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Unleash 20 amazing easy-to-build papercraft creatures-of-wonder on your desk using only scissors. No glue, no tape, no knives!
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Welcome! Four years in the making, Desktop Gremlins Volume 1 features the amazing character design and papercraft engineering of David Landis, the creator of www.DesktopGremlins.com

Thanks for your interest and support! PLEASE share this campaign with your family, co-workers and friends so the Desktop Gremlins book can be unleashed!

DESKTOP GREMLINS VOLUME 1 

92-pages in length and professionally printed on high quality cover-weight paper throughout, Desktop Gremlins Volume 1 has been designed for papercraft fans of all ages. The book collects 6 of the most popular creations from www.DesktopGremlins.com (in a special-edition format) PLUS 14 BRAND NEW CREATURES-OF-WONDER that are EXCLUSIVE to the book!

Introducing Coily McSqueeze - the astonishing de-stressing serpent. This brand-new Desktop Gremlin is exclusive to the book!
Introducing Coily McSqueeze - the astonishing de-stressing serpent. This brand-new Desktop Gremlin is exclusive to the book!
The world-famous Octopus will be available in the book in special-edition format!
The world-famous Octopus will be available in the book in special-edition format!
Ward of shadows and bad luck of all kinds with this miraculous monstrosity...
Ward of shadows and bad luck of all kinds with this miraculous monstrosity...

20 Unique Crafting Experiences! 

Take a peek at the details below to discover for yourself what makes Desktop Gremlins so special! Then scroll down and see all the fun pre-order exclusives that are available with this campaign. If you're new to Desktop Gremlins, welcome! I invite you to visit www.DesktopGremlins.com and download some mischief-makers today – see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

Easy-to-build

All of the Desktop Gremlins follow a very special set of rules. Simple! Fast! Fun! No glue, no tape, no knives required – just scissors and about 15 minutes of free time. All of the pages have a perforation near the spine so you can easily remove them from the book. Each of the Desktop Gremlins are introduced with an awesome pin-up poster that you can hang on your wall as well as a separate two-sided character construction sheet. The papercraft character pieces themselves can be cut out simply using scissors. The papercraft assembly is performed magically by sliding color-coded slots into each other. 

All of the pages have a perforation near the spine so you can easily remove them from the book!
All of the pages have a perforation near the spine so you can easily remove them from the book!
Assembly is performed magically by sliding color-coded slots into each other! No glue! No tape!
Assembly is performed magically by sliding color-coded slots into each other! No glue! No tape!
Desktop Gremlins are easy to cut out using only scissors!
Desktop Gremlins are easy to cut out using only scissors!
After a quick and easy assembly, your Desktop Gremlins creature-of-wonder is ready for display!
After a quick and easy assembly, your Desktop Gremlins creature-of-wonder is ready for display!

A Legend is Born

Wondrous, mysterious and zany – each of the Desktop Gremlins are original characters with legendary background stories and fantastic reasons to be sitting on your desk. It's a ton of fun to build and display your Desktop Gremlins, but they become extra special after you learn their full story. You'll definitely enjoy sharing these tales of wonder with your friends and co-workers when they see these characters guarding your desk.

For example, here is one of my favorite Desktop Gremlins Legends: Centuries ago, when villagers celebrated a birthday, magicians learned a spell that transformed well-wishes and happy thoughts into a magical candle-carrying gremlin called a Tooyu. If captured, the Tooyu would grant a wish to whomever doused its flame. As years passed, Tooyu appearances became more rare, but people remembered the creature by baking a sweet cake treat to honor its power. It is hoped when you sing “Happy Birthday,” a Tooyu might make its return.

Fantastical details about each character are revealed!
Fantastical details about each character are revealed!

Fun for Everyone


I'm an artist who actively looks back on his youth, and because of this, I have always made sure that the Desktop Gremlins experience is appropriate for all ages. Desktop Gremlins are cool enough that you'll want to show them off at the office, hip enough that you'll want to share them with friends at school, and heartwarming enough that you'll want to display them in your home.

