Monsters Royale is a book of original monster illustrations and poems, influenced by Japanese yokai folklore and kaiju films.
What Is Monsters Royale?
Just in time for Halloween, my project is a book of monster drawings and poems, titled Monsters Royale. It is a bestiary of original monsters, featuring black-and-white illustrations accompanied by humorous poems. The monsters vary from cute and cuddly (like a ten-story wiener dog) to scary and sinister (assorted closet-dwelling boogiemen) - influenced by a variety of sources such as the old Universal movie monsters, Japanese yokai folklore, Godzilla kaiju films, Jim Henson's Muppet monsters, and the fearsome critters of American lumberjack tall tales. There's also some Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss thrown in there too. There are ghosts, goblins, witches, werewolves, gargoyles, and other assorted things that go bump in the night - 50 to 100 in all. The end result will be a small, beautifully-designed black and white paperback book, a fun read and conversation piece for monster lovers and the young-at-heart.
How Will I Achieve This?
I started this project two years ago, and in that time I have been constantly drawing and writing, steadily adding monsters to the menagerie and designing the layout of the book. At this point, there is enough material for two or three books, so the time is ripe to share this with the rest of the world. Each entry in the book will include one page of poetry and at least one page of illustration. Some of the monsters who will appear in the book can be seen here:
I will continue working on the book through the end of the year and will hopefully be able to have things finalized for printing by January, so therefore rewards will ship around February of next year.
What Will I Do With The Funding?
The money raised by this project will allow me to produce a small print run of this book, and will go toward printing, ISBN registration, and other associated costs such as the shipping and production of rewards, etc. I have set the goal at what I believe to be a rather conservative amount.
At this point I am planning to publish the book via Amazon's CreateSpace program, which is a print-on-demand service allowing authors to self-publish. Costs involved include the printing itself, file setup and layout, proofs, ebook conversion, shipping, etc. Additionally, the time involved in creating the illustrations, writing the text, working up the layouts and design has been considerable. As this is strictly a do-it-yourself indie punk underground endeavor, there is no big publisher with deep pockets providing the funding - no hefty advance, no giant marketing push - just li'l old me, a wiener dog, a laptop, and a whole lotta Number Two pencils. And that's why I need your help.
Thanks for checking out my project, and I hope you'll become a part of it!
Adam Everett Beck
NOTE - If you are receiving a physical reward that must be mailed and are outside the US, please add an additional $10 to your pledge to cover the extra shipping.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 20, 2011.
Oct 21, 2011 - Dec 20, 2011 (60 days)
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INSIDER ACCESS - Top secret insider access to project updates, sketches, and behind-the-scenes goodness before the book is released.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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THE EBOOK - Top secret insider access as above, plus an ebook (digital) edition of the book.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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NEW REWARD! - THE T-SHIRT - Insider access to project updates plus a black t-shirt featuring Brutezilla (the monster-sized wiener dog) and the Monsters Royale logo in white. Available in Adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL and Youth XS, S, M, L, XL.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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THE EBOOK, PLUS A SKETCH - Top secret insider access and the ebook (digital) edition of the book as above, plus a quickie 4"x6" monster sketch/doodle by me.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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THE BOOK: Top secret insider access and the ebook as above, plus a PHYSICAL COPY of the paperback book.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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1 backer Limited (99 of 100 left)
LIMITED REWARD - THE BOOK, SIGNED AND NUMBERED: Insider access, the ebook, plus a physical copy of the book signed and hand numbered as one of the first 200 copies. (Technically, numbered somewhere between 101 and 200).Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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LIMITED REWARD - THE BOOK, SIGNED AND NUMBERED WITH A SKETCH: Insider access, the ebook, plus a physical copy of the book hand numbered as one of the first 100 copies. This will also be signed with a sketch/doodle inside.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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THE BOOK, PLUS A PRINT - Insider access, the ebook, a physical copy of the book, plus a signed and matted 4"x6" print of one of the book's monsters in a 5"x7" frame.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $125 or more
THE BOOK PLUS MULTIPLE PRINTS - Insider access, the ebook, a physical copy of the book, plus four signed and matted 4"x6" prints of four of the book's monsters grouped in a single 11"x14" frameEstimated delivery: Feb 2012
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LIMITED REWARD - PRODUCTION ART - Insider access, the ebook, a physical copy of the book, plus a piece of production art from the animated video seen at left framed in a 5"x7" frame. You will receive an original drawing that was used to create the Monsters Royale promo vid. These are pen and ink drawings on 4"x6" note paper (created with a Pentel pen), which I will sign and further beautify with a bit of watercolor. (Drawings may vary from the finished video due to the excessive digital editing involved.) I will send you a picture featuring a cool monster figure, not a lame inconsequential drawing like a book opening or blood dripping (of which there are plenty!).Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $250 or more
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LIMITED REWARD - YOUR HOME IN THE BOOK - Insider access, the ebook, a physical copy of the book, plus your family homestead drawn into the book. I will draw your home being stomped (or in danger of being stomped) by one of the book's monsters - to appear within the pages of the book itself.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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LIMITED REWARD - YOUR FACE IN THE BOOK - Insider access, the ebook, a physical copy of the book, plus I will draw your face into the book. I will draw your likeness on a disembodied head being worn on a belt by one of the book's monsters - to appear within the pages of the actual book.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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LIMITED REWARD - YOUR PET IN THE BOOK - Insider access, the ebook, a physical copy of the book, plus your pet drawn into the book. I will draw your beloved family pet being devoured (or about to be devoured) by one of the book's monsters - to appear in the book itself.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
ORIGINAL ART - Insider access, the ebook, a physical copy of the book, plus a personalized original monster illustration and poem - you name the monster (if you choose) and offer any conceptual ideas, I draw it and write the poem. You receive the original pencil art to hang on the wall above your fireplace.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012