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A picture book about fatherhood, death, and psychoanalysis by Nicholas Gurewitch, creator of The Perry Bible Fellowship.
A picture book about fatherhood, death, and psychoanalysis by Nicholas Gurewitch, creator of The Perry Bible Fellowship.
A picture book about fatherhood, death, and psychoanalysis by Nicholas Gurewitch, creator of The Perry Bible Fellowship.
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This is book about Death's despair regarding his kid- an affectionate "Little Death" who simply doesn't have what it takes to carry on the family business. 

Dr. Edgar O. Wye is a psychoanalyst who takes Death on as a patient. The book's rhyming narration will be taken from his case notes. 

The book will run about 42-50 pages long, and will be completely illustrated. Graphic novel "frames" will be used on occasion, but this will really be more of a picture book - deliberately similar to the short books of Edward Gorey, but with a character-driven plot. Though it has a pretty high body count, it is in essence a family story.

The book's illustrations are etched -to give the story a gothic atmosphere appropriate to its subject matter.

REWARD LEVEL 1 (DIGITAL DELIGHT): Digital Certificate of Donation + Digital Copy of the Book
REWARD LEVEL 1 (DIGITAL DELIGHT): Digital Certificate of Donation + Digital Copy of the Book
REWARD LEVEL 2 (KEEPIN IT REAL): Digital Certificate of Donation + A Physical Copy of the Book!
REWARD LEVEL 2 (KEEPIN IT REAL): Digital Certificate of Donation + A Physical Copy of the Book!
REWARD LEVEL 3 (FRESH PRINTS) - Print Set (of 2 prints) + Physical Copy of Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 3 (FRESH PRINTS) - Print Set (of 2 prints) + Physical Copy of Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 4 (STEP UP TO THE PLATE) - Signed Bookplate + Print Set + Physical Copy of the Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 4 (STEP UP TO THE PLATE) - Signed Bookplate + Print Set + Physical Copy of the Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 5 (SHOUT OUT) - Thank You in the Book! + Signed Bookplate + Print Set (2-3) + Physical Copy of the Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 5 (SHOUT OUT) - Thank You in the Book! + Signed Bookplate + Print Set (2-3) + Physical Copy of the Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 6 (GETTIN SKETCHY) - 1 Commissioned Sketch (in color) + Thank You in the Book + Print Set + Signed Bookplate + Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 6 (GETTIN SKETCHY) - 1 Commissioned Sketch (in color) + Thank You in the Book + Print Set + Signed Bookplate + Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 7 (THE WORKS) - Original Piece of Etched Art from Book + Signed Bookplate + Book + Print Set + Thank You In Book + Digital Certificate
REWARD LEVEL 7 (THE WORKS) - Original Piece of Etched Art from Book + Signed Bookplate + Book + Print Set + Thank You In Book + Digital Certificate

 HOLIDAY TIP: If the campaign is successful, "Donation Certificates" will be made downloadable on the evening of Dec 22nd in time for printed X-mas gifts if you've donated in someone's name. 

FUNDRAISING NOTE: Any and all excess funding (not meeting the demands of publishing / shipping / enhancements / survival) will be put toward animating some of the many storyboards I've accumulated over the years. These animations will be posted on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BigPlayFilms

Risks and challenges

This book is not directed toward a specific demographic. Like certain works by Maurice Sendak and Shel Silverstein, it just is what it is. This will make marketing the [graphic novel/children's story/picture book] difficult. Fortunately, you're a potential Kickstarter patron, and we don't have to deal with any of that stuff.

The etching process is more straining to my hand than pen and ink. To complete of the book, I will implement a regiment of stretching and exercise to maintain keep strain at bay.

Production and delivery of Kickstarter materials can be a headache, but I've been lucky enough to George Rohac and Breadpig on my team. They're pretty much a Kickstarter Swat team.

Scheduling: Fortunately, I'm very excited about this book, and am eager to work on it. I have some free time this year, and plan to have the book ready for deliver in July 2015.

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    HONK LEVEL: "Honk" PBF Original Comic Strip Art (unframed) + Signed Bookplate + Book + Print Set + Thank you In Book + Digital Certificate

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