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An illustrated novel about a group of aliens who come to planet Earth seeking warmth – along the way a great adventure ensues.

In April 2012, I raised 25K to make the novel I had written and illustrated, Jörgits & the End of Winter, into an iPad app complete with a soundtrack and animations. 

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PLEGE on December 16-17 to get a Christmas E-card from the Jörgits. See details below.

How to get a Christmas Card

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  •  Message me your email through Kickstarter and the name of the recipient. 
  • Allow for some delay as I'm drawing & designing them on the fly. 

We've made the app free for a limited time so that you can preview the book.

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The Jörgits is a story about a group of aliens whose planet has become too cold for them. Fortunately, they've discovered a planet nearby which is rapidly heating up - Earth. Upon entering the Earth's atmosphere they suffer a mishap aboard the ship and crash land in the sea outside of Helsinki in the middle of winter - they're back to the cold. After making it to the surface they befriend a young girl and her musician father and together they embark on an adventure to save the world.

Reviews: 

"The Jörgits, is a perfect balance between whiz-bang multimedia and old-school textual immersion" - Fast Company Design

"Jorgits and the End of Winter is a beautifully illustrated and animated interactive novel for children. As well as the tale, it features a moody soundtrack, maps, character pages and a scavenger hunt—an old-fashioned adventure story told in an ultra modern way."- Cool Hunting

"Over the last few nights I’ve been stealing my girlfriend’s iPad and reading Jorgits and the End of Winter….I had never read an interactive novel before and the adventure of the Jörgits was a wonderful introduction to the format."  - The Fox is Black

"A tongue-in-cheek tale with serious underpinnings, enhanced by inventively designed visuals." – The Kirkus Review

Now For The Printed Book - We're publishing the Jörgits as a good old-fashioned hardcover book. It's a full length novel of 250 pages, which includes over 50 color illustrations.  

The book is designed and typeset with love and we will use digital offset printing to ensure the best quality. 

The original novel has over 50 illustrations. The Illustrations are by myself Team Octopus, and Eliza Jäppinen. The printed edition will contain a handful of new illustrations that I did not get to do the first time around. 

The book also contains a number of maps and diagrams that give context to the story's setting and teaches you a bit about the geography of Finland.

Rewards

STRETCH GOALS

If we raise more money than we need for the minimum print run. We'll do more and give you more.

We have a number of enhancements planned if we exceed our goal. They're pretty fun, so let's make them happen. Each enhancement will be unlocked when the funding level is reached.

$20,000:  5 EXTRA ILLUSTRATIONS – in addition to the ones that are already planned.

$30,000: HELSINKI FOLDOUT MAP – the book will now include a complete Helsinki City Map that features all the major neighborhoods. We're making it a fold out insert. 

$60,000: CALICO SCREEN PRINTED COVER – every book will now be shipped with a screen printed Calico cover. Many hardcover books have their spine bound with calico if you're trying to imagine what this looks like. The design will be revealed in an update.

$80,000: JÖRGITS BACKSTORY – the book will now include a back story for the alien characters in the book.  How was each member selected for the mission? Where does Pekka's bottomless appetite come from? What is a Kaamos Jörg? The back story will answer these questions and many more.

$100,000: JÖRGITS IN INDIA PREVIEW – I've already written a first draft  of the next book in the Jörgits series, which is set in India. We'll give you a preview of the first two chapters as an ebook for all backers. The preview will include new illustrations.

$150,000: AUDIO VERSION – Want to listen to the Jörgits while driving or tired of reading the book to your kids? The audio book will be available to all backers as a download. 

$200,000: AUGMENTED REALITY integration with the app and book. You'll be able to use the Jörgits iPad App to unlock secret content in the printed book.

$250,000: SWEDISH AND FINNISH TRANSLATIONS – we're translating the novel to the languages that are spoken in Finland, the country where story takes place. Backers from Finland and Sweden will get the book in their own language. These will ship at a slightly later date.

$300,000: SPANISH TRANSLATION – backers from Spanish speaking countries will get the book in Spanish. These will ship at a slightly later date.

We need your help

We are a small indepent publisher, the money that we’re raising through this Kickstarter will go towards the cost of printing and shipping the book to you.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is our second Kickstarter Campaign. Our first one was successful and quite ambitious. At its height I was managing a ten person team to develop the app.
From the reviews above you can see that we delivered what we set out to do.

We have more than 95% of the content ready for book. I will be designing a number of new illustrations for this edition and there is work still to do around layout of the content. However this work can be completed within a month's time.

We've given ourselves a generous amount of time to deliver to book to you so that we can deal with any issues that may arise from shipping and printing the book.

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