Educational Value


When you put this book in the hands of a young person you have additional benefits! Desktop Gremlins promote imagination, creativity and provide potential "story starters" for language development. In children 8-years-old and up, they encourage dexterity and fine motor skills as they unlock the wonder of transforming concepts from two dimensions to three dimensions.

What Others Have Said


"These quick & easy crafts are great fun!” - Sam

"I absolutely love your work, your Desktop Gremlins provide creative inspiration for me, besides being absolutely adorable and awesome." - Sanjana

“I'm a teacher & I use these to reward my pupils.” - Kava

“I think I've found myself a new hobby!” - Emanuel

Unleashing the Magic


With this book my hope is to unleash a little magic into your world. I want to give you an excuse to take a break from your busy day and have fun building something – a legendary friend with a rich background story to join you at your desk and inspire you every day.     

I Can't Do It Without You


Desktop Gremlins was born about 4 years ago as a spark of an idea in the middle of the night. With your support I can bring this idea to life in glorious fashion. All funds received will directly support the printing and delivery of Desktop Gremlins and its many pledge rewards for an estimated May 2013 release.

Unleashing the Pledge Tiers

Keep scrolling down to discover lots of surprises in the pledge tiers. So be sure to grab some swag with your pre-order!
Keep scrolling down to discover lots of surprises in the pledge tiers. So be sure to grab some swag with your pre-order!

Risks and challenges

Since day one, a book has always been a crucial component of this Desktop Gremlins project and I'm working passionately to make it a reality. I am a graphic designer and artist who creates books, magazines and advertising for a living, so I have poured all those skills into the creation of this volume of work. It is so rewarding to see the final printer-ready pages take shape and I can't wait to share them with you in book form.

The real challenge at this point in the game will be fulfillment. Once this book is (hopefully) funded, I'll be moving from my career strengths of concept and design into the world of distribution. This will be new to me and I'll be working hard to make sure that fulfillment is completed on time. This will require great organizational skills since this campaign and product is a one-man-show.

Thank you so much for your support!

-David Landis

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    "STICKING OUT YOUR NECK" PDF DOWNLOAD: For all of those who want to support this campaign but cannot order a book at this time…make a $10 pledge. As a "thank you" I will send you a link to download a PDF that you can print yourself and construct an awesome campaign-only papercraft. I will send you this link in a backer update on November 22nd! (Note: Everyone who makes a pledge to any tier of this campaign will receive this PDF!)

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    DESKTOP GREMLINS 3-CHARACTER SAMPLER PDF DOWNLOAD: For all of those who want to support this campaign but cannot order a book at this time…make a $15 pledge. When the book is complete, I will email you a form giving you a peek at all the amazing Volume 1 papercraft projects. Pick 3 of the characters and I will email them to you as a multi-page PDF for you to print and build yourself!

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    SINGLE BOOK PACKAGE:
    One copy of book plus one randomly-selected collectible bookmark. (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $5 for Canada. Add $10 for international orders.)

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    THE COLLECTOR PACKAGE:
    Two copies of book (one for cutting and one SIGNED copy for your bookshelf)! Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $5 for Canada. Add $10 for international orders.)

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    THE SNAZZY PACKAGE:
    One copy of book. Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! One exclusive professionally screen-printed "OCTOLOVE" T-SHIRT (youth and adult sizes available). (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $20 for Canada. Add $35 for international orders.)

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    THE ARTIST PACKAGE:
    One copy of book. Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! One exclusive 5"x7" HAND-DRAWN sketch card featuring The Octopus! (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $5 for Canada. Add $10 for international orders.)

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    THE SUPER SNAZZY PACKAGE:
    Two copies of book (one for cutting and one SIGNED copy for your bookshelf)! Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! One exclusive professionally screen-printed "OCTOLOVE" T-SHIRT (youth and adult sizes available). (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $20 for Canada. Add $35 for international orders.)

