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Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Zombies, and more. I'm printing a collection of collaborative coloring books...for (so called) grown-ups!
Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Zombies, and more. I'm printing a collection of collaborative coloring books...for (so called) grown-ups!
Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Zombies, and more. I'm printing a collection of collaborative coloring books...for (so called) grown-ups!
139 backers pledged $5,214 to help bring this project to life.

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PLEASE NOTE: PDFs are only available through this Kickstarter. You may add them onto any reward level for $5 apiece, or add them ALL for $50. Add-ons are only available if you select an existing reward. Read the FAQ for more details. (Printed coloring books funded by this Kickstarter will be available through Ellen Million Graphics after the campaign ends.)

Please note: I am accepting payments off Kickstarter and counting these towards our stretch goals. This tally will be updated twice a day. 

Off-site payments: Backers: 4, Total: $282.75  

Stretch Goal total (updated 8:45 AM, 9-29): Backers: 142, Total: $5457.75

I am a strong believer that coloring books aren't just for kids. 

Such a believer, in fact, that I've printed 24 coloring books to date, and only two of them were aimed at children! My coloring books are rich with detail and every page tells a fascinating story. They are 8.5 x 11 inches, with heavy glossy covers (black and white for our initial goal...color is a stretch goal!) and single-sided pages so you aren't sacrificing an image if you use a medium that bleeds through a little (a backer page may be prudent if you're using really juicy media). They are suitable for colored pencils, markers, light watercolor, and other paints...or even crayons, if you sharpen them really well. 

This Kickstarter will fund the printing of one...or two...or five...or possibly even seven brand new coloring books, and possibly re-prints of a few of our older titles!  I've structured the reward levels so that you can choose how many coloring books you'd like to receive and pick your favorites from the titles we end up funding when the campaign ends (or from existing stock, though supply on these is limited!). 

(Our awesome video is courtesy of Layla Lawlor!) 

Unlocked Titles

Fishpond Fantasies - a follow-up of Fishbowl Fantasies, this is a coloring book of mermaids. Difficulty level is pretty darn challenging. Artists include: Erika Harm, Chandra Reyer, Maigan Lynn, Inge Geertsma, Layla Lawlor, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Becca Moore, Alice den Hollander, Deanna Bach-Talsma, Jenny Heidewald, Joanna Bromley, Ellen Million, Alexandra Haley, Kelly Ganson, and Nathalie Reinholz.

Sample pages for Fishpond Fantasies:

UNLOCKED! $1000: This stretch goals gets us Apples and Roses, a Coloring Book of Fairy Tales. You'll find enchanting artwork that illustrates familiar fairy tales and fables, and imaginative new fairy tales that will inspire your own stories. Includes artwork by: Ellen Million, Jenny Heidewald, Becca Moore, Alex Perfilov, Maigan Lynn, Joanna Bromley, Erika Harm, Layla Lawlor, Mandy Roberts, Selina Fenech, Mitzi Sato-Wiuff, and Katy Jones. Difficulty level: pretty darn challenging. 

 Sample pages for Apples and Roses:  

Unlocked! At $1500: Brain Celebration, a coloring book of zombies! 20 pages of the undead at their gory best. This coloring book features Elisa Chong, Ellen Million, Stefania Russo, Erika Harm, Nikki Burnette, Becca Moore, and Mitzi Sato-Wiuff. Artwork ranges from gorgeous (slightly rotting) pinup beauties to gory, violent, brain-eating frenzies, with moments of silly humor and nudity. Definitely not for the kiddies! Difficulty level: Challenging.

Unlocked! $2000: Gardens and Goddesses Volume 2, by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff. 20 gorgeous, highly-detailed pages. Magical, mystical and flowery, this is a stunning follow-up to Mitzi's very popular first volume!

 

Unlocked! $2500Scheherazade's Shimmy, a coloring book of Arabian Night tales and bellydance beauties. 20 pages of exotic tales and fanciful bellydancers. Includes work by: Samantha Nowak, Erika Harm, Constanza Ehrenhaus, Katrina Joyner, Erica Liszewski, Melia Newman, Casandra Ciocian, Jenny Heidewald, Mitzi Sato-Wiuff, Marianne Mathiasen, Ellen Million, Coriander Shea, and Nicole Cadet.

Unlocked! $3000: Wings of Night, a dark fantasy coloring book with work by: Alexandra Haley, Alice den Hollander, Erika Harm, Jenny Heidewald, Kelly Ganson, Alex Perfilov, Ellen Million, Maigan Lynn, Angela R. Sasser, and Pierre Carles.

