Hey Everyone! I'm Amanda (aka Manz) and on behalf of my partners Dave and Kelly, I want to tell you all about our exciting t-shirt project.
As kids, both Dave and myself had an early affection for cats and art, both collecting Garfield toys and dabbling in a little Garfield sketching. Dave began creating t-shirts as a teenager, hand-drawing designs onto tees using fabric pens and markers. (We all wish Dave had kept some of these early efforts so we could all have a good laugh at how admittedly crap they were.)
A mutual love of film led Dave and I to meet working at a Sydney cinema. Years later we found ourselves caring for two rescue cats (Jonesy & Bunny), working as graphic designers and eventually launching GritFX T-Shirts. We have been using PODs (print-on-demand suppliers) for a number of years - but we'd like to screen-print our t-shirts, and we'd like to control what we offer and deal directly with our fans/customers. So it should come as no surprise that we are here today with a new range of fun tee illustrations blending pop culture with kitty love - say hello to our little friend, Captain Feline!
The illustrations have been works-in-progress for the past 12 months and now we (cat loving trio Dave & myself and our partner Kelly Murphy of Saucewear) are thrilled to share them with the world. For our Kickstarter project, we've selected five designs for our debut - all inspired by classic and cult movie characters - and we've incorporated some of the potential future Captain Feline designs as Limited Edition rewards.
How is the money used?
Our project goal is $4,500. This will get us off the ground and covers printing minimum quantities of five debut tees, producing the Kickstarter perks, as well as Kickstarter/Amazon fees. If we reach this goal, we will be able to just break even on fulfilling your pledges. If that's all we get from this, then that's completely fine: you get the shirts and perks you want and we get the pleasure of sending them to you! Not to mention the joy of seeing Captain Feline come to life!
If we exceed this goal, we have more Captain Feline movie-inspired designs ready to add to the project! Not only that, as we reach certain pledge markers we'll reveal FREE limited edition perks that will be added to the Supporter Pack (given to all pledges over $10). These special treats will be revealed if and when we get close to unlocking them... We don't want to jinx the project... Did someone just see a black cat walk under a ladder!? ;)
@ $5,500 we'll unlock T-Shirt #6 – "Feline-up";
@ $6,500 we'll unlock T-Shirt #7 – "Cats In Black";
@ $7,000 we'll reveal & add our 1st BONUS perk to all Supporter Packs;
@ $8,000 we'll unlock T-Shirt #8 – "Kitley & Kewt"; and
@ $9,000 we'll reveal & add our 2nd BONUS perk to all Supporter Packs.
Plus, if we rocket past our goal, it will mean we can advertise online and reach out to an even larger audience - and we'll have you to thank for it.
So that's our grand plan... However, first things first... We need to reach $4,500... If we don't, you won't be charged for your pledge and the t-shirts and perks won't come to life... and who wants that to happen?
What's on offer...
Captain Feline Canvas Musette Bag; Captain Feline 2" Sticker; Captain Feline 1.75" Fridge Magnet; and a hand-written Thank You note (which, stored properly, can last up to a thousand years...we think). Included with all pledges over $10.00.
If you'd like a second or even third supporter pack, add an extra $10.00 per supporter pack ($12.00 for international orders). Surplus musette bags will be available after the campaign ends, however the numbers will be limited.
And let's not forget... If we go past our goal, and reach certain pledge markers, we'll be revealing FREE bonus limited edition perks that will be added to all Supporter Packs!
There are FIVE DEBUT Captain Feline t-shirt options. Pick one up by pledging $25.00 or more (shipped within US); $30.00 or more when shipped internationally. (Click on the images to view the design larger.)
#1. "Anakat Fencewalker"
#3. "Kitty Rider"
#4. "The Cat Bride"
Please note: the print size on kids & youth tees will be proportionally larger than that shown in the t-shirt mock-up above.
The "Signature" t-shirt design has been created with this Kickstarter campaign in mind. Surplus stock will be available after the campaign ends, however the numbers will be limited so the only way to guarantee one of these babies for your own wardrobe is to support this Kickstarter campaign. Pick one up by pledging $28.00 or more (shipped within US); $33.00 or more when shipped internationally.
THE LIMITED EDITION "SIGNATURE" TEE CAN BE CHOSEN AS A REWARD IN ALL PLEDGE LEVELS OF $28.00 OR MORE.
The "Signature" Captain Feline design will be printed on premium American Apparel Black Tri-Blend T-Shirts. Backers can choose from either AA TR401 (Unisex); AA TR301 (Women's); AA TR201 (Youth); or AA TR101 (Kids).
