About this project
Monkess the Homunculus is a children's graphic novel/picture book aimed at ages 3-8, though adults seem to resonate with the story as well. Monkess celebrates friendship and adventure and the entire mystery of life. It's 48 pages but as you can see from the above video, can be read to children in about seven minutes.
This is the story of a little girl homunculus who was made over a century ago in a scientific installation on a small island in the South Pacific. Monkess is buoyant and adventurous and loves her experience of life and engages it with gusto.
Monkess the Homunculus contains a broad mix of words and descriptions, some geared toward simplifying the world and some meant to promote a love for the mystery of words and expanding vocabularies. The book includes thematic episodes that would normally be considered dangers or conflicts (such as erupting volcanoes, tidal waves, loneliness, and losing at board games), but by virtue of Monkess's near immortality (she's very sturdy) and outlook, these are just more happy elements of her adventures.
If you haven't already, you can hear and see the entire story in the introductory video above.
About the Campaign
I'm very excited about Monkess the Homunculus. I wrote the story last year and as I was preparing to begin drawing pages, I was in a scooter accident and injured my drawing arm. By the time I healed well enough to draw again, I was busy with other things. Still, I very much had the book in mind and when I saw a small window this Spring, I took it. I gave myself three months to finish everything and by working five or six hours every night after putting the kids to bed, I finished in seven weeks.
All the work (minus the cover and dust jacket, which should be complete by May 10th) is finished and the book is ready to go to print. I have a printer lined up just waiting for the word Go if this campaign is successful.
I'm looking to cover printing costs for the book. It will be a 48-page hardcover with colour cover and dust jacket.
About Seth T. Hahne
I'm a writer, comics critic, designer, and artist. My day job is web and graphic design. On the side, I've been running Good Ok Bad as a critic of comics, graphic novels, and manga for about five years. I host a list of comics and graphic novels that I'd recommend to young readers. I have been a regular illustrator for the last several years. And I've been an independent comics creator for about a year and a half.
Everything I've mentioned there that isn't my job as a web and graphic designer is stuff I get to do after I put my two kids to bed at night. It's hard to squeeze it in, but I find so much creative fulfillment in making things that I just can't stop.
About the Rewards
All tiers include the book, a hardcover first edition of Monkess the Homunculus.
Additionally, while I may make an actual colouring book as a stretch goal at some point, all backers will have access to download Monkess the Homunculus colouring pages, which may be printed at your leisure.
In the $45+ tiers, I begin including special 5"x7" Monkess art prints. These will be drawn especially for the Kickstarter across the month of May. There will be a full set of 6. They will be cute. Because Monkess is cute.
At $45, backers will receive one print of the set at random. All reward tiers $75 and up will receive the complete set of 6 prints.
At the $500 level, backers can commission a custom drawing of Monkess. These will be 8"x10" and will be created with the input of the backer. Monkess loves to do all kinds of things so we can draw her doing most anything her personality would allow. (Keep in mind that she is the hero of a kids' book, so I won't be drawing her in sexy situations or participating in any of the old ultraviolence.)
Risks and challenges
Since the book is entirely finished (save for the cover and endpapers) and merely waiting to be printed, the risks are low. They mostly just involve catastrophes like my untimely demise or the printed book beings swallowed into the earth en route after being printed.
This is my second Kickstarter. The first was successfully funded and rewards were delivered on time or early. There was no struggle to meet my responsibilities last time and expect none this time either.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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