One Seattle based writer, Ijeoma Oluo has started a Kickstarter campaign where she aimed to fund her project “Badass Feminist Colouring Book” for $4,000. Currently the campaign has quadrupled by the number of pledges submitted and there are 5 days to go.
There are several pledge levels: $1, $10, $15, $25, $50, $75, $100, $250 and $500 where each amount has its perks with the $250 and $500 pledges have the highest perks. From $25 and above, the backers would get the actual book or a digital version of the book.
The colouring book includes drawings she made of mothers, daughters, drawings of comedians, writers and sex workers which include “inspiring quotes” from them. “There are feminists of different ages, races, body types, gender identities. This is the intersectional feminist coloring book you’ve been waiting for” she says.
She promises the made from high quality paper, and each feminist featured will be on their own page. She plans to feature at least 20 different feminists. Ijeoma also broke down how the money will be used:25% will be used to pay the feminists featured, 30% printing & shipping charge, 30% labour costs and 15% miscellaneous fees for unexpected costs
Its actually surprising colouring books for adults are in high demand. On Amazon several titles like Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom, The Mindfulness Colouring Book and Secret Garden are best sellers on Amazon. Secret Garden for example by April this year had sold 1.4 million copies worldwide and the popularity was due to its “anti stress benefits and nostalgia.” This is understable because when they were kids, they used to colour books while in kindergarten and lower primary.
They say history always repeats itself and this is a case that solidifies that adage. What’s next? I wonder.