We're over 119% funded and ARE IN THE FINAL PUSH!
What does $10,000 mean to this project? It means we can expand the book to include a whole lot more art. Initially we were looking for 37 illustrations by 37 different artists. We'd still like to include as many artists as possible in the project.
We can up the number of illustrations to 47 if the goal of $10,000 is met.
This also means that the book just got a tad bigger. With more art, we'll be adding at least 10 more pages and all of it will be in color.
So far 17 illustrators from around the globe have submitted art or are in the process of creating art to submit for 1001 Things Zombies Say.
We're exited and they're excited. You can see some of the submissions if you scroll below.
So the bottom line NOW is the more we raise, the bigger we can make the book.
First of all, welcome to #BiteClub if you are following us on Twitter @ShitZombiesSay or on Facebook at Shit Zombies Say! Once you follow, you're a member. It's our zombie homage to fight club and the first rule is tweet about #BiteClub or comment on Facebook. Use it in your bio if you like! It's how we recognize our kind.
74% of our initial budget is for 37 crowd-sourced artists who each get paid $100 to illustrate one of the 1001 THINGS ZOMBIES SAY lines or a chapter page.
Your pledges will FEED a starving Zombie Artist HORDE. Here's a sample from artist Byron Rempel...
That has been one of our major goals from the get-go. SuZSie has always been about sharing with the horde. As social media professionals, we've carefully tracked what kind of influence SuZSie has among zombie fans and worked on figuring out how we could share that valuable social capital with others.
So, how much clout does SuZSie have?
In less than 10 months, SuZSie’s 35,000+ zombie tweets have @ShitZombiesSay frequently ranked in the Top 20 Twitter handles worldwide associated with the hash tag #Zombies. She has nearly 5,500 followers with about 50 percent located in the UK. She now averages 200+ new followers weekly. The handle also ranks in the top five percent of influential Twitter users. In the past month, when Zombie fans talked they mentioned @ShitZombiesSay 10,000+ times. The average Twitter user is mentioned 20 to 30 times.
When SuZSie talks, global zombie fans listen.
We're excited to say we already have artists from around the globe contacting us and getting submissions ready for the August 10th deadline!
These artists are CURRENTLY checking out the @ShitZobmiesSay feed on Twitter for lines to illustrate.
As a backer of 1001 Things Zombies Say, YOU will help us select the art we use.
Crowd-sourcing is about sharing BWAINS as well as wealth. With SuZSie leading the horde, we want you to help us select the 37 (or more) artists for the book.
We may change up the number of illustrations an individual artist does depending on the quality of the overall submissions. In other words, it is possible that one artist may illustrate more than one line in the book or perhaps a couple of chapter title pages.
Once we pass the $5,000 mark, we're bumping the number of artists and illustrations UP.
It's possible that some artists will do more, MUCH more, than one illustration IF we can knock our funding out of the park.
ART SUBMISSION FAQS
Publication date: late August / early Sept. Art needs to be in by August 10th or SOONER! The Kickstarter closes August 8, 2013. We'll be deciding and PAYING artists as soon as the funds are released.
1. We want artists who are passionate about zombies
2. Artist age is not restricted except on adult humor copy. We'd love to showcase some talented KIDS!
3. Artists do not have to be a professional illustrator
4. We have 1001 zombie jokes Artists can pick from to illustrate as well as chapter pages (below). Check out @ShitZombiesSay timeline on Twitter. Or search for the hashtag #ShitZombiesSay to find a line.
5. Make sure to include the line you are illustrating in the illustration.
5. Artist name goes in the book
6. Artist can include one social media link to be imbedded with their art in the EBook. Link will also be in the soft cover edition.
7. Art size is 8" x 11
8. Art can be hand done or digital. Digital submissions 600 dpi or higher.
9. Tweet your art to @ShitZombiesSay once it is done. We want the WORLD to see it and we want to talk about YOU on all our social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, our Bite Club Blog, foursquare, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
10. We retain all rights to the original art but if we use it again for other products outside of the book, you get 10% of the net profits as royalties in perpetuity. There, it's in writing for the world to see!
Look at the Rewards $250 & up to see how we'll use the art in the rewards.
We'd appreciate if you would help us spread the word as well as back this project so we can have MORE than 37 pages illustrated.
HERE are 3 more things you need to know...
1. The book will be 80+ pages ...
chock full of stuff you never knew zombies thought about...including quotes and pop culture references from the zombie perspective.
2. Batched into 22 chapters ... Here's a little sample
The Well Read Dead
The Family that Slays Together
I Want to Gnaw You Better & other Pick-Up-Lines 4 Zombies
The Ultimate List of B-Movie Titles 4 Zombies
ESPN - ATE: Sports Commentary that Bites
Bieber Gets Eaten First & Other Mass Consumption Tidbits
Preppers and the Apocalypse
The Rhyming Dead
The Pocket Guide of Street Slanguage 4 Zombies
Confessions of Reluctant Zombies
3. LET'S DO THIS. Help us get the word out!
▪ Send our Kickstarter link to your friends:http://ow.ly/mMXvY
▪ Visit HERE on Facebook and give us your Likes, Comments & Shares. (The more you interact, the more others get to see our posts.)
▪ Tweet something like "Ever wondered what all those#zombies are moaning about? 1001 Things #Zombies Say KickStarter has the answer - http://ow.ly/mMXvY "
• We know what it feels like to be hungry all the time. SuZSie moans about it every day. We INTEND to FEED some starving artists with this project. If you know one, have him or her Tweet SuZSie @ShitZombiesSay or post a comment on the Shit Zombies Say Facebook page.
