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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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