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Catabet is an alphabet book for cat, clothing, and word lovers, giving a handmade insight to the 26 letters we all know and love.
Catabet is an alphabet book for cat, clothing, and word lovers, giving a handmade insight to the 26 letters we all know and love.
Catabet is an alphabet book for cat, clothing, and word lovers, giving a handmade insight to the 26 letters we all know and love.
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Hello Beautiful People!

With the help of hundreds of Kickstarter backers, I've written and published three alphabet books. Here's the animation I made to accompany the first book Elephabet: 

Oregon Public Broadcasting produced a little video that shows some behind-the-scenes views on this project. Click here to see it! This video above is the final stop-action animation that Kickstarter backers got on DVD.

I couldn't wait to do it again, so the next year. I made Arfabet:

 And then last year, I did my third book with associated animation-- Alphabird: 

 Now I'm ready to create my fourth publication Catabet - a cat alphabet book featuring 26 fashion-loving felines with an accompanying stop-action animation! I'll be creating the entire book this spring in order to get it to the printer in time to launch it this fall!

Kickstarter funds will help me cover the costs of having the work professionally photographed by the amazing Dan Kvitka, print 1000 copies of Alphabird in hardcovers, print DVDs of all four of my animations and 1" buttons exclusively for Kickstarter backers.

Like my previous books, Alphabird will not only be a light-hearted romp through crazy kingdom--it's an opportunity for young and old to learn a few new words, cat species, the names of fashion designers or fashionistas from history, or about clothing examples from around the world. There will be a glossary in the back few pages to make sure you understand the nuances behind everything in this book. 

I have created a bunch of original cat-themed designs at amazing prices to help me fund this dream. You can choose to receive just the book, of course, but pledging at the higher levels are what really helps me fund this project. Here are some of the highlights of my original art pledge offerings:

At the starter level, you get one of four 4" kitty with heart balloon figures--choose from black, gray, orange, pink or calico--plus the book, DVD and button! 

 For a little bit more, you can get this adorable blue sky kitty with rainbow heart baloon--plus the book, DVD and button!

I am also making custom cat figures as pledges--I can paint my basic kitty figure in any solid color, or for a little bit more, I can match the markings and/or shapes of one or more of your very own cats! (Note: these kitties will also be a little larger in scale than my lower pledge level cats, so you're getting a great deal for this kind of custom work!)

And ten** lucky Kickstarter backers can get first pick of one of the original cats I'll make for this book at a steal of a price! (**this reward was reduced to four backers because one very lucky backer made a very generous pledge to claim several of the original cats! I plan to show all of the original work this fall, so if you want the opportunity to purchase one of the remaining cats, I'll announce the show dates and venues in a future Kickstarter update and on my email list.) I am posting images of each cat as I make them in my Kickstarter updates, so check there so you can see the progress of the book!

For the duration of the Kickstarter campaign, I will send out an update at least once a week to let all backers know how the book's going, and will continue to keep you in the loop through the summer and early fall with updates as needed about the creation of the animation, any public viewings of the original artwork, through the shipping to Kickstarter backers in November.

Thank you so much for supporting this project.

take care, Hilary

P.S. Here's a goofy photo of my family when I was a kid and our awesome cat Ninji.  

Risks and challenges

This is the sixth major Kickstarter project I will have worked on, and so far have an excellent track record in completing my projects on time. If there are any delays in my anticipated schedule, I will contact backers in October to figure out how to make you happy if you are purchasing this for holiday gifts. I have been making my living for over 25 years as an artist and have shipped thousands of packages in a timely fashion with very little problems. Thank you so much for helping me make this idea happen!

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    Thanks for showing your support for this project with this small gesture! Now you’re signed up to receive weekly updates as I create the book and animation, plus early access to purchase the original work this November!

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    You get one signed softbound copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, weekly updates as I work on the project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November!

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    You get one signed hardbound copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, weekly updates as I work on the project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November!

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    You get one 8x8 inch color print of any page in the book, a signed hardbound copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, weekly updates as I work on the project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November! (If you anticipate wanting more than one print, just add $15 per additional print to your pledge at checkout. I'll ask you later which prints you want when I'm done with the book.)

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    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    Just found out about my books? This pledge level gets you a signed softcover Elephabet, Arfabet and Alphabird, a dvd of the three animations, an official 1” Alphabird button, weekly updates as I work on the new project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November!

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    This pledge level gets you one original kitty with heart balloon in your choice of 5 colors seen in the photo, a signed hardcover copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, weekly updates as I work on the new project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November! (If you'd like more than one of this design, just add $45 per figure to this pledge at checkout.)

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    This pledge level gets you one blue sky kitty with rainbow heart balloon just like the one in the photo, a signed hardcover copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, weekly updates as I work on the new project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November! (If you'd like more than one of this design, just add $50 per additional figure to this pledge at checkout.)

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    This pledge level lets you pick ONE fur color your cat with heart balloon figure, a signed hardcover copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, weekly updates as I work on the new project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November! (If you'd like more than one of this design, just add $50 per figure at checkout.)**if your cat has patterned fur, see higher pledge level for custom kitties!

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    Want a bunch of books to give away? This pledge level gets you five signed hardbound copies of Catabet, 5 dvds of the animation, 5 official 1” Catabet buttons, weekly updates as I work on the project, plus early access to purchase the original work this October!

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    This pledge level gets you one kitty with heart balloon that's shaped just like the ones in the photo, but painted with all the spots and markings to look like your kitty, a signed hardcover copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, weekly updates as I work on the new project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November! (If you have more than one custom cat you'd like me to make, just add $95 per additional figure at checkout)

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    This pledge level gets you one higher detailed kitty with heart balloon that's shaped AND painted to look just like your kitty's body type and markings, a signed hardcover copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, weekly updates as I work on the new project, plus early access to purchase the original work this November! (If you have more than one completely custom cat you'd like me to make, just add $125 per additional figure at checkout)

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    Do you want first dibs at one of the original cats made for this book? This pledge level will get you bumped up to the top of the list for one of the kittiess you've watched me create in my updates. You'll also get a signed hardcover copy of Catabet, a dvd of the animation, an official 1” Catabet button, and weekly updates as I work on the new project. This pledge level is limited to only 10 backers, so grab it now!

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