Jane may have been marginalized by the cultural canon, but her contemporaries considered her “one of the finest modern writers” (John Ashberry), “the most important writer of prose fiction” (Tennessee Williams), and further, a “genius imp, [a] laughing, hilarious, tortured elf” (Truman Capote). Jane drank more than she wrote, worried more than she worked, and had more epically disastrous love affairs than completed books. By almost any measure, Jane led a fascinating life filled with literary giants and great adventure and I want to bring her story to life.
“Although unknown to the general public, the Bowleses were famous among those who were famous.” – Gore Vidal
“My only complaint against Mrs. Bowles is that she publishes so infrequently. One would prefer larger quantities of her strange wit, thorny insight. Certainly she is one of the really original pure stylists.” – Truman Capote
This Kickstarter is going to help fund the creation and publication of chapter one of an original graphic novel written by me,Katy Rex, about Jane’s life. This book will be published as a standalone issue and follow Jane’s life from childhood up until a freak accident on a horse that led her to be diagnosed with tuberculosis of the knee. It includes art fromTyler Jenkins(Peter Panzerfaust, Neverboy) on the main biography, andJune Vigantson the short story, in full color with a stunning and evocative palette fromKelly Fitzpatrick(Sensation Comics). EditorKirsten Thompsoncontributes a unique perspective on history and feminism. It will also include Jane’s short story,A Stick Of Green Candy, about the nature of love and childhood innocence and the death of imagination. An inset medical diagram art piece from artistKate Lacourwill detail the intricacies of joint tuberculosis. This campaign will allow the project to continue and build into a full length book, and will be an opportunity for backers to get the exclusive rewards that will not be available once the book is fully produced. This single extra thick issue, coming in at a full 28 printed pages, will also feature an essay fromLauren Spohrer, editor of the online magazine Two Serious Ladies, which publishes original poetry and prose from women around the world.
Chapter one is completely scripted and the art is nearly complete. Help us get it printed, and YOU (yes, you!) can be eligible for a number of exciting rewards, including:
• Digital and physical copies before they’re available anywhere else
• Set of 10 Postcards limited edition/numbered
• An exclusive limited edition (numbered) print of Marguerite Sauvage’s portrait of Jane
• Thank-you letter, handwritten
• Thank-you letter, handwritten while drunk
• A mini-comic written & (poorly) drawn by Katy: cocktail recipes of the artistic elite
• Options for original art from the creative team, including pages from the book and full color commissions
One of the cool things about working with a creative team of this scale is that we are able to collect work from each one of the short story artists in a unique set of 10 postcards. Each postcard comes from a place where Jane lived and worked at the time of the chapter in which that artist’s short story is featured.
Certainly not us, but we love seeing this talented artist recognized however and whenever. She deserves it all AND THEN SOME! We’re so lucky to have had her work on our cover, and if you’re a big fan of Ms. Sauvage, stay tuned for our Kickstarter (which launches tomorrow) for a chance to back and not only pick up the book with her cover but a limited number of original watercolor commissions!
Check out more of her work, including our cover, as featured on Illustration Friday!