Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh's Fortune is a graphic novel adventure story for young readers and comic lovers of all ages! Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 19, 2013.
About this project
**Another new Stretch goal reached! Scroll down for details!**
Four years ago I had a simple idea: I decided to create a graphic novel for young readers. After several years of working as an illustrator and graphic designer, mostly in the educational publishing field, I wanted to give myself a challenge to create something bigger and better than I'd ever worked on, so I decided to come up with an idea for a comic book for kids. Now, just over four years later, Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune is nearly complete, but I need your help to get it across the finish line.
What is Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh's Fortune?
Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune (or RRPF for short) is a classic adventure story set in Egypt in the 1930s, and follows the exploits of 12-year-old adventurer Rocket Robinson as he tries to unravel the mystery of a hidden, ancient treasure, located somewhere in the city of Cairo. For the last three years, the story has been available online as a webcomic, but unlike many other webcomics, this story was always envisioned as a book. It is a single, stand-alone story, and—although many comic fans around the world have been enjoying reading one page a week—it’s meant to be read cover-to-cover as a book. Which brings us to…
My Project: Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune is a full-color, 240-page, paperback graphic novel packed with adventure, mystery, danger, humor, and lots of great art. Fans of the webcomic will find everything they’ve enjoyed over the last three years, plus over 50 pages of new and revised art never before seen!
Who’s it for? Comic fans of ALL AGES. While designed for beginning to intermediate readers (ages 8-11), the story is free of inappropriate language, racial, ethnic and gender stereotypes, and violent images, so it’s great for readers of any age. But don’t worry—it’s still packed with action, danger, and plenty of fun! And it’s not just for kids. Fans of classic adventure storytelling at any age will love it.
What else can I get?
There are several premiums available, for those whose thirst for adventure is just a little greater. Every real fan is going to want to join the Rocket Robinson Young Adventurer Club, and get their very own…
Rocket Robinson Young Adventurer Kit (Note: being young not required for membership)
The kit includes:
- One signed copy of RRPF
- A personalized Young Adventurer ID card When under interrogation, please provide only name and serial number
- Screech poster Learn the secrets of this puzzling secret monkey language
- Rocket Robinson activity booklet Keep your brain sharp for unraveling secret messages and decoding treasure maps
- A set of 5 Rocket Robinson buttons You can call them pins, if you prefer. Or, for our British fans, badges
- Souvenir bookmark Handy if you somehow manage to put the book down once you begin reading, although we don’t consider this very likely
- Souvenir mini flashlight Useful for finding your way out of a dark cavern or reading secret ancient manuscripts
There's also several other premiums available, including color prints, original art, and other ways to help at a variety of prices. Check out the green bar on the right for the full list.
What happens if we pass the goal?
Every dollar we make on this campaign will go directly into the manufacturing, promotion, and marketing of the book, so the more backers we have, the better! Also, I'll be adding stretch goals at different levels to keep us motivated!
Stretch Goals: As we reach additional funding goals, I'll add different stretch goals to sweeten the pot:
Risks and challenges
Because I’ve spent the last four years on this project, a large portion of the work is already behind me. Over 90% of the artwork is already complete, and the biggest challenges that remain are the final page production and the costs of printing. With over 10 years of experience working in the publishing field as a designer, I’m very qualified to make sure the final product is beautifully designed and produced. The goal of this campaign is to raise as much money as possible to ensure the highest quality printing and manufacturing available. I’ll be investing much of my own money into this project, so be assured that regardless of how much we raise here, the book will be printed and bound according to the highest standards of quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Certainly! If you would like two kits, just pledge double the required amount ($120 for two) and choose the JOIN THE CLUB reward level, and I will send two kits.
Absolutely. Just let me know who you would like it made out to.
Pledge $10 or more
One digital copy of Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune in a PDF file.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $28 or more
THE BOOK- A first-edition copy of Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune, signed by the author, with a custom, one-of-a-kind drawing, and a PDF of the book.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
BOOK AND A PRINT- A signed copy of RRPF, a custom, one-of-a-kind drawing, along with a signed, digital print of one piece of color artwork from the book. Choose your favorite of any of the full-page chapter opener images, or any other page of artwork in the book. Digital prints are on archival paper and shipped flat in cellophane sleeve. You'll also get a PDF of the book.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
TWO BOOKS- Back at this level to receive TWO signed copies of RRPF. It makes a great gift!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $60 or more
16 backers Limited (84 left of 100)
JOIN THE CLUB!- Along with your signed copy of RRPF, you’ll also receive full, lifetime membership in Rocket Robinson’s Young Adventurer club. Benefits include a full adventurer’s kit: a personalized membership ID card, a set of all 5 Rocket Robinson buttons, The Rocket Robinson activity booklet, a Screech the monkey poster, Rocket Robinson bookmark, and a souvenir Rocket Robinson mini flashlight!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $80 or more
6 backers Limited (19 left of 25)
If you are a parent, teacher, librarian, or just have a favorite young person in your life, you can arrange to have me come visit a classroom or library and do a one-hour presentation and cartooning workshop for up to 30 students. You will receive a signed copy of the book, and a copy will be donated to the classroom library. Please allow ample lead time for scheduling. Must be within 90 minutes driving time from downtown Chicago.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
11 backers Limited (224 left of 235)
ORIGINAL ARTWORK FROM THE BOOK- A signed copy of RRPF, and one signed page of ORIGINAL ARTWORK from RRPF. You may request the page of your choice, as available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $200 or more
8 backers Limited (17 left of 25)
A CUSTOM DRAWING OF YOU- A signed copy of RRPF, plus I will draw a color image of YOU with the main characters from the book, and send a digital color print, as well as the signed, original b/w drawing! Digital prints are on archival paper and shipped flat in cellophane sleeve.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $300 or more
1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)
BE IMMORTALIZED- Everything from the $200 level, plus you will have your name listed in the acknowledgements page in the book, thanking you for your generosity.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $750 or more
0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)
CLASSROOM VISIT WITH BOOKS!- Feeling generous? At this level, you can arrange a classroom visit as described at the $80 level, but, in addition, you'll also receive up to 30 SIGNED COPIES OF THE BOOK for the participating students, plus one for you and one for the classroom library. You'll be the most popular parent in school! Please allow ample lead time for scheduling. Must be within 90 minutes driving time from downtown Chicago.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)