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By Kyle Andrew Sorrell
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About

What is it?

This project is to support the completion of a very special little book.

  • Have you ever wondered why people become fanatically loyal to a certain brand?
  • Or why video games are advertised they way they are, to the people they do?
  • Why does the media continue to harp on the idea of violent video games making violent people, despite it being proven false?
  • Is there a purpose for the Triple-A market in a world where avenues such as KickStarter, Steam, mobile gaming, and the independent market exist?
  • How does the echo chamber that is the internet contribute to both the solutions, problems, and general frustrations the gaming community faces on a day to day basis?

So many questions, but never enough answers. This is the purpose of this book; to provide much needed insight and understanding of the gaming community, from the perspective of one particularly strange gamer.

Though I have no problem researching and finding these answers on my own, hoarding knowledge is unsatisfying. But sharing knowledge, at least on any significantly large or meaningful scale, is either expensive, difficult, or both.

For this reason I have turned to creating this project as a means of sharing that information, while simultaneously getting the community invested as well.

I have always had a passion for writing and video games, so why not put the two together to make something great? 

The Plan

The manuscript for the entire book is already written. The book will be about 300 pages in total. All the book covers have been made and many of the books graphics have already been illustrated. The special debut comic has a full script and storyboard.

The final step is to get input and support from the community, from people like you, who care as much about a beloved childhood hobby and wish to see it grow. With this support I will have the means to finish everything (the book, the comic, any and all commissions, etc.).

One of the goals of works such as this is to broaden the view of video games as a whole. In much the same way that television, movies, books, etc. have all become an integral part of our lives and entertainment, so too do video games play a role in the human experience.

Perhaps this won't be the book to finally make people take video games seriously, but it may at least help spark some serious conversation about the medium as a whole; how it fares compared to other entertainment, how it can be used to cope or to tell stories, and even more practical things such as training and setting the path for advanced VR or virtual reality simulation.

It's all just a game to be beaten, one level at a time, I suppose.

The Awards

Of course, this isn't just an opportunity for me, and I plan to give back as much as I can to everyone in the community. If art is delightful, then I am indeed a provider of delight.

The versions of the book include:

  • "Basic" version: No color. Standard Edition cover. Minimal images. Includes all chapters and text, the "Credits" section.
  • "Full" version: Color Edition cover. All images included (dividers, breaks between sections/chapters, etc.), the "Credits" section, special "From the Artist" chapter.
  • "Special Edition" version: Special Edition cover, All images included (dividers, breaks between sections/chapters, etc.), the "Credits" section, special "From the Artist" chapter, Special Edition poster image in book, full/edited articles from the author (including my "Nostalgia" series, character design philosophy, etc.)

During my short time in the military, everyone found out I was a good illustrator. Before I knew it, I became very popular around the barracks, and everyone was asking me to draw something for them; from family portraits, to caricatures, tattoo designs, video game characters, lions, dragons, weapons, you name it. Everyone had an idea, and I was often tasked to help bring it to life, to give it form.

Along with various copies of the book, I am offering a variety of prints and personal commissions:

  • Special Edition "Thank You" post cards
  • Special Edition "Thank You" poster
  • 12x12 art prints of any of my original characters or comics
  • 24x24 art print of any of my original characters or comics
  • 36x12 Special Edition Art Scroll (containing ALL available original characters and more)
  • A personal caricature or commissioned art of the backer's choosing

That's not all! With a high enough pledge, you will also get a special 15-page comic detailing another quirky creation of mine:

Porko Supreme - The Amazingly Awesome Origins Of The Almighty Super Pig

There are a lot of things here to choose from, of course, but don't feel pressured. Any and all support is appreciated. Every dollar is appreciated, and to show this, everyone who donates, regardless of amount, will get a final copy of the book. This way no matter the outcome, everyone is guaranteed get something for their trouble.

Assistance

Other websites helping the cause include:

http://kickingitforward.org/

http://thatgamingcritic.com/

Risks and challenges

The manuscript for the book is already finished.

A lot of the art has already been done, and I can easily illustrate and create whatever is necessary.

The comic already has a script and a storyboard.

The only mild difficulty would be shipping and handling, but that is relatively simple anyways. I will ensure that everyone gets what they pay for.

This project comes with a guarantee: Even if the project is not successfully funded, everyone will still get a copy of the book. No one will be left hanging, and everyone backer will get something.

So even if we "fail," we win!

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    - The "basic" digital/ebook edition of the book.

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    - Up to 5 24x24 art prints of my original characters

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    - A personal caricature/commissioned artwork of your choosing to appear in the "full" and "special" editions of the book

    - Backer will be allowed to write a 500-1000 word column/article to be included in the book

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    - A special visit from the artist and writer personally, with photos of the visit to be shared on my website and honorable mention in all versions of the book

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- (60 days)