Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 2, 2011.

Update #20

They're off!


Hello All

 Well, that day has come! As some of you already know, Ivy has been sent off! If you pledged at a level where you are due a copy of the book/disc, you have either received it or will receive it shortly. Given the time that has passed since you pledged, a few mix ups are bound to occur, but if you are expecting an "Ivy" and you do not get it soon, please write to us, and we will make it right.

 We are ENDLESSLY grateful for your help, and we apologize for the time it took. It's all new to us, but we're persistent folks. I hope you find "Ivy" entertaining enough to help you forget the 2 and a half year wait. You helped make our dream real, and here it is! is just getting up and functional, so if you know someone who wants an "Ivy", send them our way! 

We intend to release Ivy independently in Texas in the beginning of 2014, and nationally a few months after that. We haven't booked it yet, but I'm going on a book tour! Which reminds me, if any of you is connected with anyone who works in the book tour world, especially independent book stores, I'd love to get in touch with them, if they're interested in "Ivy".

That's that. What an adventure it has been. and a new one begins! (ps, I have an "Ivy" sequel marinating in my wandering mind.)

it's real!
it's real!

Update #19

next week!

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Hi Ivy Backers

 Well, the pages have been printed, folded, collated, sewn, capped and trimmed, and the covers have been made. (I'm learning alot about bookbinding....) all that's left is casing (glueing the cover onto the pages) a final trim, and then the CD pocket will be glued in,  the CD will be inserted, and it will be shrink wrapped. Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase will be done next week!

 Many of you backers who are expecting an "Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase" have sent us your new addresses. If you have not yet done so and you have moved since you backed our project, please send us your new addresses as soon as possible. We'll be mailing them out towards the end of next week!

Thanks again! we'll send another update when the books are in the mail.


 Brian and Valerie

Update #18 - For backers only

Ivy is in production !

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Update #17

hyar comes (soon enough, I guess...)


Hello All

 Well, Ivy is IN THE CAN, as they say, the record's all finished and we're working on the layout of the book. We will be sending out a finished IVY and the WICKER SUITCASE to everyone who pledged at the $44 level or above by August at the latest. Valerie has fleshed out the book with more than a dozen new drawings (It's beautifully funtacularly functional! Better than Ever!!), and we've found an old trade bindery in San Antonio that will bind the book exactly like we envisioned. A pocket sized book you can dive right into!

 The image below is one of Valerie's new illustrations- The Ivy Map, the first page in the book.

 I'll know more specifically about the release time real soon, and I'll post another update.


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Update #16

the finish line doesn't move as fast as I!


Hello All

Greetings from Ivyland. I traveled out to Daniel Johnston's secret lair in east Texas, and he nailed the final bit of dialogue I needed from him. All of the "Drama" sections of the musical are complete and mixed, and I'm tidying up the final details. I had a fabulous adventure finishing up the intro and outro overtures, which, of course, needed full orchestration, like a hollywood movie. (Call the Teen String Force for a splash of symphony! Saxes and Horns for a 30 second big band extravaganza, straight outa 1938!) Out of the 31 separate tracks that make up the musical (16 tunes, and 15 drama sections) I've just got 5 songs that need one touch of finishing work each, and then they will be mixed. And the finished stuff sounds better than it's ever sounded, just like a final mix should.

 Closer and Closer I get! Valerie is doing a handful more lovely illustrations for the intro and lyric sections of the book. With luck on my side, I'll be going to mastering within a month or 2, and then we just need to assemble your packages and send them off.

 Once again, thank you for your help and patience. You'll have your own "Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase" real soon, I promise!


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