Hi there! I'm Gerben Valkema, a Dutch professional cartoonist. I participated in the worldwide Inktober challenge, in which cartoonists from all over the world made an ink drawing per day for the entire month of October. And YES, I know, my actual day job is to make ink drawings. I just wanted to make one more each day, without a preconceived plan or goal, just for the pure pleasure of it.
Well, Inktober is done and I have a stack of fun drawings lying on my drawing table. Having made more than 35 books in the 20 years I've been a cartoonist, the idea of making a Inktober book wasn't far away.
So, let's do this!
UNRULY CRITTERS* will contain all of the Inktober drawings I made, printed in a big 21 x 21 cm (8.26 x 8.26 inch), 72 page book.
*Yes, Critters.. To my shock I only drew one actual human person in all of the illustrations, a moody princess harassed by little mice.
All of the Inktober drawings will be scanned professionally and edited to get the best, most crisp images on the page.
To bring this book into existence, I need your help! Have a look at the different tiers at the right. You can get the basic book as a DRM-free PDF, the book in soft- or hardcover, or even go all-in for the hardcover book with an original Inktober drawing included.
**** Update: The response was so quick, the project was backed in a couple of hours, and we flew past the two first stretch goals with light speed. Amazing..! *****
***** Update 2: We unlocked stretch goal #3..! ******
***** Update 3: We unlocked stretch goal #4 and 5..! ******
***** Update 4: We unlocked stretch goal #6..! ******
#1 Postcard set (unlocked): We've reached €1750, and I'll include a set of 4 Critter postcards. Everybody who purchases a physical book will get one set for free!
#2 Sketchbook (unlocked): We've reached €2500, and I will make a sketchbook containing the preliminary sketches I used for the final Inktober drawings. Everybody who purchases a physical book will get one for free!
#3 Print (unlocked): We've hit €5500, so I will include a signed art print of one of the Inktober drawings to any physical book purchase, for free.
#4 Print (unlocked): We've hit €6000, so I will include an extra signed art print of one of the Inktober drawings to any physical book purchase, for free. So that's two free prints, for who's counting.
#5 Sticker (unlocked): We've hit €6500, so I will design a cool sticker for everybody to paste on their preferred surface. Everybody who purchased a physical book will get that for free.
Bonus reward (unlocked): We've hit 100 backers, so I'll raffle off 5 preliminary sketches to 5 lucky backers!
#6 New Art (unlocked): we've reached 8000, so I will make another drawing to include in the book. Not an official Inktober drawing of course, let’s call it an ehm... Inkember drawing? Works for me. This drawing will only be included in the book and will not be posted on social media, so it’s only for you.
#7 New Art & Video: At 9000, I will make another drawing for the book, and I will videotape the making of that illustration, from sketch to ink & color. This drawing will also not appear on social media, likewise for the taping, that too will only be accessible for backers.
Bonus reward: If we hit 150 backers I'll raffle off 5 more preliminary sketches to 5 lucky backers!
ORIGINAL ART TIERS
If you are going for the book + original art, great! Here are the pieces to choose from. Look at the right side of the screen to select your favorite original art piece, and to see if it's still available. First come, fist serve!
*****Update..: All original art tiers are sold out!*****
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
This is my first Kickstarter campaign. However, I've made more than 35 books in the past 20 years, and I've checked all the numbers to ensure that there will be no surprises if the funding is successful.
If funded, I will check in with backers with news to let everybody know what the state of the book is.
- (30 days)