EVERYWHERE A GARDEN is a graphic memoir exploring identity and belonging across countries, languages, and cultures, written and illustrated by me as part of my senior thesis. Full of flower metaphors and lots of existential crises, this book is a culmination of over four years worth of growing up, and I can't wait to share it with you!
Born and raised in Metro Manila, my lack of connection with my hometown inspires me to pursue a future elsewhere. At the age of eighteen and with the support of family and friends, I leave the Philippines to spend my college years in the United States. Ultimately, the goal is to find somewhere to call home—but home is nowhere and everywhere at once.
I track the unexpected challenges I face as an international student in Connecticut, the pivotal but short-lived semester I spend in Seoul, and my many returns to Manila in between. By navigating my relationships with native/heritage/foreign languages, learning to reconcile the lives I lead in different places, and crying a little bit, I work my way through the long and arduous process of self-discovery, finding growth even in a constant state of displacement.
Split into four color-coded chapters, the complete Everywhere A Garden is over 100 pages long and perfect bound into a neat little paperback.
Thank you for supporting my project! Here are some gifts you will receive when you match a donation price at checkout:
[$1+] ❀ YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE ❀
Thank you for supporting Everywhere A Garden!
[$5+] ❀ LET IT GROW ❀
YOUR NAME will be acknowledged in the "THANKS TO" section of the book!
[$10+] ❀ SEEDS AND SPROUTS ❀
You will receive a DIGITAL THANK YOU CARD and a DOWNLOADABLE COVER ILLUSTRATION!
[$15+] ❀ BLOSSOMING PETALS ❀
You will receive all previous rewards, plus a DIGITAL PDF COPY of EVERYWHERE A GARDEN to read, uh, everywhere!
[$28+] ❀ IN FULL BLOOM ❀ - CLOSED
You will receive all previous rewards, plus a PHYSICAL COPY of the book in all of its flowery glory!
[$35+] ❀ HANDPICKED BOUQUET ❀
LIMITED REWARD: 15/15 claimed - No more, thank you!
You will receive all previous rewards, plus A SIGNED PHYSICAL COPY with a HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTE!
[$50+] ❀ SECRET GARDEN ❀
LIMITED REWARD: 5/5 claimed - No more, thank you!
You will receive all previous rewards, plus a 4x5 ILLUSTRATED PRINT and a DOWNLOADABLE ZIP FOLDER of the MAKING OF THE COMIC (script, inspo playlist, notes, thumbnails, etc)!
Production and shipping
I will send the comic in for printing as soon as preorders close.
PDF copies will be available within a week of that date, sent to the email you enter at checkout. This will be my primary mode of communication, so please enter an email that you check!
Print copies and bonus shipped items will be printed within weeks of the above date, and shipped soon after that.
Tiers that involve shipped goods are unfortunately limited to US/PH backers only, due to my lack of experience shipping to other countries. (I'm sorry!)
As I am processing these in bundles, there is no option to buy multiple hard copies of the book. (I'm sorry again!)
In order to collect your shipping information, I will be sending out a Google Form via email close to the shipping date. Please check your email in the weeks approaching the preorder closing date!
It's me. I am the team! You might know me as either Maxine or Mei. I am a college senior studying English and East Asian Studies, but I've been drawing since I was a kid. Visual storytelling has always been a way for me to express myself and connect with other people, and while I am terrified to be sharing something so deeply personal, I hope the story resonates with you—or that you at least get some entertainment out of it. I have a few silly comics up online, but this is my first large-scale, serious project. You can find me @meixins on Twitter and @milokotons on Instagram.
Helping me out with shipping in the US is my best friend Dom, who you can find on Twitter @_debuggy.
Risks and Challenges
US friends: This is my first time shipping products out nationwide (vs. tabling and just handing stuff out to people at my school). In addition to possible shipping delays, it may take me some time to work out the logistics of sending out your rewards in a timely and cost-effective manner as I finish my semester. However, I am super excited about getting your rewards to you as soon as possible, and will do my best to ship your goods quickly and safely! :^)
I will also be leaving campus permanently in late May, so after that point I will be unable to deal with any unexpected return packages that list outdated addresses.
PH friends: You can expect your rewards when I move home! If you prefer your rewards shipped, you may be charged additional shipping fees paid outside of these preorders depending on how many funds I manage to raise (likely using BDO deposit).
I am a one-woman team and can only do so much, but in the event of an unforeseen delay or challenge I will make sure to inform you as soon as possible.
One last thing
Thank you so much for your support and understanding—it means the world to me for you to consider backing a project so close to my heart.
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