Unlocked! $3500: Midnight Gardens, a darker coloring book by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff. (Shown with a potential color cover, because...well, isn't it gorgeous! $3500 is for a grayscale version of this, but fingers crossed we cross the threshold for color.)

Unlocked! 100 backers: A free ACEO print for all supporters! 

Unlocked! $3600: Fishpond Fantasies and Apples and Roses will have color covers. 

Unlocked! $3700: Gardens and Goddesses Volume 2 and Midnight Gardens will have color covers! 

Unlocked! $4000: Songgryphons will be reprinted!

Unlocked! $4200: Wings of Night and Scheherazade's Shimmy will have color covers! 

Unlocked! $4500: Gardens and Goddesses Volume 1 will be reprinted!

Unlocked! $5000: Goddesses of the World goes back to print! 

Previous Titles:

These titles are also available for your coloring book choices, but stock is very limited! Some of these editions may be reprinted, but most will not. To claim these titles, please message me here at Kickstarter! This list is now complete! Please note that these books vary a little in size - from 8 x 10 to 8.5 x 11, except where noted. They may have slightly different cover stock.  

Flawed stock may be counted as 2-for-1, or add $5 to your pledge. (And message me, because there is limited stock.) 

Stretch Goals

Please note: I am accepting payments off Kickstarter and counting these towards our stretch goals. This tally will be updated twice a day.

Off-site payments: Backers: 4, Total: $282.75 

Stretch Goal total (updated 8:45 AM, 9-29): Backers: 142, Total: $5457.75

At $5250: A free digital stamp download of a piece of Ellen's artwork, Monster Hug. (Because stretch goals ought to be fun for the digital-only folks, too!)

At $5500: Reprints of Steam Dreaming

At $5750: A second free digital stamp. (To be unveiled!)

At $6000: Reprints of The Faeries of Victoria Griffin!

After that, I'll start looking at reprinting more of out-of-stock titles, like Steam Dreaming,The Fairies of Victoria Griffin, or Dragons, Fairies, and Fantasy Horses 2

Add-ons

Looking for more goodies to download? Add additional coloring book PDF files to any reward for $5 each. These are for personal use only, and there may be some noted exclusions from the print editions. Artists receive full royalties, as if these were print copy sales and PDFs are only available through this Kickstarter at this time. (Remember, you get one PDF free with every reward level, and this add-on is ONLY available with a reward level pledge.)

Current PDF choices: Fishpond Fantasies; The Faeries of Victoria Griffin Volume 1; The Faeries of Victoria Griffin Volume 2; Gardens and Goddesses; Apples and Roses; Songgryphons; Brain Celebration; Dotminatrix; Fantastrix (abridged); Dragons, Fairies, and Fantasy Horses; Goddesses of the World; Gardens and Goddesses Volume 2; Scheherazade's Shimmy; Steam Dreaming; Wings of Night; Midnight Gardens. (16 total)

Special! Add ALL the PDFs to your reward tier for $50 (+ the value of your reward). Valued at $75!

Risks and challenges

I am a veteran of 24 coloring books at this point, and I've got the process pretty well down. I've printed several titles through my current printer and I'm really happy with their service and response time - plus they are local, so I can go hassle them in person if there's a problem!

My first Kickstarter, Fantastix, was a wild ride and a great success. My backers have expressed nothing but delight in my service and product; I'm hopeful I can make all my backers as happy this time, as well!

I will be doing proofs during the Kickstarter campaign itself, so you'll get to see photographs of the actual product as we go along. The artwork is all completed and selected, and contracts with all artists are finalized. The only risks I see, then, are that there may be delays in modifying the cover layouts if we get to stretch goals for color... or life in general may cause an unforeseen delay in shipping, as it's a one-woman operation over here. I'm starting the campaign rather later in the year than I'd like, but I'm hopeful that I've got enough of my work done, and I've done this enough times now, that things will go smoothly and you'll get your coloring books with plenty of time for holiday gift-giving. There is always a risk of delays by the shipping service, but I fear that is out of my hands!

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    Sponsor Package: You single-handedly sponsor an entire title yourself. Maybe you're not sure if the campaign will get to the coloring book you want to see? Maybe you just want the glory of bringing an entire coloring book into being! You choose 20 coloring books from the available titles (no more than 10 of any single title), AND select a locked coloring book title to sponsor. That book goes to press with a special thank you listing you as the sponsor. You also receive a PDF of every coloring book that ends up going to print through this Kickstarter.

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