My name is Mike Kunkel and i've been blessed to be doing what i love for over 20 years . . . working as a cartoonist telling stories and creating characters for all-ages audiences.
Welcome! This is my FIRST KICKSTARTER project.
I'm so excited to be doing this and have the opportunity to connect with my audience as i launch this new project through Kickstarter.
****NOTE . . . PLEASE THE UPDATES FOR "A LA CARTE" ITEMS AND MORE NEWS ABOUT EVERYTHING ON THE PROJECT.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR VISITING!
I've worked in Animation, Toys, and Comics for over two decades . . . I've worked on Feature Films for Disney, TV Shows for Nickolodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network, designed the "Swampy" character for Disney's "Where's my Water?" game, and i also created the 2- time Eisner award-winning book "Herobear and the Kid", as well as the All-Ages DC Comics Title "Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam."
With my latest story, i'm excited to say that i've set out to create my very first actual children's picture book. Drawing upon my love for Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Chris van Alsburg, William Joyce, and others . . .I found that i wanted to revisit the joy of picture book stories and tell something of my own that captured a nostalgic adventure.
It's called TIMMY AND THE MOON PIECE. . .
It's the story of a young boy, named Timmy, and his pet guinea pig, named Ton, on account of he such a plump little best friend of a pet. And it is a tale of how they find a piece of the Moon in Timmy's front yard and they ride Timmy's red wagon like a rocket on an amazing adventure through the night up to the Moon. Filled with red wagons, moonlight, outer space, meteors, satellites, and nostalgia . . . this is a childhood adventure i've dreamed of sharing with everyone for a long time..
-DO I HAVE THE MOON PIECE READY?
YEP! I DO! I have a finished story.
The ORIGINAL STORY is completely finished and written. It is a rhyming adventure that i've had swirling in my head for a number of years.
AND... ALL of the ILLUSTRATIONS are finished. There are just little tweaks here and there as i get it ready for press.
This will be a beautiful 40 PAGE, 10 X 12.25 HARDCOVER, FULL COLOR children's picture book.
-HOW CAN YOU HELP LAUNCH THE WAGON?
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 $14,500 here on KICKSTARTER to cover all of the printing 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.
It will take me a month or so to get the book ready for press. I should then be able to send it off, get it printed, delivered back and then mail it by March/April of 2013.
This hard bound book is expensive 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 stories to be ones that i'd share with my own kids and the kids at heart that i know. I want to tell stories with heart and childhood adventure, that are exciting for any all-ages audience. And with Timmy and the Moon Piece, i've set out to hopefully bring you a story with heart and fun that you will revisit over and over again.
-YOUR AWESOMENESS IS AWESOME.
I can't do this without your help. So, thank you.
With your support, this all-ages adventure 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.
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. . .
EVERY pledge $45 and over will receive a special glowing MOON PIECE!
(disclaimer: may or may not be actually from the moon) STILL very cool!! ;)
AGAIN . . . THANK YOU!
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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. . . so, this being my first adventure with 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.
One of the other challenges with this new process will be having so many people all at once getting the shipments. So, keeping diligent track in an orderly way of all of the destinations for shipping everything out to everyone will be a prime priority for me to absolutely watch over.
Thank you all again for joining in this Kickstarter project!
- (30 days)