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A sweetly twisted words and pictures art book featuring rare and obscure words, along with their definitions. Get smart with art!
A sweetly twisted words and pictures art book featuring rare and obscure words, along with their definitions. Get smart with art!
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In an aweful attempt at expanding the vocabularies of and increasing the general nerdification of their spawn, Ricky Romero and Richelle Nicole have teamed up to create Aweful Words. Here you'll find words that really should be used more in daily conversation, as well as the occasional fun made up word, like adormidable, a combination of horrible and adorable.

There's a word for that kind of word, it's a portmanteau word...a linguistic blend of words in which parts of multiple words or their phones (sounds) are combined into a new word. And yes, we do realize we've spelled aweful incorrectly, it's also a kind of portmanteau word. Think...awe and awesome and of course, awful.

Vol. 1-- letters A and D
Vol. 1-- letters A and D

These two words will always be two of our aweful favorites. We both have a weakness for twins, as we both have our own set. Ricky's twin girls are 10 years old and Richelle's twin boys are 14. It was this bizarre commonality for which Aweful Words was born. Teach them...Aweful Words.

Your pledge will help us produce an amazing set of downloadable PDFs, stickers, postcards, art prints, but most importantly an almost alphabet-art book and hopefully hopefully some enamel pins and monster magenets! All of this awefullness...conceived in the mind of a logophile (a lover of words) and filled with the sweetly twisted drawings of an aweful mind.

The Aweful Words book will be:

✹ 8.5 x 11 inches

✹ 28 Full color pages

✹ Perfect bound

✹ 100lb gloss cover paper for the cover

✹ 80lb gloss text paper

 

mock-up of how book might look
mock-up of how book might look

 

mock-up of how pages might look
mock-up of how pages might look

Additional items we will be creating with the funds from this campaign:

✹ Downloadable PDFs of the original illustrations  

✹ Aweful Stickers  

✹ Aweful Postcards

✹ Aweful Art Prints

✹ New Original Art, Aweful Monster drawings

We are interested in the Aweful Words you like best so please leave us a comment here on the campaign and tell us your favorites!

We have aweful plans!! Here's what we're currently up to...

We've already started working on Aweful Words volume 2. Indeed, you can follow the progress of our second edition on our Aweful Words Instagram

Do you like things on the sweeter side? Then we have something fun and super aweful in the works for you, and that will be in the Awefully Sweet edition. Twill be all sugar and spice...everything nice..mostly. 

We also have a short Winter Holiday edition completed but plan to add more words this year before it's print release. Naturally it's titled: The Aweful Holidays. And if all this awefullness isn't enough...we're making Aweful Monster Toys. We've added some stretch goals to help make this happen.

This project is SO CLOSE to being complete. All the illustrations have been finished and we're ready to go to print. You can help us bring Aweful Words to life and pre-order a copy today!

 

 

 

 

 *There is a typo in the rewards description for the "You're So Aweful" tier. This tier contains 2 stickers but we will be sure to put 4 in since it was our typo. :) 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

AN AWEFUL ORIGINAL TOO :

Choose any one of these amazingly aweful monsters for Ricky to draw. Clink on the monster name to learn more about them, get smart about your art! All these links, save one ( Nanaue) will take you to their wiki pages. Rawwr. Once you've made your choice, message us or leave a comment and let us know what you picked. 

  •  Elwetritsch --- mythical creature from German lore
  • Yōkai --- from Japanese Mythology
  • Shellycoat --- SOLD--- bogeyman from Scottish and Northern English lore
  • Átahsaia --- demon from Zuni lore and mythology
  • Kigatilik --- demon from Inuit mythology
  • Inkanyamba --- legendary serpent of South Africa
  • Menehune --- dwarf sized peoples of Hawaiian lore
  • Dokkaebi ---SOLD--- goblins of Korean mythology
  • Baku ---SOLD--- supernatural beings of Japanese mythology
  • Nanaue --- shark man of Hawaiian mythology
  • Dybbuk ---SOLD--- possessing spirit of Jewish mythology
  • Nachzehrer --- Vampire of German lore

 

 

 

 

✹ $1500 Stretch Goal - At this Aweful Stretch goal Scary Beary will be immortalized as a hard enamel pin 

NEW REWARD TIERS at $1500 Stretch Goal:  

  • ✹ AWEFUL ENAMEL - $10 - Choice of any one unlocked Aweful Pin
  • ✹ AWEFULLY AWESOME - $25 - Signed copy of Aweful Words, Choice of any 1 of the unlocked enamel pins

 ✹ $1800 Stretch Goal - The Peanut Butter Jelly Monster becomes a hard enamel pin

NEW REWARD TIERS at $1800 Stretch Goal: 

  • ✹ AWEFUL ENAMEL TOO - $20 - Choice of any 2 unlocked Aweful Pins
  • ✹ AWEFULLY AWESOME TOO - $35 - Signed copy of Aweful Words, Choice of any 2 of the unlocked enamel pins

 ✹  $2100 Stretch Goal - A Sad Scary Beary to pin over your heart

NEW REWARD TIERS at $2100 Stretch Goal:

  • ✹ AWEFULLY STUCK - $30 - Because you like to wear your awefullness rather then read it and only want pins!? Then here you go -ALL 3 unlocked Aweful Pins.
  • ✹ AWEFULLY STUCK ON YOU-  $45 - Signed copy of Aweful Words, ALL 3 Aweful enamel pins.
✹ $3200 Stretch Goal - When we reach this Aweful Stretch goal Aweful Monster magnets will be readying an invasion of homes.

