Kale Jeffery is creating Sweethearts of 1989: a LGBTQ oriented mlm manga series!
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Welcome to 1989nk's official Patreon!
I've had a lot of people who missed the kickstarter ask me if there was a way they could still support the production of the series, so here it is! 

✨✨CHAPTER 1 BOOKS ARE NOW BEING SHIPPED!
STAY TUNED FOR INFO ON CHAPTER 2!!✨✨




1989nk is short for 1989 nen no koibito tachi in Japanese, Sweethearts of 1989 in English. It’s planned to be an ongoing series that has an all LGBT+ main cast and features a trans male main character!

It’s a LGBTQ+ positive romance/slice of life story with some comedy elements about the everyday lives, struggles and goals of the four main cast, some but not all relating to their identities - and how it affects their relationships with each other and others in their life.
Its major themes are communication, respect and consent within different types of relationships. It’s at its core, an mlm story featuring a gay trans male character that is meant to validate him, not exploit him.

My other goal with 1989nk is to subvert the expectations, implications and cliches of the typical “BL/yaoi” genre and turn them into something more respectable, respectful, and representative of actual gay men and trans people.



Hiroki, the main character, is a 24 year old transgender male. He's a gutsy, spunky, firey headed boy who spends most of his days bouncing between jobs and indulging in his anime nerd status. Through a series of events (as shown in the prologue) he ends up meeting a hapless but kind and hardworking salaryman named Hideyuki Inoue - and it seems as though they're drawn together by some string of destiny.

Hiroki and Hideyuki end up becoming friends, only to discover that there’s a lot of things they do naturally to benefit and support each other, and they suddenly find they can’t help having deeper feelings for one another.

This leads them to explore what it really means to be in a relationship, and how they communicate and accommodate each other's circumstances, and how they truly discover they love each other for them, not despite them.



Aesthetically, 1989nk is inspired by the 80s/90s anime and manga of my teenhood and is meant to be a reflection of my sheer fondness for the media and aesthetic. I want to invoke that feeling I got as a young teen, picking up my first manga and being absolutely mesmerized by how it looked and felt, and how it would go on to make a huge impact on my art as a whole.




Hiroki is a 24 year old trans guy with a feisty, firey attitude, but a strong will and big heart. He lives on his own and struggles to keep a job due to various factors involving how he is required to present at them - but he still manages to save up money to keep himself barely afloat. He's pretty content living a frugal life in his single room apartment, except for his anime hobby which he tends to spend a lot on. He is a compulsive maladaptive daydreamer.

Hiroki is a gay trans guy, but is still searching for what really defines him as that. His relationship with Hideyuki helps him develop more confidence as a gay man. He’s a little more gutsy about being open with it than Hide is.



Hideyuki is a wimpy 39 year old salaryman who is an earnest, hard working guy despite his misfortunes with a genetic heart condition and various other things that contribute to his weak health. He tends to try to mask this by being a little bit of a goofball and a people pleaser. He works very hard at his job at a computer software company, and has the favor of his Boss, Jirou. This combined with his poor health tends to have his coworkers side eyeing him.

Hide is gay. He’s the submissive type. He is closeted, but besides being in a relationship with Hiroki, he has confided in Jirou.




Retsuko is a beautiful, sweet natured trans lady with the aura of a princess. She runs a flower shop with her assistant, who is actually her pet corgi, Panpan. Hiroki visits her there frequently. Retsuko comes from a rich family, and while she (sort of) has the support of her mother, she barely knows her father - as he spent most of her life being away from home for work - and has an inner fear of him not accepting her if she ever saw him again.

Retsuko is a trans woman, and most likely pansexual. She doesn't seem to have a preference. Men and women seem to get crushes on her (and constantly visit her shop to buy flowers JUST to see her) and she doesn’t seem to mind - but shes searching for the perfect one for her. She is content being single.



Jirou is the senior manager of the software company that Hide works at, and is his boss, but also his good friend. He has a tendency to be loud, cheerful and boisterous. He's generally in good spirits - especially when he makes many excuses to have company parties and employee gatherings to get drunk.

Jirou is bisexual, and has a wife. He got married out of family and social obligations, and often finds himself seriously lamenting never having been with a man. Jirou dotes on and favors Hide quite a lot, which only further instigates the side eyeing from their coworkers. They often go drinking together one on one, which is where he confided in Hide about his sexuality while drunk.


I began this project more than a year ago, because I really wanted to create a comic series that shows and gives good representation to a healthy, communicative and consensual gay/mlm relationship involving a trans male - something that what limited LGBT media there already is by actual queer creators, is sorely lacking.

