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Kathy JohnsonBy Kathy Johnson
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Kathy JohnsonBy Kathy Johnson
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About

Panel from the Starlettes video shows the Starlettes confronting adversity... with creativity.
Panel from the Starlettes video shows the Starlettes confronting adversity... with creativity.

Hi! I'm Kathy Johnson, and welcome to the STARLETTE UNIVERSE!

The STARLETTE UNIVERSE delivers fun and humor, the joy of wordplay and positive messages with time-proven solid advice and character lessons to ‘tween-teen girls lucky enough to read it. Hundreds of illustrations by comic strip artist and former comics publisher Dick Kulpa are interwoven with the text to complete the colorful experience that is the Starlette Universe.

The "Good versus Evil" theme translates as "Team G(o)OD vs Team D-evil" in order to show why right is good and wrong is bad. The purpose of STARLETTE UNIVERSE is to re-invigorate wholesome values and positive peer pressures within a youth culture permeated with violent video games, movies and sexually-charged literature.

Left: Six Starlettes and Punkin...Right: Punkin dancing with the stars.
Left: Six Starlettes and Punkin...Right: Punkin dancing with the stars.

STARLETTE UNIVERSE Book 2: Eva from E-VILLE is the second "print-on-demand" book in the STARLETTE UNIVERSE series, now in production and the subject of this campaign. This pun&poetry-powered graphic novel will feature colorful illustrations interwoven with text on every one of its almost 100 pages and continues the distinctive STARLETTE style of multi-colored text full of verse, pun and word mash-ups. Young girls revel in the color!

Frame from the Starlette Universe video
Frame from the Starlette Universe video

Why Kickstarter? In order to bring the second book to fruition by its December deadline, the STARLETTES need help in covering production expenses. Nearly one hundred (100) 8.5 x 11 pages will be filled with full color illustrations requiring scanning, inking and coloring assistants, and the drawings must then be woven within the text, above and beyond standard blocs of art. That too will require paid layout assistance.
The amount sought was determined after a comprehensive time study was applied the past two months over the first thirty pages in the works, taking various freelancer rates into consideration.

In comparison, STARLETTE UNIVERSE Book 1: 'CAT'astrophe carried few illustrations, and reviewers clamored for many, many more.

To those of us wishing to promote character in our youth and to reinvigorate that long diminished and oft-missed "wholesome" aspect to our culture, your support will certainly make this possible...a powerful vote for a return to decency and moral standards.

"Evil Eva" peers through a window in this working cover of STARLETTE UNIVERSE Book 2: Eva From E-Ville. Illustrated by Dick Kulpa
"Evil Eva" peers through a window in this working cover of STARLETTE UNIVERSE Book 2: Eva From E-Ville. Illustrated by Dick Kulpa

IT'S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER(S)

STARLETTE UNIVERSE is written to encourage the adolescent reader to value goodness, responsibility, purity, self-control and integrity in her life. With the STARLETTES as role models, a young girl has examples and encouragement to help her make the right decisions when faced with life's temptations.  STARLETTE UNIVERSE teaches girls how to 'NO' what is wrong!

BOOK 2: EVA from E-VILLE also uses "SPARKLES" to teach moral messages, or rules for living, some of which are as follows:

Being modest -
Is hottest!

SPARKLE # 11

STARLETTE pals -
Are 'GOOD'-time gals:
Fun-loving and 'PUN'ctual.

SPARKLE # 17

Give up - DOPE!
Or give up hope!

SPARKLE # 8

God 'GIFTS' us every moment -
So treat it as a 'PRESENT''.

SPARKLE # 20

Make no mistake:
'FAT' insults only come from a snake!

SPARKLE # 21

Additionally, sophisticated vocabulary and pop-culture, biblical and historical references are defined so that the young reader can better understand the world in which she lives.

Literary forms, such as the pun, semordnilap, idiom, metaphor, haiku, word mash and neologism, abound and make for interesting verse and rhyme, the purpose of which is to teach youth the joy of wordplay.

With elements of fantasy, religion and adventure, the young adult reader, at the end of every book, must face their most important decision:
Am I on 'TEAM GOOD' - or 'TEAM DEVIL'?
Will I support the STARLETTES - or EVA THE EVIL?

STARLETTE UNIVERSE-Book 1: ‘CAT’Astrophe was published in March, 2012 to great reviews, and here are some excerpts:

Cover for Starlette Universe Book 1: 'CAT'-Astrophe
Cover for Starlette Universe Book 1: 'CAT'-Astrophe

GARY HARP - Top 50 Reviewer: “The STARLETTES have arrived! Imagine 6 Barbie dolls in different wigs and you have them. These girls are united by friendship, fashion, boys and a strong sense of right and wrong. The story is one of good against evil, good being the Starlette Universe and evil being Eva the Evil who disrupts life by morphing into werewolf/zombie/vampire/ undead/whirling dervish and stirring up trouble with cruelty to animals. Most young girls will give this a five-star rating.”

