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$377
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 1 2013 3:15 PM UTC +00:00

About

Goals of this Kickstarter Project: 2 comic books written and illustrated especially for young children to enlighten, entertain and encourage them to read through enchanting characters and storylines.

What is the content of the books?  The first story entails using your imagination and the second story takes place in the library and focuses on the importance of learning how to read. Each comic book will be in full color and at least 12 pages.

Why a comic book?  My nephew Andrew (Pamela's son), did not like to read when he was younger, thus making it difficult to motivate him to read.  As a teenager, he discovered comic books and enjoyed reading them. His reading comprehension began to improve. We all began to think, what if comic books had been available to him at a young age?  Perhaps he would not have looked upon reading as a chore, but rather as a goal that was attainable and at the same time fun. This is where the message became the medium. There is very little out there in terms of comic books for young children. It is a fun option and will encourage many children to read. Also, it makes children feel special to have what the older kids/siblings have. 

What ages is this comic targeted for? Ages 4-10. Each page will have 2 frames and contain less stimulus than traditional comic books, making it easier for a young child to follow. The reading content is geared for children ages 4-7, however, our initial assessment has shown that children ages 8-10 are captivated by these characters as well.

How will the funds be used: The Kickstarter funds will allow us to circulate copies of the comic books throughout the comic book industry, as well as to publishers. This in turn will enable us to build an audience and receive distribution. We would like to reach out to as many people as possible. We would also like to start out by distributing it to local libraries, hospitals, preschools and youth centers to see what the response would be. We will then follow up and survey educators, parents and of course the children to see what they thought and if it was successful. Our goal is to print 500 copies of each book.   

Kickstarter:   5%   Amazon 5%    Artist/Illustrator/Layout/Editing:  35%   Rewards:  25%    Printing 25%      Distribution of comic books: 5%  

A very special thanks to Annalisa Majewski for the beautiful artwork displayed in this project.

Music: Level Playing Field, by Dan Marfisi

Risks and challenges

We have chosen a local printer, who has been in business for 33 years here on Long Island.They have a solid reputation and one of their specialties is comic books. A second local printer will be doing some of the rewards. We feel strongly about keeping the printing local for 2 reasons. The first reason is that it provides us with a comfort level in that we can go right to the source and check up on things and the second reason being that we feel it is important to patronize those businesses in your community. While these 2 reasons increase the costs, we feel it is the appropriate course of action to take.

The stories are finished. The art work is in progress. The bonus materials are in the works. Then of course there is the editing.

This is a niche area in the comic book market. The comic book industry has little or no comics for young children. We feel the reward outweighs the risk.

There is always the chance of unforeseen risks. We are a team of 3 and will do our best to stay on schedule. We are passionate about this project and the completion will be our reward as well!

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    Purrfecto: Email thank you from Jax and PDF wallpaper.

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    Cool Cat: PDF of both comics (1 month prior to being up on the website), plus all previous rewards.

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    The Mad Catter: Print of Jax and Crew signed by Jax (paw print) and all previous rewards.

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    Cat's Meow: Copy of both comics signed by Jax (paw print), bookmark, set of 5 trading cards, plus all previous rewards.

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    Copy Cat: 2 copies of each comic (total of 4 comic books) signed by Jax (paw print), 2 book marks, 2 sets of trading cards, plus all previous rewards.

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    The Prints & the Pawper: Set of 4 11 x 17 posters, plus all previous rewards.

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    Fat Cat: Signed water color by one of the artists, your name acknowledged on the inside back cover acknowledgement page, plus all previous rewards.

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    Cat Tales: A book on the shelf in the library in comic book 2 with your name (child's name, that someone special, etc.) on it, 5 additional copies of book 2, plus all previous rewards.

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    The Purrfessor: The Library (full page) in comic book 2 named after you, or your child, that someone special, etc.. on it, 8 additional copies of book 2, plus all previous rewards.

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    The Aristocat: Street sign (full page) in comic book 1, named after you, your child, that someone special, etc.. on it, 8 additional copies of book 1, plus all previous rewards.

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    Feline Finale: The front page dedication in comic book 2 expressing that this book was largely made possible by your generosity and dedicated to you, or a love one, etc.., an additional 8 copies of book 2, plus all previous rewards.

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    Cat Tributes: The front page dedication in comic book 1 expressing that this book was largely made possible by your generosity dedicated to you, or a love one, etc.., an additional 8 copies of book 1, plus all previous rewards.

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