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About

HI!  My name is Mike Kunkel and for nearly 25 years i've worked as a cartoonist telling stories and creating characters for all-ages audiences . . . 
Designing and Animating characters for Animation projects . . . and Writing and Illustrating stories for film and books. I've worked on Feature Movies for Disney, Warner Bros, Sony, and Paramount Studios, also TV Shows for Nickolodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network.   I launched the DC Comics's All-Ages Title "Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam" comic and i also created the 2-time Eisner award-winning book "Herobear and the Kid."   As well as designing the "Swampy" character for Disney's "Where's my Water?" Game.

And NOW. . .

Welcome to my new KICKSTARTER project!

I love board games.
LOVE them.  And this project came about from my love for them.  It's simple. Simply, to make sure there's no "bored" in board games, i've set out to make game night even MORE FUN. 

Meet Shoestring Benny . . .

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What, or WHO, is Shoestring Benny?

Shoestring Benny is a fun New GAME PIECE enhancement to the classic game of Monopoly.  All of the rules to the game stay the same, this is simply an addition to add more fun to your game night. It combines the best of cartooning and fun characters with a brand new unique game play.

Monopoly Board © Parker Bros
Monopoly Board © Parker Bros

Everything is the same ... only different... And BETTER. And FASTER!

How does Benny play in the game?? This little thief from Atlantic City is out to steal from the rich and maaaybe sometimes give to the poor.
As each player takes their normal turn moving their own game piece around the board, they then finish each turn by rolling the "robber's dice."  Then they move Shoestring Benny around the board the rolled number on the dice.

Shoestring Benny's crime spree around the board
Shoestring Benny's crime spree around the board

Whatever space he lands on, if it is owned, he ROBS the owner .

THIS MAKES THE GAME FASTER!!!

The game can move quick and gets more and more fun with each turn, because as more and more property is bought by players, there are MANY MORE spots for Benny to break into and rob.
ADDED FUN . . . You ALSO can find one of his counterfeit $100-ish Benny Bucks AND have a chance to land on his secret hideout to find his money stash where he's hidden all of the money he's stolen during the game.

Counterfeit "Benny"
Counterfeit "Benny"

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The Origin of Benny . . .

It all started when Mike Kunkel(Herobear and the Kid, Where's my Water) had the world's longest Monopoly game with his family. After hours of delirium, an idea started to percolate . . . Sparked by inspiration from Robin Hood, the plan of introducing a brand new little character into the game play soon led Mike to create Shoestring Benny.

So, he set out to produce the game piece in a tangible form . . . Out of wood.  Below is the original Shoestring Benny that Mike created.
With a Benny all handmade, Mike was ready to introduce him into the next round of rich property ownership. He quickly shared the handmade version of Benny with his family and friends, and Game Night became a ton more fun and an exciting new gameplay. . .

Mike Kunkel's Original Handmade Shoestring Benny
Mike Kunkel's Original Handmade Shoestring Benny

 AND NOW . . .

3-d prototype modeled by the awesome Shane Olson
3-d prototype modeled by the awesome Shane Olson

. . .Benny has been designed into a Game Piece that can be shared with everyone!

-Standing 2&1/2 - 3 inches tall, this new high quality PVC Vinyl game piece character will be produced in a colorful fun GREEN MONOCHROMATIC look.  
This will harken back to the early days of classic game pieces. 

This new addition will bring a brand new fun play experience to your Game Night...

Monopoly Board © Parker Bros
Monopoly Board © Parker Bros
 
Monopoly Board © Parker Bros
Monopoly Board © Parker Bros

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So, are you enjoying your Monopoly to its fullest?

Probably NOT if you aren't letting Shoestring Benny play!
Help us make him a reality and bring new life to your Game Night!

FUN Family Game Night!
FUN Family Game Night!

How can YOU help?

With your awesome pledges through KICKSTARTER, we can make the Shoestring Benny game piece a reality. This is what makes this process so remarkable. . .
Kickstarter
creates opportunities for you to share in the experience as creators bring their dreams and creations to life. 