Here's our Starlette Universe membership certificate!
Here's our Starlette Universe membership certificate!

KIRKUS REVIEW: “Girl power abounds among Johnson’s well-drawn characters while they alternate between witty and serious approaches to right and wrong.”

FAMILIES MATTER BLOG: “STARLETTE UNIVERSE (is) a sort of sci-fi fantasy universe where the characters deal with good versus evil while learning character development and positive female empowerment. This first book in the series combines some diva, evil, goody-goody, and athletic characteristics into six young characters that readers will find fun and spunky. As a reviewer, I think the book has great potential for catching on and filling a niche in the ‘tween-teen market.”

DEREK CLONTZ – Former Editor of Weekly World News: ‘CAT’Astrophe is the first installment of a new,  illustrated series depicting the adventures of a group of bright, beautiful girls and their irrepressible dog.  Bursting with color, word play and catchy rhyme, the book introduces the readers to Jinnie, Bekka, Skylar, Ashlee, Sallee, Lizzie and Punkin, Skylar’s German Schnauzer. United by friendship, fashion, boys and more, the girls are against cliques, evil kids and anyone who doesn’t treat them courteously and with respect. Aimed at young girls and designed to appeal their fashion sense, language and adventurous spirit, the book shares profiles of each Starlette and explains their likes and dislikes.

SHIRLEY PRISCILLA JOHNSON - Top 500 Reviewer:  “A good storyline.  This book shows the beauty of these girls, both inside and out, and their determination to not allow evil to prevail. All in all I think the author has something here that could end up to be a great help to young girls . . . . She has a great storyline, cool characters, adventure, good and evil - all drawing cards that would make a great book. I believe we’ll see this in the future and I wish this author the best.”

CHARLES ASHBACHER - Top 500 Reviewer: “The book stars six young girls on the side of good:

BEKKA’s No. 1 in smarts – with an  IQ off the charts.

ASHLEE’S so just stylin’ – and a beauty when she’s smiling.

LIZZIE has food on the brain – and is a little vain.

On and off the court – SALLEE’S a great sport.

SKYLAR’S blonde and ditzy – and soooo totally ritzy.

JINNIE is eco-geek smart – and a total sweet ‘art!

The story is told in verse featuring wordplay and puns - a colorful, magical form of writing appealing especially to the adolescent female. It is a story that girls will find attractive, for they will see a part of themselves in each of the six heroines. The actions of the evil Eva are examples of what young girls do to each other in bullying environments.”

Meet the STARLETTES!
Meet the STARLETTES!

And there you have it, the STARLETTE story! With your help, the STARLETTE message of good will and wholesome living will be seen, read and enjoyed by thousands! If we meet or exceed our financial goals, more rewards will be added for all, so please, spread the word! We do reserve the right to not accept contributions as well, though we don't expect that to happen.

Everyone who supports the Starlette Universe Book 2 project will also get an Official Starlette Universe Membership Card
Everyone who supports the Starlette Universe Book 2 project will also get an Official Starlette Universe Membership Card

And here are more just-added rewards!

With our project deadline in December, it just dawned on me that that's the holiday season too -- so I'm adding more rewards! Great stocking stuffers for the holidays!

Here are two new colorful Starlette Universe T-shirts we've JUST added!

Two colorful STARTLETTE UNIVERSE T-shirts have been added to the rewards section! The left shirt sports our official Starlette Universe logo, the right shirt shows Punkin waving her "Do Not Tread On Me" flag, an image in Book 2!
Two colorful STARTLETTE UNIVERSE T-shirts have been added to the rewards section! The left shirt sports our official Starlette Universe logo, the right shirt shows Punkin waving her "Do Not Tread On Me" flag, an image in Book 2!

These shirts are now included in various reward packages...and they're both so cute and colorful!

BUT, that's not all. I've also inserted my book "True Beauty" into the reward packages, an illustrated "How To" which provides all the information girls need to become stellar successes in today's world! This book was put together by someone who has done just that!

These all make great gifts for young girls and daughters -- feel free to share this page with your friends!

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    1. Official Membership Certificate for STARLETTE UNIVERSE FAN CLUB featuring your name or name of choice and signed by Author Kathy Johnson
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    1. Free copy of the book "True Beauty" written by the Starlette Universe creator containing solid advice on how girls can become beauty pageant contenders. 2. Official Membership Certificates for STARLETTE UNIVERSE FAN CLUB featuring your name or names of choice and signed by Author Kathy Johnson 3. I.D. Cards with name, ribbons and 6 STARLETTE star candies.

