About this project
My name is Doug TenNapel and I have created video games, animated TV shows and graphic novels. But they don't start as games and TV shows, of course, they start as doodles in my sketchbooks. Since I was in 6th grade, I've maintained a discipline of drawing ideas in these books.
They don't just document the birth of characters you've heard of like Earthworm Jim, The Neverhood, Catscratch and Creature Tech, but HUNDREDS of characters and worlds that have never been seen by the public... until now.
I've taken the best drawings from my 42 sketchbooks and put them together into one 250 page, hard bound volume called the Sketchbook Archives. This isn't just a collection of drawings, but it is a useful tool on how to create characters, worlds and story lines for anything from video games to graphic novels and television shows.
$30,000 - UNLOCKED! - Paper upgrade from 100gsm woodfree to 120gsm woodfree.
$33,000 - UNLOCKIMACATED! - Foil stamp on front cover and spine.
$35,000 - UNLOCKED! - All tiers will include a Free Bookmark featuring a new critter I'll create just for this KICKSTARTER campaign. I'll give him a name, character attributes and a little backstory printed under the character. Remember that YOU caused this creation!
$38,000 - UNLOCKED! - Full color printed insheets, 140gsm woodfree paper.
$45,000 - UNLOCKED! - Everyone who buys a book gets a PDF of the Ghost Pet Rescue Pitch I use to get storyboarding gigs in Hollywood. It's a 208 panel, gray scale, stand alone funny story about two ghost-hunting brothers trying to find an albino ghost mouse that grants wishes.
$47,000 - UNLOCKED! - Upgrade cover to Arlin (Efalin) bookcloth.
$50,000 - UNLOCKED! - Upgrade cover to Wibalin bookcloth.
$55,000 - UNLOCKED! - Upgrade case (cover) to Kivar 7 imitation leather.
$58,000 - UNLOCKED! - Purple ribbon bookmark bound in book.
$62,000 - UNLOCKED - Head and Tail bands on spine of book!
$67,000 - UNLOCKED - 50 bonus pages in a PDF!
$72,000 - UNLOCKED - 16 pages in full color!
$75,000 - UNLOCKED! - everyone gets a Kickstarter Exclusive Neverhood/Klaymen postcard + a Creature Tech fridge magnet!
$80,000 - UNLOCKED - 16 pages added to 256 page book = 272 pages!
$85,000 - UNLOCKED - 16 pages added to 272 page book = 288 pages!
$90,000 - UNLOCKED - add 3 side gold gilded edges on book block!
$95,000 - UNLOCKED - add 4 ribs (2 on upper 2 on lower) to round spine + I (Doug TenNapel) will wear a suit and tie and thank all Kickstarter donors while doing a cannonball in my pool...and release it on Youtube + Bonded leather (market Stock) cover!
It will take me about 6 months to finish the 250 page book. I should be able to finish the book, print it and mail it by April of 2013.
A hard bound, 250 page book is expensive to produce. I've been working on these sketches for the better part of 30 years, so I want this book to be top notch quality, and something that will provide hours of enjoyment to peruse and study.
Why do I need to raise $18,000? The answer is simple; printing and shipping costs. The print run should cost about $11,000 and shipping should be around $5,000 depending on how many books I end up sending out. About $1800 comes off the top for Kickstarter and banking fees.
WOW! We're 4 days in and fully funded. I'm humbled, grateful, and inspired to overwhelm every one of you for every dime you'd spent on the Doug TenNapel Sketchbook Archives! Tell your friends so we can hit the next stretch goal!
Thank you so much for helping me make this dream project come true!
Risks and challenges
The thing that worries me most about this project is keeping track of everyone's mailing address, and shipping the materials to the right people. I plan to meticulously graph out every funder and double check the incentives to make sure they're properly addressed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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