I’m going to start this piece with a fun fact. Not every Canadian knows French. I’m from a part of the country not exactly known for being particularly “worldly” but I can recognize enough French to have traveled in French speaking areas like Quebec, France, Belgium, and Luxemburg, and not have too many issues. I use the word “recognize” not “read” very intentionally. I can often understand out what words I’m seeing, without truly reading them. I know enough that “Little Deaths” makes me smile. If you know why that’s a sort of double entendre, this book is likely for you.
Little Deaths is planned to be a series of short stories chronicling the life and travels of La Maupin, Julie d’Aubigny. The most well known story of her life comes from the heavily fictionalized 1835 novel Mademoiselle de Maupin, by Théophile Gautier. The book’s view of sensual love, regardless of gender, was unusual for the time getting it banned by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and other early moral authorities.
With Little Deaths Writer by David Doub and Artists Andrew Herman and Paul Maitland are unlikely to have their work confused for true history, but it is gloriously steeped in that history.
Pledge levels start at only $2 (USD) for a digital pack of six other indie comics. $5 will get you a PDF of the final book (which is included in all the higher pledges as well), with $15 also getting a signed physical copy. That same $15 price tag gets you an 11×17 print by your choice of Thomas Tenny, Sandy Jarrell, or Michah Jeansonne. At $20 there is a more “risque” cover, $30 gets both versions, or $55 gets both covers and all three prints. At the higher end of things, $100 buys you a page of space in the final book for whatever you want, and $250 gets you an original sketch by Andrew Herman.
The coolest stretch goals for me, are at 50 backers everyone gets a digital character sheet of Julie d’Aubigny and at 100 backers everyone gets an RPG module based in the Little Deaths world, both 5E compatible. There are similar financial stretch goals, that I assume are for an expansion of the original goals.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading a preview of one of the stories in the book, and can confirm that it is going to be amazing!!!