It’s true! We’ve recently switched printing agencies (now with TLAC) and have our 3rd printing of wiTHIN Part 1 available for purchase!! How exciting is this!
We’ve also made some changes to this round of printing. We’ve included our ISBN, added quotes to the back of the book from various magazines and bloggers who have done a piece about wiTHIN and changed its size.
If you have yet to get your hands on a copy of wiTHIN (for yourself or someone else), now’s the time! Visit our store at within.storenvy.com
I wondered by the Bookshelf in Guelph, ON earlier this month to scope out whether or not the May/June magazine publication of THIS was out. I had been making such trips, for weeks on end, in anticipation of the article featuring wiTHIN. Finally the day had arrived! I quickly picked up the magazine and flipped through its pages hoping to stumble across the article instantaneously, as if fate would direct me to its page. No such luck, so I immediately went to the index. I hurried to page 39, and there it was.
It seems surreal to read about wiTHIN in an actual magazine, but what I am more curious is whether or not people will be drawn to it? I don’t mean this in a self-conscious way, but will people glance at it, see that it’s about mental health, and turn away in fright, uneasiness, disinterest or judgment. I’m okay with the judgment part. I’m continuing to learn how to accept that people will always judge, and that doest necessarily have anything to do with me! Not everyone will like this story or the message in it, but why the uneasiness or fear? I know the answer to this question. I had the exact same response or stereotype when it came to mental-illness (which is evident in Part 1 of wiTHIN). I held stereotypes about those who would self-harm or who heard voices in their head… until I got to know people with such issues on a personal level or evolved to one day struggle with the same issues.
It is my hope that through reading wiTHIN, some of those stereotypes will be challenged and broken. That they will see a person amongst the behaviours and obsessions. I hope that people allow themselves to relate as opposed to feeling they must distance themselves from the main character. That they will take a chance and realize mental health is something to be afraid of only if it remains silenced. Look under the bed and you won’t find a monster. It is only the fear of the unknown that drives people away from one another in fear and hate. That is one of the reasons why I wrote wiTHIN. And I hope it is one of the reasons why you choose to read it. Be sure to check out your local shops for the May/June publication of THIS magazine!
I came across a journal yesterday that contained the first few pages of wiTHIN (well, it didn’t even have a title back then). Back then, my writings contained stick figures and bubble words that I would then send off to Emily to illustrate. Obviously, this chaotic method of writing didn’t work, so I just focused my attention on writing while Emily would think of illustration. I thought it would be fun to show the readers just how far wiTHIN has come as well as how thankful I am that Emily is the one drawing our graphic novel instead of me!! I’m sure our readers are thankful for this too! From stick people, to written form, to what you will soon have in your hands, wiTHIN has truly had its own journey!
Hi everyone! Emily here. Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’ve actually been living in a cave emerging only for some human contact and the occasional meal. But, good news! The book is ready for printing and all is well with the world! We’re totally on track to have this ready for you all to read by May (of THIS year) and we’re getting really excited about having this first part of wiTHIN nearly done.
I thought you might all like to take a look at the shiny cover I designed as a little peek of what’s to come.
If you missed out on the Kickstarter for our book, have no fear! We will soon have an online store where you can order your very own copy of wiTHIN and also some generally awesome swag as well. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know as soon as that’s up.
Karen was recently on the radio talking about wiTHIN, stigma and living with OCD. If you have a few minutes to listen, check it out here. It’s the November 7 broadcast and her interview starts 32 minutes in, so you can skip ahead to that if you like.
Hey Everybody! To date we have 6 days left on our Kickstarter campaignand we still need $257 to hit our goal of $3000. We are so close! If you’ve read the first chapter here and like what you see and want to read more, please consider pledging to our campaign. Any amount is helpful! You guys are the best :)
This past weekend, Emily was at Canzine West in Vancouver selling some of her stuff along with the first chapter of wiTHIN. It was a great venue to spread the word about wiTHIN and a lot of copies went into peoples hands. We’re super thankful to everyone who showed up and supported us there!