My passion for this project comes from many places, but most of all its a sheer desire to give other trans men the representation I never had growing and discovering my identity as a young adult and beyond.

It is my sincere hope that this series reaches them, and allows them to feel represented and confident being trans, in themselves and their relationships. I also want to give reassurance that stories about them can be happy, romantic and about finding love JUST as much as they can be about the tribulations and struggles of being queer.

Of course, the story is meant to be a positive, feel good story BY a trans individual, specifically aimed at an LGBTQ+ audience in general. This series is my genuine offering as artistic media for the community.

The aesthetic of 1989nk is very much my personal love letter to the anime/manga I grew up learning to draw with from the 80s and 90s. This era of anime and manga had a huge impact on me as an artist.


What Patrons of this patreon can expect:

Any pledge amount gets you access to otherwise kickstarter only updates on the project. Things like production, sneak peeks, and behind the scenes material. I will try my very best to have new content up weekly. 

Rewards:
Patrons who reach 3 months of pledges will recieve a PATREON ONLY signed postcard! There will also be opportunities in the future for merchandise rewards and even physical traditional sketches.
Tiers
VIP access!!
$1 or more per month
A pledge of 1$ (or more, its totally up to you!) automatically gets you VIP access to previously kickstarter only updates on production, and behind the scenes material on the most current chapters!


 Also, pledges over time totalling over $10 automatically receive the digital version of the most recent chapter! 


Thank you for your support!

Patreon Edition 1989nk Postcard!
$5 or more per month
With a pledge of 5$ (or more!), patrons who reach their 3rd month in a row of pledges will recieve a patreon only edition postcard in their mailbox signed by me! There will be a new postcard design every 3 months.


this also comes with the  VIP access to previously kickstarter only updates on production, and behind the scenes material for the most current chapter of course!


Also, pledges over time totalling over $10 automatically receive the digital version of the most recent chapter!


(This tier MUST be selected to receive the postcard.)

AUTOMATIC access to digital chapters!
$10 or more per month
 A pledge of 10$ (or more, its totally up to you!) automatically gets you a copy of the most current chapter in digital format! 

(Chapter 2 is coming out next!)


 this also comes with the  VIP access to previously kickstarter only updates on production, and behind the scenes material for the most current chapter of course! 


Thank you so much!!

Welcome to 1989nk's official Patreon!
I've had a lot of people who missed the kickstarter ask me if there was a way they could still support the production of the series, so here it is! 

✨✨CHAPTER 1 BOOKS ARE NOW BEING SHIPPED!
STAY TUNED FOR INFO ON CHAPTER 2!!✨✨




1989nk is short for 1989 nen no koibito tachi in Japanese, Sweethearts of 1989 in English. It’s planned to be an ongoing series that has an all LGBT+ main cast and features a trans male main character!

It’s a LGBTQ+ positive romance/slice of life story with some comedy elements about the everyday lives, struggles and goals of the four main cast, some but not all relating to their identities - and how it affects their relationships with each other and others in their life.
Its major themes are communication, respect and consent within different types of relationships. It’s at its core, an mlm story featuring a gay trans male character that is meant to validate him, not exploit him.

My other goal with 1989nk is to subvert the expectations, implications and cliches of the typical “BL/yaoi” genre and turn them into something more respectable, respectful, and representative of actual gay men and trans people.



Hiroki, the main character, is a 24 year old transgender male. He's a gutsy, spunky, firey headed boy who spends most of his days bouncing between jobs and indulging in his anime nerd status. Through a series of events (as shown in the prologue) he ends up meeting a hapless but kind and hardworking salaryman named Hideyuki Inoue - and it seems as though they're drawn together by some string of destiny.

Hiroki and Hideyuki end up becoming friends, only to discover that there’s a lot of things they do naturally to benefit and support each other, and they suddenly find they can’t help having deeper feelings for one another.

This leads them to explore what it really means to be in a relationship, and how they communicate and accommodate each other's circumstances, and how they truly discover they love each other for them, not despite them.



Aesthetically, 1989nk is inspired by the 80s/90s anime and manga of my teenhood and is meant to be a reflection of my sheer fondness for the media and aesthetic. I want to invoke that feeling I got as a young teen, picking up my first manga and being absolutely mesmerized by how it looked and felt, and how it would go on to make a huge impact on my art as a whole.




