About this project
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I was told that shipping costs will be an overestimate in some cases, but an underestimate in many others, especially because of rising postal costs. Since shipping to Canada at the same rate as a US order is impossible (it is up to 3X the cost of domestic shipping), they are necessarily categorized under the safer "International Order" option.
I feel bad that this is particularly painful for my Northern neighbors. I would like to make it up to you by bringing some books to Canada when they're done. I know Mr. Christopher Butcher of The Beguiling in Toronto. He has basically told me he'd be up for hosting something like this. Signed books and/or punches to my face can be made available.
I'm creating a downloadable document that you can print off in time for Christmas if you'd like to donate for a friend. The illustrated certificate will outline the reward level, but it will not have a name written on it. This means it will be up to you to place it in the right hands.
I may be lettering the book's Thank You list by hand, so I will double-check with all the Level 5 backers before going ahead with it. This means you have time to assign the honor to a friend or loved one.
The easiest way to do this is to set up another paypal accounts with which to make another donation. Having some consistency to our reward tiers helps avoid fulfillment obstacles. Thanks for understanding.
It's definitely hardcover!
It isn't a destination, it's a process.
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