A parable about elections, in which an ordinary kindergartener runs for president to defend childhood, school, & imagination.
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What's the Story About?
Roger Nix is an ordinary boy: he loves kindergarten, playing make-believe, and hanging out with his imaginary friends (a baby donkey named Jack and a baby elephant named Abe). But when he learns about the plans of Old Man Plee, a perennial presidential candidate, to shut down schools and send kids to work in factories as an austerity measure; Roger decides to run against Old Man Plee as a defender of kid-ness. Of course Abe and Jack are there to help him every step of the way.
Roger Nix, President at Six is a fable about elections. Its primary goal is to get young children thinking and talking about elections. But the real message is to encourage kids to dream big and to do what they think is right.
Roger's campaign platform, his central message, can be summed up in this passage from the night of the great presidential debate:
“Kids need their KID-ness, and summer vacation,
And cool superheroes with awesome mutations!
They need paste and paper and cardboard juice boxes.
They need dogs and worm guts and striped baseball soxes.
They need, most of all, their imaginations.
Let grown-ups worry about jobs and bus stations
And traffic and stock markets, 401(k)s
If that’s how a grown-up spends his or her days.
Because, as you know, kids turn into teens,
And teens go to college and come out Marines
And doctors and shoe-shines. Adults, every one.
How can you de-kid your daughters and sons?”
Who Illustrated Roger?
Roger has an awesome illustrator named Bill Robinson. You can check out all his other work at his website: www.FlimFlammery.com/
Nick and Bill started working on the look and feel of the characters and their world in January of 2011.
All the funds from this campaign will be directly applied towards illustrating and publishing of the book. This is a passion project!
Main logo typeface is Meander by Thrift & Thistle.
YES! Nick started writing the book in 2006. He finished his first draft that year, and has done a new draft every year since. He finished the book in early 2011, and it's 99.9% locked and ready to roll. It will be a 32-page, fully illustrated children's book when it's done.
NO! One of the biggest parts of our fundraising is to fast-track the completion of the illustrations, and paying super-talented people takes money.
May 4th, at 9:05 AM Eastern / 6:05 Pacific.
Nobody that already backed gets charged, no money goes toward the book, and Roger goes back to the drawing board.
Roughly 2/3rds of the money we're raising is going to creative: illustrators, editors, etc. The rest is going toward production: printing, shipping, and all the other fun doohickeys.
HE WISHES. But not even close. Literally $0 of this Kickstarter campaign is profit. Everything is going into the production of the first edition of the book.
When you back the project on Kickstarter, IT'S NOT A DONATION. You are pre-ordering a book, or an art print, or a bumper sticker, or a visit to your kid's class; but you get something in return. We're selling Roger Nix, President at Six before it's done TO HELP IT GET DONE FASTER. There are many ways to make this project a reality, but this is the only way we've got a shot at getting the book out by the election.
NOOOOOOO! [Like Luke Skywalker] IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE, ORDER A COPY NOW. Otherwise, it could be 2016, 2020, or never when Roger is in the stores.
Tell everyone you can about the project. Tell them twice. Here's the link to the campaign page: http://kck.st/HLRQUk
Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your favorite blog. Write in to your local news station. Call your congressperson. Get the word out so Roger's story can be heard!
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Apr 4, 2012 - May 4, 2012 (30 days)
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Our infinite thanks for helping fund the project, and a Roger Nix 2012 campaign bumper sticker!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Receive the first edition hardcover copy of ROGER NIX, PRESIDENT AT SIX in time for the election this fall! You'll also get the campaign bumper sticker, and you'll be a superstar. (US shipping only. International supporters, see the next Reward.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Receive the first edition hardcover copy of ROGER NIX, PRESIDENT AT SIX. (INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING INCLUDED.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Get 2 first edition hardcover copies of ROGER NIX, PRESIDENT AT SIX in time for the election this fall! Perfect if you want a copy for yourself and a gift for a friend, AND you'll save $5. You'll also get 2 campaign bumper stickers!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Your awesome first edition hardcover copy of ROGER NIX, PRESIDENT AT SIX will be signed by the author. Huzzah!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A signed book, a bumper sticker, plus a limited edition art print of Roger and Plee on the campaign trail!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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4 backers Limited (16 of 20 left)
A signed book, a bumper sticker, a limited edition art print, AND the author will write a POEM about you and send it to you on Roger Nix stationery.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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4 backers Limited (6 of 10 left)
A signed book, a bumper sticker, a limited edition art print, AND we'll send you a CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION of you or someone you love as a kindergartener with Roger's imaginary friends, Abe and Jack.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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3 backers Limited (2 of 5 left)
A signed book, a bumper sticker, a limited edition art print, AND the author will come to your child's class to read ROGER NIX, PRESIDENT AT SIX anywhere in the continental US.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
Send us a photo of you, your kid, or someone else you love as a kindergartener and they'll be ILLUSTRATED INTO THE STORY and immortalized as a member of Roger's class! Yes, for the actual book. Forever. :) You'll also get a signed copy of the book, the campaign bumper sticker, and the limited edition art print. (Limit one per backer.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012