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Our Kickstarter campaign is seeking funding to bring “101 Illustrated Jokes For Kids By Kids Vol. 1” to life as an electronic book in the Kindle store and as printed books available for purchase.

The jokes and artwork already exist, having originally appeared as part of youth-oriented features in newspapers in the 1990s. They were the “user-gen content” of their day ... kids would write the jokes down and mail them to the artist, who would illustrate and colorize them for the newspaper. 

 Older kids love reading, memorizing and reciting these jokes, and younger children enjoy them through the comic illustrations. The jokes are timeless and are waiting to for a new generation of kids to discover them. This campaign will enable that to happen. 

 We have the expertise to convert the artwork to a digital form and prepare the pages for digital publishing and printing. But we seek funding for the expenses involved in the initial setup and the first round of printing. 

 BACKGROUND 

 Trail Mix was a newspaper feature for children, created by illustrator Roy Green, that appeared in the comics sections of papers in the 1990s. It would entertain and educate readers, especially children, through a combination of mazes, word searches, puzzles, and jokes. The jokes were submitted by kids by mail and each week, and kids would anxiously await the Sunday paper to see if their joke and name appeared in the paper. Teachers would also wait for the strip to use it in their classrooms. 

While Trail Mix is no longer in print and those children are long since grown, the jokes and artwork are timeless. The original comic strips have literally been sitting in the illustrator’s garage for the last 17 years.

 MISSION AND GOALS 

 Our project involves turning the illustrated jokes from the strips into a series of kid-sized books that would be available in print and in digital form so they can be enjoyed anew. 

 The jokes from the strips are aimed at children between the ages of 5-9. Kids love to read, memorize and re-tell these jokes, and we believe their laughter and smiles will help reinforce reading as a lifetime habit. 

 The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to get the first book fully-funded for print and digital mediums in full color. Material is available for two more volumes after that. 

 SPECS FOR THE PRINTED BOOKS 

  •  1000 printed books 
  • 116 pages 
  • 5”x7” dimensions 
  • Softcover, perfect binding 
  • Full color glossy pages 
  • Durable heavy-weight gloss laminated cover 

 HERE'S WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING 

  • $2,742 - Printing and delivery of 1000 soft-cover books 
  • $1,632 - Postage and shipping supplies 
  • $337 - Production of 500 postcards, 500 bookmarks, 75 posters and 25 T-shirts
  • $2040 - Kickstarter, Amazon fees and taxes 

    $6751 - Total 

 HOW YOU CAN HELP 

 We have the talent to put together the book. We need your help to get it into kids’ hands. Your contributions will help make the book real, and to show our thanks, we’ll share early editions and other rewards with our benefactors including the opportunity to contribute your own groaner to the book and have it illustrated by Roy. Read on for more details about the available contribution packages.

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Risks and challenges

If we don’t raise the funds for printing, we’ll be forced to do a digital-only distribution which will impact our audience.

We'll still make our book, it will be available on Amazon for the Kindle. But -- we won't be able to reach as many children or make any donations.

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    THE JOKESMITH PACKAGE:
    You'll get the post card and a digital copy of 101 Illustrated Jokes For Kids By Kids Vol I.

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    THE JESTER PACKAGE:
    We'll send you the post card and a soft-cover printed edition of the our book 101 Illustrated Jokes For Kids By Kids Vol. 1.

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    THE FUNNYMAN PACKAGE:
    You'll get the post card, a soft-cover printed edition of 101 Illustrated Jokes For Kids By Kids Vol I and a digital copy of the book for your viewing pleasure.

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    THE JOSHER PACKAGE:
    You'll get the post card, a signed soft-cover printed edition of 101 Illustrated Jokes For Kids By Kids Vol I, a digital copy of the book, an official 101 Jokes For Kids bookmark and your name listed as one of our backers in our book and on our website.* (Name is optional)

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    LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE I PACKAGE:
    You'll get one signed book for you, one soft-cover copy donated in your name to Moffitt or St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital, the post card, your name listed as one of our backers in the book/website, and a 101 Jokes For Kids bookmark.

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    LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE II PACKAGE:
    You'll get one signed book for you, two soft-cover copies donated in your name to Moffitt or St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital, the post card, your name listed as one of our backers in the book/website and a 101 Jokes For Kids bookmark.

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    LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE III PACKAGE:
    You'll get one signed book for you, three soft-cover copies donated in your name to Moffitt or St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital, the post card, your name listed as one of our backers in the book/website and a 101 Jokes For Kids bookmark.

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    THE BRONZE LAUGH PACK:
    We'll send you the post card, a signed copy of the Trail Mix Joke Book for Kids, an official 101 Jokes For Kids t-shirt, a signed poster of 101 Jokes For Kids, your name listed as one of our backers in the book/website and a 101 Jokes For Kids bookmark.

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    THE SILVER LAUGH PACK:
    You’ll get all of the above in the $75 level plus we’ll hand-sketch a joke in the front of the books along with our signature.

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    THE GOLD LAUGH PACK:
    You’ll get all of the above in the $100 level, plus we’ll illustrate one of your jokes (must be kid worthy), credit your name and include it in our printed book for its first printing.

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