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Full of humor and action this science adventure through time and space brings a different perspective to alien beings and mythology.

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IZ~ is an epic tale of adventure through time and space.  It questions the origins of our legends and myths. The story is told through the eyes of the Good, the Bad and the Earthlings. The hero, Izzy Tzeus, created through an accident in a genetics laboratory on Planet Authair, is both loved and feared. A plague whose creator is one of the Bad, Ursula von Menglebort, forces Izzy and team to travel to earth to find a cure. 

Encounters is the first book in a series of 10. It is offered for the first time to the public through this Kickstarter Campaign.

Please go to Updates for a review by Judith A. Schust of IZ~ THE IZZY STORY: Book 1, ENCOUNTERS

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IZ~ is an epic tale of adventure through time and space.  It questions the origins of our legends and myths. The story is told through the eyes of the Good, the Bad and the Earthlings. The hero, Izzy Tzeus, created through an accident in a genetics laboratory on Planet Authair, is both loved and feared. A plague whose creator is one of the Bad, Ursula von Menglebort, forces Izzy and team to travel to earth to find a cure. 

Encounters is the first book in a series of 10. It is offered for the first time to the public through this Kickstarter Campaign.

Please go to Updates for a review by Judith A. Schust of IZ~ THE IZZY STORY: Book 1, ENCOUNTERS

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We've just completed Book 1 which is available to the public for  the first time through this Kickstarter campaign. It is the first of a series of 10 and we are hoping to get your help to complete Book 2 Creation of Iz~ The Izzy Story. 

Succeed or fail, at the end of this campaign, Book 1 Encounters will no longer be available for purchase as a Kickstarter First Edition

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It’s taken more than 20 years of travel, life experiences and note taking to complete the story line for IZ~. The last 3 years we've been researching, documenting, collaborating with artists and editors, developing technology presentation skills, and writing Book 1. Family and friends continue to donate their talents and precious time to this endeavor for which we are eternally grateful. 

To know who our volunteer supporters are and learn of their contributions please see our ACKNOWLEDGMENTS page at our website. 

In 2011 we began to build a team of creators to add vision, voice, and sound to IZ~. They've devoted countless hours to helping us make Book 1 of IZ~ a unique and entertaining reality. See who they are on the Credits page, and enjoy a taste of their creations at our website

To be honest, we’re still finding our fiction-writer's voice. We’ve written all our lives as professionals, but no where in the great halls of academia does that qualify us to write a science fiction story.  That is especially true of Chapter 5, Treasure, in which we tell Illiachus’ story as would a bard of ancient Wales and yet we had more fun writing that episode than any we’ve thus far created.

MEET THE CHARACTERS IN IZ~

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THE GOOD                THE BAD                THE EARTHLINGS 

ILLUSTRATIONS OF REWARDS   

HARD BACK, PAPERBACK, MUSIC BOOK, DIGITAL BOOK AND 2016 IZZYIZUM CALENDAR

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RING TONES FOR YOUR PHONE - CHOOSE FROM THREE ORIGINAL MELODIES BELOW by STEVEN A GEARHART

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TUNA BROCCOLI TREATS RECIPE - WATCH PREPARATION IN ACTION - YOU CAN'T EAT JUST ONE!

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T-SHIRTS WITH ORIGINAL DESIGNS SIGNED BY ARTIST

GRAVITON 1 SHORT-SLEEVED TEE

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CIMI'S DB FASHION TEE

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THE ULTIMATE REWARD: YOUR CUSTOM AVATAR  WILL FLY TO PLANET AUTHAIR ABOARD SPACESHIP GRAVITON 1 

WATCH THIS TRAILER AND IMAGINE YOUR AVATAR CREATED BY DENISA KULDOVA FLYING TO PLANET AUTHAIR, LANDING AND RETURNING TO EARTH

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Your pledge at any level is immensely appreciated.  We thank you sincerely for your part in helping us bring to life the ongoing adventure of IZ~.

Based on the expenses we've incurred for Book 1 we estimate Book 2 will cost $17,500. The breakdown shown below is for research, hiring editors, hiring a publishing company and paying our team of artists.This would enable us to publish Book 2 as digital, paperback, hard copy, and audio book. 

 With your support we will be able to move ahead and continue to break new ground in the world of Authair. Our heartfelt thanks to you for backing IZ~.  Ddwlem

MEET SOME OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE THEIR PICTURE ON VERY SHORT NOTICE FOR THIS EXCITING KICKSTARTER LAUNCH!

Chalice Mitchell has been collaborating with us as character artist, illustrator, and animator since 2011. We first met in person at her reception when she was awarded a Masters Degree in Art from the University of South Florida at Tampa in April of 2013.
Chalice Mitchell has been collaborating with us as character artist, illustrator, and animator since 2011. We first met in person at her reception when she was awarded a Masters Degree in Art from the University of South Florida at Tampa in April of 2013.
In December of 2011 Susan Haight created the memorable voice of Ursula von Menglebort for IZ~. Susan has captured more of Ursula for you. Check back later for her  Valentine's greeting. If you dare!
In December of 2011 Susan Haight created the memorable voice of Ursula von Menglebort for IZ~. Susan has captured more of Ursula for you. Check back later for her Valentine's greeting. If you dare!
Rod Horner captured Aristotle's character in August 2012 for his YouTube.video.
Rod Horner captured Aristotle's character in August 2012 for his YouTube.video.
        
