Welcome to my KICKSTARTER project...
My name is Mike Kunkel and for over 20 years i've worked as a cartoonist telling stories and creating characters for all-ages audiences.
I've worked in Animation, Toys, and Comics for over TWO DECADES . . . Animating Characters for Animation Features, Designing Cartoon kids and creatures, and writing and drawing stories in film and books.
I've worked on Feature Films for Disney, Warner Bros, Sony, and Paramount Studios, also TV Shows for Nickolodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network, i designed the "Swampy" character for Disney's "Where's my Water?" game, as well as launching the All-Ages DC Comics Title "Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam" comicand i also created the 2-time Eisner award-winning book "Herobear and the Kid."
Now. . .
i'm setting out to do a brand new art project. . .
. . .and it starts with a single line.
I'm so excited to be doing this and have the opportunity to connect with my audience as i launch my BRAND NEW Art Book through Kickstarter... Mike Kunkel's SQUIGGLE PROJECT.
--WHAT IS THE SQUIGGLE PROJECT?
I've been drawing since i was a little kid. I scribble and sketch all the time in sketchbooks, on napkins and on any paper I can find.
THE SQUIGGLE PROJECT began as an opportunity to create artwork with my kids. They would draw a line and start the creativity flowing, then I would create an image based on that little squiggle. The drawings became more and more involved and I loved the visual journey so much, that soon, I found myself drawing from my own squiggles. Each one was turning into one-of-a-kind explorations into imagination.
--WHAT WILL THIS FINAL BOOK LOOK LIKE?
By working with Kickstarter, I've set out to collect all of these original pieces of artwork into one unique special printed book.
With transparent parchment pages displaying the fluid squiggles...each one will then reveal the unique pen and ink finished art images...all wrapped in a beautiful limited edition hard cover book to display and share.
I'm so excited to share this brand new artwork with you all.
--HOW CAN YOU HELP THE SQUIGGLE PROJECT?
For this brand new book to be seen, it needs to be printed.
And, what is needed for THAT is funding for printing and publishing costs. This book will be printed using high quality paper and printing. Every detail is planned for this book's printing.
OUR GOAL is to raise $18,500 here on KICKSTARTER to cover all of the printing and production costs for the book.
That's where you can help.
Kickstarter brings people together to share in the goal of seeing exciting projects become realized by picking pledges to support the project. Kickstarter is also an "all or nothing" event. The funds that are raised here need to meet their goal or nothing can happen. No funds will ever be transfered over until after the time period and only if the goal is completely met.
So if you like what you've seen here, take your time and look at all the FUN REWARDS we've created along the side, choose one that sounds good to you and come join in helping to launch this little project.
The book is being prepared for press. The plan is to send it off for printing, get it printed, delivered back and then mail it out to all supporters by July/August of 2014.
This hard bound book is expensive and unique to produce. But worth all the love and heart put into it. I care about everything that goes into every creation/book/toy/film i work on... and want this book to be everything it's supposed to be. My goal is to craft it with quality and great content from cover to cover.
--FOR KIDS AND THE KIDS AT HEART.
As with everything i create, i want my books and stories to be ones that i'd share with my own kids and the kids at heart that i know. i've always set out to tell stories with heart and childhood adventure, that are exciting for any all-ages audience. With the Squiggle Project, it's a reminder of finding the childlike view of life and creating fun artwork out even the most simple squiggles.
--WHAT ARE THE STRETCH GOALS?
And to thank you even more, these special STRETCH GOALS have been created to reward your extra awesomeness. I'm even personally taking care of the cost of the first one.
--AND, WHAT IS THE VERY AWESOME, SUPER SPECIAL, STRETCH GOAL???
To make it even more of a special edition of this book, WHEN we reach the SECOND STRETCH GOAL OF $21,005 I'm adding in new creative "Celebrity squiggle" collaborations between me and some very talented people... artists, writers, film producers . . . DON HAHN, SEAN "CHEEKS" GALLOWAY, STEPHEN SILVER, HUMBERTO RAMOS and more to be announced. . .and if we make it to the FIFTH STRETCH GOAL of $30,005, THEN we'll add in even MORE celebrity squiggles!
Creating artwork FOR someone is one thing. . . but, creating artwork WITH someone is an amazing experience. I'm very blessed to have been able to create with these talented people.
And this Kickstarter version of the book will be the only version with these special "guest star" squiggle collaboration designs, so i do hope we make it to the stretch goals!
- A LA CARTE ITEMS . . .
AND, If you'd like to add any extra items to your rewards, here is the "a la carte" menu . . .
-YOUR AWESOMENESS IS AWESOME.
I can't do this without your help. So, thank you.
With your support, this all-ages ART BOOK can come to life in a beautiful book form to share. The funding received will go directly toward it's printing, shipping, and delivery of the book around the world.
So, I THANK YOU so much for watching ... and my hope here through Kickstarter is that you'll find one of unique rewards of autographed copies and prints to support the project, and then together we can make this special ONE-OF-A-KIND art book become a reality.
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Come discover the magic as squiggle lines go from that to this . . .
Risks and challenges
I've self-published for a long time now, but it was always on my own. I know from experience that things can happen unexpectedly in life and in the work flow of projects . . . printers can make mistakes in the printing or books can take longer for delivery from the print house, and normally it's just ME that knows all this is going on. . . but by creating a project through Kickstarter, where i share the process with the audience, i want this to be a very fun and rewarding experience for the audience to be part of and make sure that i keep in constant communication with everyone about the process and how everything is going.
Also with this particular project, there will be lots of managing the unique type of printing this book will have to make sure it is the quality that i want to offer all of the backers. My number one priority will be to communicate with everyone the process and flow of the project to make this a fun and satisfying Kickstarter experience.
Thank you all again for joining in this Kickstarter project!
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