Edit posted 5/3: OMG!! GUYS!! WE MADE IT!! WE MADE IT!! :D THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! And we are $17 away from hitting the keychain stretch goal! WHOO!! STAY TUNED FOR A BIG IN DEPTH UPDATE as I write it up right now! But I just wanted to say THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!! This has been a huge dream to see Skitzo into the world as a real life toy and I couldn't have done it without ALL OF YOU!! <3 So much blood and love to you all!!
Skitzo the Bear is a twisted 1920's styled cartoon character created by artist Crystal Gonzalez. Skitzo's cartoons have brought horror and delight to many unsuspecting viewers in film screenings, comics, and online.
Has been featured in fine art paintings and galleries.
And stars in his own cartoon shorts!
Now Skitzo comes to life as a real life plush toy with red glowing eyes!
Watch his real glowing eyes in action!
The goal is to fund the production of 500 limited edition Skitzo the Bear plush toys. After a year and a half of toy design from the ground up, this plush will be a unique one-of-a-kind item made of the highest quality. And backed by the skills of an experienced plush company, the prototype is complete and ready to be produced! If this Kickstarter is successful, we will be able to get this crazy maniacal character into the world and bring you the delights and horrors that comes with owning a killer bear plush!
For your participation, you'll also get a bunch of cool rewards! Some of them only available in this Kickstarter!
$5- Evil email! Skitzo himself will send you a thank you email! Want to know what an email written by a psychotic bear looks like??? I know you do!!
$10- Bloody Buttons! At this level you get 4 shiny buttons. One of Skitzo, Fibble and Sin (from the comic In The Dark), and a Dead Dog (the dog that Skitzo always kills in the cartoons!). You also get the email thank you.
$25-Crazy Comic! At this level you get an exclusive 16 pg full color comic PDF of "Skitzo Bakes a Cake"! Plus the buttons and email. This comic only had a print run of 30 copies and was made for the Latino Comics Expo last year...needless to say they were chomped up quickly! Now you can own a digital copy for your own reading delight!
$45- The Bear! The whole reason for the project. Get your very own Skitzo the 1920's Killer Bear Plush! Complete with bendy arms, claws, and red glowing eyes! I assure you nothing is a better "conversation starter" then a creepy killer bear sitting on your desk or in your office!
*Note: If you'd like more then one bear, just add an additional $45/per bear and make a note of it in your pledge*
$60- Bear + Comic combo! At this level you get a Skitzo plush, plus the PDF color comic, buttons and email.
$100- Bear + T-shirt combo! At this level you get the exclusive Skitzo "back stabbing" T-shirt! A silk-screened t-shirt with Skitzo pouncing on the front and his knife in your back! This t-shirt will cost a bit more then my other t-shirts were, so I'll only be ordering it for backers of this project!! You also get the Skitzo plush, comic, buttons and email.
Update! **T-shirt is now also available solo with buttons for $45. For extra shirts add on an additional $40 to any tier and make a note of it in your pledge*
$200- Double Homicide! At this level you get DOUBLE the physical rewards! Two t-shirts, two plush toys, and 8 buttons! plus the comic and email.
$250- Demonic DVD! Plush and Boxed DVD Set At this level, you get a special edition DVD box set of Skitzo's "lost" cartoons! Limited to only 25 copies, the DVD includes all 8 Skitzo shorts plus +2 NEW unreleased Skitzo lost shorts "Big Top Circus" and "Cabin Fever". DVD box also includes a mini art book of storyboards, notes, and rough drawings of Skitzo cartoons. A behind the scenes look at the history records, stories and original sketches of Skitzo the 1920s Killer Bear and his twisted creation! You also get the plush toy, t-shirt, comic, buttons and email.
$250- Handmade Art Mugs! At this level, you get one ceramic Skitzo mug handmade with antique finish and fired to look like an old piece of lost Skitzo memorabilia from the 1920s! Only 4 of these exist and each one is unique in color, shape, and size. They are made by my friend and artist Lily Yao of BareSoul Ceramics in San Francisco. The process takes months of crafting, drying, firing and glazes to get a finished product.
She's a professional ceramist and used an antique glaze process to create the vintage cracked and rusted look of the mugs but they are fully functional pieces of pottery and safe for drinking and normal mug use! you also get the Skitzo plush, comic, buttons and email.
$250- Hand painted Wooden Jars! At this level you get a set of 5 Wooden Nesting Jars each one hand painted to look like a character in the Skitzo cartoons. The tops can pop open and each one fits the smaller jar inside. You get Skitzo, The Dog, The top-hat Ostrich, an Evilbird, and a Demon Worm. Only one set Available. Comes with the Skitzo plush, comic, buttons and email.
$250- Fine Art Giclee Framed! A 21x30 framed Art Giclee of Idolatry (the happy kawaii cat demon) and Skitzo is dancing on his knee so you compare the size haha. This is an archival print reproduction printed with pigment mineral so it doesn't fade over time and the paper is a soft cotton rag, and acid free as well. This art piece is made to look exactly like a pen and ink original of high quality and comes framed and ready to hang too. It also comes with the plush toy, comic and buttons! A super deal!
$300- Skitzo Munny! A handmade Skitzo "Munny" Vinyl Toy. Hand painted and sculpted this is a rare art piece made just for this Kickstarter. Only one available. Comes with the Skitzo plush, comic, buttons, and email.
$500- Cartoon Cameo! Get a cameo appearance in a Skitzo the Bear Flash cartoon! I will draw you as a 1920's style character and you get to meet Skitzo in the cartoon. **Btw you can choose if Skitzo kills you or not, how lucky!** You also get the plush, t-shirt, comic, buttons and email.
$1000- Skitzo Sponser! At this level, your name or business will get sponsor credits in a special Skitzo the Bear cartoon short that I'm currently producing for film festivals and online viewing. Plus the plush, t-shirt and goodies (not to mention my eternal gratitude!)
$1000- Mural Madness! At this level I will paint for you a custom art mural of your choice (6ft max) on canvas, rolled and mailed to you! A fine art piece, one of a kind! Or if you see a painting in my gallery that you'd like instead, feel free to ask! Comes with the plush, tshirt, comic, buttons and email.
If the funding is successful beyond the goal amount, more stretch goals and extra goodies will be added during the campaign. But for now, the first stretch goal would be at $12,100 all backers from $25 level + will also receive a black nickel plated key chain of Skitzo! I had the mock-up created below.
About Crystal Gonzalez
Hello! Thanks a lot for looking at my project! My name is Crystal and I'm an artist and animator who graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from the California College of Arts. I'm a crazy hard worker with a single dream...to give my characters and comics more exposure and see them grow into something BIG! I work at an art store during the day, freelance storyboards on weekends, and by night, I pour hours of energy and love into my own art, comics and cartoons. I run a web-store online where I sell my self-published graphic novel titled "In The Dark" and on occasion I show paintings in group shows here in San Francisco, like the Paint Pens Collective. What you see here is the work of an artist who is driven by a madness to create, share stories, and a strive to never give up on their passions, so again thanks for reading and giving this Kickstarter a look!
Risks and challenges
The plush is already designed and ready to go into production which takes about 3-4 months. Once produced I will pack and ship them all out myself. The only risk is a delay in the production time and if that happens backers will be notified and kept in constant update about it until the issue is resolved. You can pledge with confidence that I'm passionate about this project and will do everything in my power to make it a success!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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