Please note: if the project is funded, a questionnaire will be sent out to all backers to obtain t-shirt design selection/s, tee style/s, and sizing information.
Limited edition prints are 11" x 14" which includes a 1" border. They will be screen printed on French paper, signed & numbered by the illustrator... that being Dave :)
These 3 Captain Feline prints have been created with this Kickstarter campaign in mind. Surplus prints will be available after the campaign ends, however the numbers will be limited. (Part of $35; $43 and $65 pledge perk).
We are also offering LIMITED EDITION phone cases and iPad sleeves designed for this Kickstarter campaign. These will never be produced again! Imagine the envy levels of your friends and how you'll be treated like a VIP simply because you own a limited edition phone case/iPad sleeve. Crazy.
Limited Edition Phone Cases
A maximum of 20 fans will have the opportunity to pick up a limited edition Captain Feline phone case as part of our Kickstarter project. Limited edition phone cases are ONLY available by backing this project (part of $60 and $80 pledge perk).
Backers can choose from EIGHT Captain Feline designs shown in the graphic above. All eight designs are available on the following four case styles:
- 1. iPhone 3G Hard Case: Fits iPhone 3G, 3Gs; Snaps snugly into place (like a coin under a couch cushion); Hard polished plastic; with easy access to all controls.
- 2. iPhone 4S (4 Slider Case): two-piece hard case which protects your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s. The case does not obscure controls, and is easy to slide on and off for quick docking. The felt-lined interior prevents scratches and makes your phone feel cosy.
- 3. iPhone 4/4S Snap Case: extremely lightweight, smart-looking case provides both style and protection for your iPhone 4/4S. A sleek, modern design securely snaps onto your phone. Rubberized black, matte finish.
- 4. Android (Nexus S Phone Case): rubberized case for your Nexus S / GT-i9020, and Nexus S 4G / SPH-d720. The case is durable and sleek without obscuring accessory ports or sensors (which would be stupid).
Limited Edition iPad Sleeves
A maximum of 20 fans will have the opportunity to pick up a limited edition Captain Feline iPad sleeve as part of our Kickstarter project. Limited edition iPad sleeves are ONLY available by backing this project (part of $78 and $100 pledge perk).
Backers can choose from TEN Captain Feline designs for the front of the sleeve and on the back we'll feature the Captain Feline logo with the accompanying words "Limited Edition Collectors Item".
Captain Feline designs will be printed on Rickshaw Bagworks iPad sleeves -designed with rugged Cordura® nylon and an ultra-plush padded liner (which even cleans the iPad screen, like its own personal maid!). This sleeve is handmade in California with a focus on environmentally sustainable production. Designed for the iPad, iPad 2 and iPad 3, the sleeve is 9.4"H x 10.9"W x 0.4"D.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PLEDGE LEVELS!
If you want to add an extra tee* to a pledge level, add an extra $25.00 ($30 internationally shipped) per t-shirt.
* Includes the limited edition "Signature" tee.
Captain Feline Partner
I, Kelly Murphy of Saucewear am honoured to represent Captain Feline here on Kickstarter. Should we reach the project goal, I will be handling all fulfillment - shipping all tees and other Kickstarter packages from Boston, MA.
I believe in this project and know we can reach our goal! Thank you for your support.
Thank you so much for reading this and considering backing this project. Everyone who helps us reach our goal will have our sincerest thanks and gratitude. By helping fund this debut, you're not only getting some awesome Feline-ish stuff, but you're also helping an indie clothing brand get off the ground!
No one knows who we are yet. But you can change all that! Pass on the link to someone you know via email, Facebook, twitter, or some other social media or by carrier pidgeon. You could also hand out flyers in your neighborhood (but that work is voluntary).
So pledge, spread the word and help launch Captain Feline!
(Items are expected to be printed by mid November and should ship by the end of November/early December. Perfect timing for Christmas gifts!)
(on behalf of the Captain Feline team)
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges associated with Captain Feline are relatively minor. All of our suppliers (for t-shirt printing and perk production) have been sourced and quality of final product determined. Risks, therefore, would only amount to possible (but not likely) delays in supporters receiving their items (predominantly in regards international shipping outside the US).
Challenges for the project would be to sustain momentum for Captain Feline after the Kickstarter campaign ends. Our schedule for production of items for our Kickstarter supporters is envisioned to run smoothly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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