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    THE GIANTS PACKAGE: One copy of book. Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! One 6-Pack Giants Construction Kit (20" x 11" construction sheets of 6 different Desktop Gremlins from the book. PRO Printed on 12pt poster board FOR THE ULTIMATE DISPLAY!) (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $40 for Canada. Add $60 for international orders.)

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    THE SUPER ARTIST PACKAGE: Two copies of book (one for cutting and one SIGNED copy for your bookshelf)! Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! One exclusive 5"x7" HAND-DRAWN sketch card featuring The Octopus! (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $5 for Canada. Add $10 for international orders.)

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    THE SUPER GIANTS PACKAGE: Two copies of book (one for cutting and one SIGNED copy for your bookshelf)! Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! One 6-Pack Giants Construction Kit (20" x 11" construction sheets of 6 different Desktop Gremlins from the book. PRO Printed on 12pt poster board FOR THE ULTIMATE DISPLAY!) (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $40 for Canada. Add $60 for international orders.)

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    THE GIFT WHALE PACKAGE: Five copies of book (one for cutting, one SIGNED copy for your bookshelf and three for sharing with others)! Twelve collectible bookmarks (4 each of 3 designs). One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $20 for Canada. Add $35 for international orders.)

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    THE INVASION PACKAGE: One copy of book. Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! One exclusive professionally screen-printed "Octopus Love" T-SHIRT (youth and adult sizes available). One exclusive 5"x7" HAND-DRAWN sketch card featuring The Octopus! One 6-Pack Giants Construction Kit (20" x 11" construction sheets of 6 different Desktop Gremlins from the book. PRO Printed on 12pt poster board FOR THE ULTIMATE DISPLAY!) (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $40 for Canada. Add $60 for international orders.)

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    THE SUPER INVASION PACKAGE: Two copies of book (one for cutting and one SIGNED copy for your bookshelf)! Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! One exclusive professionally screen-printed "Octopus Love" T-SHIRT (youth and adult sizes available). One exclusive 5"x7" HAND-DRAWN sketch card featuring The Octopus! One 6-Pack Giants Construction Kit (20" x 11" construction sheets of 6 different Desktop Gremlins from the book. PRO Printed on 12pt poster board FOR THE ULTIMATE DISPLAY!) (Domestic US mailing is included. Add $40 for Canada. Add $60 for international orders.)

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    THE ART COMMISSION PACKAGE: Two copies of book (one for cutting and one SIGNED copy for your bookshelf)! Three collectible bookmarks. One professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheet! PLUS I will create a downloadable papercraft PDF for YOU. Are you trying to promote a business, product, service, movie, television show, entertainment event, book, video game, website or blog? These are all obvious choices for paper toys as a promotion solution. This pledge tier will commission ME to create a papercraft in the Desktop Gremlins style that can use generate buzz and excitement. Send me your character/art/logo assets and I will engineer it into an awesome easy-to-build promotional tool for you to share with your audience. (Final product delivered as an Adobe Illustrator file in PDF format.) BONUS! If your art commission papercraft is a good match for my audience, (with your permission) I will brand it as an OFFICIAL Desktop Gremlin papercraft and have it available for download on DesktopGremlins.com – a site that logs thousands of page impressions a day!

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    DESKTOP GREMLINS LIVE EVENT: Ten signed copies of the book (to be given away at your event). Collectible bookmarks for attendees! Professionally-printed limited-edition MYSTERY Desktop Gremlins Bonus Construction Sheets for attendees! LIVE speaking engagement. Let the Desktop Gremlins be the highlight of your next live event, expo or conference! The speaking engagement can be structured in a number of different and exciting ways. An inspirational journey of creative expression and the chasing of a dream. Turning your inspirations into business concepts and using new media to get your message to the world! Or perhaps you would be more interested in a road-show-version of my popular “Amazing Paper Art” classroom activities. Topics will be supported with a keynote presentation full of exciting and colorful visuals to inspire young and old alike! US Only. Event dates must fit into my existing schedule, so please check prior to making a pledge. Please note that you will have to cover hotel and travel costs separately.

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