Shattered Sands LitTees and Other Swag (Canceled)
A project for apparel, mugs, and totes from Bradley P. Beaulieu's critically acclaimed epic fantasy, The Song of the Shattered Sands.
Welcome to LitTees, the Kickstarter for apparel and other swag from the critically acclaimed series from epic fantasy author Bradley P. Beaulieu, The Song of the Shattered Sands.
The project includes four designs and various products to choose from such as tee shirts, totes, mugs, die-cut stickers, and temporary tattoos.
Each of the four designs was created using custom artwork and is heavily influenced by some key aspect from the books, from the headstrong heroine, Çeda, to the freedom fighters of the Moonless Host to the tyrannical Twelve Kings of Sharakhai. The fourth design focuses on the mysterious djinni-like creature revealed in the latest, just-released book, Of Sand and Malice Made.
The Song of the Shattered Sands is a new Arabian Nights-inspired epic fantasy series. The first book, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (released Sep 2015), was named to over twenty "Best of 2015" lists. NPR Books called Twelve Kings "as graceful and contemplative as it is action-packed and pulse-pounding." NYTimes bestselling author Robin Hobb urged readers to "hop on this train now, as the journey promises to be breathtaking."
If you'd rather get these or any of the author's books early, they're widely available from online retailers or from a bookstore near you. You can also order signed editions from the author's online store.
LitTees are tee shirts with designs that embed the very pages from the Shattered Sands books into the images themselves. The base images are beautiful pieces of art created by the likes of Adam Paquette and René Aigner, but within them are sections of prose, hand-selected from the content of the books to align with the theme of the design itself.
Thus, Çeda's white wolf image has prose from one of Çeda's early chapters in Twelve Kings in Sharakhai:
One of Emre's chapters is used for the Moonless Host scarab image:
A chapter from the point of view of the Kings of Sharakhai is embedded in their image:
And the new novel, Of Sand and Malice Made, is used to flavor the Irindai Moth image:
The LitTees are being offered in Gildan Lightweight 100% Cotton T-Shirts in both unisex and women's tees, with sizes ranging from Small to 3XL. Two variants were created for each tee shirt design—one for white tees and another for black tees—creating a stand-out look whichever color you choose.
Unisex Shirt Description: Gildan 500 lightweight, 100% preshrunk 5.3oz blank, cotton T-Shirt. Seamless collar, taped neck and shoulders, double-needle sleeves and bottom hem. Sizes: S-3XL
Women's Shirt Description: Gildan G500L Ladie's Lightweight 100% Cotton T-Shirt is 100% preshrunk cotton sideseamed with slightly tapered Missy fit. Fabric is 5.3oz. Sizes: S-3XL
Note that the labels for these shirts say "Heavy Cotton", but they are referred to as lightweight by the printer since the fabric is lighter weight and most customers think of it as lightweight.
You can see each of the designs in the four basic options below. All designs are near-final but final tweaks may be made. Also note that there will be printing on the sleeve that identifies the author's name and name of the book.
Each of the four design are also being offered on 15"W x 16"H totes, 11 oz. mugs, 4" tall die-cut stickers and temporary tattoos.
Need something to read while wearing your cool-ass tee or sipping coffee from your new mug? Dive into these books from the author via add-ons:
- Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Hardcover or Trade Paperback)
- Of Sand and Malice Made (Hardcover)
- The Lays of Anuskaya Trilogy (Ltd. Edition Hardcover, Trade Paperback, or eBook)
- Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories (Ltd. Edition Hardcover, Trade Paperback, or eBook)
- In the Stars I'll Find You & Other Tales of Futures Fantastic (Ltd. Edition Hardcover, Trade Paperback, or eBook)
How will this be handled? Through Backerkit. Backerkit is a great Kickstarter service that allows you to add extra items to your Kickstarter pledge, or change your pledge once the Kickstarter has ended. When you take the survey and "check out", you'll be able to alter your pledge (not the amount, but what items you'll receive). You can also purchase additional items through their interface. You can learn more about Backerkit Add-ons through their online showcase.
100 Backers — New Shirt Design — I have a fifth shirt design in mind. If we get 100 backers, I'll reveal it and make it available as one of the available tee shirt designs.
200 Backers — Screen-savers and desktop backgrounds — I'll work the images into screen savers and backgrounds for anyone to download.
300 Backers — Free Shattered Sands Maps! — If we hit 300 backers total, I'll make maps available as a free add-on for all backers.
500 Backers — To Be Determined!
$5,000 — Free Tattoo — If we hit this goal, I'll make a random temporary tattoo available as a free add-on to all backers of the LitTee pledge level or higher ($25 or more).
$7,500 — Free Sticker — If we hit this goal, I'll make a sticker of your choice available as a free add-on to all backers of the LitTee pledge level or higher ($25 or more).
$10,000 — More Tattoos — If we hit this goal, I'll make a full sheet (4 tattoos) available as a free add-on to all backers of the LitTee pledge level or higher ($25 or more).
$15,000 — To Be Determined!
Risks and challenges
The most difficult aspects of a project like this are getting the designs prepared for the various products and ordering the products themselves from quality manufacturers. The designs are complete and can be viewed in the Kickstarter description.
The manufacturers have all been chosen and are among the best in each of their respective industries. Each has been contacted and is ready to provide quality tee shirts, totes, mugs, temporary tattoos, and stickers once the project has been completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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