ZOMBIES ARE THE NEW NORMAL...
In 2013, if you ask anyone on the planet, "DOES THE FUTURE INCLUDE ZOMBIES?" you’ll get a resounding, “YES!” Why? Because we're everywhere. We're in Congress, on the job, chasing runners, crawling pubs ... you get the drift. We’ve eaten our way into human consciousness while moaning the entire time. Your survival depends on you knowing all that shit zombies have been moaning about behind your back.
HELLO, MEAT! Say Hello to our little FIEND:
formerly Rebecca A. Frierson, is our Zombelle Writer-in-Residence. As soon as she turned zombie in Oct. of 2012, she shuffled off into territory where no zombie has gone before by translating zombie-speak to English, French, and once Swedish. 6 months, 31,000 Tweets, and a worldwide following later, SuZSie's Twitterverse translations need to be shared with the Twit-illiterate. The time smells RIPE to publish an illustrated book of 1001 Things Zombies Say.
So, just who are the SLAYERS on this project besides SuZSie?
Writer to the Stars: JT Eberhard --
JT makes his living as a writer for the hit blog What Would JT Do? on the Patheos network. When he's not touring the country giving talks on religion and current events, JT is also a columnist for American Atheist magazine, a gaming columnist for The Secular View, and perhaps most importantly, a contributor the Bite Club blog at shitzombiessay.net where he prepares people to survive the inevitable.
Outside of his work as an activist, JT Eberhard is a veteran of the Springfield Regional Opera's Young Artist Program. A baritone, JT has a handful of professional roles to his credit with various companies including work under the directorship of two-time Grammy-winner James Billings.
Professional Brains: Ashley F. Miller --
Writer, public speaker, and mass communications scholar, Ashley makes her living thinking about, creating, and criticizing media. Her eponymous website houses much of her punditry and is home to her podcast. Her academic writing has been featured in conferences and journals. Before turning to a life of opinionating for a living, she worked in film and television, including on an award-winning short called Prombies!
FX Gore-gal: Michelle Mulkey --
special effects makeup artist for SuZSie and films such as Seed of Chucky (Jennifer Tilley, John Waters), Chronicles of Riddick (Vin Diesel), The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise) and TV shows Charmed, CSI Miami, and Without A Trace — has teamed up with us to reproduce some of SuSZie's killer zombie prosthetics as part of the rewards for this project.
All of SuZSie's zombie wounds are made by Michele. Get a load of the #ZombieHickey Michele created for you ...
Internationally recognized zombie experts, Dave and Bob Madore at Necropology --
... are volunteering a smidgen of zombie science oversight (when we feel like getting technical) even while in the midst of zombie consulting for the game-changing zombie movie, Heart Land starring Donald Sutherland (worldwide release 2014).
Social media rock star, John S. Rector (Mind Media Group) --
John's barely managed to keep his brain from being eaten during brain-storming sessions with SuSZie. He's lending his legendary waaaaaaaay outside the Crayon box creative and design expertise. Oh, and next time you see John, tell him SuZSie told you to ask him to show you his rock star belt.
Producer / Director, Hector J Salazar (Mind Media Group) --
Hector's resume includes ESPN, CNN, PlayBoy, and MTV. Early on in this project Hector accomplished something NO HUMAN HAS EVER DONE BEORE. He wrangled a zombie, a gore-gal, and a rock star in a video shot in a building with a metal roof during torrential rain. AND ... THEN ... HAVING SURVIVED THAT ... did all the amazing post-production you saw above.
Business-BWAAAIIINNNN / veteran entrepreneur, William H. Bailey --
Bill formed the LLC, is securing the trademarks, and does all that stuff that normally turns humans into zombies. Suffice it to say, Bill ain't normal but he does have BWAINS...
Social media maven, Twitterati, Model, and Author in her own right, @Cat_ONine (www.bookoflucifer.com)
Cat is working with us on photography, models, and editorial consulting. She's the one responsible for hooking us up to the great folks at Pin Me Up Studios who did the group shots above.
Professional Nerd, L. Nicol Cabe
Nicol is a nerd of many stripes - theatre, video games, science fiction, and bikes are the big ones. She is a freelance writer, director, and dramaturg, and in her spare time she collects and builds up road bikes. Her Skyrim character is currently level 73.
So what's it gonna take to knock this baby out of the park?
By now you've gathered it'll take a horde to make this book possible — especially the way we envision it. BUT...it's MOSTLY done. Remember those 31,000 plus Tweets?
The real HORDE behind @ShitZombiesSay...
is all the Tweople who, while not directly associated with this project, have encouraged and supported SuZSie. If you're on Twitter later, consider this one huge beyond 140 characters #FF (#FF is FollowFriday — a Twitter institution where Tweeters recommend Tweople they follow). This #FF is a @ShitZombiesSay #ZombiePartyRockin' style #SO (that's Twitter-speak for Shout Out) to some of the most engaging and influential of SuZSie's fans ... AKA ... SZSTastiestFollowers:
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Risks and challenges
There will be artists to corral, deadlines to be met, phone calls, and more clever copy for SuZSie to write. John has creative work to produce and Michele has to make tangible products once we're funded. Bill has to keep the trains running on time and count all those bloody Lincoln-heads.
We've built a team of seasoned creatives who've worked on projects together in the past, mixed in a veteran businessman for oversight, and added a couple of real-live paying-gig zombie experts. In projects like this, the biggest hurdles are usually meeting deadlines. This is a team that is deadline-driven DAILY and has worked together SUCCESSFULLY in the past. If setbacks do occur, given the experience of the team, they'll find a way to work over and around them. They've done it before, they can do it again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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