Hello, Kickstarters! Thank you for visiting our project page and (hopefully) making a donation to our project. In case you skipped the video, we're making a picture book -- or an illustrated e-book, if you will. "Blank Slater, The Boy With The Dry-Erase Face" is the story of the ultimate outsider finding a way in. The story is written with young readers and younger listeners in mind, specifically those kids who are struggling with the enormity of the world around them. This can be any child (or anyone, really) who is just a little unsure of themselves, insecure or undefined as a person. But faceless Blank is also a metaphor for the most extreme cases of social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and emotional discord. Blank has to work harder than other kids to fit in. He must put in that effort, take the literal, physical, technical steps to be a part of their normal.
But then again, what is normal? When Blank meets someone like him, only different in the best ways, he learns from her that normal is relative, and then he finds his smile.
I've been living with Blank on the brain for quite some time, first doodling the little guy myself for a college newspaper comic strip. I also included my version of Blank in the 2012 Sketchbook Project (some images from that below), and danced along the path to traditional publishing the whole time in between before taking the side road to self-publishing. Zach Wideman has been a great addition to this project. He has taken the script and my old attempts at drawing Blank and interpreted them in an almost Tim Burtonesque way -- dark and whimsical at the same time, classicly quirky. I can't wait to get him working on some of my other picture book manuscripts!
This has been a long time coming, and I am grateful for you (considering) taking a part in its arrival.
Matt Bergin, writer + creator, "Blank Slater, The Boy With The Dry-Erase Face"
Risks and challenges
We've kept things modest -- and very simple -- for this project. Traditional children's publishing (all publishing, really) is competitive, contentious, and wildly subjective. That applies to everyone from editors to agents to audiences. We're not looking to get rich off of this, and we're even braced to lose a few bucks in the effort to tell a great story. We've chosen to focus on an e-release of Blank Slater because we know that will reach the widest audience possible in the most attractive medium for the next generation of new readers. If we make ONLY exactly our $1500 goal, we will break even or close to it, allowing us to move on to the next story!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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