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Elephabet is a book and stop-action animation that celebrates the alphabet. Wouldn't it be cool to also have it as an e-book or poster?

Last year I realized a long-time dream of creating an alphabet book using my original artwork to illustrate the pages. 

Oregon Public Broadcasting produced a little video that shows some behind-the-scenes views on this project. Click here to see it!

Here's the final stop-action animation that Kickstarter backers got on DVD:  (everyone else can watch it for free on the web.)

The project was really fun, but much more work and expense than I anticipated. In order to get it to Kickstarter backers and have Elephabet available to others before the holidays, I didn't have time to do the promotion I wanted, but I'm making up for that this May. If you're in the Portland, Oregon area, I hope you'll join me for one of my six free events to celebrate Elephabet.

I believe that Elephabet is a book that has so much potential, but as a self-published author, the cost for realizing these ideas come out of my own pocket. I am eternally grateful to my Kickstarter backers for helping me print an initial run of books, and now I'm returning to ask for your support in helping me realize two more aspects of this book that I am asked about all the time: an e-book and a poster

To help me cover printing, design, and e-book conversion costs, I have put together a bunch of fun rewards here on Kickstarter to thank you for your support. At the lower levels, you can choose to receive the e-book or poster, or I'm bringing back a few of the Kickstarter-exclusive items you saw in my last campaign like the button and the dvd, and a brand new exclusive t-shirt with the cover of Elephabet emblazoned on the front. At the higher levels, you'll get great deals on original artwork and a few gift packages including Elephabet, the companion workbook Do-it-YourSelfabet, DVD and a button. Please see the item descriptions on the right, and the FAQ section below for more details on these rewards and more!

Thank you so much for supporting this next phase of Elephabet. And stay tuned for my next Kickstarter project launching this summer! 

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    This pledge level gets you your very own copy of the Elephabet e-book when it becomes available! Formats: iPad, iPod, Amazon Kindle and Barnes&Noble Nook.

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    If you just want to throw a little coin my way to show your affection, I will send you a handwritten thank you note with a cute 1" button with an image of one of the elephants from the book, mailed right to your doorstep! (Please add $2 to this pledge if you live outside the United States to help cover my shipping costs.)

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    Are you a creator who wants to learn some of my tips for your Kickstarter campaign? If you pledge at this level or above, I'll send you a little pdf booklet I wrote up with the best advice I can give about being a self-employed artist from my two decades of experience in the trenches. A special section focuses on Kickstarter tips on how I integrate grass-roots marketing techniques and how you can take an active role while your campaign is live to increase excitement for your own project.

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    This pledge level gets you a DVD of the Elephabet animation, as seen online! Postage included. Non-U.S. residents, please add $5 to help cover postage costs.

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    This pledge level gets you one 18"x24" full color poster with all 26 images from Elephabet. Printed on eco-friendly heavyweight paper. Postage included - Non U.S. Residents, please add $7 to help cover postage costs.

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    Show your love for Elephabet! This pledge level gets you an exclusive Elephabet kid-sized t-shirt with the cover of the book emblazoned across the chest. Postage included within the United States - all other countries please add $7 to help cover postage costs.

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    Show your love for Elephabet! This pledge level gets you an exclusive Elephabet adult-sized t-shirt with the cover of the book emblazoned across the chest. Postage included within the United States - all other residents please add $7 to help cover postage costs.

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    A cute little elephant pendant, complete with 16" stainless steel neck wire. Postage included within the U.S. - please add $10 if outside the U.S. to help cover my shipping costs.

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    This pledge level gets you one Blue Sky elephant like you saw in the Kickstarter video. (Blue elephant with white clouds and bird on its back) Elephants are around 6 inches long, and you get to pick what color bird is on top!! Postage included in the U.S. - all non U.S. citizens please add $10 to help cover postage costs.

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    This pledge level gets you one Smart Pet Tricks elephant like you saw in the Kickstarter video with your choice of bird color. (Gray elephant with bird on back and apple on bird's head) Elephant will be around 6 inches long. Postage included if you live in the U.S. - all non U.S. citizens please add $10 to help cover postage costs.

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    Want an original elephant with a letter on its back, just like the letter A you saw in the Elephabet animation? Elephants are around 6 inches long, including the trunk. This pledge level gets you the letter of your choice, mailed right to your doorstep. (see image sample in the description section to the left) Non U.S. residents, please add $10 to help cover postage costs.

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    Elephabet gift package--includes one softbound copy of Elephabet, one copy of the companion workbook Do-It-YourSelfabet, one letter elephant (6" length) as described in the $75 pledge level, the DVD of the Elephabet animation AND a 1" Elephabet button. Postage included if you live in the U.S. - please add $15 to this pledge if you live outside the United States to help cover postage costs

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    Design your own custom elephant! I will make you a large-scale elephant (12 inches long, including trunk) from your imagination! Either send me a drawing you made, or tell me what you've got in your head and I will work with you to make it come to life. This package comes with a softbound copy of Elephabet, a copy of the companion workbook Do-It-YourSelfabet, a DVD of the Elephabet animation, AND a 1" Elephabet button. Postage included within the U.S. - please add $15 if you are outside the U.S.to help cover my shipping costs.

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