Angela Boyle is creating natural science comics
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Maria Sybilla Merian is a natural science illustrator from the late 1600s, a time before Darwin and his theory of evolution. A time when the microscope was just being developed. A time when taxonomy of species was just being organized. I am a cartoonist and natural science illustrator. I want to make a graphic novel biography of this inspiring woman.

Born in 1647, Maria learned to paint from the men in her family (her step-father and step-brothers). She was a steadfast observer of nature. She documented for the layperson that caterpillars become butterflies rather than springing forth from mud or flowers. In her 50s, she paid her own way to Suriname in South America to study the bugs on what is arguably the first purely scientific mission. 

The story covers most of Maria's life from briefly in childhood, through motherhood, her time in Suriname and up through her death. I will focus five stories on the general arc of her life. And I will also make short stories exploring her personality and the history of the time, such as biographies of her contemporaries, scientific innovation, and the politics of the day.

Every month, I will post about my research and any comics I make. I will also post my natural science research in general. I do a lot of natural science things, like my natural science comic anthology Awesome 'Possum, so you will get all that info.

Rewards
Tiny scientist
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Your pledge would be greatly appreciated, and you will get access to all the behind-the-scenes Patreon-only posts. I will post at least twice a month something that I have learned about Maria or the 17th and 18th centuries or natural science in general. Until we hit the first goal, only one of these posts will be Patreon-only each month.
Research-aholic
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Get access to a monthly sketchbook PDF of my sketches and research about Maria and the 17th and 18th Centuries and other natural science things. You will also get access to the Patreon-only posts.
Science in the mail
$10 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
In addition to the research PDF, you will get a postcard in the mail from me each month from a natural science illustration I did at some point. 
Hard scientist
$20 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
Get something in the mail from me, be it a mini comic or print about Maria or a historical fact about the 17th or 18th Century each month, or pressed flowers—always natural science or art related. You will also get access to the monthly sketchbook PDF and Patreon-only posts.
Goals
$10 of $150 per month
I will post a Patron-only video of me working on my art each month, either Maria or general natural science.
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Maria Sybilla Merian is a natural science illustrator from the late 1600s, a time before Darwin and his theory of evolution. A time when the microscope was just being developed. A time when taxonomy of species was just being organized. I am a cartoonist and natural science illustrator. I want to make a graphic novel biography of this inspiring woman.

Born in 1647, Maria learned to paint from the men in her family (her step-father and step-brothers). She was a steadfast observer of nature. She documented for the layperson that caterpillars become butterflies rather than springing forth from mud or flowers. In her 50s, she paid her own way to Suriname in South America to study the bugs on what is arguably the first purely scientific mission. 

The story covers most of Maria's life from briefly in childhood, through motherhood, her time in Suriname and up through her death. I will focus five stories on the general arc of her life. And I will also make short stories exploring her personality and the history of the time, such as biographies of her contemporaries, scientific innovation, and the politics of the day.

Every month, I will post about my research and any comics I make. I will also post my natural science research in general. I do a lot of natural science things, like my natural science comic anthology Awesome 'Possum, so you will get all that info.

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Rewards
Tiny scientist
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Your pledge would be greatly appreciated, and you will get access to all the behind-the-scenes Patreon-only posts. I will post at least twice a month something that I have learned about Maria or the 17th and 18th centuries or natural science in general. Until we hit the first goal, only one of these posts will be Patreon-only each month.
Research-aholic
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Get access to a monthly sketchbook PDF of my sketches and research about Maria and the 17th and 18th Centuries and other natural science things. You will also get access to the Patreon-only posts.
Science in the mail
$10 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
In addition to the research PDF, you will get a postcard in the mail from me each month from a natural science illustration I did at some point. 
Hard scientist
$20 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
Get something in the mail from me, be it a mini comic or print about Maria or a historical fact about the 17th or 18th Century each month, or pressed flowers—always natural science or art related. You will also get access to the monthly sketchbook PDF and Patreon-only posts.