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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Octopus: A Memoir Of Flailing

Welcome to the Crowdsourcing Mornings segment!  Every weekday morning, Geek Alabama talks about and features one crowdsourcing project from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others.  The hope with Crowdsourcing Mornings is to feature and help a project be successful and reach its fundraising goal.  Please enjoy today’s featured project!

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Octopus is a 144 page graphic memoir about me, Richard Fairgray – the writer/artist of Blastosaurus, Black Sand Beach, Haunted Hill, SHED, Four Color Heroes and literally hundreds of other books. I’m a blind comic artist with a chemical imbalance in my brain that allows me to process images at an incredible speed, remember too much and almost never sleep. This book is 7 connected stories that capture key turning points in my life across 18 months as I try to kill myself, get divorced, break up with my boyfriend, steal a boat, move to Hollywood, live with a surfing philanthropist, meet a nice man and have a lot of wine and regrettable sex. It’s an adult story filled with complicated emotions and steamy sex clubs.

As far back as I can remember I’ve had the same nightmare. I’m turning into an octopus and I have to make sure nobody sees. When I’m awake I know it’s not real, but there are far too many on the nose reasons why it might come true. I’m always overworked, with tentacles in too many projects. I never feel comfortable in clothes and I’m constantly surprised by how much space I’m taking up. Turning into an octopus would ruin a social situation and often I can’t remember exactly how I did that. It doesn’t help that being a comic artist means leaving ink stains most places.

I finished this book in 2020 but was told by everyone not to release it because it could ruin the career I’d built with all-ages content. I did as I was told and put the book away. But, a lot of upheaval in the world and in my own life has made me realize that I need to live unapologetically and releasing this story is a big part of that.

I’m impatient, so there’s no way I’m doing this thing issue by issue. Whichever version you get will deliver you a 144 page book, whether it’s the digital, the physical or the super limited special covers. Check them out.

As of February 23rd, this project has raised $4,800 of their $1,477 goal. This project has 2 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $8, you will get one digital comic.  For a pledge of $21, you will get one book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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