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Allow me to propose a toast, to funny poems and amazing art! Step right in to learn all about baddie bags and boobie trees!

Last Day on Kickstarter. :-(

Wish we hit our goal, but we sure did make lots of new fans and friends, and appreciate all of the support.

Looks like we will put this book out not on our own as planned, but with the help of another publisher. Please visit www.ChocolateChipsAndRocketShips.com for updates, and to continue seeing a new poem and picture every day!

And now, here's the last Poem of the Day for Kickstarter. I don't have a Fourth of July poem, so how about a nice Thanksgiving poem instead.

Poem of the Day, 7/4/12, Day 31 of 100

Up, Up and Away, illustrated by Aaron Meshon

Poem of the Day. 7/3/12 - Day 30 of 100

Teacher, illustrated by Jason Mowry

http://www.behance.net/Jmowry

Poem of the Day, 7/2/12 - Day 29 of 100

Tub, illustrated by Mary Sievert

Poem of the Day, 7/1/12 - Day 28 of 100

Hair, illustrated by Francesca D'Ottavi

http://www.francescadottavi.com/sito/DOTTAVIHOME.html

Poem of the Day 6/30/12 - Day 27 of 100

Pop!, by Piotr Antkowiak

http://www.behance.net/skylinetrooper

Poem of the Day 6/29/12 - Day 26 of 100

Melee, illustrated by Kai Carpenter

http://kaicarpenter.carbonmade.com/

Poem of the Day 6/28/12 - Day 25 of 100

What's in the Bag, illustrated by Matthew Meyer

http://www.matthewmeyer.net/

CHOCOLATE CHIPS & ROCKET SHIPS
99 1/2 Poems in 100 Days

99 1/2 fun poems by John O'Marra.

100 amazing illustrations by 100 different artists.

Top talent from over a dozen different countries, who have created Children's Books, Comic Books, Rock Posters, Video Games, Fine Art and more!

Full Color, 220 page, 8 1/2 x 11 Hardcover Book coming in November.

Our Artists have created or collaborated on countless children's books, as well as Spiderman, Fables, NY Times, Sandman, Phish, The Avengers, The Hobbit graphic novel, Batman, New York Phew York, Neil Young, Tales from the Crypt, Highlights, Flight, Gov't Mule, Cleopatra in Space, Hopeless Maine, My Morning Jacket, Crocodile Creek, Mondo Posters and Tees, Alamo Drafthouse, Drive-by Truckers, and many more!

From June 4th all the way through September 10, one new poem and accompanying illustration every day for 100 days, right here on KickStarter.com and on ChocolateChipsAndRocketShips.com. We want to share the poems and illustrations online all summer, and get the hardcover book to all of you in time for Christmas!

Help us spread the word! Tell your friends, forward emails, Facebook, Tweet and help us get this out there! We can't complete this project without your help!

A note on how to be a backer for this project:

To make a pledge to Chocolate Chips & Rocket Ships, click the green "Back This Project" button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will be prompted to complete the purchase with Amazon. If our project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when we reach the funding deadline on July 4th. If we don't hit our funding goal, we will cry, and you will be charged nothing. Please contact us if you have questions or need help!

More poems of the day are below, and you can find each and every one so far under updates above, or at www.ChocolateChipsAndRocketShips.com

Also, Check out a free Sneak Peek of the first 22 poems in the book as a pdf, perfect for your computer or e-reader, at http://www.scribd.com/doc/97083601/Chocolate-Chips-Rocket-Ships-Sneak-Preview

Poem of the Day 6/27/12 - Day 24 of 100

Snaky, illustrated by Tomislav Tomic

http://tomislavtomic.com/

Poem of the Day 6/26/12 - Day 23 of 100

Switcheroo Tattoos, illustrated by Wes Freed

http://www.wesfreed.com/

Special New Reward for Wes Freed/DBT Fans! - Donate $300, and get a genuine Wes Freed Moongal Face, just like the ones that hung over the stage for years at DBT shows. Check out the reward section for more details, and the image below the poem below.