The funds raised here on Kickstarter will fund the manufacturing and factory expenses for the production of Shoestring Benny as a quality game piece.  This includes the finalizing of the game piece model, making molds, prototypes, shipping from factory, domestic/international shipping to backers, box design, printing and packaging which will all be funded through the campaign.  

So, thank you so much for taking a moment to look at this adventure and we hope you find a fun reward to join in on to help bring lil' Benny to life and make it possible to share him with everyone . . . 

Find lotsa fun reward pledges to choose from. . .

-OFFICIAL GREEN Shoestring Benny Game Piece
-One of the ORIGINAL Handmade Game Pieces
-A SPECIAL Counterfeit "Benny" bill
-FULL COLOR Shoestring Benny Animation Maquette
-EXCLUSIVE
artwork
-Even a COMPLETE COLLECTION of Mike Kunkel's art books, comic books, and children's books!
-T-Shirts and MORE!

Here's an overview of the reward levels :

 

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ADD-Ons and Extra Stuffs!

ANYTIME during the campaign you can choose to get additional add-ons and other bonus stuff like extra Game Pieces or Counterfeit Benny Bills or Herobear books simply by adding the little bit extra to your pledge total. Simply click the "modify pledge" button at the top of the campaign on the right.
Here are the additional items you can get for your pledges. . .

-OFFICIAL Shoestring Benny GAME PIECE:
Get Benny Game piece for fun and for sharing.
This can be added for $20 each. 

-3 Shoestring Benny COUNTERFEIT "BENNY" Bills:Get 3 more Counterfeit "100-ish" Benny Bills added for $5.

-Shoestring Benny COLLECTOR COIN: 
Get the specially designed Benny Collector Coin added for $10 each.

-Shoestring Benny T-shirt:
Add the exclusive Shoestring Benny T-shirt for $25 each or 2 for $40.

-Herobear and the Kid TPB:
Add the TPB collection of Mike Kunkel's Eisner Award winning book "Herobear and the Kid" for $20 each.

-The Art of the Squiggle:
Add Mike Kunkel's new art book based on random squiggles for $40 each.

-Herobear and the Kid Stuffed Bear:
Add one stuffed Herobear plush toy for $15 each. 

-The Origin of the ABC's
Add Mike Kunkel's new ABC book for $15 each.

-Timmy and the Moon Piece:Add Mike Kunkel's children's picture book for $20 each.

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ALSO, here are our STRETCH GOALS . . .
More fun stuff for everyone if we go over our initial campaign goal!

Stretch Goals!
Stretch Goals!

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How Does This KICKSTARTER thing Work?

It's simple. For some of you, this may be the very first Kickstarter project you've backed. No worries, it's all very easy! Here's a quick lil' explanation of the whole process. . .

Kickstarter isn't a store, but you can think of it as a way to pre-order something brand new that doesn't yet exist. You are simply pledging money when you pick out which unique reward you want from on the side of campaign.

Then when you've chosen a reward, Kickstarter will then simply record your pledge. REMEMBER, you are NOT billed for anything during the 30-day campaign. They only charge you money at the end of the campaign, and ONLY if the funding goal is completely reached.

Thank you for joining this Kickstarter Adventure!

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 NOTE: Monopoly and its logos and images are © TM Parker Bros.  Shoestring Benny is © Mike Kunkel.  It is not affiliated, created by or endorsed by Parker Bros. and is designed as a stand-alone game piece.

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SHIPPING INFO:

Domestic(US) Shipping is included in each reward and International Shipping is calculated according to this map when you pledge. (Again, Kickstarter doesn't collect any money until the end of the campaign and only if it is successful.)  Shipping around the world can be expensive these days, so to thank our international backers we will be adding in a set of Herobear and the kid, The Origin of the ABC's, and The Art of the Squiggle buttons as our "shipping fee" gift. :) 

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Risks and challenges

This is the first game creation we've put together on this kind of level. So, we understand that the excitement of creating new game-night fun must be balanced with making sure the product is absolutely a high quality. We are researching the best possible factory to produce the game piece and also we hope to find the best quality shipping for it to get it all out to everyone in a very smooth delivery of a very fun enhancement to Game Night.

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    COUNTERFEIT PACKAGE!

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    LUCKY 21 EARLY BIRD BREAK IN DEAL!

