artists or comics fans or Wilde enthusiasts, and any hospitality will be welcome and repaid in art.
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