Poem of the Day 6/25/12 - Day 22 of 100

Sirens, illustrated by Lev Kaplan

http://www.behance.net/leokaplan

Poem of the Day 6/24/12 - Day 21 of 100

Nada, illustrated by Darrin Brenner

http://www.deeartist.com/

Poem of the Day 6/22/12 - Day 19 of 100

Words, illustrated by Nicole Gustafsson

http://www.nimasprout.com/

Poem of the Day 6/21/12 - Day 18 of 100

The Pugnacious Crustacean, illustrated by Ole Tillmann

http://www.ole-t.de/

Poem of the Day 6/20/12 - Day 17 of 100

Twilight, illustrated by Rob Rey

http://robreyart.com/

Poem of the Day 6/19/12 - Day 16 of 100

Poetic License, illustrated by Tom Brown

I've said it before and I'll say it again - artists love to paint dragons! ;-)

http://www.copperage.deviantart.com/

Poem of the Day 6/18/12 - Day 15 of 100

A Toast, illustrated by Mike Maihack

CHOCOLATE CHIPS & ROCKET SHIPS
99 1/2 Poems in 100 Days

99 1/2 fun poems by John O'Marra.

100 amazing illustrations by 100 different artists.

Top talent from over a dozen different countries, who have created Children's Books, Comic Books, Rock Posters, Video Games, Fine Art and more!

Full Color, 220 page, 8 1/2 x 11 Hardcover Book coming in November. 

Our Artists have created or collaborated on countless children's books, as well as Spiderman, Fables, NY Times, Sandman, Phish, The Avengers, The Hobbit graphic novel, Batman, New York Phew York, Neil Young, Tales from the Crypt, Highlights, Flight, Gov't Mule, Cleopatra in Space, Hopeless Maine, My Morning Jacket, Crocodile Creek, Mondo Posters and Tees, Alamo Drafthouse, Drive-by Truckers, and many more!

From June 4th all the way through September 10, one new poem and accompanying illustration every day for 100 days, right here on KickStarter.com and on ChocolateChipsAndRocketShips.com.  We want to share the poems and illustrations online all summer, and get the hardcover book to all of you in time for Christmas!

Help us spread the word! Tell your friends, forward emails, Facebook, Tweet and help us get this out there!  

A note on how to be a backer for this project:

To make a pledge to Chocolate Chips & Rocket Ships, click the green "Back This Project" button.  You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward.  Then, you will be prompted to complete the purchase with Amazon.  If our project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when we reach the funding deadline on July 4th. If we don't hit our funding goal, we will cry, and you will be charged nothing. Please contact us if you have questions or need help!

More poems of the day are below, and you can find each and every one so far under updates above, or at www.ChocolateChipsAndRocketShips.com

Also, Check out a free Sneak Peek of the first 22 poems in the book as a pdf, perfect for your computer or e-reader, at http://www.scribd.com/doc/97083601/Chocolate-Chips-Rocket-Ships-Sneak-Preview

Poem of the Day 6/17/12 - Day 14 of 100

Oklahoma, illustrated by Starr Hardridge

This is a special Fathers Day pick today. Most of the artists involved with the project are from all over the world, and I have only met via email. But Starr is a friend who lives nearby, and this painting is of his son Cole, a friend of my son Bonham. The piece also comes from Starr's own childhood growing up in Oklahoma, surfing not on Mom's car but in horse troughs. Bonus points if you recognized the Oklahoma state bird, the scissor-tailed fly catcher! Thanks Starr for the wonderful painting, and Happy Fathers Day to Starr, and all the other dads out there!

One more personal note today: Happy First Birthday to my sweet, beautiful and wonderful daughter, Redding Isis!

Poem of the Day - 6/16/12 - Day 13 of 100

Bugs, illustrated by Caitlin Heimerl

Yummy yummy!

http://www.caitlinheimerl.com/



Poem of the Day 6/15/12 - Day 12 of 100

Princesses, illustrated by Lia Marcoux

Who says Princesses have all the fun?

http://liamarcoux.com/

Poem of the Day 6/14/12 - Day 11 of 100

Stay, illustrated by Courtney Autumn Martin

Don't you wish your dog was this good in the tub?

http://www.c-a-martin.com/

Poem of the Day, 6/4/12

Shoes, illustrated by David Wenzel

Poem of the Day, 6/5/12

Paper Tiger, illustrated by Wylie Elise Beckert

 Poem of the Day, 6/6/12

A Pirate's Job Interview, illustrated by Shawn McManus

One of my favorites! Shawn is a legend in the comics world, and has done art for Sandman, Fables, Batman, Spiderman, and many more over the past 25+ years. In addition, he is a really great guy who has been a huge supporter of this project from early on. Believe it or not, Shawn submitted to me the great piece you see below only two days after I first contacted him out of the blue!

http://www.shawnmcmanus.net/

FAQ

  • As of June 4th, there are 57 artists 100% on board this project. About 20 have handed in final art, and most of the rest will have their art done and ready to go by July 15th or earlier. So we still need to lock down the final 43 artists. So, Charles Vess, James Jean, Bill Watterson, Gary Larson, Alan Lee, P. Craig Russell, Stanley Mouse, Dennis Loren, William Joyce, Kevin O'Neill, Jill Thompson, Dave McKean, Mark Buckingham, if any of you are reading this, please get in touch, I've been saving a great poem for you!

