About this project
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$25K - We'll print an extra 250 books, ALL OF THEM to be donated to children's hospitals in the US and Canada! + Digital book for backers pledging $8 and up!
$32K - My Apollo in Spanish! Backers can choose the hardcover book in English or Spanish!
- My Apollo featured in the Boston Herald in a full-page article!
- My Apollo featured in the Bark Box in a full-length article!
- My Apollo featured in Life With Dogs - A World Leader in Dog News and Entertainment!
- My Apollo featured in Dogster!
- My Apollo featured in Doggie Buddy!
- My Apollo featured in Animal Wellness Magazine!
My Apollo is a tale of the healing bond between a small boy named Briar and a rescue greyhound dog named Apollo. These two characters come together in the beginning of the story with some difficulties of their own.
Briar comes from a single-father family and has been struggling in school with falling grades and social anxiety. Apollo was bred to run races on a racing track, and by the time he was at a shelter, he has developed a deep distrust of humans and a fearful orientation to life.
The rest of the story follows these two very lovable characters as they grow a deep bond and help each other overcome their challenges.
The plot of My Apollo was inspired by the rehabilitation of our own greyhound, Apollo. Many of the early drawings I did for this book were life studies of him.
When we first adopted Apollo, he was terrified of many things, like loud sounds, sudden movements, and physical contact. Over time, and with patience and training, he opened up and grew more and more affectionate and care-free.
In helping Apollo and witnessing his willingness to embrace life's new vistas, I, too, was transformed for the better. As many rescue-dog-lovers understand, it's not always clear who rescued whom!
Every single page of this 40-page full-color hardbound book is hand-painted with archival watercolor paints on heavyweight watercolor paper, with no digital alteration.
I wanted to retain the textured paper and hand-painted look and feel in the final hardcover book. Elegance with a dash of naive; artistry with simplicity.
My vision for this book is that it is both a children's book, and an art book, using the highest quality art paper for printing, with beautifully designed end papers, dust sleeve - the whole nine yards.
We will be donating 200 copies (10% of the 1st printing) to children's hospitals, libraries, and animal shelters across the US!
We have planned some really amazing rewards for our generous benefactors!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge with publishing this book is nailing down all the pre-production details, working closely with a printing company, hand-picking the papers, printing page samples to ensure the colors are just right, and delivering the final product to our backers without delay.
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