With Rachael Smith’s successful Kickstarter for a deluxe version of her Wired Up Wrong having smashed its target not long after launching here’s another crowdfunding campaign that includes work by the creator for an entirely different demographic. A gender neutral magazine where ” girls can find themselves reflected as strong, capable individuals” no matter what their passions or interests may be.
The who and what: Published quarterly the magazine – edited by Vivien Jones and Nicky Shortridge – promises interaction with strong role models (an interview with dancer Darcy Bussell), original fiction (including a short story by children’s playwright Sue Murray), features on important pioneering women (an illustrated story on aviatrix Amy Johnson), topical conversations (“Should smart phones be allowed in schools?”) and quizzes, discussion pieces, craft features and much, much more.
Crucially, though, and why we’re bringing it to your attention here at Broken Frontier is that it also includes ‘Echo’, new comics work by BF favourite Rachael Smith (The Rabbit, Artificial Flowers, Doctor Who) – a short strip about finding your own voice.
What’s on offer: Outside of the first issue of the magazine there are a number of extras on reward tiers that include badges, tote bags, t-shirts, hoodies and a subscription to future issues. At the top end there’s original caricature art on offer and the chance to be interviewed by the magazine about a remarkable woman in your life.
Why you should back it: Cards on the table – comics are only one small part of this project and our initial interest here at Broken Frontier was the thought of new Rachael Smith work. But KOOKIE has a fantastic and positive ethos to it and promises to be an inspiring new publication for pre-teen girls. It’s stated objective to play “a vital role in reinforcing a positive view of their potential and capabilities” in the lives of its readership is one that deserves to be supported.
But be quick! There’s only one more week to go!