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An illustrated children's book following a playful cat, Annie, and her reluctant playmate, Athena.
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The Story

Annie Just Wants To Play is an illustrated children's book about my cats, Annie and Athena. Their uniquely opposite personalities are a constant source of entertainment that I just have to share!

The story follows Annie, persistent and playful, as she follows Athena throughout the house. Despite Athena's obvious annoyance with her pesky little shadow, Annie never gives up hope that her hunt will end with playtime. 

Annie chillin' in her sauna
Annie chillin' in her sauna
Athena keeping an eye out for Annie
Athena keeping an eye out for Annie

 The Book

The final product will be 32 pages of full-color illustrations with a hardcover. All illustrations will be completed in water-color, with an animation inspired design.

The planned dimensions are 10" x 8", but may be adjusted after the final page layouts and illustrations are complete. 

Rewards

There are 10 levels of donation to choose from. Each one includes a new and different reward, ranging from Annie and Athena promotional merchandise, to original artwork, to art lessons!

Original Character Design Sketches
Original Character Design Sketches
Temporary Tattoos
Temporary Tattoos
Air-Brushed Canvas Bags
Air-Brushed Canvas Bags

 The rewards are meant to inspire the young, and the young-at-heart, and serve as a heartfelt thanks for your contribution to this project. 

About Us

Author, Kelly Rutherford
Author, Kelly Rutherford

 As a cat-lover, I am very excited that my first published book will be about my 2 favorite cats! This process has proved to be challenging, stressful, and rewarding, all at the same time. I hope to be able to share this story, and many more in the future.

Illustrator, Wattana Khommarath
Illustrator, Wattana Khommarath

 I'm very lucky to have the opportunity to work with my very good friend, and amazing artist, Wattana Khommarath. With nearly 20 years of teaching experience, and a degree in Character Animation from the prestigious Cal Arts, I couldn't have found a better illustrator. His expert abilities have truly transformed Annie and Athena into characters everyone can relate too. 

Risks and challenges

So far we have yet to encounter any major obstacles to the project. The biggest potential hurdle will be finalizing the page layouts and making sure the illustrations fit the page properly. However, based on what we have accomplished so far, and our ability to work well together, I am confident we can handle the task.

We are happy with the story, character designs, and initial page layouts. After every meeting we become more and more confident in the story. Initial reactions (not just from friends and family) have been overwhelmingly positive and created a sense of pride for us to complete and share the final product.

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    "Hairball"

    Your name featured in a weekly Instagram Shout -Out and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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    "Kitten"

    You will get a handwritten postcard from us, featuring Annie and Athena artwork, and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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    "Purr-fect"

    Get a hard-copy of Annie Just Wants To Play!

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    "Fine Feline"

    You will receive a temporary tattoo of Annie or Athena, along with a bookmark featuring unique artwork.

    PLUS you will receive a hard-copy of the book, a handwritten postcard from us, and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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    "Catnip"

    You will receive a piece of original artwork from the creative design process, along with a signed 8"x11" promotional poster.

    PLUS a hard-copy of the book, a temporary tattoo of Annie or Athena, a bookmark featuring unique artwork, a handwritten postcard from us, and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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    "The Black Cat"

    You will receive an airbrushed canvas bag featuring Annie or Athena on one side and the book title on the other!

    PLUS a piece of original artwork from the creative design process, a signed 8"x11" promotional poster, a hard-copy of the book, a temporary tattoo of Annie or Athena, a bookmark featuring unique artwork, a handwritten postcard from us, and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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    "The Calico"

    Your name will be added to the Special "Thank You Page" in the back of the book!

    PLUS an airbrushed canvas bag featuring Annie or Athena on one side and the book title on the other, a signed 8"x11" promotional poster, a hard-copy of the book, a temporary tattoo of Annie or Athena, a bookmark featuring unique artwork, a handwritten postcard from us, and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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    "The Cat's Meow"

    Receive registration for 1 for a Lovejoy Creations Pet Painting class in Liberty Station (class is transferable).

    PLUS your name will be added to the Special "Thank You Page" in the back of the book, along with an airbrushed canvas bag featuring Annie or Athena on one side and the book title on the other, a signed 8"x11" promotional poster, a hard-copy of the book, a temporary tattoo of Annie or Athena, a bookmark featuring unique artwork, a handwritten postcard from us, and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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    "The Fur-Ball"

    You will get a private water color lesson from the illustrator!

    PLUS your name will be added to the Special "Thank You Page" in the back of the book, along with an airbrushed canvas bag featuring Annie or Athena on one side and the book title on the other, a signed 8"x11" promotional poster, a hard-copy of the book, a temporary tattoo of Annie or Athena, a bookmark featuring unique artwork, a handwritten postcard from us, and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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    "The Huntress"

    You will receive a custom water-color painting for your pet(s), done in the same style as the book!

    PLUS a private water color lesson from the illustrator, your name added to the Special "Thank You Page" in the back of the book, along with receiving an airbrushed canvas bag featuring Annie or Athena on one side and the book title on the other, a signed 8"x11" promotional poster, a hard-copy of the book, a temporary tattoo of Annie or Athena, a bookmark featuring unique artwork, a handwritten postcard from us, and an invitation to the Book Launch Party!

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