Izzy needed Ponce's assurance and in August 2012 Maxwell Glick got Izzy's message across.
Izzy needed Ponce's assurance and in August 2012 Maxwell Glick got Izzy's message across.
                        
Rick Wiseman brought Kurl and Ponce to life in their YouTube videos on September of 2012.
Rick Wiseman brought Kurl and Ponce to life in their YouTube videos on September of 2012.
Ralph Davis voiced the unforgettable Leachim in August of 2012 in that character's first video and entertained us again October 2014 with Leachim's Thanksgiving Greeting and his  Groundhog's Day greeting on February 2nd.
Ralph Davis voiced the unforgettable Leachim in August of 2012 in that character's first video and entertained us again October 2014 with Leachim's Thanksgiving Greeting and his Groundhog's Day greeting on February 2nd.
Peter Baker vocalized Jeeves' desperate circumstance in October 2012.
Peter Baker vocalized Jeeves' desperate circumstance in October 2012.
      
December of 2012 Hanson North voiced Mumba's true character.
December of 2012 Hanson North voiced Mumba's true character.
                    
October 7, 2014 was Steven's first time to see the Music book assembled and our first time to meet him in person. He has been collaborating with us since October of 2012.
October 7, 2014 was Steven's first time to see the Music book assembled and our first time to meet him in person. He has been collaborating with us since October of 2012.
                    
                                                     
September 2013 Morgan Fraser, using her homemade pop filter, recorded Carys' part in the audio book.
September 2013 Morgan Fraser, using her homemade pop filter, recorded Carys' part in the audio book.
Not only author, in October 2013, Duayne became VO artist by recording Gore's voice for Meet The Characters Video.
Not only author, in October 2013, Duayne became VO artist by recording Gore's voice for Meet The Characters Video.
May 14, 2014 Denisa Kuldova joined Team IZ~ as 3D artist. She's much further than a handshake away, so we've yet to meet her in person.
May 14, 2014 Denisa Kuldova joined Team IZ~ as 3D artist. She's much further than a handshake away, so we've yet to meet her in person.
In July of 2014 Morgan Trousdale came aboard as Social Media Manager for IZ~. She is now Morgan Trousdale-Dennehy and happily still with us.
In July of 2014 Morgan Trousdale came aboard as Social Media Manager for IZ~. She is now Morgan Trousdale-Dennehy and happily still with us.

 AUDIO BOOK VOICEOVER ARTISTS

THE MANY VOICES OF ROY KELLY

Narrator 

Dorf Tzeus – Young Izzy Tzeus – Old  Izzy Tzeus - Ponce Heidon – Phed - Kurl Tszargon - Geoffrey Devans - Thorf Serendopolis - Vishwa Balasubramanium - Thor Heyerdahl - Aristotle Maritimis – A Doctor -Robar Gimmel - Illiachus Wynter - Chief Ahmet  - Naughty Children - Rioters  - Izzy's Growl - Tasy's Bark

PATRICIA TRUE -  REPERTOIRE OF A VERSATILE VO ARTIST

Cimi Nuja - Chico Quwattle - Dee  -  Lisbet Fleming – Female  Valympyon Soldier 

MORGAN FRASER – Carys Wynter

OTHER VO ARTISTS

Sydney Olander – Coed

John Alastick –John

Andrew Fraser - Pete

Sylvain Verdier - Sylvain

Sandy Mayton - Rhea Wynter

Dawn Fraser- Young Lass

Sandy and Duayne - Parents

                      

Risks and challenges

We've worked diligently to ensure that all of our rewards are attainable in the time we've designated them to be available to our backers.

The book has passed the printer's proof and will be printed when we give the word at Ingram Press/Lightning Source.

Our audio book is ready to be sent to listeners as a digital download and we have reproduced CDs and understand how to create those. Our audio book will also be submitted to audible.com once it has been reviewed on Amazon which should be shortly after our Kickstarter campaign ends.

The Tuna Broccoli Recipe is written and soon to be snapped into its custom designed frame for digital distribution and to be printed on cardstock for mailing out to our backers.

A limited number of copies of the Music Book have been printed and signed by Steven A. Gearhart.

The 2016 Izzyizum Calendar is in template form and only needs orders to get the process of printing underway.

We have received sample T-shirts from Customink.com and researched pricing and mailing specifics.

We are collaborating with our 3D artist who is creating our test flight avatars and we will be the first to go on a testflight in Graviton 1 assuring our high flying backers of an unforgettable ride.

Barring any unforeseen events, our plan of delivery of goods appears to be on track thanks to dedicated behind the scenes experts.

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