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Toypurina: Our Lady of Sorrows

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Weshoyot Alvitre

Status: Active

A Comic Book on Toypurina: the Tongva medicine woman, mother and leader of the 1785 revolt against San Gabriel Mission and colonization
Backers: 235
Average Daily Pledges: $282
Average Pledge Per Backer: $44

Funding: $10,416 of $7,500
Dates: May 22nd -> Jun 27th (37 days)
Project By: Weshoyot Alvitre
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Latest News


June 25th - via:
We just broke 10K!  I just want to let you know, anyone who has made a pledge for a physical copy of the book (and any tier after), will receive a exclusive print to this campaign. This print will be in addition to the 'triple threat' level print,... (Read More)

3 days to go!

June 23rd - via:
aiming to get this project bumped over that 10K mark. wont you join me?  if you're a backer, please share this project on your social media handles. tag me! if we can reach 10K i have an announcement to make for all the wonderful people supporting... (Read More)

4 DAY countdown!!

June 22nd - via:
I cant believe we are almost at the end of this kickstarter! one pledge away from 200 backers. I would love to add one more person to this list today! -w  (Read More)


June 21st - via:
So close to the end of this kickstarter and still so much we can do to support this story and its potential impact in the future! I ask you to share amongst your fellow educators, librarians, Native communities, comic book readers, historians,... (Read More)

double update! ONE WEEK TO GO!

June 20th - via:
We are literally $151 away from reaching 9K and in the last 7 days of the kickstarter. We are funded but I am going to do my best to get this project beyond our goal! I am grateful for the connections to educators that this book has received so far.... (Read More)

Our cup runneth o'er!

June 16th - via:
We have already exceeded our goal and we have two weeks to go. I want to let you know that any funds going over budget will go directly to research, art and the beginning of the larger graphic novel for this story.  Since beginning this project, I... (Read More)

2 Week Countdown!

June 16th - via:
We officially have less than two weeks left! Aiming to get to 9K this weekend and should release some stretch goals next week to inspire you! Until then, enjoy your daily update. -W  (Read More)


June 14th - via:
We are less than $500 way from hitting 9K! I would love to make this the goal this weekend. We officially have 2 weeks to go!!  Please continue to share this kickstarter on your social media pages, among your friends and family. Thank you for all... (Read More)


June 13th - via:
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Update catch up!

June 11th - via:
happy afternoon!  (Read More)

Still growing!

June 11th - via:
Thank you all new backers! Tar is seeping back onto the streets in Yaangna... Today you get 2 updates!  (Read More)

WE ARE FUNDED!!! (And then some!)

June 10th - via:
We reached and quickly surpassed our funding goal yesterday around noon! And it is still going strong! Thank you for helping to bring a star back home through this story!  Now let me know what you'd like to see as a stretch goal for this project? -W... (Read More)

$366 bucks to go before we are fully funded!

June 8th - via:
curious, are there any stretch goals you'd like to see?  -W  (Read More)

Less than $600 to go!

June 7th - via:
All I can say is that I am excited and so grateful for all of the support for this project! -W  (Read More)

Toypurina on KPFK 90.7 FM

June 7th - via:
Here is a link to the interview I did yesterday (June 6) on KPFK radio 90.7FM "American Indian Airwaves" starts at the 30 minute mark: American Indian Airwaves  (Read More)

Live on radio tonite!

June 6th - via:
Hope you'll tune in to KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles for "American Indian Airwaves" tonite at 7pm. I will be a special guest on the show around 7:30 discussing the kickstarter and the Toypurina project. Grateful to have been given this opportunity! In other... (Read More)

$754 to go before we are fully funded!

June 5th - via:
WE ARE SO CLOSE!!!! THANK YOU!! -W  (Read More)

Tuesday update!

June 4th - via:
For those of you who are new to my work via this kickstarter, I am an illustrator by trade. I specialize in comic books but have also been an Art Director on a video game, and quite recently, have moved into children's book illustration. I bring that... (Read More)

Radio Interview featuring the Toypurina kickstarter

June 4th - via:
So this evening I was invited to be a guest on KPFK radio (los angeles 90.7, santa barbara KZAA 96.5) to discuss this book and kickstarter. Once I have a link to the show, I will post in the updates. Grateful to have been given a platform to speak... (Read More)

$2 away from 6.3K!

June 3rd - via:
thank you thank you thank you!!! This update is a lil bit late and a lil bit short: I have had a videographer in my living room all day today to do interviews and film me doing live art for the graphic novel "Ghost River" which I have coming out... (Read More)

good morning!

May 31st - via:
Feeling much better this morning! So with the return of my energy I am going to focus on pushing this project hard this coming weekend! I wanted to focus on the educators who have pledged so far, as there have been several. I have been told they plan... (Read More)

We eat kickstarters for breakfast!

May 30th - via:
We are nearly at 80% completion on day 8!  I cannot thank you enough! Feeling like I am catching the flu today so I'm keeping this short and sweet. Anyone like rattlesnake to eat? -w  (Read More)

Day 4: "Our Power Is Intangible"

May 29th - via:
All I can say is thank you. We are less than 2.5k away from our goal, with almost a month left. It incredible. -w  (Read More)


May 28th - via:
60% and with each day getting closer and closer to the funding goal! That breaks down to almost 10% per day and that is just incredible support!! I have 92 backers and am so grateful to each of you and your contributions which are helping this become... (Read More)

closing in on 60% this morning!!

May 27th - via:
Good Morning! As you wake up and celebrate Memorial Day and remember those who fought for this country, I ask you to also think of those who fought for the land and country that was here for thousands of years prior to American or Spanish... (Read More)

31 days of Toypurina

May 26th - via:
Good morning! We are closing in on 60% funded and I couldn't be more thankful to you all! Starting today I will be posting an update a day: featuring the 31 original pages of the book. (Of course I will be sneaking in special surprises here and... (Read More)

50% FUNDED and going strong!

May 25th - via:
As of this morning we surpassed the 50% funding for this book (51% as of the time I am writing this update, to be exact)! I am so grateful for everyone who has pledged and shared this kickstarter. And I am excited to see several of the sketch... (Read More)

40% + funded in 24 hours!!!

May 23rd - via:
The response and support on Day 1 has been utterly amazing! I just wanted to thank each and every one of your for sharing the posts in your social media circles and stepping up to back this project with a financial contribution! THANK YOU!!! I would... (Read More)

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