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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Hi there everyone! Seeing as we make comic books, I thought it would be a good idea to explain this in comic form!
Let us have a closer look at the rewards:
There are 2 hoodies to choose from. These tend to fit a bit big, so if you're in between 2 sizes, I would choose the smaller one, from personal experience with these hoodies.
We prepared 4 different t-shirts for you, hoping to provide a good variety of colours and styles to please everyone. These will be printed on both unisex t-shirts and women's fitted t-shirts, please choose the appropriate reward. Unfortunately fitted shirts are slightly more expensive.
There are 3 tote bag designs to choose from. These are quite standard size 80mm wide x 410mm deep. The printing will be on vinyl material transferred onto Westford Mills bags.
The mugs are standard size and are microwave and dishwasher safe. It is important to mention that! Here are our 3 sloth designs you can choose from:
Here is a prototype mug below. The final ones have a bigger printable area and will therefore have a bigger image. The images above are the actual final images to be printed on the mugs.
I will personally overview the printing process for the sloth prints. We have made some in the past on heavy grade card so you can frame them and have a great looking print on your wall! There's 6 to choose from:
The badges are nice big 32mm buttons with your favourite sloth on it. You have a choice of any of the designs!
Exclusively for this campaign, I have asked the amazing Caspar Wijngaard to create a full HD desktop wallpaper, so you can sloth up your computers, phones and tablets.
Caspar Wijngaard is now working on the Dark Souls comic but has recently worked on the Assassin's Creed comic series and the acclaimed series Limbo, created with Dan Waters.
Daniel Selig is my oldest friend and has designed the Sloth Comics logo. He has just released his latest comic in France: Un-Kungfu!
Francesca Dare is the creator of the amazing Penny Blackfeather, currently published by Sloth Comics.
Charles Cutting has been with Sloth Comics since the start and is the artist for the violent steampunk action-thrill Steam Hammer, as well as the creator of Kadath, his adaption of HP Lovecraft's The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath.
Yatuu has worked with Sloth Comics for years. She's the creator and protagonist in Young, Talented... Exploited!, her comic about her 2 year unpaid internship. She is now working on The Sloth Comic #1 with Sloth Comics. amongst other things.
Andrew Dunn is a printmaker and illustrator living in Edinburgh. He normally does not work on comics, but I'm a big fan of his work so he made an exception.
We really hope to get these out to you before Christmas, which should be feasible within the UK but might be tricky for the rest of the world as it will depend a lot on the postal service.
Risks and challenges
This entire kickstarter is actually the best way to approach the major challenge I have: figuring out what sizes to order for the shirts and hoodies! We've made prints and badges before, so we know which designs are more popular on what products but the other challenge is to figure out who wants which design on what. After this campaign, we should have a good enough sample size to be able to keep making merchandise and bring them to comic cons and other events as well as create more sloth designs and merchandise.
We already found how to produce the best quality merchandise and made multiple prototypes until we were happy the mugs and clothing would stand the test of time and mainly of multiple washes. The absolutely do! Printing error can happen though, as comic book publishing has taught us. Hopefully there will not be any mistakes or problems with the printing!
Shipping can also be quite annoying, especially when international shipping is concerned. Once again, there should not be any problems, but if by some unfortunate turn of event something gets lost in the mail, please tell us! We will do all we can to remedy any of those problems as soon as possible. I have already researched the rates and times for shipping and really hope to have everything out by the end of the year and hopefully you will get them promptly.