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Blank Slater is the ultimate outcast, an oddity with no face trying to find his place in this charmingly drawn all-ages fable

About this project

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.

Sincerely,

Matt Bergin, writer + creator, "Blank Slater, The Boy With The Dry-Erase Face"

Front cover concept by Zach Wideman
Front cover concept by Zach Wideman
Back cover concept by Blank Slater
Back cover concept by Blank Slater
Matt's version of Blank, from the Sketchbook Project 2012
Matt's version of Blank, from the Sketchbook Project 2012
Matt's Blank again, emphasis on the outcast, which continues in this new project. But there is hope!
Matt's Blank again, emphasis on the outcast, which continues in this new project. But there is hope!
Zach's take on Blank, as seen in this work-in-progress page from the book, has a classical quirk missing from Matt's earlier approach, and a Tim Burtonesque darkness that will help this all-ages fable truly appeal to all ages.
Zach's take on Blank, as seen in this work-in-progress page from the book, has a classical quirk missing from Matt's earlier approach, and a Tim Burtonesque darkness that will help this all-ages fable truly appeal to all ages.

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!

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    The "Face in the Crowd" Pledge: Donate $5 to the project and receive a PDF copy of our completed book before its official e-launch, as well as the humble appreciation of Matt and Zach.

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    The "Face Lift" Pledge: Donate $10 to the project and receive the advance PDF of the book and a print of one of the pages signed by author Matt Bergin and artist Zach Wideman.

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    The "Face Forward" Pledge: Donate $20 to the project to receive the advance PDF, autographed page print, and mention by name in a "Thank You" section of the book.

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    The "Face Front" Pledge: Donate $50 to the project to receive the advance PDF, autographed print, "Thank You" mention, AND an exclusive hardcopy version of the book printed specifically for Kickstarter contributors.

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    The "About Face" Pledge: Donate $100 to the project to receive the advance PDF, autographed print, "Thank You" mention, exclusive hardcopy edition of the book, and a personalized Blank Slater illustration by Zach Wideman.

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    The Retailer Special Pledge: We have confirmed our pricing and the print-on-demand edition will not be cheap. That said, for $500, we will produce 50 copies for you (that is 50 copies at our creator wholesale rate, not the retail value). All 50 copies will be signed by creator Matt Bergin AND you will be promised an in-store signing by Matt Bergin, schedule and location permitting, restricted to weekend and evening appearances and to NYC and surrounding burroughs. Farther locations can be discussed, but contact us before donating.

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    The "Blank Check" pledge of $1000 and up will get you all previously mentioned rewards, PLUS "publisher/producer" credit in the e-book and Kickstarter exclusive hardcopy editions. How cool are you? Thanks for even considering this one!

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