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    THE HEIST PACKAGE!

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    THE CRIME SPREE!

    Grab some extra moola on the way out! Backers get the Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECE with a Robber's dice + The special Shoestring Benny COUNTERFEIT $100-ish "BENNY BILL" to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + a unique collectible BENNY COIN + 2 special, exclusive postcard prints created just for the Kickstarter campaign.

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    THE DOUBLE or NOTHING!

    Share with your gang! Get TWO (2) Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECES with 2 Robber's dice! + ALSO 2 special Shoestring Benny counterfeit $100-ish "Benny Bills" to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + 2 unique collectible Benny Coins + 2 sets of the 2 special, exclusive postcard prints created just for the Kickstarter campaign.

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    THE PERFECT DISGUISE!

    Backers get the Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECE with a Robber's dice + An EXCLUSIVE BENNY T-SHIRT designed just for the Campaign + 2 special Shoestring Benny counterfeit $100-ish "Benny Bills" to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + 2 unique collectible Benny Coins + 2 special, exclusive postcard prints created just for the Kickstarter campaign.

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    THE ART THEFT!

    ARTWORK! Backers get the Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECE with a Robber's dice + an exclusive 6x9 Mike Kunkel Pencil Drawing of Shoestring Benny + The special Shoestring Benny counterfeit $100-ish Benny Bill to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + a unique collectible Benny Coin + 2 special, exclusive postcard prints created just for the Kickstarter campaign.

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    THE COPYCAT DOUBLE or NOTHING!

    Artwork AND Double stuff?!! Yep, You get TWO (2) Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECES with 2 Robber's dice! + ALSO TWO (2) exclusive 6X9 Mike Kunkel Pencil Drawings of Shoestring Benny + 2 special Shoestring Benny counterfeit $100-ish "Benny Bills" to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + 2 unique collectible Benny Coins + 2 sets of the 2 special, exclusive postcard prints created just for the Kickstarter campaign.

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    THE LIBRARY VAULT!

    Lotsa BOOKS! Backers get the Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECE with a Robber's dice + The special Shoestring Benny Counterfeit $100-ish bill to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + a unique collectible Benny Coin + Collection of Mike Kunkel's books including: Herobear and the kid TPB, Timmy and the Moon Piece, The Art of the Squiggle,The Origin of the ABC's, Flipped...ALL autographed + postcards for each.

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    THE JACKPOT ORIGINAL!

    Backers get the Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECE with a Robber's dice + A HANDMADE Original Shoestring Benny game piece Custom-Made by creator Mike Kunkel + an exclusive 6x9 Pencil Drawing of Shoestring Benny + The special Shoestring Benny counterfeit $100-ish bill to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + a unique collectible Benny Coin + 2 special, exclusive postcard prints created just for the Kickstarter campaign.

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    THE FULL COLOR FORGERY!

    Backers get the Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECE with a Robber's dice + A FULL COLOR Original Shoestring Benny Resin ANIMATION MAQUETTE version(estimated size@4-inch) + an exclusive 6x9 Pencil Drawing of Shoestring Benny + The special Shoestring Benny counterfeit $100-ish bill to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + a unique collectible Benny Coin + 2 special, exclusive postcard prints created just for the Kickstarter campaign.

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    THE GETAWAY GAME!

    Get Everything above + PLAY A GAME TOGETHER OVER BY WEBCAM!! This includes: Receive the Official Shoestring Benny GAME PIECE with a Robber's dice + A HANDMADE Original Shoestring Benny game piece custom made by creator Mike Kunkel + 4-inch FULL COLOR Original Shoestring Benny Resin ANIMATION MAQUETTE version + an exclusive 6x9 Pencil Drawing of Shoestring Benny + The special Shoestring Benny counterfeit $100-ish bill to be used at your discretion anytime in the game to pay off a debt + a unique collectible Benny Coin + 2 special, exclusive postcard prints created just for the Kickstarter campaign + AAAAAND we will meet over Google Hangout/Webcam and play a super fun game of Monopoly with Shoestring Benny! We can talk games, cartoons and comics, and we'll even eat pizza at the same time!!

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