Today I launched a Kickstarter Campaign to support my first book tour, a storytelling series where you can come tell your break up story.
When I opened up submissions for Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better, I never could have imagined it would go this far, and this is all in great thanks to you, humans of the internet. You poured your heartbreak out to me and next thing you know, publisher are telling me they want to make it a book! Of course, it wasn't that simple, but it's more fun to put it that way.
After seeing the artwork so many of my submitters responded that they felt better having shared their story, having seen something beautiful made of something ugly. Which is why today I am turning to you to help me take this cure across the country.
Because this won't be any old book tour with boring readings, sitting quietly in your seats. This will be a series of open mic nights where you can come tell your break up story, get a copy of the book, hang out with me and other wonderful artists, and hopefully feel better after laughing about the terrible shit your ex said. And for every story told live, I will do a live cartoon for the person to keep. It's basically the book, but IRL and with swag!
With your support I will be able to bring this storytelling series to a city near you! Any donation helps. Whether it's $1 or $100, your support will be pivotal in this campaign. And in return, there are so many awesome rewards available from me and other artists & communities like Jon-Michael Frank, Matthew Sweet, Scout Durwood, Feminist Fight Club and more!
What a time to be alive! I am so excited that the book I co-illustrated alongside Saskia Keultjes, written by the one and only Jessica Bennett (NY Times columnist, lady extraordinaire), Feminist Fight Club is finally available today. You can find it in stores, as well as on the glorious Amazon.
This was such an amazing project and I'm honored to be a part of a book I know is going to be groundbreaking not just for women, but people all over the world. It's hilarious yes, but Bennett also tackles some very serious issues that women continue to face in the workplace, giving us not just anecdotes but real tools to fight the patriarchy.
If you're dying to know which art in the book is from me, I'll be posting later today on my Patreon page about my illustrations and where they can be found. Please consider becoming a patron of Cartoons by Hilary today! Just a dollar a month could get you more access to my art.
If you live in New York, please join me at the Feminist Fight Club Induction at the Barnes & Noble on 82nd & Broadway where author Jessica Bennett will be speaking with host Phoebe Robinson. 7PM, free and open to public!
I am very excited to announce that Cartoons By Hilary has signed on as a new contributing illustrator of NY Times columnist Jessica Bennett’s first book “Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual For a Sexist Workplace.” The book will be published this Fall with HarperCollins. Bennett is a fantastic journalist and I am honored to be joining her in the fight against patriarchy.
This makes the second book in 2016 for me to be illustrating--"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better" is slated to come out later in the year with Animal Media Group. I am humbled and thrilled by the work ahead of me. As always, follow @CartoonsByHilary on Instagram and Facebook for the absolute latest, and follow FFC on Instagram @FeministFightClub for all things #BADASS!
About the Book
Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.
It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born.
Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, and fascinating historical research, Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague women in the workplace—as well as the system that perpetuates them.