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I have two new children's books, I'm Going To Outer Space! and Creatures and Characters, coming out in the next month.
I have two new children's books, I'm Going To Outer Space! and Creatures and Characters, coming out in the next month.
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A Bit About Me And The Project

I'm Timothy Young and since 2008 I've been very fortunate to have 8 books published. Here are the books that have come out in the last 9 years.

One of the best things about being a published author/illustrator is meeting the people who are fans of my work. When I do school visits (which I absolutely love doing and would do them pretty much 5 days a week if I could) it's fantastic to hear a room full of 200 students laugh and cheer and applaud my books. They ask excellent questions and give me great feedback.

My 2 newest books, I'm Going To Outer Space! and Creatures and  Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens, and Other Weird Things! are being published by Schiffer Publishing in the next month. My publisher is great and they do their job getting the word out to bookstores and others about my books. As the author I also have a lot of work to do. I need to create marketing materials and give-aways including posters, bookmarks and coloring pages. I also need to travel to book festivals and conferences. This takes time and money, hence the Kickstarter. 

Why Another Kickstarter?

I have found in the past that Kickstarter is a great place to raise some needed money while at the same time it helps spread the word that the books are coming out soon. It's also a place where friends and fans can order signed books without having to wait to come to a signing event or book festival. Also, it gives me a chance to offer some original artwork and other cool stuff.

With 10 books you would think this is my full-time job. Not yet, but at least I'm not losing money trying to be an author. It wasn't until my 4th book, I Hate Picture Books!, that I started seeing a profit in this. I still have my day job as a graphic designer and illustrator and nobody pays me for the extra stuff I have to do to market and promote my books. (I'm not complaining, I love being able to do what I do, just trying to explain why I need to raise a bit of money this way).

About The Two New Books

I'm Going To Outer Space! is about a boy named Luis who explains all about the things he wants to see and do when he gets to outer space. This book is an homage to all of the science fiction, from books to movies to television, that has been a pert of my life. Here are some of the illustrations from I'm Going To Outer Space!

Illustration from I'm Going To Outer Space!
Illustration from I'm Going To Outer Space!

 

Illustration from I'm Going To Outer Space!
Illustration from I'm Going To Outer Space!

 

Illustration from I'm Going To Outer Space!
Illustration from I'm Going To Outer Space!

Creatures and Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens, and Other Weird Things! is half a how-to-draw book and half a how-to-be-creative book. I share some of the techniques I've learned to create new characters and I show a bunch of examples of creatures and characters I've designed over the years working in animation, illustration and the toy industry. Here are some sample pages.

A sample spread from Creatures and Characters
A sample spread from Creatures and Characters

 

A sample spread from Creatures and Characters
A sample spread from Creatures and Characters

 

A sample spread from Creatures and Characters
A sample spread from Creatures and Characters

About The Rewards

Since there are lots of aliens in I'm Going To Outer Space! and Creatures and Characters also has aliens and monsters, I'm offering to create original aliens and monsters, one of a kind designs that are for you alone. Here are some of the aliens I've created for both books:

Original Alien Designs from both books.
Original Alien Designs from both books.

Original One-Of-A-Kind Creature Designs

I will create for you your very own Alien, Monster or any other type of Creature you would like. You can either leave it up to me completely or you can give me input into what you would like. 

You can get a Black and White drawing
You can get a Black and White drawing

 

Or you can get a Full-Color Rendering
Or you can get a Full-Color Rendering

There are a number of levels where you can get your own, original one-of-a-kind creature, whether it's an alien, a monster, or any kind of creature or character you want. You can even get your character on t-shirts, phone cases and other cool stuff.

Cool Stuff
Cool Stuff

Here is one of the videos of me drawing a creature from the book Creatures and Characters. In the coming weeks I will be editing and putting a bunch of these videos on my website.

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School Author Visit reward levels 

If you choose one of the 3 school author visit rewards, I will do the full visit within the area on this map. I will do the visits outside this area with some travel costs being covered. I will try to keep those costs as reasonable as I can. If you want to find out more about my presentations please visit my website at www.creaturesandcharacters.com 

 Stretch Goals

I have a couple of ideas for stretch goals. If I am fully funded early I will add a couple of stretch goals for all backers at the $10 level and above at that time.

Risks and challenges

I successfully completed 3 Kickstarters in the past and I have fulfilled every donors level order. The books are being published and will be available by the end date of the Kickstarter which means I can start sending things out right away. Original drawings and products using those images will take a little longer but everything will be done by the stated date.

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    A signed postcard with a small doodle will be shoved into an envelope with a couple of bookmarks and be mailed, along with a "Thank You" on my author website.

