A humorous & educational coloring book for the whole family, depicting famous disappointing moments from Cleveland professional sports. Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 17, 2014.
About this project
If you are looking at this Kickstarter project you are probably a fan of Cleveland sports, just like me. My condolences.
You know the history. You've been to the games. You've watched them on TV. You know that when it seems like the game can not be lost, it will be. That when the most is at stake, they will play their worst. And when it seems like it can't get any worse, it definitely will. I am speaking specifically about the Browns, the Indians, and the Cavaliers.
When I was growing up in Cleveland, the Browns had opportunities to make the Super Bowl behind Bernie Kosar. We all know how that ended. The Cavs also seemed poised to make some deep post-season runs. Nope. And the Indians came one inning away from a World Series Title. Then it just kept getting worse...
This project is not about reopening old Cleveland wounds. I'll leave that to the national sports media. This is about having a laugh at the sheer lunacy of what we have "witnessed" over the years. We know we have to laugh sometimes to avoid losing our minds.
It's also about sharing the history with our children so they can appreciate why we cheer the way do, and more often, hang our heads in disbelief. At the very least, it is a great way for them to learn about Murphy's Law.
The coloring book will be roughly 55 pages long, with 25 black & white illustrations depicting scenes of notable Cleveland sports failures, such as: The Shot, The Fumble, The Drive and The Decision. My profile pic is an example of what the coloring pages will look like (a larger version is now posted in the updates section). The pages opposite of the illustrations will feature the story behind these iconic moments. There will be a "Thank You" page, Table Of Contents, and other standard pages.
The money being raised for this book will be going toward the legal and publishing costs, getting an ISBN, the first printing costs, and other various costs related to publishing the book.
Thank you for your support and I hope this book can warm a frozen Cleveland sports fan's heart!
Go Browns! Go Indians! Go Cavs!
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there are potential risks. I am creating all of the copy and artwork, so if something happens to me, the could be problems. About half of the content is completed now and I plan on having the rest done before the funding deadline. There may also be legal issues with the content, but this will most likely just cause a delay to the publication of the book while I make the necessary changes. I have already consulted with a lawyer regarding the concept, but a complete review of the book will need to be done before publication. Most likely, any problem will only result in a delay in the publication. Overall, this project should go smoothly and is relatively low risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No Problem! At the end of the project, we will contact you for your shipping address to send your book/artwork and you will have the opportunity to give us the name that you would like to appear in the book. We can even send your copy to someone else's address as a gift!
Once the Kickstarter campaign is finished and the books are printed, we will be offering the book for sale. Just email me (through Kickstarter) with the quantity you would like and I will put you on the presale list. We will contact you when they are ready for you shipping and billing info.
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Your name in the "Thank You" section at the beginning of the book, my undying appreciation, a signed copy of the book mailed to your doorstep, and I will turn a photo of you/your family into an illustration that will be in the book! I will also send you the original illustration of your page.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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