Dirty Diamonds is an all-girls comics anthology co-edited by Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman. The goal is to give the women of comics an outlet dedicated to telling their stories. So far there have been four issues/volumes, each focusing on a different theme (alcohol, jobs, travel, and break-ups). Artists from around the world have contributed to these, plus in 2013 all four volumes were included in the permanent comics collection at the Library of Congress.
The fifth issue aims to be the most ambitious yet, featuring 32 artists from six different countries and over 100 pages. Its focus will also be on comics, specifically on the memorable moments in the creator’s comics experiences. In order to fund the printing of 500 books, as well as recompense the many artists, Kelly & Claire have taken the project to Kickstarter. Hitting stretch goals would see both the level of recompense and the print run increase.
Assuming the Kickstarter failed the creators wouldn’t be paid, and the print run would be considerably smaller. Success, on the other hand, would increase the reach of the anthology, which seems a worthy endeavor. To that end I have pledged $35, which gets me a print copy of the current issue plus digital copies of the first four. You can get the PDF for just $10, and a print copy for $20, which is all pretty standard. You can also get anything from original art, to an editorial consult, or even naming rights for the Dirty Diamonds mascot.
If you’re looking for a good project to help fund, this is an excellent choice, and it surely needs your help. This may be Kelly & Claire’s first stab at Kickstarter, but they have already published four issues successfully on their own, and should have a pretty good grasp on the business side of things. In short, a project with minimal risk, and a variety of creative voices! Check it out! Read More