Thoughtful Dinosaur is the story of Billy Veloci, a young lady velociraptor who just graduated from college, got a job, and has her life planned out. Unfortunately her plans are jacked when she gets fired (along with 99% of the rest of the company, because the CEO liquidated it and took the funds with him to elope with his mistress). Now Billy has to piece her life back together and figure out how to adult the best she can.
Here's what some lovely folks have said about it:
"It's a delight!" - Dragonhide Studios
"Never pretentious or overwritten...If you’d argue that the fantasy is kind of a gimmick, in the sense that the story could happen just as well with human characters, I won’t deny it, but it is done with so much charm and expressiveness that I don’t mind at all, and neither should you." - Provocative Praise
"Maybe I need to use hundred-dollar terms like zeitgeist and touchstone and generational trauma, or tell you what it is to be a post-grad Millennial, in the ways that Kelci’s comic does. I need to explain to you how much it hurts to see your entire peer group grow up together, go through the system, follow all the rules, and still come out defeated. I need to tell you how heartwarming it is to watch them get back up again, take hands with them, and maybe put on some silly hats together as we go into our new enterprises as Silly Hat Specialists. But Thoughtful Dinosaur already does that, and better than I could." - Jeff Laclede, creator of El-Indon and Ask the Werewolves
The story was published originally for only patrons on Patreon and email newsletter subscribers. Now, the KickStarter is here to make it a paperback book!
Hold it! I can hear you say. Who are you?
Wait – you have a Patreon? Why not just use those funds?
The patrons on Patreon made the actual drawing of the comic strips possible by paying for art supplies – thank you patrons! However, the funds aren't enough to get a book fully funded, printed, AND shipped. That's why this KickStarter campaign is happening.
Where's my money gonna' go?
Here's what your funds will help cover (and yes, this is number time, so stick with me):
- $150 for the ISBN and barcode
- $35 for set-up fee with the printer
- $50 for 20 books, each 24 pages of story and bonus goodies (including sketches, an afterward by Jeff Laclede, and more)
- $30 for shipping the books (to me first) when they're printed
- and extra money set aside for shipping books and rewards out to backers, KickStarter's fee, and other miscellaney.
What about Stretch Goals?
We made our initial goal, which is AWESOME! Now, if we can meet these next milestones, the following rewards can be divided out to backers:
**ACHIEVED!!** $500 - THOUGHTFUL POSTCARDS All backers who pledge to get a paperback copy of the book get a nice and thick 5 inch by 7 inch postcard included in their rewards! (Digital backers will get this as a desktop download).
**ACHIEVED!!** $600 - BUTTONS EVERYWHERE All backers who pledge to get a paperback copy of the book get a 1.25 inch button (design coming soon). (For digital backers, the design will be an icon you can use for Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media).
Can we make it past $600? I don't know, but it would be Jeffin' AWESOME if we did!
Please give what you can and spread the word! If you're broke, spread the word! Tell your friends who love dinosaurs to support Billy Veloci.
Thank you for reading.
You. Are. Awesome.
Risks and challenges
"What About Shipping Costs?"
Well, you may have noticed that the reward to claim a book copy is $10. That covers the cost of the book AND shipping the book out to you (if you're in the US. It will cost extra to ship it elsewhere in the world. Sorry!).
"When Will I Expect to Get the Rewards?"
The book is formatted for printing already, so everything should be done and shipped out to you by December 2016. The goal is to get it out before the absolutely bananas span of time known as THE HOLIDAYS (specifically Christmas and Samhain).
HOWEVER, there is a chance that something may go wrong at the printers (the lettering may be off, the format may not be right, a machine could break, etc). If that happens, the rewards will have to be pushed back to ship out around January 2017.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)