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  • Each artist is guaranteed $100, and an equal share in 50% of all profits from the book.

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  • Printing a nice book, it adds up quickly. $10,000 for the artists, $21,000 to print the 220+ page hardcover book, $9,000 for the book design, video, website. $3,200 for Kickstarter fees.

    I'm not great at math, that's not more than $40,000, is it? Oh drats. Is it too late to ask for more?

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  • $40,000 is really the bare minimum we need. If we raise more, the artists get more than just $100, and they sure deserve it. If we raise more, we will be able to do more cool surprises like animation all down the line. And if we raise more, we also will make the rewards even better.

    Plus I will finally be able to pay the late bills I have been dodging in favor of putting all my money into this book upfront! :-)

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  • Mostly to make my wife Ashley and son Bonham laugh. Baby Redding laughs at me enough already. Many of these poems are based on stuff Bonham does, stuff he loves, or stuff he says.

    We love to read, Shel Silverstein is of course a favorite, but beyond that, I've never read much poetry, and until 9 months ago had never even written a poem that I can remember. Somehow I got into a big poetry writing groove last Halloween, which lasted til about Christmas. Still not quite sure where all these goofy poems came from, but here they are, and I hope ya like em!

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  • As of 6/5, here's the full list of confirmed artists.

    1. Shawn McManus
    2. Tim Probert
    3. David Wenzel
    4. Wylie Elise Beckert
    5. Adam Hunter Peck
    6. Nicole Allin
    7. Caitlin Heimerl
    8. Yoshi Yoshitani
    9. Starr Hardridge
    10. Courtney Martin
    11. Ole Tillman
    12. Lia Marcoux
    13. Cory Godbey
    14. Phil McAndrew
    15. Michael Lauritano
    16. Matthew Meyer
    17. Kristin Abbott
    18. Mizna Wada
    19. Kai Carpenter
    20. Sean Dove
    21. Mike Maihack
    22. Gabriel Martinez Meave
    23. S. Britt
    24. Nicole Gustafsson
    25. Victo Ngai
    26. Mark Lee
    27. Aaron Meshon
    28. Tom Brown
    29. Simon Berndt
    30. Piotr Antkowiak
    31. Sam Gilbey
    32. Caterina Baldi
    33. Lev Kaplan
    34. Francesca D'ottavi
    35. Mike Biegel
    36. Dongyun Lee
    37. Rob Rey
    38. Jason Mowry
    39. Mitch Frey
    40. Darrin Brenner
    41. Tomislav Tomic'
    42. Julia Griffin
    43. Yao Xiao
    44. Wes Freed
    45. Alexandra Fischer
    46. Flavia Zorrilla Drago
    47. Dariusz Adryan
    48. Tim Durning
    49. Becca Scholes
    50. Wendy Wright
    51. John Mavroudis
    52. Mary Sievert
    53. Takahisa Hashimoto
    54. William Keops Ibanez
    55. Andy Hood
    56. Sam St. Leger
    57. Bonnie Branson

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  • Yep.

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  • Just for fun. I used to love reading Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side every day, I'm hoping this will become a fun thing that folks look forward to as well. I hope lots of people out there will enjoy reading a new poem and seeing a new great illustration every day, for 100 days. The more folks read these, the more fans we make, the more folks will buy the hardcover book too, at least we hope!

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  • Nothing beats a book! Especially when these illustrations are so beautiful, this collection is going to be something you want to have on the shelves, and be able to read to your kids at bedtime, or just browse through to see the work of so many great artists. Plus, if nobody buys the book, we won't have enough money to keep commissioning art, and make this project really happen. If you love the poems, but just can't afford $25, you can still help us by spreading the word - forward emails, Facebook, tweet and tell your friends. Any support we get, we sure do appreciate!

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  • I hope all ages. What age group are Shel Silverstein, or Roald Dahl's books for? You can read the poems to a three year old. An eight year old is going to love the booger and poop jokes. And immature adults like myself can still enjoy the poems too, as well as all the great art.

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