Stretch goals for monster making will allow Richelle to buy some much needed equipment to help make Aweful Monster toys and magnets a faster and more efficient reality. 

The magnets are hand sculpted, then molded and cast in resin, painted and sealed. Now stick that Aweful thing on the fridge or whatever magnetic surface needs some awefull-fication!

There will be 2 magnet designs to choose from. Color choices are currently being finalized. 

You can follow the progress of Aweful Monster making on Richelle's Instagram.

 THE BOOK, MAGNETS AND PINS NOW AVAILABLE AS ADD-ONS!

Increase your existing pledge by:

$17 - US backers - for book plus a little for shipping 

$20 - International backers - for book plus a midge for shipping

$10 - for Aweful enamel pin of choice

$20 - for 2 Aweful enamel pins of choice

$30 - for all 3 Aweful enamel pins

$13 - for Aweful Monster magnet of choice

$24 - for both Aweful Monster magnets

Let us know what and which you added when the campaign ends and surveys go out. Woohoo! Add some more Aweful to your life!

 

                               Help us spread the Aweful Word!

Something you could do for us beyond pledging, and possibly even more important would be to help us spread the word! We would appreciate any and all posts, shares, pins, tweets, tumbls, ect. You'd be oh so awefully awesome for sharing, and to make this easier for you we made a couple of images you can snag. Please grab one and help spread the Aweful Word!

You're so aweful for sharing
You're so aweful for sharing

 

Grab and share this image
Grab and share this image

 

                        

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Risks to send Aweful Words to print are very low. The illustrations and layout for the book are complete and we're ready to print and vet the proof.

Payments process within 2 weeks at the end of the campaign, so we hope we'll be able to start sending out your orders in early August, that is of course barring any potential episodes of uncontrollable emptysis, possible obtruncation or...gasp..expiration. There is, as always the chance of production delays from the manufacture that are outside our control. But have no fear, we'll send an Aweful update and keep all of our backers apprised of the situation.

Thank you so much for helping us make Aweful Words a reality!

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    Aweful Nice of You

    Our Aweful thanks and a downloadable Aweful Words PDF file of one of the illustrations.

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    Awefully Sticky

    Some Awefully Sticky stickers to stick on anything you can stick stuffs to.

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    You're So Aweful

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    Truly Aweful

    One signed copy of the Aweful Words book
    1 downloadable PDF file of an Aweful Words illustration
    2 Aweful Words stickers
    One signed print

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    Awefully Awesome

    Signed copy of Awful Words and your choice of any one unlocked enamel pin

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    Just Plain Aweful x2

    Two signed copies of the Aweful Words book. One for you and one to help spread the Aweful Word!

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    Most Aweful

    One signed copy of the Aweful Words book
    One signed print
    2 Aweful Words stickers
    Two Aweful Words Postcards
    1 Downloadable PDF of an Aweful Words illustration

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    Awefully Generous

    One Signed Copy of the Aweful Words book * dedicated to you or another upon your request
    Two signed Prints
    Two Aweful Words stickers
    Two Aweful Words postcards

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    • Two signed prints--word of choice
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    Aweful Inside

    One Signed Copy of the Aweful Words book * dedicated to you or another upon your request
    One original sketch on the title page INSIDE of the book
    One signed print
    Two Aweful Words stickers
    One Aweful Words postcard
    One downloadable PDF of an Aweful Words illustration

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    One Signed Copy of the Aweful Words books * dedicated to you or another upon your request
    One original sketch on the title page INSIDE of the book
    One ORIGINAL 6x9 Aweful monster drawing SEPARATE from the book. --YOUR IDEA--within reason ;)
    One signed print
    Two Aweful Words stickers
    Two Aweful Words postcards
    One downloadable PDF of an Aweful Words illustration

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    • One original sketch on the title page-inside of book
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    • Two signed prints--word of choice
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    One ORIGINAL 6x9 Aweful monster drawing SEPARATE from the book. --CHOOSE MONSTER FROM LIST-
    One signed print
    Two Aweful Words stickers
    Two Aweful Words postcards
    One downloadable PDF of an Aweful Words illustration

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of Aweful Words
    • One original sketch on the title page-inside of book
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