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Copy Cat is a self published children's book about thinking on your own and not following others.
Copy Cat is a children's book about thinking on your own and not following others. If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, it's not too late!  You can still get your copy of Copy Cat at the link below!  (for a limited time!)
Copy Cat is a children's book about thinking on your own and not following others. If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, it's not too late!  You can still get your copy of Copy Cat at the link below!  (for a limited time!)
249 backers pledged CA$ 12,905 to help bring this project to life.

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 Hi everyone! Thanks for taking the time to check out my Kickstarter campaign. This book has been a few years in the making, and I'm really excited to have finally completed all of the artwork. Now I need your help to bring this book to print!

 Copy Cat vs The Bullies is a book about a young cat named Copy who has trouble thinking for himself.  He always followed the other animals and only did whatever they did until one day, Copy started following the wrong kind of kids.  Copy Cat vs The Bullies is a book about being true to yourself and standing up to do the right thing.

 This book will be a beautiful Hard Cover Edition with a full colour Dust Jacket and 34 full colour illustrations as seen here.

 Studiocomics Press will be printing 500 copies of this first printing Kickstarter edition with your help, and once printed, I will be signing and mailing to each backer, personally. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Blair Kitchen is a classically trained animator (that means pencil and paper like the old days).  He lives outside of Toronto, Canada in a small town called Carlisle, where he works as a storyboard artist and animator for many studios, including Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Disney, Blue Sky, and many more.  Blair is also the creator and artist of the self published comic series called The Possum (which you can see below!)  To see more of Blair's work, visit www.possumpress.com

WHERE THIS BOOK CAME FROM

Shortly after my wife, Rochelle and I were married in 2000, I found out that I had a liver condition that would one day require me to have a liver transplant.  In 2012, that day came.  I am an Animator and Storyboard Artist by trade and have a hard time sitting still and not drawing, so while I was in the hospital and recovering, unable to work I wrote and illustrated 50% of this book.  It sat unfinished in my studio as life once again became busy, raising 3 children, coaching hockey and working as an animator and storyboard artist to support my family.  5 years after my initial transplant, problems occurred and I was forced to undergo yet another liver transplant.

Me with my beautiful wife Rochelle, at Toronto General Hospital in Toronto
Me with my beautiful wife Rochelle, at Toronto General Hospital in Toronto
Me and my wonderful children
Me and my wonderful children

  Since I found myself, again, bed ridden and recovering, I decided it was time to finish the book I had started in the same hospital it all began in, 5 years earlier.

"Working" at Toronto General Hospital
"Working" at Toronto General Hospital
I spent a lot of time on the couch, while recovering at home.
I spent a lot of time on the couch, while recovering at home.

 Now all the artwork is completed and I am once again a busy father and husband, raising 3 (growing) children, supporting my family as an animator and storyboard artist.  Life is good!!

Don't worry!  I'm fully recovered now!  (physically, anyways...)
Don't worry! I'm fully recovered now! (physically, anyways...)
The Possum Press Reader Pack, available with select pledges.  (Includes The Possum 1 to 5, by yours truly)
The Possum Press Reader Pack, available with select pledges. (Includes The Possum 1 to 5, by yours truly)
Get a WATER COLOUR SKETCH ON ILLUSTRATION BOARD!  (See reward tiers)
Get a WATER COLOUR SKETCH ON ILLUSTRATION BOARD! (See reward tiers)

 

STRETCH GOALS:

$7500 Total Funding (UNLOCKED!!!)

That means that this book WILL be made! Thanks to everyone who helped us get to this $7500 goal!

$10,000 Total Funding (UNLOCKED!!!)

If we reach $10,000 total funding, everyone who is receiving a Copy Cat book, will receive a Copy Cat sticker sheet with 4 Copy Cat stickers on each sheet.   Lets keep this momentum going!!
This is a mock up only.  Images may change (only for the better though!!!)
This is a mock up only. Images may change (only for the better though!!!)

Risks and challenges

Since 99% of the artwork is completed for this project, there are very little risks, other than me getting hit by a bus and not being able to sign the books. (In the case of both my wife and I getting hit by the same bus, my children will have to take on the task of mailing all of the books to each of you fine backers, I like our chances of things working out!)

I have put a lot of time, and hard work into this project and after self publishing 5 comic books and being a professional animator for over 20 years, I know what it takes to see projects to completion. I am determined to see this through. Thanks again for reading this far!

See you on the other side!

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    Help a guy out

    Just a kind gesture for a guy trying to make a children's book. Your name will be printed on a special "Thank You" page for this first edition of the final printed book.

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    COPY CAT SIGNED HARD COVER BOOK

    Get your own hard cover COPY CAT children's book with your name printed on a special "Thank You" page. All books will be signed by me (the writer and artist) and will be mailed right to your door.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $23

    COPY CAT SIGNED BOOK + BOOKMARK

    With this, you will get your own signed hard cover COPY CAT children's book with your name printed on a special "Thank You" page in the book, as well as a COPY CAT bookmark that you can use for any book, including this one!

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    THE BUDDY PACK

    You get 2 SIGNED copies of COPY CAT, with your name and your friend's name printed on a special "Thank You" page in the book. 1 for you and 1 for your friend, or your child... or your dog... or your dog's child. It's up to you! You also get 2 bookmarks which you can choose to share as well!

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $45

    COPY CAT BOOK + SKETCH

    I will do a signature and SKETCH of COPY CAT on the inside page of your COPY CAT hardcover book! You will also get your name printed on a special "Thank You" page in the book.

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    • COPY CAT BOOKMARK
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    COMPLETE POSSUM PRESS READER PACK

    Get your signed COPY CAT children's book and BOOKMARK with your name printed on a special "Thank You" page in the book, plus THE POSSUM issues 1-5! (The Possum is a self published comic book, written and illustrated by yours truly. I am currently working on issue 6, which will be completed shortly after COPY CAT sees print)

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    • COPY CAT HARDCOVER CHILDREN'S BOOK
    • COPY CAT BOOKMARK
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    Pledge CA$ 90 or more About $68

    POSSUM PRESS READER PACK + SKETCH

    You get everything in the POSSUM PRESS READER PACK (COPY CAT children's book with your name printed on a special "Thank You" page in the book, bookmark and THE POSSUM issues 1-5), plus a full body COPY CAT sketch inside your copy of COPY CAT

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    • COPY CAT BOOKMARK
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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $151

    I HAVE LOTS OF KIDS OR OWN A BOOKSTORE

    You will receive 10 SIGNED copies of COPY CAT and 10 bookmarks. Your name or your store name will also be printed on a special "Thank You" page in the book.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $189

    YOUR NAME IN LARGER PRINT

    Get your name printed BIGGER than everyone else!! Each backer at this tier will get their NAME PRINTED BIGGER inside the book as a special thank you for going above and beyond in helping get this book completed. You will also get a signed copy of COPY CAT, as well as a sketch in the inside cover.

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    NEW! ORIGINAL WATER COLOUR SKETCH!!!

    With this tier, I will draw an original 8 x 10 inch WATER COLOUR SKETCH on illustration board. You will ALSO get your name printed BIGGER than everyone else inside the book as a special thank you in your signed copy of COPY CAT which will include a sketch in the inside cover. You will also receive THE POSSUM issues 1-5 and a Copy Cat BOOKMARK. This is the ultimate pledge!!!

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    • WATER COLOUR SKETCH
    • THE POSSUM ISSUES 1-5
    • COPY CAT BOOKMARK
    • COPY CAT SKETCH
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