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An illustrated educational guide to the biological and cultural inspirations behind Generation 1 Pokémon.
An illustrated educational guide to the biological and cultural inspirations behind Generation 1 Pokémon.
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On The Origin: Kanto Edition is an unofficial guide to the inspirations behind each Generation 1 Pokémon. It combines vector art with comprehensive research to create an illustrated educational guide to the real world myths, cultures and organisms that have shaped each Pokémon's design.

If you have any questions please join me on this project's Discord channel using this link.

Stretch Goal 1: Origin Stickers

If we reach £15,250 I will add a sheet of stickers to every physical order. The stickers will feature original art of selected real life origins.

Stretch Goal 2: Hardcover Sleeve

If we reach £15,500 every hardcover edition of the book will come with a sleeve. The cover sleeve will depict a map with every real life influence to a Kanto Pokémon located where it originates. This cover sleeve can also function as a wall poster.

Tier Updates

Since the beginning of the campaign I have added two new tiers 'Doduo Hardcover' and 'Mew Duo'. The Doduo tier includes two hardcover versions of the book in order to reduce the shipping fee. The Mew Duo tier is the definitive tier containing the hardcover and softcover versions of the book, a custom cover sleeve for the hardcover, 3 high quality double page spreads of Pokémon from ANY generation and also includes all the existing benefits of the O Master! tier. Backers of these new tiers will get their names inside the book.

What's Inside?

On The Origin: Kanto Edition dedicates a double page to each of the 151 Pokémon from the Kanto region. 

The left page features original vector art of the Pokémon as part of an infographic outlining any animals, plants, people, symbols, myths, objects, or even fictional characters whose influence can be interpreted from the Pokémon's morphological features.

The right page contains a text breakdown based on extensive research into the origin of the Pokémon's design and analysis of its behaviour as described in the Pokédex. This is accompanied by original illustrations of the key influences. The breakdown aims to evaluate different theories about the Pokémon's backstory but also contextualise these influences with interesting facts and stories about their role in the real world.

Reward Tiers

I had the idea for this project whilst playing Pokémon GO on the walk home from work. On The Origin started as an Instagram page where Pokémon origin stories were illustrated with AR photography from Pokémon GO. Check out @OnTheOriginOfPokemon on Instagram to see how the project has developed over time and for regular stories with polls, questions and progress updates.

Wallpaper vote will be posted on Instagram as soon as this Kickstarter ends.

Pages will be sent in ultra high quality, great for printing your own posters.

Early bird PDF will include double page spreads for all 151 Kanto Pokémon.

  • Limpbound softcover: Matt laminated 300gsm art board.
  • 300+ pages of 128gsm matt art paper.
  • Large format 238mmx238mm (9.4"x9.4") square size.
  • Full colour.
  • Casebound hardcover: Matt laminated 128gsm art paper printed cover on 3mm greyboard.
  • 300+ pages of 128gsm matt art paper.
  • Large format 238mmx238mm (9.4"x9.4") square size.
  • Full colour.

Softcover and hardcover books will be printed by 1010 Printing. Check out their award winning portfolio here.

In addition to getting personalised wallpapers and their name inside the book, O Master!-tier backers will be kept updated with each Pokémon infographic, text breakdown and illustration as they are produced!

Explaining Costs

Of the £15,000 target, £8,500 will be spent on printing, approximately £5,000 on shipping and between £1,200 and £1,500 on Kickstarter fees.

If you can't see your country in the tiers just drop me a message - I'll add it straight away! I've had to calculate each price separately and add each country manually so apologies if I missed it!

Pledges are taken from your account at the end of the campaign and only if we reach the funding target.

About Me

I have a background in biology, having done my master's degree in Biological Science at University College London. Last year I did a placement at a lab in the Natural History Museum where I researched the evolution of reptiles. I also do graphic design work, and am currently Artist in Residence for IUCN Gibbon.

Risks and challenges

What if the project isn't completed?

Although I've been working in a lab for the majority of the time since starting this project I have managed to extensively research the backstories of 50 Kanto Pokémon and have drawn over 25. Now that I've finished my lab placement I can fully devote my time to this project! If something happens that prevents me from following through all pledges will be returned via Kickstarter. Backers can be assured that any delays will be quickly communicated.

What if some Pokémon do not have interesting backstories?

Every Pokémon is based on an object, organism or concept that can be explored culturally, biologically or symbolically. For example, Ditto's entry will focus on single celled organisms and stem cells, and will explore their role in science and popular culture.

What if I say something that other fans disagree with?

The comparative anatomy skills developed in my Biological science master's degree are applied to Pokémon design to create the infographics. Each breakdown is the result of extensive research into the Pokémon in question. Popular theories about the Pokémon's backstory will be referred to, even if they are being debunked!

What if the colour pages aren't legible?

I am committed to making this book as accessible as possible to people with colour blindness, perceptual processing disorders and visual impairments. Proof-reading will involve testing to ensure the book is legible for all.

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    SImply the hardcover book and a customised sleeve. The sleeve will feature your favourite Pokémon and I will work with you to perfect your imagined design. Let me know if you want your country to be added.

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    The ultimate tier. Receive both the hardcover and softcover editions of On The Origin, both with your name inside, along with all the benefits of the O Master tier (inc. day-to-day content updates). You will also get a unique personalised cover jacket on the hardcover copy (the design will feature your favourite Pokémon) plus you can request 3 high quality double page spreads of Pokémon from ANY generation (to be completed as soon as the book is finished).

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