About this project
Edit 26-Sep-16 : Stretch Goals have been included
What is Blue - An Australian Cattle Dog Story?
Blue is at heart a story of friendship between James (a country boy who moves to the city) and Blue, a headstrong rescue cattle dog. What is James to do with a dog who won't come when called, is a picky eater and has a fascination with hammers?
As James and Blue learn to live together, James finds out the mystery of Blue's past. Blue - An Australian Cattle Dog Story has adventure, laughter and a few tears. It's based on a true story.
What is the funding for?
The artwork is ALMOST complete and ready to go. (There's still some bits and pieces to go as well as to add some lucky pledgers into the background.) The monies will fund the first print run and make Blue - An Australian Cattle Dog Story a reality!
Blue - An Australian Cattle Dog Story will be 260mm x 170mm (Standard Comic Size) and Perfect Bound. The final page count will be approximately 45 pages including the fully coloured Blue story, sketches and other artwork.
Why did I write Blue?
There needs to be more graphic novels about dogs and in particular Australian Cattle Dogs. They are definitely one of the most loyal and hardworking breeds, although they each have their own personality!
James is a country boy who leaves Nowra to come up to the city for work. He adopts Blue but has he bitten off more than he can chew? (Pun intended!)
Blue is an older Australian Cattle Dog who is living in an Animal Rescue Shelter at the start of the story. Blue definitely has his own personality but is there a reason that he acts the way he does?
Want to see some pages?
The story pages are 99% completed, there's some touch ups required but everything is mostly there. Here's some sample pages of Blue at Animal Rescue and Blue at his new home.
Rewards - What's Available?
The six main type of available rewards for Blue - An Australian Cattle Dog Story as listed. More details of each individual rewards are explained below. Any physical reward can be signed by the writer on request.
Rewards - PDF
A PDF copy of Blue - An Australian Cattle Dog Story.
Rewards - Physical Copy
A Physical Perfect Bound copy of Blue - An Australian Cattle Dog Story.
Rewards - Limited Edition A4 Print - Out for a Jog
This image of Blue and Mary will be used for the A4 Print Reward. There will only be a single print run of 250 copies on hard cardstock, after that no further copies will be made using this image.
Rewards - Limited Edition Print - Favourite Toy
This image or Blue and James will be used for the A4 Print Reward. There will only be a single print run of 150 copies on hard cardstock, after that no further copies will be made using this image. At 150 copies ONLY, this A4 Print will be more limited than the Out for a Jog print.
Rewards - Original Sketch by P.R. Dedelis
Original Artwork from artist P.R. Dedelis. This is an amazing reward for your opportunity to own an original pencilled A4 sketch. This is a unique one of a kind reward. Some examples of the original sketches are below.
Rewards - Get DRAWN IN
At the end of the Kickstarter, I will ask for a photo and your likeness will be included in Blue - An Australian Cattle Dog Story graphic novel. That's right, you'll be part of the graphic novel!
My first graphic novel Tabby (ISBN 9780994289902) is in over 150+ public libraries in Australia and New Zealand. You'll be famous!
Rewards - Original Toy Artwork
I'd really hate to let this want one go but this is an opportunity to own the original pencil sketch of the artwork used for the Favourite Toy Print. There is ONLY 1 of this reward available!
Rewards - Drink with the Creator (Sydney, Australia ONLY)
This is rare opportunity to meet the creator (Stephen Kok) for a drink. I will cover the price of the beverage and we can discuss anything you like. Happy to give advice and do a portfolio review OR discuss upcoming projects OR both. (I can talk about anything you want!)
On request I can bring sneak peeks into upcoming Sigmate Studio projects. All top secret and very exciting! If you are a LIBRARY or BUSINESS, I will make an instore or library appearance and run a panel!
Your name will be included in a special Wall of Fame. Check out the previous Wall of Fame from the 5 Seconds project. http://sigmatestudio.com/wall-of-fame-3/
New special commission artwork to be included with the graphic novel. More details will be released when we get closer to this goal!
Still want more? Add Ons!
My first 2 Kickstarters (Tabby and Tabby Sketchbook) PDFs are available with this Kickstarter! As a special, you can get BOTH PDFs by increasing your pledge by $5.
Tabby's idyllic life is changed when a new family of cats move into the neighbourhood. To make things even more complicated, Tabby Junior falls in love with a cat from the other family!
Also available is the PDF from my last project 5 Seconds! There will be a special PDF reward for all digital editions,
What would you do if you could see 5 Seconds into the future? Would you look?
Risks and challenges
I have completed 3 successful Kickstarters and have delivered all rewards on schedule. Most of the pages are already done. I just need to insert the background characters (from the rewards) and finish off the lettering.
Then it's just preparing for the first print run!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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