Hiroki is a 24 year old trans guy with a feisty, firey attitude, but a strong will and big heart. He lives on his own and struggles to keep a job due to various factors involving how he is required to present at them - but he still manages to save up money to keep himself barely afloat. He's pretty content living a frugal life in his single room apartment, except for his anime hobby which he tends to spend a lot on. He is a compulsive maladaptive daydreamer.

Hiroki is a gay trans guy, but is still searching for what really defines him as that. His relationship with Hideyuki helps him develop more confidence as a gay man. He’s a little more gutsy about being open with it than Hide is.



Hideyuki is a wimpy 39 year old salaryman who is an earnest, hard working guy despite his misfortunes with a genetic heart condition and various other things that contribute to his weak health. He tends to try to mask this by being a little bit of a goofball and a people pleaser. He works very hard at his job at a computer software company, and has the favor of his Boss, Jirou. This combined with his poor health tends to have his coworkers side eyeing him.

Hide is gay. He’s the submissive type. He is closeted, but besides being in a relationship with Hiroki, he has confided in Jirou.




Retsuko is a beautiful, sweet natured trans lady with the aura of a princess. She runs a flower shop with her assistant, who is actually her pet corgi, Panpan. Hiroki visits her there frequently. Retsuko comes from a rich family, and while she (sort of) has the support of her mother, she barely knows her father - as he spent most of her life being away from home for work - and has an inner fear of him not accepting her if she ever saw him again.

Retsuko is a trans woman, and most likely pansexual. She doesn't seem to have a preference. Men and women seem to get crushes on her (and constantly visit her shop to buy flowers JUST to see her) and she doesn’t seem to mind - but shes searching for the perfect one for her. She is content being single.



Jirou is the senior manager of the software company that Hide works at, and is his boss, but also his good friend. He has a tendency to be loud, cheerful and boisterous. He's generally in good spirits - especially when he makes many excuses to have company parties and employee gatherings to get drunk.

Jirou is bisexual, and has a wife. He got married out of family and social obligations, and often finds himself seriously lamenting never having been with a man. Jirou dotes on and favors Hide quite a lot, which only further instigates the side eyeing from their coworkers. They often go drinking together one on one, which is where he confided in Hide about his sexuality while drunk.


I began this project more than a year ago, because I really wanted to create a comic series that shows and gives good representation to a healthy, communicative and consensual gay/mlm relationship involving a trans male - something that what limited LGBT media there already is by actual queer creators, is sorely lacking.

My passion for this project comes from many places, but most of all its a sheer desire to give other trans men the representation I never had growing and discovering my identity as a young adult and beyond.

It is my sincere hope that this series reaches them, and allows them to feel represented and confident being trans, in themselves and their relationships. I also want to give reassurance that stories about them can be happy, romantic and about finding love JUST as much as they can be about the tribulations and struggles of being queer.

Of course, the story is meant to be a positive, feel good story BY a trans individual, specifically aimed at an LGBTQ+ audience in general. This series is my genuine offering as artistic media for the community.

The aesthetic of 1989nk is very much my personal love letter to the anime/manga I grew up learning to draw with from the 80s and 90s. This era of anime and manga had a huge impact on me as an artist.


What Patrons of this patreon can expect:

Any pledge amount gets you access to otherwise kickstarter only updates on the project. Things like production, sneak peeks, and behind the scenes material. I will try my very best to have new content up weekly. 

Rewards:
Patrons who reach 3 months of pledges will recieve a PATREON ONLY signed postcard! There will also be opportunities in the future for merchandise rewards and even physical traditional sketches.

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Tiers
VIP access!!
$1 or more per month
A pledge of 1$ (or more, its totally up to you!) automatically gets you VIP access to previously kickstarter only updates on production, and behind the scenes material on the most current chapters!


 Also, pledges over time totalling over $10 automatically receive the digital version of the most recent chapter! 


Thank you for your support!

Patreon Edition 1989nk Postcard!
$5 or more per month
With a pledge of 5$ (or more!), patrons who reach their 3rd month in a row of pledges will recieve a patreon only edition postcard in their mailbox signed by me! There will be a new postcard design every 3 months.


this also comes with the  VIP access to previously kickstarter only updates on production, and behind the scenes material for the most current chapter of course!


Also, pledges over time totalling over $10 automatically receive the digital version of the most recent chapter!


(This tier MUST be selected to receive the postcard.)

AUTOMATIC access to digital chapters!
$10 or more per month
 A pledge of 10$ (or more, its totally up to you!) automatically gets you a copy of the most current chapter in digital format! 

(Chapter 2 is coming out next!)


 this also comes with the  VIP access to previously kickstarter only updates on production, and behind the scenes material for the most current chapter of course! 


Thank you so much!!