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Ever wish that there was a theme park where you could witness the evolution of the dinosaurs in real time? Well, here it is!
Ever wish that there was a theme park where you could witness the evolution of the dinosaurs in real time? Well, here it is!
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Anybody who is familiar with me or my work probably knows that I have a certain fascination with dinosaurs. They frequently appear in my drawings or feature prominently as characters in my stories. In the late 1990s and early 2000s I even did a comic book series called Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous

With this new book, A Walk Through Dinosaurland, I wanted to return to one of my favorite subjects. Also, I wanted to address one of the things that I've noticed with many of the dinosaur books and reference that I use in my work. Pretty frequently I see that dinosaurs from the same family are shown together in the same scene, even though they may have existed several millions of years apart. Often it's difficult to get a sense of when these dinosaurs actually lived and what the evolutionary progression was that resulted in a Tyrannosaurus Rex, for example. One of my goals with this book is to try to present these creatures in a timeline, where the reader (along with the 2 characters in the book) witnesses this.

The story begins as John and Matthew enter and observe life in the early seas.

Then they discuss early life as it takes hold on the land- which includes the appearance of plants, following long with amphibians then reptiles and finally the development and dominance of the dinosaurs.

However all is not fun and simply looking at dinosaurs- there is actual danger (and a purpose) as the two characters walk through Dinosaurland. 

The story is written for kids of all ages. It's not text-heavy or overly scientific. Still, as it's intention is to teach and inform, I'm very mindful that it is a comic book and I tried hard to keep the story entertaining. In a nutshell, what I hope to do here is to pass along my love of dinosaurs- in a medium that is fun and approachable to anyone. With any luck, both kids and adults will get something out of this comic.

 I should note here that the book actually has two endings. Originally, there was going to be two separate versions of AWTD. I had a publisher lined up to do (what I considered ) a more "normal" version of the story. 

Along with that, I wrote up a somewhat stranger ending- originally it was my intent to come to Kickstarter and hopefully get that other ending printed here. This alternate ending I think of as a more comic-booky, for lack of a better description. The two stories both share the first 105 pages. The standard ending adds another 13 pages from there. The alternate ending adds 22. Both endings are included in the book for a total of 141 pages of art. 

Lastly, speaking about the book- I've always wanted to do a digest-sized comic. AWTD's finished print size will be 6 inches wide by 7.5 inches high, give or take a bit. 

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Just so people are clear I wanted to give examples and show what pledge-givers can expect from the rewards levels.

Reward Level 3 offers this book- The Collected Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous as well as A Walk Through Dinosaurland. Cover painting by Mike Dooney.
Reward Level 3 offers this book- The Collected Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous as well as A Walk Through Dinosaurland. Cover painting by Mike Dooney.
If you choose the black and white sketch reward level- this is an example of what you will get. 9 x 12 inches.
If you choose the black and white sketch reward level- this is an example of what you will get. 9 x 12 inches.
Here is an example of a color sketch. These will be 11 x 14 inches.
Here is an example of a color sketch. These will be 11 x 14 inches.
For the reward where you get the black and white cover artwork- this is it. It measures 10.25 x 14 inches.
For the reward where you get the black and white cover artwork- this is it. It measures 10.25 x 14 inches.
Here is a scan of the original artwork for the DuoShade reward. It features Matthew, John and the T. Rex and measures 10 x 15 inches.
Here is a scan of the original artwork for the DuoShade reward. It features Matthew, John and the T. Rex and measures 10 x 15 inches.
The Big Kahuna. If you pony up for this reward- here is the artwork that you will receive. It is fully colored and measures a grand 13.75 x 19 inches.
The Big Kahuna. If you pony up for this reward- here is the artwork that you will receive. It is fully colored and measures a grand 13.75 x 19 inches.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges with this project are low. All the art is done. The book is basically print ready except for a few tiny odds and ends. I've done a Kickstarter once before- so I'm aware of what's involved with meeting the rewards and getting the books printed and making them ready for shipping.
My past project (Dragonfly) was successfully funded. I'm also aware that if I'm going to use this as a business model, that I need to deliver in a way and on a schedule that keeps folks happy.

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    A PDF version of A Walk Through Dinosaurland. In addition, you get my sincere gratitude and thanks for supporting AWTD.

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    This pledge will get you a physical copy of A Walk Through Dinosaurland. I will also sign it for you and also do a little small ink sketch on the inside front cover. Also (as with all the reward levels but I'll say it here) you will have my sincere thanks and gratitude for helping with this project.

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    This reward is for the dinosaur-lover. It will include both a copy of A Walk Through Dinosaurland as well as a copy of The Collected Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous. The Paleo book contains issues 1-6 of the original Paleo series. In addition, I will throw in a copy of Paleo 7. All these books will be signed by me.

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    A copy of A Walk Through Dinosaurland.
    In addition, the book will be signed by me and will also include a pretty decent sketch on the inside front cover of a character or dino from the book. I'll throw some gray tones on it as well.

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    A copy of A Walk Through Dinosaurland signed by me.
    Also, on a separate 9 x 12 piece of bristol- I will do you a nice commission drawing (with gray tones) of a character or dinosaur from the book.

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    A copy of A Walk Through Dinosaurland signed by me.
    At this reward level you will get yourself an original color sketch. This will be done on a separate 11 x 14 piece of bristol. The subject is your choice, as long as it's a dino or character from the book.

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    A copy of A Walk Through Dinosaurland signed by me.
    In addition, you just bought yourself the original black and white artwork that was used for the cover of AWTD. This OA measures 10.25 x 14 inches.

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    A copy of A Walk Through Dinosaurland signed by me.
    In preparation for this Kickstarter- I created a piece of black and white artwork whose sole purpose was to help fund this project.
    In addition to being a special and unique piece of art, it is done on a piece of DuoShade- a paper that is as extinct and unobtainable as dinosaur DNA.
    Original size of the art is 10 x 15.

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    A copy of A Walk Through Dinosaurland signed by me.
    Also included in the pledge level is a large piece of (water)colored art- done specifically for this project. The art features characters and dinosaurs from the book and is suitable for framing.
    It's a nice big drawing- the original measures 13.75 x 19 inches.

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