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    The Creatures and Characters book level

    An autographed copy of Creatures and Characters. I'll also draw an original doodle in the book and throw in a signed poster and a bookmark.

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    The I'm Going To Outer Space! book level

    An autographed copy of I'm Going To Outer Space! I'll also draw an original doodle in the book and throw in a signed poster and a bookmark.

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    The Get Both Books level (early bird)

    An autographed copy of both Creatures and Characters and I'm Going To Outer Space! I'll also draw an original doodle in the book and throw in a signed poster and a bookmark.

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    The Get Both Books level

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    The Get Both Books +1 level

    An autographed copy of both Creatures and Characters and I'm Going To Outer Space! and 1 copy of any of my other books. I'll also draw an original doodle in each book and throw in a signed poster and a bookmarks.

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    The Original Signed B&W Drawing level

    I will design an original, one-of-a-kind alien, monster or any other creature or character for you. Drawn in ink on high-quality 8" x 10" paper. Drawing will also be scanned and a digital file will also be sent to you.

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    The Get Both Books +2 level

    An autographed copy of both Creatures and Characters and I'm Going To Outer Space! and 1 copy each of any 2 of my other books. I'll also draw an original doodle in each book and throw in a signed poster and a bookmarks.

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    The Signed Fine-Art Print level

    A signed 19" x 13" Fine-Art print on archival paper of any illustrated spread from any of my books. Carefully rolled and mailed in a tube, ready for framing.

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    The Original Signed Color Drawing level

    I will design an original, one-of-a-kind alien, monster or any other creature or character for you. Drawn in ink on high-quality 8" x 10" paper and painted and rendered with inks, watercolors and colored pencils. Drawing will also be scanned and a digital file will be sent to you.

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    The Get Both Books +3 level

    An autographed copy of both Creatures and Characters and I'm Going To Outer Space! and 1 copy each of any 3 of my other books. I'll also draw an original doodle in each book and throw in a signed poster and a bookmarks.

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    The Original Signed Color Drawing level

    I will design an original, one-of-a-kind alien, monster or any other creature or character for you. Drawn in ink on high-quality 8" x 10" paper and painted and rendered with inks, watercolors and colored pencils. Drawing will also be scanned and a digital file will be sent to you.

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    The Get Both Books +4 level

    An autographed copy of both Creatures and Characters and I'm Going To Outer Space! and 1 copy each of any 4 of my other books. I'll also draw an original doodle in each book and throw in a signed poster and a bookmarks.

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    The Skype With The Author level

    Give this as a gift to your favorite elementary school class, you get a 45 minute Skype visit with the elementary school class of your choice, 2 autographed copies each of Creatures and Characters and I'm Going To Outer Space! (one set for you, one for the classroom) plus bookmarks and signed postcards for each member of the class. Can be done anytime this school year.

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    The Get Both Books +5 level

    An autographed copy of both Creatures and Characters and I'm Going To Outer Space! and 1 copy each of any 5 of my other books. I'll also draw an original doodle in each book and throw in a signed poster and a bookmarks.

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    The Signed Color Drawing Plus level

    I will design an original, one-of-a-kind alien, monster or any other creature or character for you. Drawn in ink on high-quality 8" x 10" paper and painted and rendered with inks, watercolors and colored pencils. You can also have your character printed on a coffee mug, phone case or a t-shirt. Drawing will also be scanned and a digital file will be sent to you.

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    The #Inktober Sketchbook level

    You will get my Inktober 2017 Sketchbook. Every ink drawing I post in October is in this one sketchbook. There will be at least 31 original black and white drawings of monsters, aliens, funny animals and the weird things. Tis is a one of a kind opportunity! (I never part with stuff like this). You'll get a signed copy of Creatures and Characters to boot!

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    The Signed Color Drawing Full Level

    I will design an original, one-of-a-kind alien, monster or any other creature or character for you. Drawn in ink on high-quality 8" x 10" paper and painted and rendered with inks, watercolors and colored pencils. You can also have your character printed on a coffee mug, phone case and a t-shirt. Drawing will also be scanned and a digital file will be sent to you.

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    The School Author Visit level (eb)

    In honor of the new books being released, I'm offering one school author visit to the school of your choice at more than half-off my usual fee. Visit includes 3 one-hour assembly presentations which include book readings, Q&A discussions and an interactive drawing demonstration. Visit will take place before May 2018. (See the map for East Coast area, there will be additional travel costs for other areas)

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    The School Author Visit level

    In honor of the new books being released, I'm offering two school author visits to the school of your choice at more than one third off my usual fee. Visit includes 3 one-hour assembly presentations which include book readings, Q&A discussions and an interactive drawing demonstration. Visit will take place before May 2018. (See the map for East Coast area, there will be additional travel costs for other areas)

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