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The Boy in the Castle is an illustrated, all-ages fairy tale about love and depression, full of rich details and lyrical language.
The Boy in the Castle is an illustrated, all-ages fairy tale about love and depression, full of rich details and lyrical language.
The Boy in the Castle is an illustrated, all-ages fairy tale about love and depression, full of rich details and lyrical language.
169 backers pledged $7,829 to help bring this project to life.

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The Boy in the Castle

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The Book

The Boy in the Castle follows two children as they explore a fantastical fortress, brightened by their imaginative adventures together. But imagination is a double-edged sword, and the pair find that they are equally capable of conjuring up their own nightmares.

With richly detailed paper-collage illustrations and playful handwritten calligraphy adding energy and motion to the lyrical text, this book intentionally approaches an intimidating subject in a whimsical tone.

This is a love story that's also about fear; the kind of extraordinary fear that paralyses and consumes, eats optimism and secretes doubt, and whispers to us, telling us to build walls.

It's hard to describe what it feels like when the reality in your head is louder than the reality outside. It's hard to understand what's real when your brain is an untrustworthy narrator. Under these circumstances, it's easy to start to believe that no one else has ever felt this way before. Metaphors, both visual and verbal, are a weapon against this insidious terror; they help us find commonalities, and believe that we are not, in fact, alone. 

This book emerged from its creators' efforts to communicate with the world outside our minds, despite those impossible walls. We hope that the words and pictures we've come up with to express some of our feelings might be of value to others who are struggling in the same way. 

The Rewards

Foundation ($2) : At this level you can stay in touch with the campaign; you'll receive updates, hear about new stretch goals, and your name will be included in a special calligraphic artwork in the "acknowledgements" section.

Rampart ($10) : In addition to the rewards from the Foundation tier, at this level you'll receive a downloadable PDF of the book, as soon as it's available.

Portcullis ($30) : The Book itself; additionally, all the rewards from the  Rampart and Foundation tiers. 

Flying Buttress ($45) : Backers at this tier will receive one copy of the book signed by the artist, and one limited edition print, (approx. 5x7" size)  as well as the rewards from the Rampart and Foundation levels.

Kitchen Sink ($70) : One signed copy of the book, and all three limited edition prints, plus the rewards from the Foundation and Rampart tiers.

Scriptorium ($75) : In addition to one signed copy of the book, I will handwrite a quotation for you, in high-quality black ink, of up to 75 words, in the same script used throughout the book. You will also receive the rewards from the Rampart and Foundation tiers. 



The Boy & The Girl ($85) : Two signed copies of the book,two limited edition prints, two download codes for the PDF. 

Gargoyle ($110) : In addition to your signed copy of the book, and the rewards from the Foundation and Rampart tiers, I will create for you a 10x10" original collage artwork, subject matter to be determined between us. 

Library ($140) : At this level you will receive one hardcover and one softcover copy of the book; one full set of Boy in the Castle prints, including hardcover exclusive; plus all of the rewards from the Foundation and Rampart levels. 

Clerestory ($200) : FOR RETAILERS ONLY. Ten copies of the book. Backers at this level will be asked to show a sales license. 

Grail Diary ($350):  Sold Out  A sketched, scribbled, collaged account of the Kickstarter campaign month, from my point of view. 

Throne Room ($550) : I will come to your house, if you are within reasonable transportation distance of Boston, and paint a mural on your wall. At this level you will also receive the rewards from the Flying Buttress and Foundation tiers. 

 

 


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As always, forever and ever, over and over again: THANK YOU for taking the time to check out this project, and please consider sharing.

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter, and my first publishing project. I have been working on the book for over a year and a half, and on researching and building my Kickstarter for several months.

The Boy in the Castle is, in many ways, a book about depression and anxiety, and those conditions are a part of my every day life. As such, a lot of things can take longer for me than they would otherwise. I have tried to account for this in my delivery estimates, and I can promise that if things in my brain go pear-shaped, I will be up front and transparent about any delays it may cause.

The complete, illustrated book pages are now in the last stages of finishing and editing. I will then work with Jon Washer, photographer and designer, to digitise the pages and finalise the design and layout.

The books will be printed by Art Bookbindery, and will include ISBN and barcode.

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    PORTCULLIS
    As well as all the rewards from the FOUNDATION tier, at this level you receive the book itself, in perfect-bound, 8.5 x 8.5" softcover.

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    FLYING BUTTRESS
    At this level you receive one signed copy of the book,
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    a limited edition Boy In the Castle print (choose one of three designs)
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    KITCHEN SINK (earlybird pricing)
    You will receive a signed copy of the book, and all three limited edition prints.

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    SCRIPTORIUM (earlybird pricing)
    One signed copy of the book, and custom
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    I will handwrite your favourite quotation, of up to ≈70 words, in black ink, in Boy in the Castle script

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    THE BOY AND THE GIRL (earlybird pricing)
    One for you and one for a friend; you receive two signed copies of the book, two limited edition prints (choose from three designs), and two sets of download codes for the PDF.

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    SCRIPTORIUM
    One signed copy of the book, and custom
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    I will handwrite your favourite quotation, of up to ≈70 words, in black ink, in Boy in the Castle script

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    THE BOY AND THE GIRL
    One for you and one for a friend; you receive two signed copies of the book, two limited edition prints (choose from three designs), and two sets of download codes for the PDF.

    Additionally you will receive all rewards from the FOUNDATION tier, and may specify a second name to be included in the acknowledgements section.

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    GARGOYLE (earlybird pricing)
    At this level you receive a signed copy of the book, plus a custom 10x10" original artwork: a collage portrait of your house, your pets, your spirit animal, or your favourite castle. We'll talk, and you'll provide me a photo reference of whatever subject matter we agree on.

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    GARGOYLE
    At this level you receive a signed copy of the book, plus a custom 10x10" original artwork: a collage portrait of your house, your pets, your spirit animal, or your favourite castle. We'll talk, and you'll provide me a photo reference of whatever subject matter we agree on.

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    LIBRARY
    At this level you'll receive: One hardcover and one softcover copy of the book, both signed; full set of limited edition prints, (including hardcover exculsive) as well as the rewards from both the Foundation and Rampart tiers.

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    CLERESTORY
    10 copies of the book. For retailers only. Backers at this level will be asked to show a sales license and proof of store information, or your pledge will be refunded.

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    GRAIL DIARY

    I'll keep a journal throughout the month of the Kickstarter campaign, with notes, sketches, and whatever other scraps of paper fall into place. You'll also receive my marked-up print copy of the original draft of the story.

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    THRONE ROOM
    If you are in the greater Boston area, I will come and paint a mural on your wall; subject and dimensions to be agreed between us.

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