This story is based on characters from my comic strip. It is the tale of a lovable alligator who secretly stows away with a family after a chance encounter during their Florida vacation. The colorful story is told in amusing verses and packed with twenty gorgeous illustrations that will captivate and entertain readers of all ages.
This is the "inaugural" first printing of Dozi the Alligator. It will be a high-quality, hardcover, numbered, limited edition.
Who is this "Dozi" and what's the big idea here?
In 2010 I was very fortunate and honored to have my comic strip, "Hoxwinder Hall", voted a Top-5 finalist in the Washington Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist" contest. That bit of success gave me the confidence to launch the strip as a web-comic, which eventually lead to it being picked up for print syndication in parts of the United States and Canada.
At the heart of my comic is a little alligator named "Dozi". It didn't take long to realize that Dozi resonated with readers, and that got me thinking about how much a younger audience would REALLY love him! So I created a children's book that tells the story of how Dozi meets Byron Hoxwinder (the little boy and the other main character in the comic strip). And here we are!
"Dozi the Alligator" is
basically a Prologue to my comic strip. The text is easy to understand -
actual sample verses from the book are seen above - and the look and feel of the
characters have all been "re-booted" for younger kids who may not have
ever heard of the comic strip.
*For more info about the comic strip Hoxwinder Hall, scroll down near the bottom of this section to read a review by The Washington Post's Michael Cavna.
For Parents and Teachers:
This book has been reviewed by the reading & literacy specialists at Read-Ability, Inc. and leveled for Grade 1 readers.
*But will be enjoyed by readers of ALL ages!
About Read-Ability, Inc.: http://readwithmenow.com/
What will this final printed book look like?
- A high-quality, hardcover, complete with durable thick "child-friendly" inner page stock. Physical dimensions: Approximately 9" x 9".
This thing is gonna be fantastic - - but it can't exist without YOU! Printing a book is no easy feat and I don't want to compromise on the details, so I'm coming to Kick Starter to get the funds to pay for this. As a professional artist, I have already established solid relationships with book printers. If I can raise $4000 dollars then we'll be in business. Thanks for your time and please consider pledging to help fund this project. If you'd like to keep up with this project and my work I'll be posting updates on Twitter and Facebook:
About the Author:
Daniel Boris is an artist from Leesburg Virginia, USA, and the creator of the comic strip Hoxwinder Hall. He lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife, two kids, and a hilarious mutt named Stetson.
Comic Strip: http://hoxwinderhall.com/
About the Illustrator:
Nicola Sammarco is a 21 year old artist from Taranto, Italy. He studied film animation at Nemo NT in Florence. His dream is to one day work in the field of animation for Disney or Dreamworks in the United States, and also set up his own production studio in Italy.
Risks and challenges
This is a book in which I truly believe, and I want you to read it! My risks and challenges are basically those that might arise in everyday Life. I am a professional artist and will be designing and creating the book myself, using software that I have been using for years. And as I said above, I have established professional relationships with book printers so you can be confident that any bumps in the road will be minimal. More importantly: You have my word that I will do my very best to make sure things go as smoothly as possible and that I will deliver an excellent finished product to you!
- (30 days)