Hi! I'm J. Robert Deans (aka "Penguin Guy" on twitter, @jrobertdeans, formerly icrvn).
Last year, after getting laid off, an idea popped into my head: the story of a cow in space.
I've created a web comic for a while now, and most of the cartoons feature a cow loosely based on my daughter's favorite toy, Shakes. On a road trip, I had doodled a picture of Shakes in a space suit. With no job to go to, my mind was wandering, and out of the (wild) blue (yonder), the story behind that image came to me.
I wrote and drew the story, and even came up with ideas on how to make the book the first of a series, all featuring pun-filled stories for children with a nod (or several) to the movies I watched while growing up.
MOO THOUSAND and PUN is finished, and this is where YOU come in. I am using Kickstarter to raise the funds to print the book, plain and simple. I’ve already received the first proof copy (and even had a friend “test” the book with three children, aged 3-7, who loved it), and am ready to move ahead.
There are a handful of backer levels to offer a variety of reward packages to thank you for your help in getting the book printed. Check them out, and pick the one that suits you best.
If you pledge to receive any physical rewards, you will have your name included in the back of the book in the backer list. You will also have the option of getting your book ruined with a doodle and/or signature.
A word about the rewards. The coloring book is just that: a black and white line-art-only version of the book for kids to color themselves, and create their own version of space for Shakes to explore. The prints are a set of five images featuring Shakes: one by me which will include the first two images I drew that inspired the book, one by my Kidlet, and three by friends throughout the comics industry of their own interpretation of Shakes.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration!
J. Robert Deans
Risks and challenges
MOO THOUSAND and PUN is finished, and all that remains is the physical production of the book and rewards.
As such, the risks and challenges are simply potential delays in production, including printing issues and any potential delays in shipping the book to me. I have built in what I hope to be more than adequate time to account for such occurrences.
I am using a domestic printer to make the physical copies of MTaP. An overseas printer would be cheaper, but by using a printer here in the States, I will have greater oversight over the quality and accuracy of the final product, as well as a far quicker turnaround time to receive the books. I expect some variance in the estimates, perhaps as much as 5%, between now and contract signing. Also, the biggest unknown will be postage. I have attempted to get as accurate an estimate of all of the reward levels’ postage, but as you all know, the Postal Service can be a fickle beast. There are already stretch goals planned, and hopefully you will like what I have in mind.
Contact me through this page if you have any questions.
Estimated breakdown of costs:
- Printing Books, $2,300
- Printing Non-Book rewards, $400
- Shipping and Fees, $800
- (30 days)