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This will be a complete artistic overhaul of the popular Lovecraftian children's book.
This will be a complete artistic overhaul of the popular Lovecraftian children's book.
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WHAT IS BABY'S FIRST MYTHOS?

Baby's First Mythos is a children's book by CJ Henderson and Erica Henderson that teaches the ABC's and numbers using the Cthulhu mythos. The very first edition came out in 2003.

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SO WHAT'S THIS PROJECT ALL ABOUT?

The short answer- I'm redoing all of the art in the book- AND adding a section of nursery rhymes! That's right! Another 8 pages will be added to bring the book from it's original 26 pages up to a hefty 60.

The new cover!
The new cover!

Long answer- When I illustrated the first edition of Baby's First Mythos over a decade ago I was still in high school. It was done pretty quick and dirty because frankly, weren't expecting the reception that it got. Three more editions were published, and 40,000 books were printed and sold. And while I'm very proud of how far it's gone, I've been wanting to update it for a very long time. We got the rights to the book back from the publisher in 2012 and I got to work. I hope this whole thing doesn't come across as too George Lucas, but since I'm the one taking on the publishing now I want this book to look the best it's ever looked.

OOOH! That IS exciting!
OOOH! That IS exciting!


The book itself will be 7"X9", black and white and 60 pages long. 

Enjoy some in-progress art! There's more where that came from!
Enjoy some in-progress art! There's more where that came from!

OKAY, SO I GUESS YOU CAN DRAW, BUT WHAT ABOUT PRINTING?

Actually, since you asked, I have self published before although this is my first crowd sourced book. In 2010, Guilded Age Volumes .5 and 1 came out which were joint efforts in self publishing with the writers of the comic. Then in 2011, I published The World Bestiary on my own.


STRETCH GOALS!!!

For the stretch goals I'll be doing a black and white comic adaptation of the early Lovecraft work "Herbert West: Reanimator" as an e-book.

Reanimator is made up of six short stories. With every extra 5k, I'll do another one of the stories and every backer will get a copy added to their tier.

$15,000- Every backer gets a digital copy of the comic adaptation of Herbert West: Reanimator- "From the Dark"

$20,000- Every backer gets a digital copy of the comic adaptation of Herbert West: Reanimator- "The Plague-Daemon"

$25,000- Every backer gets a digital copy of the comic adaptation of Herbert West: Reanimator- "Six Shots by Moonlight"

$30,000- Every backer gets a digital copy of the comic adaptation of Herbert West: Reanimator- "The Scream of the Dead"

$35,000- Every backer gets a digital copy of the comic adaptation of Herbert West: Reanimator- "The Horror From the Shadows"

$40,000- Every backer gets a digital copy of the comic adaptation of Herbert West: Reanimator- "The Tomb-Legions"

Risks and challenges

I'm about 60% done with the new art and being a freelance artist by trade- my schedule fluctuates wildly, but I am pretty dedicated to the deadlines I've set.

Also, I'm down to two printers right now and I'm getting some more details before I finally pick one (they both come to approximately the same price), one of those printers is in China which may cause delays in shipping.

And lastly, I don't know how many people will sign up for bookplate versions but I've more or less signed up to potentially do 200 more drawings so that could cause a delay.

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FAQ

  • The prints will be of the best pages from the book, and since the book isn't fully illustrated yet I haven't selected all of the pages that will be prints. If you would like to see the first one it's in Update #3.

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    END TIMES TIER- There are only a couple of days left and I've decided to add one more digital tier. This gets you the e-book of Baby's First Mythos and an e-book edition of The World Bestiary, another book from the same creative team about world folklore.

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    RETAIL LEVEL: This is for five copies of the physical book. IMPORTANT: This is for retailers only- I will need proof that you own a store.

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