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A 250 page, hardcover book of drawings gleaned from 42 sketchbooks by the creator of Earthworm Jim, Neverhood and Catscratch.

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.

Earthworm Jim feature concept sketch.
Earthworm Jim feature concept sketch.

STRETCH GOALS:

$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!

Video Game concept.
Video Game concept.
Neverhood Museum Bundle!
Neverhood Museum Bundle!
Tee shirts included in the Neverhood Museum Bundle!
Tee shirts included in the Neverhood Museum Bundle!
Neverhood RARE Collector's Bundle!
Neverhood RARE Collector's Bundle!
Catscratch characters; Waffle & Gordon from my comic book GEAR.
Catscratch characters; Waffle & Gordon from my comic book GEAR.
5 Iron Frenzy album cover by Doug TenNapel
5 Iron Frenzy album cover by Doug TenNapel

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.

Example of 11" x 17" commission.
Example of 11" x 17" commission.

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!

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:

Free shipping in the U.S.A.
Free shipping in the U.S.A.

Thank you so much for helping me make this dream project come true!

-Doug TenNapel

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

FAQ

  • A: Hey! I'm new to Kickstarter so I know how weird it is to dive in on this! You just need to look for the blue Manage Your Pledge button up above the project page. You can change your pledge amount and change what tier you want to support.

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  • A: A doodle is a fast drawing of the character's head I usually do with a brush pen. You'll dig it!

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  • A: In general, the 8 1/2" x 11" sketch will be an ink and brush drawing of the character's head. It will be clear, accurate, and on model. I usually do a funny, or happy looking Jim face, if you want a hardcore face let me know. I can try to accomodate full body poses upon request, but in general, those are better served at the larger size. 11" x 17" gives me more room to play. In general, these will be beautiful ink drawings but with a black wash over the image to make it more sculpted, artistic and unique. Again, if you want full body poses, Jim looking aggro while shooting his gun, just let me know and I'll try to accommodate all requests! Try not to ask me to do a top down view of Jim riding a horse over a suspension bridge texture mapped in hounds-tooth against an army of centaurs!

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  • A: Once the campaign if funded, I'll send out a survey to every donor. I'll ask you questions like "What do you want me to draw?" You'll give me all of your specifics then. I'll do my best to do what you want, but try to be reasonable. I generally give people what they want, but I also know what makes the character look really good! I'll take care of you as best I can.

    If you're getting original comic pages, make a request of a couple of pages and if they're available you'll get them. If they're not, I'll try to send you a page that has the same characters on it.

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    10 signed copies of the hard bound, 250 page Doug TenNapel Sketchbook Archives + a Kickstarter Exclusive Neverhood/Klaymen postcard + five original pages from one of my sketchbooks + a doodle of any character drawn in each book + a Creature Tech fridge magnet + an original piece of Catscratch production art taped inside the covers + a hand made original poster of EWJ by Doug TenNapel, sumi ink and brush on 8.5" x 11" bristol board + your name printed in the book at the top of a special thank you section + The Doug TenNapel graphic novel library signed; Gear, Creature Tech, Tommysaurus Rex, Earthboy Jacobus, Iron West, Black Cherry, Flink, Monster Zoo, Power Up, Ghostopolis, Bad Island Ratfist and Cardboard! + ONE of the 42 ORIGINAL SKETCHBOOKS sent to you! Own history. + a can of King Oscar premium sardines. No shipping fees.

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