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    1. Autographed 8 ½ by 11 soft-covered Starlette Universe Book 2 Graphic Novel, approx. 100 pages. Illustrated in full-color.
    2. Official Membership Certificate for STARLETTE UNIVERSE FAN CLUB featuring your name or name of choice and signed by Author Kathy Johnson.
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    1. Autographed 8 ½ by 11 soft-covered Starlette Universe Book 2 Graphic Novel, approx. 100 pages. Illustrated in full-color. 2. Free copy of the book "True Beauty" written by the Starlette Universe creator containing solid advice on how girls can become so beautiful they could be beauty pageant contenders. 3. Official Membership Certificates for STARLETTE UNIVERSE FAN CLUB featuring your name or names of choice and signed by Author Kathy Johnson. 4. I.D. Cards with name, ribbons and 6 STARLETTE star candies.

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    BOOK LOVERS' SPECIAL: 1. COLLECTORS SET Autographed copies (1@) of "Starlette Universe Book 1: CAT-astrophe" and "Starlette Universe Book 2: Eva From E-VILLE."
    2. Copy of the book "True Beauty" written by the Starlette Universe creator containing solid advice on how girls can become beauty pageant. The writer is a national Miss USA pageant winner. contenders like the Starlettes.

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    Here are a bunch of great holiday gifts for your young girls: 1. Your choice of a Starlette Universe T-shirt as pictured in the updates.
    2. STARLETTE UNIVERSE autographed poster, 11” x 17”
    3. 8½ by 11 soft-covered Starlette Universe Book 2 Graphic Novel, approx. 100 pages. Illustrated in full color and autographed by both author and illustrator with Starlette of choice (or their pet schnauzer Punkin) sketched on inside cover.
    4. 1-3 Official Membership Certificates for STARLETTE UNIVERSE FAN CLUB featuring your name or names of choice and signed by Author Kathy Johnson
    5. I.D. Card with name, ribbons and 6 STARLETTE star candies.
    6. You'll also get a free Dick Kulpa 8.5 X 11 caricature drawn from a photo of your choice.
    7. Original full panel art from the book suitable for framing and signed by the artist.
    8. Just added: Free copy of the book "True Beauty" written by the Starlette Universe creator containing solid advice on how girls can become beauty pageant contenders and/or how to grow into a beauty.
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    1. 3) Official Membership Certificates for STARLETTE UNIVERSE FAN CLUB featuring your name or names of choice and signed by Author Kathy Johnson
    2. (3) I.D. Cards with name, ribbons and 6 STARLETTE star candies.
    3. (3) STARLETTE UNIVERSE autographed posters, 11” x 17”
    4. (3) Soft-covered books 8½ by 11, approx.100 pages in full-color, autographed by both author and illustrator with Starlette of choice or Punkin originally sketched on inside cover.
    5. (3) STARLETTE of choice originally drawn on official STARLETTE stationary suitable for framing.
    6. Personalized "Thank You" note from author Kathy Johnson.
    7. You'll also get a free Dick Kulpa 8.5 X 11 caricature drawn from a photo of your choice.
    8. Original full panel art from the book suitable for framing and signed by the artist.
    9. Free copy of the book "True Beauty" written by the Starlette Universe creator containing solid advice on how girls can become beauty pageant contenders.
    10. (3) Starlettes T-shirst of your choice as shown in the updates.
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    10 sets of items 1-4 as follows:
    1. Official Membership Certificates for STARLETTE UNIVERSE FAN CLUB featuring your name or names of choice and signed by Author Kathy Johnson
    2. I.D. Cards with name, ribbons and 6 STARLETTE star candies.
    3. STARLETTE UNIVERSE autographed posters, 11” x 17”
    4. Soft-covered books 8½ by 11, approx.100 pages in full-color, autographed by both author and illustrator with Starlette of choice or Punkin originally sketched on inside cover.
    5. STARLETTE of choice originally drawn on official STARLETTE stationary suitable for framing.
    6. Personalized "Thank You" note from author Kathy Johnson
    7. 8.5 X 11 page featuring an original illustration from Book 2.
    8. You'll also get a free Dick Kulpa 8.5 X 11 caricature drawn from a photo of your choice.
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    You or a person you designate will appear on a page as an actual character.
    10 sets of items 1-5 as follows:
    1. Official Membership Certificates for STARLETTE UNIVERSE FAN CLUB featuring your name or names of choice and signed by Author Kathy Johnson
    2. I.D. Cards with name, ribbons and 6 STARLETTE star candies.
    3. STARLETTE UNIVERSE autographed posters 11” x 17”
    4. Soft-covered books 8½ by 11, approx.100 pages in full-color, autographed by both author and illustrator with Starlette of choice or Punkin originally sketched on inside cover.
    5. STARLETTE of choice originally drawn on official STARLETTE stationary suitable for framing.
    6. Personalized "Thank You" note and phone call from author Kathy Johnson
    7. (2) 8.5 X 11 pages featuring original illustrations from Book 2
    8. You'll also get a free Dick Kulpa 11" x 14" family caricature drawn from a photo of your choice.
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