Hazel: A Witches' Lifestyle Zine

Created by Lucy Kagan

Hazel: A Witches' Lifestyle Zine was created by Lucy Kagan, and after the first issue, all subsequent issues are a collaboration between multiple talented creators of many gender expressions, sexualities, races, and ethnicities. Our witchcraft believes in creating power where people have been told there is none. Hazel V: Spirit is the final issue in the Hazel series, featuring writing, comics, illustration, and DIYs on the theme of Spirit. We imagine a young witch in training sitting down on her off day in a cafe with this zine to catch up on the latest in the magical world. How to work with sourdough spirits, what kind of witchy music gets you energized, a healing meditation on a walk in the woods, and stories of reaching out to long distance friends through astral projection are just some of the works that fill this zine with homespun magic.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Everything Has Arrived: Time to Lock Addresses and Pack Orders!
6 days ago – Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 07:29:23 PM

Box full of books!

My printer must like surprising me this year, since the last I heard, the books were ready to be printed, and today as I was wondering to myself, "Are they done? Are they shipped?" suddenly, the delivery man came to the door! Leading up to this moment, fellow contributor Natalia Lopes and I had a little distanced outdoor assembling party for all of the wooden charms that came in, I've been printing totes and learning to be a better screenprinter, and we've been trying to get the digital rewards all bundled and uploaded for our digital backers. While that's not done quite yet, we will at least begin to lock addresses, so if you need to make any last changes, please do so immediately via BackerKit! 


I've reached a fairly slow moment, so it's perfect timing to start on packing orders, but I will let you know that I am the only person who preps and ships orders, and I am scheduled to get a much-needed cubital tunnel surgery at the beginning of November. Everything should be in order so that all of the shipping gets done well before that, and I can always ask for help (it's just a little more difficult with pandemic precautions), but that's what's on the calendar for me. Hopefully, it never needs to interfere with fulfillment. 


Any last commissioners for the Patron of the Light Arts tier, please reach out to us immediately to get your commission rolling, and any last backers who have not filled out their BackerKit survey, please do so at the following link, using your Kickstarter email address: https://hazel-v.backerkit.com/


I can't wait to get these started and finally get the books in your hands! This has been such an amazing and inspiring year, and I'm filled with ideas for what to do next. Thanks to everyone for your support all along, and a most majestic autumn to you. 

Lucy

Deer charm with purple watercolor backing card in front of my lovely houseplants
Fox wooden pin on green watercolor backing card in front of my tablecloth

BackerKit Surveys & Book Progress
18 days ago – Sun, Oct 11, 2020 at 08:15:37 PM

Happy Autumn! We're already enjoying the harvest season with pumpkin curry and croquettes, apple cider fresh from the farm stand, and spooky movies. The screen for our screenprinted Hazel totes arrived and I've been printing away, plus our proof copy of the book came in and our contributors got to have a little look at how it's looking! We're all excited to see it come together, and now that we've made our final edits and sent it back to the printer, it should be on its way to getting all the copies printed and ready to ship to us. Meanwhile, our wooden pins and charms are also in the works, and we expect to receive the update that they've shipped soon! 


As mentioned in the previous update, we're using BackerKit this year to help us with final orders, add-ons, and digital rewards fulfillment. As we finish up prepping the files for digital rewards, we're waiting for 10% of our backers who have not responded to the survey. If you have not received or filled out your survey, please do so by following the link below and inputting your email you use for Kickstarter. 

https://hazel-v.backerkit.com/

Thanks so much to the 90% of you who have filled out the survey and shared the project! We're so excited to move forward. Orders are being locked in the next 24 hours, and then once we get the books and everything in, we'll charge cards for any additional goodies you might have paid for. 


We were short on proof-readers this year, so I went through the 84-page (we went... a little over what we expected) physical proof copy by hand and caught the last few straggling mistakes, and I really got to see how phenomenal this book is altogether. I'm so thankful for the incredibly talented team we had for our last year, and their gifts are all so moving and kind and generous: a perfect antidote to the pain this year has brought us. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you who helped make this possible, and I really hope you'll find the magic in this issue as inspiring and uplifting as I do. 

Best wishes, 

Lucy

Surveys Sent~ Look for an Email from BackerKit! Plus an Invitation to a Hazel Readers' Discord
about 1 month ago – Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 03:53:31 PM

This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.

BackerKit Preorder Shop & What's Coming Next
about 2 months ago – Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 10:31:19 PM

Hi, everyone! Real quick update, since we're hard at work on getting the files for the zine and extras out to our printers, but if you had a friend who didn't get a chance to grab Hazel, the BackerKit shop is up and open for the next five days! If you've already backed, you do NOT need to order any extras that may tempt you separately from your main order. After the 15th, we'll be able to start sending surveys, at which time you'll be welcomed to the BackerKit shop just for Hazel KS backers, and can add any extras you want! That will be the time for you to add a tote, since we were so excited to unlock that stretch goal. 

Click here for the Preorder Shop. 

Backer Surveys complete with Add-ons yet to come! 

Talk to you soon, 

Lucy

Campaign COMPLETE! Final Details for Hazel Before the Next Phase
about 2 months ago – Thu, Sep 03, 2020 at 01:42:12 AM

We made magic together thanks to you!

Thank you all so much for making Hazel Issue V what it became this week. We hoped and dreamed that we would reach some of our big goals, but we never knew for sure WHAT was going to happen, and we're so glad we got this far with you! We have been over the moon (speaking of which, we started on a full moon and ended on a full moon - is that WILD?), talking about having another livestream party or at least some kind of wrap party (let us know if you'd like to see this or not!), and just trying to get some rest, honestly, but there's still so much hard work yet to be done behind the scenes. We're just so glad we can do it all thanks to you and your interest in making Hazel a reality once more. 

In case you missed it, yes, the totes are totally happening! We are partnering with BackerKit to make it easy for you to add the tote if you want it and ordered physical rewards, to send out our digital rewards to you, and to even let any last stragglers get a second chance to grab an issue early (it usually takes me a while to get the new issue to the Cottonbook shop after all the fulfillment work is done - see again, needing a nap). You can also get one more chance to update your address or add any extras before things close up. 

Now that we've got that fairly ready to go, our next steps are finalizing the book files, sending them to the printer, and prepping and ordering the extras once the funds come in from Kickstarter. We'll have a backer survey out to you around that time (about two weeks from now). We'll share when the books come in and when things are getting ready to ship, but the best way to keep up with us is via the Cottonbook Instagram account or Patreon

Seriously, my favorite thing about Hazel is that we get to use our collective voices, our wishes, our love to make something exist that hadn't existed before, and you participate in casting that spell with us. We give form to our dreams, the kinds of things we want to see in the world, by each contributing what we have, and the results in this case are an uplifting, kindhearted zine that tells the stories and shares the knowledge of thoughtful people of different gender expressions and backgrounds, people once and often still cast away as witches. I hope whatever we do next, we'll still get to make this kind of magic again and again. Thank you so much for five amazing years of Hazel.

Best wishes, 

Lucy Kagan, @cottonbook