ANOTHER UPDATE: FREE ART!!!! Free original drawing for whoever gets us to the $3000 goal. Another free original drawing to whoever makes the pledge that gets us past the $5000 level! Tell your friends...
UPDATE: Something incredibly awesome! Super incredible nerdcore rap duo 2d6 will be producing a musical hip hop version of Alphabeast Soup! This is really, really exciting. ALL BACKERS (even $1 backers) will get a FREE mp3 of the song. 2d6 will perform the song at Con on the Cob in October and the song will appear on the next album!!!!!! Tell your friends.
In the midst of the mess, on a throne worn and crummy
His Majesty writhed and clutched at his tummy.
Sweat dripped from his forehead and dampened his pits.
His cheeks were all ruddy and peppered with zits.
A pitiful whimper crawled up from his gizzard.
He coughed as he muttered, "Get over here, wizard..."
This fast-paced and lavishly illustrated book by celebrated scribbler Andy Hopp follows the adventures and misadventures of a hapless court wizard and his minions as they gather components for a mystical stew. It seems the king ate a bunch of disgusting crud he shouldn't have and it's up to the wizard to fix him. Along the way they encounter a panoply of weird and unusual monsters, from whom they must nab their ingredients. It's good, clean, wholesome fun.
Well, fun anyway.
Hi there. Nice to meet you. I'm Andy Hopp, an award-winning illustrator and writer who has been working mostly in the game industry for over a decade. I'm the creator of the popular Low Life RPG, the Dementalism and G'Zoink card games, and the illustrator of dozens of other products. My publishing company, Mutha Oith Creations, is delving into the children's book neck of the woods and Alphabeast Soup is my first solo foray into such depths (although I've illustrated several children's books, such as Cliffourd the Big Red God and Where the Deep Ones Are).
As the dad of two amazing little girls, I have a deep respect and a huge soft spot in my heart for children's literature. I enjoy helping kids and adults expand their imaginations and follow their dreams. To that end, I offer Alphabeast Soup as a book for everyone. It's colorful and whimsical enough for tiny little chillunz, but engaging and detailed enough to entertain and engage even the most curmudgeony adult.
I did a print on-demand version of Alphabeast Soup a few years ago. It sold rather well (I sold out) and was very well received by everyone I showed it to, but I was never very happy with the quality of that book. The goal here is to make a very high quality (hopefully hardbound) book. Producing such a thing can be a bit clammy, so being a person of limited means, I decided to call upon the wonderful community reachable through Kickstarter and implore you to help me fund Alphabeast Soup. Pretty please. I'll be your best friend.
In appreciation of you wonderful backers, I promise to hand sign and personalize each and every book before I send it to you. That's a big deal, apparently.
Library Support Program
Additionally, to promote children's literacy and spread the lunacy around the country, for every ten books given out through this kickstarter I will donate a copy of Alphabeast Soup to a school or library!
The initial goal of $3000 is enough to cover the cost of printing a good quality, full-color, 64 page book. The kind you can take home to mother, or whoever you take things home to. It'll be awesome and I'd be very proud to have you own a copy or three. There are, however, some snazzy embellishments I'd love to add and a few extra goodies I'd like to offer you for being so generous.
Stretch Goal #0 ($4000): When we reach this goal I will produce a PDF booklet detailing all of the monsters from Alphabeast Soup for use in the Savage Worlds roleplaying game by PEG, Inc. The book will be FREE to all backers at the Runcid level and above.
Stretch Goal #1 ($5000): Hard Cover. If we reach $5000 the book will have a hard cover instead of a soft cover (at no extra charge to backers). This will give it a touch of class and make it hurt slightly more when your kids clobber each other with it.
Stretch Goal #2 ($8000): More art. When we reach this goal I will draw a series of pencil sketches to include in the marginalia of the book.
Stretch Goal #3 ($30,000): The Sequel. If we get here I'll have enough to produce Alphabeast Soup and its forthcoming sequel, Alphabeast Soup Bites Back. That book will be offered as a $20 add-on to all backers. Estimated delivery November 2016.
These things can be added to any pledge. To do so, simply add the listed amount to your pledge, select whatever reward you want, and send me a message letting me know what the extra money is for.
Art Cards (+$40): This set of 30 fancy-schmancy cards measure 4"x6" and features 30 images from Alphabeast Soup. Suitable for framing. Individual art cards (random) may be added for $3 each.
Playing Cards (+$20):A 52 card set of Alphabeast Soup themed playing cards!
Additional Books (+$20): You may add as many additional Alphabeast Soup books to your selected reward as you wish (minimum pledge $15). They probably make good presents or something.
Alphabeast Soup Poster (+$20):This alphabet poster shows each of the creatures from Alphabeast Soup and a relevant verse about what that critter brings to the pot.
Original Artwork (+varies): The original drawings of the images pictured below are available as add-ons for the price listed (or as part of the $300 Joffle-O-Ninecheeks reward level).
If you would like to purchase an original drawing please add the listed amount to your pledge then send me a message with the letter of your chosen image.
Much love to Bryan Borgman for the sweet music used in the video.
Risks and challenges
Since the writing and artwork is already completed my next challenge is to have the books readied for print and then printed. I have worked with printers in the past and have found one I am happy with.
My main obstacle beyond fulfilling the orders of the backers is to find a distribution network or larger publisher who can get my books into stores. Most of my distribution contacts have experience in the gaming industry but few have any experience in the competitive children's book market. I am actively seeking an agent, publisher, or distributor willing to help in this regard. I welcome any insight or advice.
After that, who knows? Alphabeast Soup the Motion Picture?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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