First Day of Magic School
First Day of Magic School
A fun childrens book utilizing a magic wand and invisible inks to help the readers interact with the story.
A fun childrens book utilizing a magic wand and invisible inks to help the readers interact with the story. Read more
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History: A few years ago I wanted to do something for my sons third birthday that was completely different from anything he had. I always loved special toys growing up. I sat down and spent a lot of my spare time working on a custom childrens book. Unfortunately parents with a 2 year old know that there isn't much spare time, and the book didn't progress well.
A few weeks later after work I happened to see my hands under a black-light. All different colors and shades. I know I had been working with some UV security marking powder, but I never imagined there was that much of it. I went home and read everything on UV I could find. I then ordered half a dozen different models of UV lights, from spot lights to tiny UV Led lights. I began to mix inks and juices and pretty much anything non toxic I could find until I had a good quality invisible ink. I ended up finishing the book with rubber stamps, stencils, and invisible ink as an adventure book where my son would have to use a UV light (fashioned into a magic wand), to interact. When I saw the smile on my sons face when he got to read the book I knew I had finally made a gift worthy of being called ‘special’.
Bad News: I didn't want to make another “Dylans Great Adventure” book for anyone else, as he loves showing it off to his friends. (I did make a copy for a friends kid who couldn't afford gifts for Christmas).
Good News: I wrote a sequel. Dylan's first day at Magic School! Although the story is much more graphically intensive, technology is now working in our favor.
Risks and challenges
I am still researching, but it looks like to make this happen all proper and whatnot I am going to need some serious artistic help. The problem is with my creativity and my art skills. I have neither. While my kid probably doesn't care that everything is made with stencils and stamps and stickers, to do this right I am going to need an artist/ illustrator. To top it all off I am almost completely colorblind. Without my friend Ken this would not have been possible for me to even know what works and what doesn't.
I am going to need some decent equipment. Either some sort of press or a printer that can use UV inks. (Update: I have found the printer, and can now order specialty cartridges that allow me to print UV ink!) That gets pricey, but should easily pay for itself if I get some good backing.
I have ordered a ton of different UV flashlights, led keychains, penlights, and just a pile of different UV LEDS of different wavelengths.
I need to test out every wavelength and power, with every type of ink, on many types of paper to find out what works best. Luckily I've got a great research base to build on.
I've made many prototype pages of the book, but need the funding to make it into an actual book and mass produce.
I want to say 30 days to fund my dream. Another 30 days to finalize dedicated development. 30 final days to start pumping them out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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